It’s hard to believe the holiday season is here already. It’s always a great idea to start planning holiday gifts before the season really kicks into high gear.
And if you’re anything like us, you’re happy to shop locally from shops within the Phoenix area. With the challenges we’ve all faced the past few years during the COVID pandemic, now more than ever, we need to support our small businesses!
We’ve rounded up some businesses in Phoenix where you can find gifts for the pets and pet-loving people in your life. Whether you need a mug for a special dog mom or an orthopedic bed for your favorite pet, there’s a shop in the Phoenix area for you. Keep reading for our list of the best places to shop for pet holiday gifts.
Pet Holiday Shopping In Phoenix
Noble Beast- 1005 E Camelback Road, Phoenix
Specializing in natural pet foods and treats, holistic health products, and non-toxic toys made in the US, the Noble Beast is a great place to shop for holiday goodies for your pet. In operation since 2007, they proudly support local shelters and rescues. Their business is also a leader in sustainability and is recognized as a Phoenix Green Business Leader.
Stop in and browse their selection of natural treats and pet products. You can also order by phone and they will happily prepare your order for curbside pickup.
La Gattara - Cat Cafe and Boutique- 147 E Garfield St, Phoenix
If you are looking for a gift for the cat lover in your life, stop in the La Gattara Cat Boutique for a mug, cat-themed art, or even a subscription to receive a special coffee of the month. Proceeds from every purchase go to cat rescue and adoption.
La Gattara even has a cat cafe! Be sure to check out their website to ensure that they’re open. But what a great gift for your crazy cat friend - a lovely visit to sit with the free-roaming rescue cats. They may even find themselves gifting one of the adoptable cats with a new home.
Smelly Dog Hotel and Healthy Pet Shop- 5739 N. 7th St, Phoenix
In addition to the grooming and boarding services they offer, Smelly Dog is also a great place to shop for the pet in your life. Select special treats from the bakery, treat your pup to a unique new collar and matching leash, or grab them something to sink their teeth into from the Bone Bar.
Plus, this family-owned business offers nutrition consultations for your pup along with personalized exercise regimens. How cool is that!?
Oh My Dog Boutique- 7137 E. Stetson, Scottsdale
If you are looking for something outstanding for your dog or dog person, then the 30-minute drive to Scottsdale to visit the Oh My Dog Boutique is totally worth the trip. They have a dog bakery filled with dreamy treats, apparel, art, and pet carriers that look more like high-end tote bags. You can find something for the dog and dog lover in your life in one stop.
Jackie Griffin, the owner of the Oh My Dog Boutique, has also started the Ruffs to Riches program with the Arizona Animal Welfare League. This program grooms dogs who are available for adoption.
The Unique Pet Boutique- 13509 Camino De Sol, Sun City West
The services offered have to be very unique for you to drive almost an hour away from Phoenix. It’s not the products they have for your pets, but the amazing gift you can get for the special pet parent on your list. The Unique Pet Boutique has an in-house photographer with whom you can book a session. Book a mini-session in the store or a full session in the location of your choice. Gifting a professional pet portrait will surely win you the title of best gift-giver ever!
For The Pet Parent That Has Everything
If you’re trying to think outside the box or you’re gifting someone who doesn’t want anything material, the next two options are perfect for that person. Not only are they wonderful gifts, but they also make an impact in the lives of animals who aren’t fortunate enough to have found a forever home yet.
Arizona Animal Welfare League- 25 N. 40th St, Phoenix
This is not a shop but it definitely needed a place on the list since it’s an amazing gift for a pet parent or any animal lover.
This gift is so simple. Make a donation to the Animal Welfare League on behalf of the person you would like to gift. They will receive a letter notifying them that a donation has been made in their name.
The Animal Welfare League is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. Their mission is the rehabilitation and adoption of pets so they get a second chance at a happy life. Much of their funding comes from donations, so a gift like this really, really makes an impact!
Halo Animal Rescue- 3227 E Bell Rd Ste 151, Phoenix
Halo Animal Rescue was founded in 2004 by two dedicated ladies, Michel Herstam and Heather Allen. They have since grown from a foster-based organization to a full-on shelter facility where they can house countless pets in need.
It’s a no brainer; donate to Halo Animal Rescue as a gift for the holidays, a birthday, or even, a wedding! This is always such a thoughtful way to say that you care about someone (and pets)!
If you know someone who has lost a pet, you can also make a memorial donation in their pet’s name. This makes for a thoughtful sympathy gift because as we all know, the right words are often so hard to come by.
If you want to gift an actual experience, treat the person on your list to a thrift trip at the Halo Thrift Boutiques. Their items are almost all about $4 each and you’ll be supporting the shelter as you shop!
Phoenix and the surrounding area has so much to offer when it comes to pets. Be sure to check these out as you shop for everyone on your list. And thanks for supporting local!