Don’t forget your best friend when doing your holiday shopping!
Written and photography by Cheryl Fallstead
Pets are part of the family and they love presents for the holidays, too! Of course, pet owners also look forward to receiving something special that reflects their love for their furry friends. Here are some ideas to help you find the purr-fect gift for the pets and pet lovers in your life.
Dress your favorite pet in style with a hand-made scarf. Some tie, some close with Velcro, and others have a sleeve to fit right over your pet’s collar. They come in styles and sizes for almost every pet, even, we’re told, ferrets and rabbits, as well as cats and dogs. Scarves ($2 – $15) are available from Farmers’ and Crafts Market vendor Craddock’s Creations or at Better Life Pet Foods.
Your dog isn’t into wearing scarves? How about a new collar ($18.99) complete with Christmas tree designs? Find it at Horse N Hound’s country chic Burlap and Bling Boutique. Pick one up for yourself while you’re there and you and fido will both look sharp for the holiday gathering.
Pet-focused jewelry for animal lovers ranges from fun and funky to lavish. At the Farmers’ and Crafts Market, scout out Desert Impressions for pins, jewelry, and ornaments laser cut from Masonite, then hand-painted and finished with epoxy to create whimsical pieces customized with your favorite breed of dog or color of cat ($10). Or go upscale and head to La Zia in Mesilla where you can find fine hand-crafted Navajo silver jewelry ($139-$179) of dogs, horses, and turtles.
While you’re at La Zia, go next door to Del Sol for mugs ($19.95) with comical caricatures of cats and dogs. Horse N Hound also has fun mugs ($14.99) for dog lovers. Your favorite pet lover will appreciate the generous size of the mugs for sipping warming winter drinks.
Also at La Zia, you can pick out a brightly-colored T-shirt ($19.95) made with organic cotton and non-toxic dyes depicting cats, dogs, and horses for the animal lover on your list.
The comfort hound or kitty in your family will be forever grateful for a soft new locally-made bed ($42.49 – $61.99) from Better Life Pet Foods. Pet Kups come in sizes from 20 to 28 inches.
Cats love to climb and survey their kingdom from on high. Fulfill your kitty’s delusions of grandeur with a Bamboo Bungalow ($107) from Better Life Pet Foods that is stylish enough to put in the living room.
Don’t just decorate your pets, decorate your tree with ornaments showing your love for them! Horse N Hound offers two dog-themed ceramic tree ornaments ($8.99), rope chew toys ($7.99), and holiday-themed tennis balls ($4.99).
Fill your dog’s stocking with some new toys and watch her leap for joy. If your pooch is known to destroy a toy in seconds, opt for a Go Dog chew-resistant toy ($14.49) for hours of fun from Better Life Pet Foods.
You know your kitty needs a fix of…catnip. Get catnip grown and prepared in Radium Springs ($15.59) at Better Life Pet Foods to help your cat bliss out during the holidays.
Better Life Pet Foods
315 S. Telshor
365 Avenida de Mesilla
2322 Calle de Principal, Mesilla
Horse N Hound
Feed N Supply
The Burlap and
911 West Amador
Las Cruces Farmers’ and Crafts Market
Main Street Downtown
8:30am – 1 pm
Saturdays 9am – 1 pm
2340 Calle de Principal, Mesilla