2023 Pawliday Gift Guide – Top 10

Are you stuck for a gift idea for a dog or horse-loving friend or family member? Or are you at the point in shopping when you need a “one for me” purchase?

Read on for some fun ideas, some local, some global, but all sure to tickle a pet lover’s fancy.

Hold on to your toques…here we go!

1. Treats for all on your “nice” list!
I went looking for a good local source of treats for horses and a friend recommended Kookies by Krystal. She makes cookies for both dogs and horses, for all occassions! Frankly, they look good enough that I’d be tempted to try them too!

photo from her instagram

2. Peachy Paws & Claws

Now let’s bring it right back home to Niagara with this small local business. Stunning handmade, made-to-order decorative collars with flare! Check out their holiday collection, there is still time get your dog or cat one of these gems!

I heard of them through one of my clients at Deck the Dogs, here is an example of a collar on beautiful pointer pup Lolly!

Available online: ranging from $25-45

photo from Lolly’s Deck the Dogs Session

3. Toastie Toes

After a morning of horsing around at the barn it would be great to come home  and slip into these super cute slippers from Dover Saddlery in Massachusetts. Grab a good book, pour yourself a glass of Barco Noir from Vineland (see below) and cuddle up with your best friend for a decadent low key afternoon!

Available online: $35.95 US

photo from the internet

4. Form meets function!

Stylish branded collars and leashes from Ravine Vineyard, and – plot twist – they both double as a bottle opener! (Just in case you find yourself parched during your wine country adventure LOL.) They’ve been road tested by the Ravine Ridgies, so you know that they can take a beating! Sizes range from small to extra large.

Available at the winery – Leashes are $35 plus tax and the collars are $25 plus tax.

photo supplied by Ravine

5. Feel good gifts that include a donation!

There are lots of fun wine related, doggie themed items in the retail store at Vineland! And their branded merchandise includes a $2 donation to our local SPCA!

Not only can you stock up on Barco Noir for yourself, but you can get your dog their own bottle, in the form of a Vineland stuffy, or their own Barkuterie board! 

Available at the winery:

  • Barco Noir: $19.95 ($2 goes to our local SPCA) Yes, it is a Baco Noir in the bottle, but Barco on the label is a brilliant nuance for your dog lovin’ friends!
  • Bottle Stuffy: $19.95 ($2 goes to the SPCA with every purchase)
  • Recycled branded leash (Adele swears by it): $39 ($2 goes to SPCA with every purchase)
  • Barkuterie Board: $36

Bocce Treats
Bocce Treats

photos supplied by Vineland

6. Smiles that last all month long

It wouldn’t be a gift guide without a shameless plug for the Winery Dogs of Ontario Calendar.  Both Vineland and Ravine happen to carry the 2024 Winery Dogs of Ontario Calendar! Which you can also purchase online if you can’t get to a winery.

Winery Dogs calendar features dogs that are bosom buddies with Ontario’s winemakers, vintners, and winery top dogs – each month is guaranteed to bring a smile.

The 2024 calendar is also available at: Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Rockway Vineyards, Featherstone Estate Winery, The Good Earth Food and Wine Co., 13th Street Winery, 2027 Cellars, 180 Estate Winery, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Ferox by Fabian Reis, and Malivoire Wine Company.

Until December 10th Get FREE Shipping in Ontario when you purchase 2 or more calendars online!

(a portion of the proceeds of Winery Dog Calendar sales are donated to Pet Alive Niagara)

Calendars are $24.95 each – Get yours online

Winery Dogs of Ontario 2024 calendar cover

Cover dogs Penny & Raye from Palatine Hills

7. A Cork Dog or Cat Collar for a Wine Lover

I couldn’t resist this one, I went all the way to Germany (virtually) to find the best cork collar and I think Wigglywoos has to be it. Plus, the name… hahaha. High quality and sustainable, made with hemp webbing and cork. A nice alternative to leather. Cork is a natural mosquito repellent, is hypo-allergenic and is as durable as leather. Hemp is biodegradable and gets softer with time.

Available online: starting from $50 Cdn

photo from the website

8. All the Stylish Equines are wearing them!

I can’t help it, I love these! Maybe your horse suffers from brain freeze, or a general lack of attention (from others) in winter. This  toque is handmade in Canada by the KrzyKraftyKreator. It could be just the thing to put the “cat walk” back into your horse’s winter step, he’ll be rockin’ the pom pom! You can even get a toque to match your horse’s!

Available on Etsy: $25 and $50 for a set

photo from the creator’s Etsy page

9. Winter in Niagara? You need these!

You don’t have to be a rancher to love the SSG Ranchers Winter Gloves. Perfect for those bone chilling days in the barn. My riding instructor Tori swears by them, “They’re the best and they never die.” No finger seams, fleece lined, they’re awesome. You won’t regret gifting a pair of these to the rider in your life. After all, there’s no truth to the old saying “cold hands, warm heart”, it’s just cold hands, grumpy human, in reality. I bet they’ll even be great for dog-walking!

p.s. there’s up to 20% off almost everything at Greenhawk in Beamsville this weekend!

Available at Greenhawk: $67.99

photo from the internet

10. Possibly my favourite bandana pattern ever

I love a cute Bandana, especially at Christmas! I especially like trying to match the bandana pattern to each of my dogs’ personality. Can you guess who will be sporting this one? Little Chief in St. Catharines has the most unique products. The Paws bandanas are made in Bali, but they raise funds for dogs in need through each item they sell. Part of the proceeds from your purchase will be directly donated to rescue, rehabilitate and support dogs in need, and you can’t beat that!

Available at Little Chief & Co.  in store and online (along with many other fun things). Starting from $11.99

photo from the internet

Happy shopping! I hope you discovered some fresh gift giving ideas for all your four-legged friends (and their two legged companions too) this year.