Money Matters Team

DIY gifts for furry friends

By Money Matters Team 25/10/2018

‘Tis the season to spoil your loved ones, and why should that only mean humans? Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, your four-legged pals deserve to find a surprise under the Christmas tree too. It might even save them tearing apart someone else’s parcel...

But instead of shelling out on pricey gifts for your pets, why not try turning it into a festive craft project? We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of DIY presents that the fluffiest members of the family will love. Better still, they can’t ask for the receipt.

A pretty scratching post



Cat toys that double up as stylish homewares? They do exist! Especially if you make them yourself. This classy colourblock scratching post will be a new best friend for your kitty, and a new accessory for your living room.

Cheese and biscuits

Your doggo might not appreciate a wheel of perfectly ripe brie, but rustle up these homemade Cheddar, apple and bacon dog biscuits and they can have their own festive cheeseboard! Minus the traditional indigestion.

An upcycled tug toy



The perfect way to use those tennis balls you asked for last Christmas (you optimist), this DIY tug toy will keep a pup occupied on all those winter walkies. To be extra cute, use brown fabric and decorate it like a Christmas pudding.

A vintage-chic cat bed

For the cat who likes feline’ pampered (so, all of them then) this vintage suitcase-turned-cat-bed will make a seriously posh Christmas gift – purrfect for festive naps. It’s tiring being adored.

Catnip plushie friends



These little felt critters filled with catnip are the perfect sewing project for a winter’s night in front of the TV. And yes, you’re allowed to make an extra one for yourself.

A hand-braided toy

Not just a fabulous Christmas gift for your pooch, this plaited jersey toy is also a great way to make use of any scraps of fabric or old clothes you have hanging around. And once they’ve chewed it ragged, you know it’s time for another wardrobe clear-out.

A doggy beauty set



Everyone loves a set of posh toiletries for Christmas, don’t they? Ensure your pooch is party-ready with this all-natural, gently fragranced DIY shampoo, conditioner and detangling spray Because they’re worth it.

To keep pampered pets safe as well as spoilt this Christmas, make sure that they’re supervised at all times whilst enjoying all their crafty treats.

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