Local Guide to Gifts for Pet Parents
It’s that time of year again! Do you have any pet parents on your gift list this year? If so, you are in luck! I’ve curated an amazing holiday gift guide for pet parents! I love supporting local women-owned businesses! Bonus points: many of them are pet parents themselves! I’ve also experienced each of these gifts for myself and can attest to the amazing quality and functionality! I love the fact that while shopping you can support small businesses in the process!
Why Support Small Businesses?
Supporting small businesses is important, not only during the holiday season but throughout the whole year! When you shop a small business you are not only getting your gift, you are supporting a dream! Your purchase has a direct positive impact on an individual rather than a seemingly faceless corporation! Your purchases are helping small business owners keep their doors open and keep their dream going. Forbes has put together a comprehensive list of 43 reasons why you should support small businesses. Check it out HERE. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite small, local pet businesses in the Triangle area!
Oakley Bear Designs
Okay, y’all. Get ready. If I could use one phrase to describe Oakley Bear Designs it would be: “Dog Mom’s Dream!”. Oakley Bear Designs should be your go-to shop when searching for gifts for pet parents. From drinkware to sweatshirts, to decor there are so many cute products that you’ll want to get your paws on. I’m officially obsessed! I’ve found that small business owners seem to give you a more personal touch. Oakley Bear Designs is no exception! With each order, you get not only a biscuit for your dog but a scrunchi for you!
Take a look below at the amazing ornaments and mugs that I ordered! Don’t miss out on checking off some great gifts for pet parents! You can shop HERE. You can follow Katie her on Instagram @oakleybeardesigns. Her rescue doggo also has his own Instagram account @yaboy_oakley.
Pet Paintings by Nicole
Another pet parent and small business owner is Nicole Drake of Pet Paintings by Nicole! You may remember a little while ago I featured this amazing business in a blog post. Check it out here! Purchasing a pet painting or gift certificate will impress any pet parent in your life! Nicole is not only an incredibly talented artist bt also gives back to local rescues! It’s pretty awesome to support a local business that gives back to the community! Pet Paintings by Nicole is an amazing choice to check off your gifts for pet parents list! Check out the beautiful artwork that Nicole made of my fur niece Gem and fur nephew Oakley.
If you are ready to purchase custom artwork or a gift certificate you can check out links to Nicole’s services HERE.
Bumble and Hound
I know any pet parent on your list would love to get a stylish bandanna for their fur baby! Noelle of Bumble and Hound has all sorts of cute,stylish prints for your fur baby! Any doggo would love to show off their new bananna among their friends at the dog park. Check out my Marley and Sophie modeling their holiday prints! I happened to catch them for their modeling shoot during nap time. You can see how comfy cozy the bandannas are!
If you want to shop for a new bandanna check out Bumble and Hound!
Also did you know that Noelle has a VIP Facebook Group? You can check it out HERE. You’ll get exclusive deals and first dibs on new fabrics! Too fun! Your dog will thank you !
Gate Nine Boutique
Another fantastic business to get gifts for pet parents is at Gate Nine Boutique located at the Cotton Company located in Wake Forest. Anne, owner of Gate Nine Boutique and her husband are actively involved with Pilots N Paws, giving countless pets their Freedom Ride over the years! One of my favorite holiday gifts they have for sale is the doggy Advent Calendar. There are different styles and tons of different gift options in the shop. Check out the doggy Advent Calendar below! It’s perfect for storing treats! As you can see my dog Marley cannot stay away from it! He really is a good boy!
Cassidy is another talented artist. She creates the most amazing digital art! You can get the images on sticker also. I was totally floored when I saw how she was able to capture the personality and essence of my Marley and Sophie in sticker form. Check out the art below! Do yourself a favor and follow her instagram account @cassidymadeco. I mean look how cute? Any pet parent would be thrilled to have a creation by cassidymadeco as a gift!
Last, but not least we have the delicious Furbaby Desserts! My dogs go absolutely bonkers for these! Made with natural ingredients the dog parents in your life will be happy too! These treats are associated with Fur Baby Pet Sitter based in the Triangle. They come in the following flavors doggos everywhere love: apple strudel, pumpkin pie, and peanut butter blueberry cobbler! Get you hands on these Paw-some treats HERE!
What gifts are you planning on getting? Le me know in the comments below!