Which States Spend the Most on Holiday Dog Gifts?
Just in time for the holidays, we decided to do a national study that is sure to make your dog wag his tail and bark with delight.
To conduct our first-ever TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index, we asked 3,000 Americans (in conjunction with survey work by Learndipity Data Insights) about their dog-related holiday habits.
Some of the tail-wagging questions we asked included:
- How much do you plan to spend on gifts for you dog?
- Which fun holiday traditions will you share with your dog?
- In what holiday-themed outfits have you dressed your dog?
- Would you find it an attractive quality in a romantic partner if they got your dog a gift?
So want to know how and why Americans celebrate the holidays with their dogs unlike any other country in the world? Find out below….
Who spends the most on gifts for Fido?
According to our survey, the average American dog parent spends $23.10 on holiday gifts for their pets. But which states are most lavish in their spending for Fido and which states are more frugal? Find your state in the ranking below….
- New Jersey: $30.01 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
- New York: $29.45
- Pennsylvania: $28.75
- Utah: $27.75
- Georgia: $27.04
- California: $26.07
- Washington: $25.81
- Florida: $25.13
- Illinois: $24.98
- Virginia: $24.58
- Texas: $24.47
- Colorado: $24.11
- Arkansas: $24.00
- Maryland: $23.79
- Mississippi: $23.31
- Alabama: $23.05
- Massachusetts: $22.91
- Iowa: $22.86
- Idaho: $22.83
- Wyoming: $22.71
- Ohio: $22.63
- Wisconsin: $22.47
- Rhode Island: $22.38
- Alaska: $21.89
- Hawaii: $21.75
- Montana: $21.60
- South Carolina: $21.53
- New Hampshire: $21.50
- Michigan: $21.33
- West Virginia: $21.00
- New Mexico: $20.40
- Indiana: $20.14
- Louisiana: $19.47
- Kansas: $18.38
- Missouri: $18.33
- Tennessee: $18.19
- Oregon: $18.07
- Vermont: $17.67
- Minnesota: $17.08
- Arizona: $16.20
- South Dakota: $15.35
- North Dakota: $15.25
- Nevada: $15.00
- Connecticut: $14.30
- Delaware: $14.14
- North Carolina: $13.58
- Nebraska: $12.00
- Maine: $11.00
- Oklahoma: $9.44
- Kentucky: $8.63
Why do Americans give gifts to their dogs more than citizens of any other country?
With 71% of U.S. dog parents choosing to give their dog a gift this holiday season, we also wanted to know why Americans love to give gifts to their dogs.
- To express love to my dog: 72%
- Because it's fun for me: 60%
- To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
- To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
- To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
Interestingly, according to our survey, 8% of U.S. residents said that they prefer to make holiday gifts for their dog instead of buying a gift. Want to make a Treat Bouquet? How about a special doggy ornament or a treat jar? For photos and instructions for each of these do-it-yourself gifts, see here.
Has Christmas gone to the dogs?
TheNosePrint.com also released national statistics on the percentage of people including their dog in popular Christmas traditions:
- Hang a Christmas stocking for their dog: 48%
- Include their dog in a photo for a family holiday card: 43%
- Post photos of dog on social media with a holiday message: 32%
- Dress up their dog in a holiday-themed outfit or costume: 29%
- Make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations: 22%
Additionally, 16% of Americans will include their dog in choosing and decorating a Christmas tree, and 13% will take their dog to a holiday-themed event or party.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, see our DIY doggy decor.
Top 5 Most Popular Doggy Christmas Outfits
But what about helping your dog enjoy the festivities by dressing up in the holiday spirit? We uncovered the most popular doggy outfits and costumes to celebrate Christmas:
- Reindeer: 25%
- Christmas Sweater: 24%
- Santa Claus: 20%
- Elf: 17%
- Snowman: 7%
So there you have it: Not only do Americans love the holidays, but they especially love including their dogs in their holiday festivities. So don’t forget that doggy on your Christmas list!
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