I don't know about you, but I'd rather swallow coat hangers than look at one more holiday gift guide that has hoity-toity gifts I don't want for prices I can't stand.
A dog bowl that filters and aerates drinking water for only $79.99? Dreams do come true!
How about a holiday guide of things dogs and their owners can actually USE, with price tags that would satisfy the most frugal of frugalistas?
Here are five gift ideas for dogs to get you started.
1. For the sports fan – Team collar
If you love a team, you want its logo everywhere – your shirts, your hats, your shower curtain (so eBay tells me). Most Web sites offer officially licensed sports collars for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NHL and even NASCAR for around $19.95. At www.athleticpets.com, I found 'em for $9.99 (plus $3.25 shipping). They're adjustable and available in extra-small to large.
2. For the little stinker – Happy Tails spa set
This may seem ridiculous, but the four bottles in the Travel Dog Collection will shape up a smelly pup. There's an aloe vera (read: gentle) shampoo, flea treatment, breath freshener spray and between-baths spray – all housed in a plastic zip-up purse. It retails for $19.49, but PetFoodDirect.com has it on sale for $13.99.
3. For those who enjoy their arms in their sockets – Premier Easy Walk harness
Does someone on your list get yanked down the street on their walks? Put a stop to it with this snap-buckle harness that connects to a leash at the dog's chest, not his back. When you slow down or pull back on the leash, the harness gently tightens across his chest, forcing him to stop. Bonus: No more gagging dogs! The harness retails for $27, but Web shops like Amazon and eBay sell them as low as $14.50. They're adjustable, available in multiple colors, and come in sizes petite to extra-large.
4. For the organized soul – Weekly pocket planner
Love your dog, but don't want to be the nerd with the wall calendar to prove it? Store your love smaller with a checkbook-sized planner by Brown Trout Publishers. Each page has a cute picture (some puppies, some full-grown) of your breed of choice. Calendars of a half-dozen popular breeds can be found at PetCo, but at www.browntrout.com, you have 25 or so to choose from. The pocket planners are $5.99 (plus shipping) and have plastic covers, so they'll hold up the year in a purse.
5. For the neat freak – Pet drying mitts
The back door of my house is a wasteland of old, fraying neon towels that we use to dry off dog paws when they come inside (and when we can catch them). So I was thrilled to find that Bed Bath & Beyond sells drying mitts, two to a pack, for $9.99 (plus that 20% off coupon the store seems to mail you once a day). They're microfiber, one-size-fits-all, machine-washable and, the store's site says, are twice as absorbent as cotton. They also attract loose fur and dander.