Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Philanthropic gift-giving is always a popular holiday trend. The benefits of giving gifts with a charitable component are numerous: Gifters feel good about supporting a cause they care about; recipients get a unique present with the added feel-good bonus; and lastly, the gifts economically benefit animals in crisis, the environment or families.

If you are looking for some feel-good gifts this season, consider these pet-themed presents for dogs and cats and their pet parents.

Charitable Pet-Themed Presents

Dog bed from P.L.A.Y
Dog Bed

A dog bed with elevated sides is the ideal resting place for your pup’s head and creates the ultimate pooch retreat. Its inner cushion and exterior can be flipped, allowing you to enjoy four different looks in one bed! It's made with furniture-grade ultra-soft velvet material with custom-made P.L.A.Y. zipper and eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler and manufactured from 100 percent post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. Starting at $108 at P.L.A.Y.

P.L.A.Y. is helping less fortunate animals by partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to launch a new Warm Bellies Initiative aimed to help provide homeless pets with a warm and comfortable place to sleep. For every Artist or Original Collection Pet Bed purchased on (or at participating retailers), P.L.A.Y. will donate a Special Edition Chill Pad to the Petfinder Foundation. Working with thousands of shelters and rescue organizations, P.L.A.Y. and Petfinder will distribute the kennel mats to needy pups around the country.

Gallo En Feugo Dog Collar and Leash
Dog Collars and Leashes

Gallo en Fuego dog collars and leashes are made from the super-durable fire hose material, reinforced with the hoses' actual rubber lining for extra strength and feature colored piping that adds increased visibility. Each one-of-a-kind piece is made in the USA and has distress marks that come from its former life of dedicated service. Collar: medium (14"-18") and large (18"-26") at $26. Leash: large (6') at $28.

Gallo en Fuego salutes America's firefighters. The company partners with National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in its mission to remember America's fallen firefighters and assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. With every sale, the company donates a portion of its proceeds to help families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Frangelico truffles

Frangelico, in conjunction with celebrity chocolatier MarieBelle, has created a limited-edition truffle for the holiday season. The indulgent truffle, made with Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, will feature a special design of puppy and kitten faces. Available in four-piece, nine-piece, 16-piece and 25-piece gift boxes with prices starting at $15 at MarieBelle.

During the 2012/2013 holiday season, a portion of the proceeds from the Frangelico Charity will benefit Bideawee, a humane organization providing shelter, care and compassion to animals. The facility was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Spider cat toy
Cat and Dog Toys

Your kitty will be enthralled with the wavy long fur and sounds of the bell and crinkly plastic hidden inside the body of this spider. This Critter Project toy is 2 to 3 inches in diameter, overall approximately 7.5 inches, 2.5 inches tall and has reshapeable legs. $12 at Critter Project.

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Busy Fingers sewing group makes toys, beds and bandannas for the cats and dogs housed at the shelter. Drawing on the animal shelter and sewing experience, a group of volunteers created Critter Project Inc., an independent, micro-nonprofit company. Their mission is twofold: first, to make innovative, fun, high-quality toys your pets will love; second, to help enrich the lives of shelter cats and dogs.

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