Pet-Themed Gift Baskets

May 12, 2008

in gift & gourmet business,Gift Basket Tips,How Tos

Pet-Themed Gift Baskets & Packaging Bring Happy Tails & Hefty Profits

by Buffie Baril, Nashville Wraps

Paw print packagingAccording to the latest National Pet Owners Survey, 63% of U.S. households own a pet. That’s over 71 million homes with pets – dogs and cats being the most popular.

As retailers, are we cashing in on this growing market? Over $40 billion was spent on pets last year. Americans love their pets, creating a growing demand for pet-themed gifts, treats and toys.

Paul Mitchell, Omaha Steaks, Origins, Harley Davidson and Old Navy now offer lines of pet products ranging from dog shampoo, pet attire, and name-brand toys to gourmet treats and food. Many hotels across the country are even adopting pet-friendly policies.

Nashville Wraps carries paw print packaging for retailers in this market. We have paper and plastic shopping bags, gift bags, tissue paper, gift wrap, gourmet boxes, basket boxes, take-out pails, cello bags, ribbon and bows in our Paw Print Collection, perfect for pet stores, boutiques, pet bakeries and even pet gift baskets!

High-end gift basketsBisket Basket and More in Parker, Colorado creates high-end gift baskets from individual consumers to prestigious companies across the U.S. Some of their celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Senator Hillary Clinton.

They started their business in 1999 designing pet gifts and began purchasing Nashville Wraps paw print boxes, benches, and ribbon, making it easy to carry the pet theme from the gift through to the incredible presentation. Today they design an entire line of both premium gift baskets and pet gift baskets. “We love Nashville Wraps new box designs and easy online shopping,” said owner Gail Bohall. “We commend your efforts on going green and truly appreciate working with a company that sets high standards for your products and your employees.”

Pet gifts like monogrammed sweaters, personalized food and water bowls to digital collar tags allow owners to treat their pets like one of the family.

Dog biscuit boxBubba Rose Biscuit Company specializes in homemade organic treats in their Rockaway, New Jersey dog bakery. Eric & Jessica Talley sell their products through their retail and online store as well as wholesale across the country. “Our packaging is very important to our business,” said Jessica. “It is worth getting higher-end packaging for our products because our customers will pay for it.”

If you are in the gift basket or gourmet food business and not taking advantage of this growing niche, you might consider testing the waters by adding pet gift baskets to your line.

Pet gift basketLee Dachot of Pets Gift Baskets in Beverly Hills said that most of her customers are buying pet gift baskets for friends and family members’ pets, not their own pets. They use Nashville Wraps basket boxes, nested boxes, cello bags, take-out pails, and paw print ribbon to make exquisite designs. These baskets make unique and appreciated hostess gifts.

Fab Floral gift basket“We are so happy with the current look of our baskets thanks to Nashville Wraps,” stated Lyn Booska, owner of MyPetGifts.com. They design hand-made gift baskets for dogs and cats that are shrink wrapped and include a personalized gift card and bow. Lynn’s online business gives her national exposure, from their Frisco, Texas location. The basket at right features Nashville Wraps Nested Boxes.

Upscale dog treats
Biscotti Treats, Peanut Butter Cups, Truffles and Carob Stripes are just a few of the favorites DoggieDeliveries.com offers its upscale clients. Owners Craig & Cassie Custance started the business five years ago. They use Nashville Wraps Presentation Boxes for their gourmet dog treats. “These boxes are the perfect addition to our baskets,” said Cassie.

High-end specialty pet stores continue to thrive despite competition from the big box stores as passionate pet owners look for selection, style, and a unique shopping experience.

Paw print shopping bag
Le Woof Dog Bakery & Boutique in Yorba Linda, CA allow owners to pamper their pets with luxury beds, clothing, collars and toys. Their organic gourmet bakery is a doggie favorite. At left, one of their customers, Mika celebrates her 1st birthday with a gift in her Nashville Wraps Pooch’s Paws Bag.

The good news for pet retailers is that in a tough economy, the pet industry tends to do better than other retail sectors. “We are in a recession-proof industry,” says Joe Fucini, a spokesman for Pet Supplies Plus and several other pet retailers. “We don’t boom during good times, but we also don’t dip during down times. A consumer might stop going to Starbucks or put off buying that new set of golf clubs, but they will continue to spend on their pets.”

We’d love to hear your ideas on selling to the pet market.

Buffie Baril

Buffie Baril helps with online advertising, social media marketing, and search engine optimization for Nashville Wraps. She loves learning, interior design, healthy cooking and most of all her fabulous husband and her three brilliant and very funny children.

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Michele Fox March 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

My husband and I own a catering business and are the proud owners of 6 small dogs. We are currently looking to start a pet based business and found your site. We would appreciate any feed-back on your items in the future.

Kris @ Gift baskets November 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Great post, your right many people love thier pets and would love getting them gifts and gift baskets.

bridget sookma. March 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

i love the idea of pet baskets or bags as i see, just love , wonderfully done.

Mary Ann Minick June 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I have been working with my dog club and my own pet business for many years. I found Nashville Wraps and LOVE all of the PAWPRINT items! They have made my sample packs and gift baskets look very professional and attractive. I’ll bet I’ve gotten a few sales from the fact that my samples looked looked so good!

Velma McComas October 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

I am in the midst of putting together an online, home based business featuring grooming and regular aprons, tote bags, camera bags and more items in the future using dog-themed fabrics. I plan to use the Pawprint items when mailing packages and a gift wrapping options for my customers.

Stephanie Thompson October 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love using Nashville wraps for my products. I own an all natural pet treat business, and I use a variety of products from you guys in my business. I love the Kraft tie-tin biodegradable bags for my products and my customers love the holidays when I use a variety of bags and boxes to make holiday gifts. I wouldn’t use any other company.

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