It’s almost time for Hanukkah celebrations. When preparing for the festivities, don’t forget to include your four-legged friends. Your pets give you joy and unconditional love throughout the year, so it’s only fair that they receive eight days of gifts, too. Put your playful pets on your shopping list this this year for the Jewish holidays, and show them how much you love and appreciate them.
“I’d recommend buying something your pet would like— – from his or her point of view,” suggests Joan Hunter Mayer, certified professional dog trainer and founder of the Inquisitive Canine. Make shopping for Hanukkah pet presents easy with this guide to the perfect gift ideas pets will love for the Jewish holidays. Here are our top Hanukkah-themed dog toys and accessories, plus tasty kosher food and treats for your pup:
Give your pup his own dreidel to enjoy so he won’t feel left out while you’re playing holiday games. The soft exterior and fun sounds will keep your dog entertained while you prepare for holiday guests. To add to the festive Hanukkah spirit, if your pup squeezes the toy, “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” will begin to play. The shape of the toy makes it great for playing fetch while the high-quality, durable material allows it to withstand your pup’s chewing—making this dreidel dog toy a perfect gift for Jewish holidays.
Dress your dog in style, and get her in the holiday spirit with a Hanukkah-themed dog bandana. This affordable fashion piece makes a perfect Hanukkah present that adds a little fun to your holiday celebration. Your guests will love seeing your puppy dressed up in her Hanukkah best and may even feel inclined to take this opportunity for a fun holiday photo. The dreidel dog bandana is 100% cotton and made in the USA. The stitched edges and machine-washable fabric make this item ultra-wearable and easy to keep clean. It’s also easy to put on your pup; simply wrap it around your dog’s neck, and she’s ready to show off her cuteness.
These special treats are made in a bakery, not a factory, and are not only certified organic, but they’re also kosher. Wholesome, natural goodness is baked into these crunchy treats that are made with high-quality ingredients. Surprise your pup this Hanukkah with a delicious pumpkin-flavored snack that has no preservatives, trans fats, hydrogenated oils or artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.
If your furry friends are cheese lovers, then they’ll love devouring these cheese-flavor Best Buddy Bones treats. Natural, kosher ingredients go into each batch, and the result is a satisfying bone-shaped biscuit that’s the ideal size for training or for an anytime snack. During the holidays, keep these handy so you can treat your whole pack to these savory miniature bones.
For a nice Hanukkah treat, try 100% salmon that you can mix with your dog’s regular kibble meal for extra flavor. There’s only one ingredient—fresh salmon that’s vacuum-packed and cooked right in the can to create a mouthwatering topper. This delicious formula has nothing added, and it’s 100% paleo, not to mention that it’s kosher and endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Just like the name says, you won’t find grains or glutens, or added water or anything synthetic.
While you’re enjoying potato latkes, give your pup something just as yummy—Evanger’s Signature slow-cooked beef stew. This grain-free meal is a hearty one, with succulent cuts of real beef and turkey liver plus farm-fresh potatoes, carrots and peas. These ingredients are slow-cooked and simmered in gravy to maximize flavor for a gourmet dinner that’s also kosher.
Get in a festive mood this holiday season by including your pets in your Hanukkah traditions and showing your appreciation for them with a few special gifts. If you’re on a budget, there’s still plenty of ways to show your furry friends you love them. “Sometimes it’s the gift of time and attention that mean more to a dog than the gift itself,” says Mayer. She also suggests a gift of a different type of training class or a doggy playdate with friends. Whether it’s a plush toy, outdoor outing or extra quality time—your pet gives to you all year, so make an effort to make them feel special this Hanukkah.
Michelle McKinley is dedicated to creating informative pieces that help pet parents train, care for and love their cuddly companions. She operates a digital ad agency providing content to enterprise and small businesses. As a writer for Chewy, Michelle delights in sharing tips and techniques that strengthen the relationship between owner and pet. She works with experienced veterinarians, knowledgeable pet behaviorists and pet brands to bring the best in pet to readers.