2013 Holiday Gift List: Top 10 Foodie Presents for the Discerning Canine and Feline

Categories: Season's Eating

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Don't give your dog reindeer antlers for Christmas...give him food!
The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you could give THE gift that everyone loves: food! We've found the best food and food-related items for anyone on your list, from pets and kids to the true gourmand. Many can be purchased in and around Houston, and some are available online and at major retailers. Let's get shopping!

As a crazy animal-lover, I never neglect to get gifts for my pets around the holidays. I don't dress them up in fancy Christmas outfits or anything (not that I'm opposed to it), but I always make sure they have extra treats and maybe a new bed or collar. And they always have stockings.

Are they spoiled? Maybe. But my pets are my children.

To help out those of you who, like me, strive to make the holidays just as exciting for your pets as they are for your humans, I've compiled this list of the best food-related gifts for your chic cats and dashing dogs. Guaranteed to win extra snuggles!

Photo from Woof Pet Bakery & Boutique
10. Cinnamon Rollovers
from Woof Pet Bakery & Boutique

For $10 per dozen, your four-legged friend (of the canine persuasion) can enjoy a breakfast that looks just like yours. Woof Pet Bakery & Boutique bakes their cinnamon rollover dog treats fresh daily at their store in Spring, but you can also order these and many other treats online. The cinnamon rollovers are made with whole wheat flour, beef stock, peanut butter, bananas, yogurt, cinnamon, molasses and a bit of carob powder. Who can resist the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls? We bet your dog can't.

Photo from Fresh Is Best
9. Fresh Is Best Freeze-Dried Raw Turkey Heart Nuggets Online
Want to really bring out the carnivore in your pet? Feed your little carnivore raw turkey hearts that were beating only moments before! Okay, they're freeze-dried, so it's probably been a while since they were beating, but still. These treats are made with 100 percent USDA human-grade freeze-dried raw turkey and are great for dogs or cats. Or midnight snacks...

Photo from Pioneer Pet
8. Stainless Steel Pet Fountain Online
Water isn't usually considered a luxury drink, but earlier this year a bar in L.A. began offering 45 different kinds of water to discerning customers. And it wasn't a joke. Why should your pets have anything less? Pioneer Pet makes a variety of stainless steel drinking fountains that constantly circulate and filter water for the freshest, cleanest sips. Never mind that your cat would probably rather drink out of the toilet.

Photo from Puppy Cake
7. Puppy Cake Red Velvet Cake Mix & Frosting from Funny Fur
You could buy a doggie cake, sure, but why shell out for some fancy decorating when you could do it yourself? Enter dog cake mixes from Puppy Cake. Each box, which you can order online or find in some pet boutiques, retails for about $8 and makes eight cupcakes or a two-layer, six-inch cake with icing. It might not be delicious enough for you to want to share it with your puppy, but chances are he'll love it just the same.

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MadMac topcommenter

You're right. That guy in the picture doesn't need reindeer antlers; he needs a reindeer, deep fried, whole.  Fun stuff, Ms. Steinberg.

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