Gifts for the Pets and Pet Lovers in Your Life

The holidays are on the horizon and you’ve yet to find a special present for your four-legged family member, your girlfriend who’s the world’s best dog mom, or your neighbor who just got a new kitten. Worry not, holiday shoppers. We’ve compiled a list of fabulous gift ideas for the pets and pet lovers in your life.  And because it’s always better when shopping is easy, we’ve included retailers in several local Northern Virginia counties where you can find the perfect gifts.

Toys, toys, and more toys.  

Cats love toys they can bat around, and dogs love those they can fetch, chew, and tug. When you’re ready to pick out a few and watch the fun begin, visit:

Pet Valu, 8061 Stonewall Shops Square, #320, The Shops at Stonewall, Gainesville, 571-261-3015, Pet Valu stocks a great selection of toys for cats and dogs, as well as a wide variety of pet products.

Give ‘em a treat.  

Treats are always a great gift, so look for special pet bakery confections decorated for the season. Giving this gift also helps guard against the temptation to share “people food” with your dog over the holidays. To give a present of healthy and delicious treats, visit:

Hungry Like the Woof, 147 Alexandria Pike, Ste. 203, Warrenton, 540-349-9663, This holistic pet food store carries only the highest quality brands and offers an assortment of treats to help your pet maintain optimal health.

“Love this store. They have lots of food and treat options; as well as toys, accessories, and so much more. And everyone is so friendly and helpful.” Lexy Blevins, Warrenton, on Hungry Like the Woof in Warrenton

Doggie Delights, 3517 James Madison Hwy, Haymarket, 703-753-5255, Doggie Delights serves up pet food and treats that are truly good for your four-legged loved on.  

“This store is the absolute best! The owner, Nick, is incredibly knowledgeable and the prices are better than anywhere else.” Sabrina Droescher, Aldie, on Doggie Delights in Haymarket

Don that gay apparel – for cold weather and festive parties.  

Stylish dog coats and sweaters are plentiful in pet stores and gift stores this time of the year. To find the perfect red plaid jacket for the first snow or a cute blue sweater with a snowman for your four-legged loved one, visit:  

Horse Country Saddlery, 60 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton, 540-347-3141, While horse-related everything is the “mane” attraction at Horse Country, fashion-minded pups and the humans who indulge them will delight in the boutique’s first-rate selection of coats, sweaters, and accessories.   

Horse Country is an experience! The store has so many wonderful things one could spend hours exploring and still not see everything.The staff is very friendly and they’ve curated the best offerings!” Jordan Koepke, Warrenton, on Horse Country Saddlery in Warrenton

Collar that cutie! 

The holidays are the perfect excuse to purchase seasonally themed collars and leashes. How about a collar with rhinestones for Roxie, or one in padded red and green leather for Roscoe? Not a fan of seasonal accessories? Look for a design that fits your pet’s personality. The selection is practically endless. For one-of-a-kind collars and more, visit:

A Little Unique. This Prince William-based, woman-owned, online-only boutique offers a super selection of custom collars, bow ties, and more. Check it all out at, and on Facebook at @ALittleUniqueShop.

Dog Day Afternoon, 305 E. Market Street, Ste A., Leesburg, 703-779-1333, Here you’ll find the purr-fect cat or dog collar plus a variety of uber cool pet gifts and products.

Fill the stockings of your pet-lover friends with pet-related presents.  

Wondering no more about what to give the world’s best dog mom, or the neighbor that just got a new kitten. For a terrific variety of fun and fabulous pet-related gifts, visit:

Big Dog Pots Pottery, 8287 East Main Street, Marshall, 540-364-2834. Bring your kids to this walk-in pottery shop and create your own dog bowls, “Best Dog Mom” or “Feline the Love” mugs, and so much more.

Kitty Korner at Dog Day Afternoon 305 E. Market Street, Ste A., Leesburg, 703-779-1333, Hit the shop’s Kitty Korner for feline friendly toys and accessories, dry and canned kitten and cat food, and kitty litter, too.

Details for the Home, 6590 Jefferson Street, Haymarket, 703-754-0000, Check out the store’s collection of dog-bedecked wallets and keychains by Spartina and take time to explore every floor. You’re sure to find something for yourself while you’re there.

Three Fox Vineyards, Three Fox Lane, Delaplane, 540-364-6073, The winery offers a unique assortment of dog and cat bowls, cheerful pet-themed holiday cocktail napkins, and of course, wine!

The Shoppe at Lake Ridge Nursery, 3705 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, 703-590-0178, for Mary Lake Thompson dog breed towels, “dog-eared” bookmarks, and signs with such sayings as “All guests must be approved by the Dog.”

Susan McCorkindale
About Susan McCorkindale 6 Articles
Susan McCorkindale is a mom, autism and mental health advocate, and the editor of Haymarket Lifestyle and Gainesville Lifestyle magazines. She is also the author of two books, "Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl" and "500 Acres and No Place to Hide, More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl". When not editing, writing, or reading, she enjoys painting furniture and sampling new Chardonnays. Just not at the same time.

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