Over half of us give our pet an Xmas present

Research by RACQ shows that more than half (52%) of Queenslanders buy gifts for our pets to open on Christmas day.

“Our pets are now firmly considered part of the family, and that includes having presents to unwrap under the tree come Christmas morning,” says RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie.

“People are spending on average $60, overwhelmingly on toys and food, and to a smaller extent clothes and bedding; making sure their furry family members are made to feel a bit special during the festive season as well.


Ms Ritchie said when it came to holiday trips, pets were also a vital consideration with 28 percent of people either travelling to destinations where their pets could come too, or organising for them to have their own mini-break at pet hotels.

“The average spend per night at boarding hotels is $40, and that can include comforts such as large acreage to play on, music piped through to the rooms, premium food brands and daily online photo diaries for owners to check-in and see how their pet is enjoying themselves,” she said.