WE will spend a record £900m this Christmas on luxury handbags, designer clothes and the latest cutting edge toys. . . for PETS.
And many of us will shoot more at our furry friends than loved ones.
Luxury gifts include a £125 Digby Baker Boy tweed hat designed by pet shop Lish London.
Harrods, meanwhile, is taking dog food to a whole new level with its £90 confectionery including ice cream, smoothies and puppicino.
Boffins is also producing the world’s first interactive dog skeleton. Wickedbone, which promises to keep pets entertained long after Gift Day, will cost £89.99.
And Argos is transforming the form of dog walking by selling Nerf Dog Ball Blasters that shoot balloons 35ft high into the air. Other amenities offered include jewelry collars, pet-spa days, and luxurious personalized blankets. Socks are also being filled by monogrammed leather poop pouches.
It’s not only the cats and dogs are at a reception. Hamster Hampers are on sale, along with sock stuffed with rabbit fur.
UK pet owners spend billions of dollars throughout the year on animals.
But experts say this year will be a record year for Christmas gifts.
Around £162m was spent last year on dogs alone and that figure is projected to hit £200 million, with hundreds of millions more spent on cats, rabbits, horses and other pets. Online home improvement marketplace ManoMano says pet gift sales are up 481% this November compared with the same month last year. At Not On The High Street, sales increased by 259%.
The increase is associated with an estimated 3.2 million pets are purchased during captivity. It means almost 60% of households have one.
Tesco forecasts demand for gifts for cats and dogs will increase by 25% by Christmas last year.
Meanwhile, a survey by travel agency Canine Cottages found that one in six plan to pack more dog gifts for their partners.
It revealed 33% spend between £26 and £45 on gifts for their dog – the same amount as family.
This is significantly higher than the £11 to £25 that 35% of us spend on friends. Men typically pay £24 for gifts for their dogs, and women go no further for £22.
Nearly one in five men think they give their dog more gifts than their spouse, friends or family. Young adults aged 18-24 are the most delighted with their dogs, with an average spend of £29 on a Christmas present.
Sun on Sunday Pet Vet Sean McCormack said: “I have seen owners love their pets more and more over the past ten years. Increased celibacy may also be a factor. ”
Nearly a quarter also give their dogs more gifts than a partner, friend or family.
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