Portions of this article on cool Hanukkah presents for pet lovers originally appeared on Parade.com.
If you’re a Jewish pet owner and will be celebrating Chanukah, chances are you will be buying or already have bought your pet a present. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), half of all dog owners and nearly four in 10 cat owners buy their pet a holiday gift. And you’d better hurry up, too. Hanukkah starts the evening of December 22nd!
As far as what they spend on those gifts for happy Hanukkah dogs and cool Chanukah cats, the APPA says that dog lovers tend to spend more than cat lovers. That is, dog moms and dads spend, on average, $14 on their dog’s holiday gift. Cat moms and dads spend just $12.
Ideas for Cool Hanukkah Presents
With eight crazy nights of Chanukah, you’ll likely want to get a little something for each of those eight nights to give to your dog or cat. I can help. Here are some ideas for cool Hanukkah presents to get you through the season.
You can find lots of idea for pet gifts or gifts for pet lovers over on Amazon and their “Pet Paw-lidays Gift Guide.”
Chewish Dog Toys
I kid you not, people use the amalgamated word chewish–get it? Chew and Jewish?– to describe toys for Jewish pets or Jewish dog toys. I’ve seen these Chewish toys at Petco, including cat toys with a gefilte fish and gelt on them.
Retailer QVC has a trio of Chewish dog toys for sale this year. And if you want to check out a whole slew of Chewish toys, head over to Amazon for products from Copa Judaica. Keep in mind the irony of this brand’s pig Chewish pet toy–as pigs are not kosher. But the toys are darn cute anyway.
Hanukkah Dog Clothing
Dogs always look cuter in bandanas, don’t you think? Well, if you can’t get your dogs to wear an ugly Hanukkah sweater, at least get them their own Hanukkah dog bandana. You’ll find them with all kinds of funny sayings on them as well as traditional images of Chanukah.
One of my favorite cook Hanukkah presents is a bandana that reads “Let’s Get Lit.” Of course, that phrase used to have a very different meaning. But for a Hanukkah bandana, it’s perfect. You can also find Hanukkah hoodies for dogs with “Let’s Get Lit” on them, too.
You can even choose an ugly Chanukah sweater for your doggie, too! Check out my new post on places to buy ugly Chanukah sweaters for humans.
Meal Kits for Pets and Humans
Humans are enjoying the perks of meal kit delivery services. Now dogs and cats can, too. In fact, my pups Oscar and Sadie have been enjoying Nom Nom Now for the past few weeks.
Every time I open a packet of this fresh food for my dogs, they go nuts. I must admit that everything smells delicious enough for me to eat, too. If you’re already cooking for your pets or know someone who is, why not give them the gift of Nom Nom Now, which is a huge time saver.
As far as the Chanukah connection goes, while the fresh, customized pet food kit from Nom Nom Now isn’t certified kosher, you can choose to get a dairy free or a vegetarian kit. Through the end of the month you can get 20% off your first delivery of fresh dog or cat food.
Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Him
Men are often really difficult to buy gifts for. This is especially true if your guy never shares ideas for cool Hanukkah presents for himself. But if he’s a dog lover? Well, then, that makes things easier. Because Hanukkah gifts for men that someone involve or revolve around their pet are usually a hit.
One such gift idea is getting your guy and his pup matching sports jerseys. Over on the Pawsome Doggie store, you can order dog sports gear of all varieties. There are dog-sized football jersey from your guy’s favorite college teams, NFL teams as well as Major League Baseball teams.
If you’re looking to add in a bit of a gag gift when thinking of cool Hanukkah gifts for him, might I suggest a Hanukkah ugly Christmas sweater. I know that sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but it is a thing.
When it comes to ugly Chanukah sweaters for him, you’ll do the best if you focus on Hanuka-cats. I’ve found a couple of options featuring Jewish kitties.
Chanukah Gifts for a Dog Mom
When I used to give TV interviews as a gift expert, I always used myself as an example of how to shop for a dog mom. That is, if you were ever stumped on what to buy me for a holiday gift, just get me something that I could use for or with my dog. So when it comes to Chanukah gifts for a dog mom, think about gifts that fit with the “dog” theme.
For example, adult color books are all the rage. I discovered this Come. Sit. Color adult coloring book of dog pictures at the National Dog Show last year. I grew up loving to color, and I’m already a big fan of this book. I have it for sale on my dog store called Pawsome Doggie.
You could also consider surprising her with a trip to a pet-friendly hotel. That is, it will be a getaway where the fur children come along.
For example, Extended Stay America understands that pets are family and is super pet-friendly. Bring them along instead of worrying if they’re being taken care of right or feeling guilty that you’re away for so long. They’ll be excited to be by your side and you’ll love having them around the rest of your family. To me a vacation at a place like this could be a great Chanukah gift idea for a mom–a dog mom, that is.
Final Thoughts on Cool Hanukkah Presents
One last thing to think about after shopping for your cool Hanukkah presents. Please keep in mind that Chanukah can be a dangerous holiday for pets, if you’re not careful.
For example, potato latkes often contain onions, which are toxic to dogs. Here are other foods that are dangerous for dogs.
Also, menorahs that use real candles could be a fire hazard, should a pet bump into it. So please keep your pets and their safety in mind as you get ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights.