First Christmas With a New Pet? Here’s How to Make Memories That Last a Lifetime

By: Ciara LaVelleUpdated:

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First Christmas With a New Pet? Here’s How to Make Memories That Last a Lifetime

Are you one of the nearly 1 million pet parents who welcomed a new pet into your family this year? If so, you have a huge milestone coming up: Your first Christmas together with your new bestie. So how do you make the most of this moment? From festive décor and the year’s best gifts to tips for keeping your furry (or scaly, or feathered) friend healthy and happy, we’ve got plenty of ideas for celebrating your new pet’s first Christmas together.

Holiday Safety for New Pets

As the song goes, the holiday season really is “the most wonderful time of the year”—but some Christmastime traditions pose a risk to your new pets’ health and safety. So before you string those lights or hang that mistletoe, find out if your holiday plans are safe for all members of your family (whether they have two legs or four).

From trees to tinsel and beyond, find out the risks.

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The Best Gifts for Your Pet's First Christmas

You only get one first Christmas with your new pet, so go ahead—spoil them. Our guides to the best holiday gifts of the year are the perfect place to start.

First Christmas Gifts for Dogs

Goody Box Holiday Toys, Treats & Accessories

Goody Box Holiday Toys, Treats & Accessories

$24.99
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Frisco Holiday Santa's Helpers Plush Squeaky Dog Toys

Frisco Holiday Santa's Helpers Plush Squeaky Dog Toys

$9.98
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First Christmas Gifts for Cats

Frisco Holiday Log Cabin Cardboard Cat House

Frisco Holiday Log Cabin Cardboard Cat House

$19.98
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Frisco Red Buffalo Plaid Dog & Cat Bow Tie

Frisco Red Buffalo Plaid Dog & Cat Bow Tie

$6.99
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First Christmas Gifts for Small Pets, Lizards, Horses and More

Frisco Santa Claus Guinea Pig Costume

Frisco Santa Claus Guinea Pig Costume

$8.99
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Penn-Plax Holiday Variety Pack Fish Aquarium Ornaments

Penn-Plax Holiday Variety Pack Fish Aquarium Ornaments

$39.99
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Get everything your pet needs at the Holiday Shop.

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Pet-Friendly Holiday Décor

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Is your cat in the Christmas spirit? Is your dog ready to deck the halls?

When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, your options are limited only by your own imagination—yes, even if you’re keeping your new pets’ safety top of mind. Click the button below to find the best pet-safe, on-trend plants to decorate with this holiday season.

Pet-Safe Christmas Plants

Festive Christmas Activities for You and Your New Pet

The holidays are all about making memories together. So ask yourself: How do you want to remember this first Christmas season with your new pet? From exploring spectacular light displays to snuggling up on the couch to watch a classic holiday film, your opportunities to make the most of this merry season are endless.

Looking for more ways to make holiday magic with your new pet this year? Head to BeChewy’s Holiday Hub for all the best tips and advice for new pet parents this winter. From our family to yours, happy paw-lidays!

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