Furbabies have long been recognised as part of the family, so the least we can do is to include them in the season’s festivities

From fashion-forward dog collars and bottles of Pawsecco, to Christmas market strolls and doggie dashes, we’ve compiled the top five gifts with which to pamper your pet this festive season:

Fancy a pint?

An essential part of any festive season gathering is of course the toast, and how unfair that some of our guests, like our furry friends, can’t join in on the fun – until now. Thanks to brands like Woof and Brew, cats and dogs have a variety of their own pet-friendly beverages to sip on.

From the refreshing Pawsecco ‘Pet-House White’ for the more delicate taste buds, to the ‘Bottom Sniffer Beer’ for dogs who prefer a no-nonsense cold brew, there’s something for every palette. Cheers to that!

A shiny new collar

If you and your pooch are fans of the ‘fashion with a conscience’ movement, then this dog collar would serve as the perfect gift.

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Relate, the 100% not-for-profit organisation social enterprise, working hard to uplift our most vulnerable, have released genuine leather handmade collars, just in time for the season. All proceeds of the sales go to the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA). The adorable beaded collars are equipped with anti-rust buckles and D-rings, and are available in a variety of bright colours and adjustable sizes, priced from R299,95. Get yours here.

Faf and fluff

We know, matching outfits with your pet may be a touch cheesy, but – hear us out – what about matching South African Speedos to lounge in at the pool during those hot summer days?

They’re all the rage since Faf de Klerk, scrumhalf for the Springbok team, paraded around in the cheeky garment after the country’s World Cup victory at this year’s final against the English team, and would double up as both a patriotic and adorable gift to share with your pet.

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These are a few of my favourite things

Nobody knows your pet better than you do, and one of the best spoils ever (regardless of species) has to be a mix of their favourite things. This may be a tried and tested method, but it delivers the result every time!

Put together a box of your furry friend’s beloved snacks, and as an element of surprise, sneak in a brand new squeaky toy.

Twilight doggie walk

Another great way to give back through gifting this year is by dressing your doggie up for a charity walk. The Knorhoek Christmas Market is hosting this fun-packed event at Knorhoek Manor on 18 December. Located in Sir Lowry’s Pass, your pup will enjoy the scenic drive, before having the chance to show off their costume to fellow participants during the refreshing, brisk walk.

Prizes are available for both pets and owners, and all attendees are welcomed to stroll through the Christmas Market afterwards! For more events like these, keep an eye out on Quicket to get your tickets.

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