This Holiday Season don’t forget your favorite four legged friends when it comes to gift giving! Whether you are looking for a small cute gift to include in the stocking, or a basket of items for Christmas these are five must have low cost or no cost Pet Gifts for this Holiday Season!
You can bake Dog Biscuits! Follow the instructions below to bake. Then wrap in saran wrap and tie off with a pretty bow for a very low cost but tasty gift.
Buddy Boy Dog Biscuits Recipe
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup oats, rolled (raw) — quick cooking
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
Cut in 1/3 cup shortening until mix is coarse crumbs. Stir in 1 egg. Dissolve 1 tablespoon instant chicken or beef bouillon granules in 1/2 cup water. Stir liquid into flour mix with a fork. Form dough into a ball and knead on floured board for 5 minutes. Divide ball in half and roll each portion until 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or shape biscuits. Put 6 on a plate and microwave at medium for 5 to 10 minutes or until firm and dry to touch. Turn biscuits over after 1/2 cooking time.
Dehydrate left over meat scraps from meals! When you have leftover meat pieces after a meal, save them, put them aside to either dehydrate immediately or freeze them for gifts later. Thanksgiving is a good time to use some of that leftover turkey! Put it in the dehydrator, following the directions below. When your done place the jerky in a ziplock bag and store in your freezer for later use. When you are ready to use them, just thaw them out, bundle several pieces together and tie them with a pretty bow. All that’s left to do is place it in Fido’s stocking for a yummy treat!
Mix all desired ingredients together. In your marinade dish mix all your ingredients together except the turkey pieces. Stir well.
Lay strips of turkey in the marinade dish. Place strips of turkey in the marinade dish, making sure all the pieces of turkey are covered by the marinade.
Marinade the turkey. Place the marinade dish in the refrigerator for two to four hours.
Remove the turkey pieces from the marinade and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Dehydrate your turkey pieces. If you are using a food dehydrator place the strips of turkey in a single layer in the food dehydrator. Turn the dehydrator on and allow the turkey jerky to dehydrate until the turkey jerky is crisp.
Reuse old socks and t-shirts with holes to make easy no cost pet toys. Take several socks, short or long, fill them with shredded t-shirts. Tie it off in various places with ribbons to give him/her someplace to grip when chewing or playing tug-o-war.
Low cost chew toys can be made if you have old pillows you are getting ready to throw out. Remove the stuffing and spray it lightly with any brand fabric freshener. Take leftover fabric scraps and piece them together to make a tubular shaped toy. Sew it together inside out on all sides, except for one end. Turn the tube right side out. Stuff the toy with your freshened up pillow stuffing, then sew across it in various places to make grips. Sew the last seam in order to close off the toy. Be sure to allow room for a handle on one end.
Recycle old plastic or rubber bathtub toys to be used as chase or chew toys for a no cost gift. If you don’t have one, they can be bought at your local dollar store. Take a t-shirt and shred it into three, twenty-four inch strips. Braid those three pieces, then put to the side. Next, cut a hole in the rubber toy on the top and bottom. Feed the braided shirt through the toy and tie each end in a knot. You can add ribbons of various sizes and shapes for decoration, just be sure nothing can come loose and cause a choking hazard for your pet.
Any one of these ideas are sure to make your four legged friend extremely happy on Christmas morning when everyone is opening their gifts!