Holiday Gift Guide for Pet People – Made in Michigan

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a pet lover? Or maybe you need a little retail therapy for yourself or gift ideas for your own pet 🙂

Here are some of my favorite ideas that also support Michigan businesses. I’m not receiving anything from these companies (except for my own products that are listed), these are just gift ideas that I would personally recommend to my friends in one handy spot. So if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for pets and their people you’re in the right place!

Dog treats and toys:

K9Kuisine –

Why I love this – I know that feeding dogs a raw diet can be really good for them.  But between trying to get the right quantity of ingredients, making them (and as a vegetarian cutting up a lot of raw meat is not appealing), and storing them I’ve just written it off as too time consuming.  K9Kuisine offers multiple solutions from full raw meals to toppers.

Berner Boards by Riesling –

Why I love this – they are a dog bakery and create charcuterie boards for pups!  They also make birthday cakes for pets and offer dog treat baking classes.  For Christmas you can decide if your pup has been naughty (lumps of “coal”) or nice (Santa Paw cookies).  Either way they’ll be happy!

Dog Gone Delicious
Why I love this – locally made and you know exactly what’s in these treats. My pups give them two paws up.

Spotted Nose Designs –
Why I love this – female owned store that started with vegan biothane leash options in lots of colors, but have since expanded to a retail location with all kinds of items for pet people.  They also have lots of events at their location.

Oliver’s Beer Biscuits
Why I love this – recycling beer ingredients (spent grains) into treats that dogs love. And while giving back has always been a core of Oliver’s Beer Biscuits they’ve expanded into their own foundation, Oliver’s Foundation, to fight pet homelessness.


Dapper Dogs:

Woofington Textiles –
Why I love this – nature inspired fabrics for adorable dog bandanas.  It cracks me up that they have a Hallmark town design since Hallmark movies are a guilty pleasure of mine!

My Pet Leash Sleeves – 

Why I love this – Want to help your pet communicate a message?  Maybe they need some space, or love to give kisses.  My Pet Leash sleeves can help.  They easily slip over the leash and are very visible.

Ruff Life Outfitters –

Why I love this – the Ruff Life team has created a Petoskey stone patterned collar and leash.  If you’ve got an Up North pup you need this collar and leash!  It also makes the perfect gift for any Michigander.

For the cozy home:

The Black Dog Candle Co
Why I love this – these look good and make your home smell nice. Keep one on hand if you need a last-minute gift (these also make great sympathy gifts). You can select your favorite breed or dog quote.

Michigan Humane Calendar-
Why I love this – full disclosure – I love this in part because I photographed half of the images for this calendar.  And of course it goes to a good cause!  Get your year organized with this wall calendar.

Custom Engraved Dog Bowls – for the spoiled dog while keeping with your kitchen theme!


Shelter in Home Photo Book
Why I love this – complete transparency, I love this book because I created it! Inspired by the amazing people who adopted pets during the pandemic, this book features images and stories of how rescue pets helped their humans through the shelter-in-place experience during the pandemic. Supporting Do Only Good dog rescue, this book will look great on any bookshelf or coffee table.

Pet photoshoot with Firefly Pet Photography
Why I love this – I believe that pets are family, and everyone should have family photos. Experience an amazing photoshoot while capturing those magic moments with your pups, and enjoy your images in your home forever.


My Favorite Things

These are some of my personal favorites, though they are not made in Michigan.

Heated Jacket
Why I love this- Stay toasty warm on your winter walks with these heated jackets. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they are life-changing!

Freeze Dried Turkey Heart treats
Why I love this- Single ingredient, which is great for pets with allergies or certain health conditions, most dogs can’t resist these treats. These are always my favorite treats at my photoshoots.

Disney Dog Mom t-shirt
Why I love this – it combines Disney and dogs, does it get any better than that?


Doo Loop
Why I love this – made in America, this will make walking your dog a better experience since you won’t be left holding the bag, literally.