Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Gift Ideas - Subscription Boxes for Dogs

Subscription boxes for humans have been popular for years - there are clothing boxes, makeup boxes, car freshener boxes (really!), candy boxes, even magic trick boxes. There is a subscription box for just about every interest out there.

In case you're out of the loop, a subscription box is a recurring delivery (usually monthly) of curated items specifically targeted to your interests. In most cases what is in the box is a surprise, so you never know what you might receive each month.

Not to be left out, the dog (and cat) supply industry has jumped on the bandwagon and there are now several dozen different dog-related subscription boxes out there for you to choose from. Subscription boxes make a fantastic gift for the hard-to-buy for person that also happens to be a crazy dog person.

Below are a few of my favourites. (Note that I haven't tried them all so my opinion is solely based on what I've read.)

Barkbox is the most well-known of the canine subscription boxes. It ships monthly and each box contains 2 toys, 2 bags of treats, and a chew. Subscription prices start at $22/month USD (plus shipping to Canada). Note that they are currently having problems shipping to Canada - hopefully it will be resolved soon.

BarkBox subscription box

I subscribed to Barkbox for about six months. I ended up cancelling my subscription because my dogs were too rough with the toys and they didn't last past the first day. With a Rottweiler and a Mastiff you have to have tough toys!

This brings me to the Super Chewer subscription box - made by the same people who produce Barkbox. The Super Chewer box contains 2 tough, fluff-free toys, 2 bags of treats, and 2 hearty chews. If a toy doesn't stand up to your dog's chewing they will replace it free of charge. That sounds like a pretty great deal.

Super Chewer Box by BarkBox subscription box

WoofPack is the newest Canadian subscription box for your dog. This is also a monthly box, and comes with 2 toys - 1 plush + 1 durable - 2 bags of treats, and 1 chew or accessory. Monthly subscription prices start at $33 CAD. You can also purchase an additional super tough toy for $9 monthly. This box might seem more expensive, but when you factor in the exchange rate, plus the fact that shipping is free for Canada and the US, it's a reasonable price. The website is also currently running a promotion where your first box is 50% off.

WoofPack subscription box

Another subscription box for aggressive chewers is the Bullymake box. This box contains 5-6 tough toys and treats that are heavy-duty and long-lasting. You can also choose to receive only toys if your dog isn't interested in treats or has allergies. Prices start at $31/month USD (plus shipping to Canada). Bullymake has a 14 day guarantee to replace any toy that is destroyed. They also have a shop where you can purchase individual items that have appeared in previous boxes. Bullymake currently has a $10 off promotion on their website.

Bullymake subscription box

Surprise My Pet is a subscription box that gives back. A portion of their proceeds goes to support pet charities in subscribers' communities. Subscribers submit their choice for a charity and one is drawn from a hat each month. Each box contains 5-7 items tailored to the size of your dog. Boxes start at $27/month USD (plus shipping to Canada). Because this is a small, family-owned company, they aren't able to offer a guarantee or substitutions on their items, and their shipping is high, but it feels good to do something for needy animals when getting a treat for your own pupper.

Surprise My Pet subscription box

The Pet Treater subscription box contains toys and treats that are less expensive than those found in other boxes. The creators work hard to find affordable goodies for everyone. Each box contains 3-4 toys, treats, and extras. Pricing starts at $15/month USD. Currently, they only ship in the US. You can also order a toys-only box ($15/month) or the deluxe box with 5-8 toys/treats for $25/month. Your first box will be different than everyone else's - it's made up of items that were favourites in past boxes. Pet Treater is a partner of the Pet Finder Foundation and supports shelters all over the United States. In addition, for every shipment sent out, a toy, bag of treats, or blanket, etc. is donated to a shelter in need.

Pet Treater subscription box

And one subscription box for the dog moms out there - the Dog Mom Box. This box comes with 3-4 items for you, plus 3-4 toys and treats for your dog. Items include t-shirts, scrunchies, water bottles, cosmetic bags, and ornaments. There are also boxes for houses with 2 or 3 dogs that contain double or triple the dog goodies. Monthly pricing starts at $37.99 USD plus $5 shipping. Unfortunately they only ship to the US at this time. I am pretty excited about this one, so hopefully they'll start shipping to Canada soon.

Dog Mom Box subscription box

I could go on and on about the dog subscription boxes available - there are so many! - but I think this gives you a good idea of what you can find. I hope I've helped you  - you might just have been able to check a couple more gifts off your list!

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