DIY Gift Ideas: Pet Toys and Treats to Make for Dogs and Cats

When making your holiday shopping list, be sure to include your four-legged family members. But wait, you’re budget is tight and you can’t afford much? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some homemade ideas you can put together with just a few bucks or using stuff you’ve already got.

Even if you’re not skilled in the kitchen, you can whip up a tasty array of treats for your pets and your friends’ pets. Miss Zoe is showing off some Dream Puffs made simply from rice flour, peanut butter and yogurt. For that special holiday meal, prepare a platter of Marvelous Mutt Loaf. You can make it ahead and just leave it in the fridge until suppertime. Apple cinnamon PupCakes with sweet potato icing will make your kitchen smell heavenly, and they are full of protein to keep your pup healthy. And for the cats, open a can of tuna and make delectable Tuna Cookies.

Wanting your pets to look festive for the holidays? This elegant holly collar was crafted from small pieces of fleece and felt. You don’t need a sewing machine to make it, it can be hand stitched.

How about a new toy for the little rascals? You can make a stimulating cat toy from just a dowel, a few feathers and a strip of leather. Even if you’re not there to play with kitty, you can prop the stick up (maybe in a potted plant) so the string will dangle and he can whack at it.

Instead of spending money on expensive dogs toys that will end up lost in the yard, upcycle old t-shirts and turn them into a chewy pull toy.


How about making a new pet bed? It doesn’t have to cost a lot. Gut a thrift-store end table or dresser, give it a coat of paint and add a cushion – you’ll get a new piece of furniture and your pet will get a new nap spot.

You don’t have to be a savvy woodworker to build a basic Snoopy-style doghouse.  We’ve got downloadable plans and videos to make it super easy.

For more ways to pamper your pet, check out these pet projects.

5 Responses

  1. Dog Collars says:

    When making gifts for all the special people in your life, we cannot forget about our furry friends. Exactly why not craft a special, homemade gift for your favorite pet….nice gift ideas.

  2. Gift ideas for pets shared here by the author are just splendid. I am sure we as a pet owner can find some time once a year to make our pets feel special.

  3. Having a great time reading your blog post. you know what your readers want. Keep posting.

  4. Kim says:

    Nice job, it’s a great post. The info is good to know!
    Personalized Dog Collars

  5. These are really very great gift ideas i have ever read. I specially like the Christmas Dog Collar.

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