Holiday Dog Treats for Your Special Pup!

We couldn't let December go by without highlighting a couple Maui and Emma approved Christmas holiday dog treats!

These packages of holiday doggy goodness make excellent stocking stuffers! Well, hopefully, I'm not the only one who has stockings hanging from the mantle for all of their pets. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Assuming I’m not the only one and that you are in search of some amazingly delicious and healthy treats to put in your dog’s Christmas stocking, I’m not going to over analyze these treats. Just going to put them out there for you to take a look at, fall in love with, and consider for your puppy’s holiday!

Today we have two puptacular treats to tell you about, both in special flavors and shapes to celebrate the Christmas holiday!

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Trees

Zuke’s is a highly reputable dog treat brand and they have a special holiday treat!

What makes these treats so fun you ask? They come in the shape of little evergreens … they are shaped like little Christmas trees! How flipping cute is that?

You can get the regular flavor recipes of the Mini Naturals any time of the year but you can only get the little tree shape treats around the Christmas holiday!

The trees are also a special holiday flavor that differs from all the other Mini Naturals recipes - turkey & cranberry!

Maui and Emma could not wait for me to open up this bag of treats! They were going all crazy elf while we were trying to get the bag open and do the photo shoot!

These are definitely a total win in all categories for me! Great ingredients, low calories, and a small size!

Maui and Emma would like to add - total win in the taste category!


I originally purchased our Zuke's Mini Natural Trees on Chewy.com. I went to look up the price to put it in this post and they are sadly on back-order until the day before Christmas. Keep an eye on their website though, they might become available again and maybe at a good discount since it's right before Christmas!

You can find them on Amazon for $15.29 per bag and on random sites online.  You'll likely need to google them to see who still has these in-demand treats still available.

Why Zuke’s are Awesome!

The small size of the Mini Naturals makes these tender, soft, chewy treats absolutely perfect for training your dog!

They are also a really great all-round treat for tiny and small dogs or possibly even dogs with few teeth or tender mouths.

The tree-shaped Mini naturals only have 2.2 calories per treat! This is great if you use them for training your dog. It’s doubly great if you have a small dog that really doesn’t need a lot of calories per day. You can give them a few of these treats without worrying about giving them a belly to rival Santa.

Other Delicious Mini Naturals Recipe Flavors

In case you’re curious you can get the regular flavors any time of the year. They have several recipes to choose from:

  • Peanut butter & oats
  • Chicken
  • Rabbit
  • Salmon
  • Duck, and
  • Pork

The little delectables have less than 3 calories per treat and are still nice and soft and chewy.

Throwing this in here because some flavors are on super-sale right now on Chewy and they are just flat out great tiny treats - holiday or not.

zukes mini naturals recipe flavors

Merry & Bright Tinsel Treats

The Merry & Bright collection of dog treats is available exclusively at PetSmart. Well, you can find them listed on Amazon but they are about 3 to 4 times more expensive on Amazon than at PetSmart. My guess is that someone just bought a bunch and is selling them on their own.

Merry & Bright calls all their Christmas dog treats Tinsel Treats, which is kind of cute.

They come in several Christmasy and traditional flavors and shapes such as:

  • Cranberry & vanilla snowflakes
  • Gingerbread & molasses gingerbread cookies
  • Honey & cinnamon snickerdoodle treats
  • Carob & vanilla hot cocoa cookies
  • Pumpkin & peanut butter bars
  • Drizzled peanut butter dog cookies
  • Peanut butter biscuit bones

They are all really inexpensive right now - ranging from $2.00 - $3.00 per bag/container!

Cranberry & Vanilla Tinsel Treats

Maui and I chose the cranberry & vanilla flavored Tinsel Treats. They are fairly good size and kind of look like a snowflake (or flower).

Each cookie contains 22 calories.

This particular tinsel treat is made from a simple list of common ingredients. Nothing weird or hard to pronounce!

merry bright tinsel treats ingredients

These cranberry and vanilla dog treats actually smell incredibly good! So good in fact that I tasted one!

They aren’t too bad! A little dry for my taste and could use a little more in the way of seasoning but all-in-all they could be a “not terrible” but not “to-die-for” Christmas cookie. That being said, I wouldn’t really eat them as a human food since we don’t know the quality of the ingredients used and if they are acceptable for human consumption (just in case you were thinking about trying them).

merry bright tinsel treats size
merry  and bright dog treats with maui golden retriever

Other Tinsel Treats - Ingredients

Several of the other Tinsel Treats (the ones in the bags) have what look to be simple, wholesome ingredients without any artificial anything or weird names in the ingredient lists. A couple others aren’t quite as good.

The peanut butter drizzled cookies and the peanut butter biscuit bones (in plastic containers) both have several artificial colors in them. They also note that the treats may stain. So, be sure to feed drizzled cookies or biscuit bones somewhere without carpet or rugs.

The Final Review

The final opinions always come from Maui and now also Emma.

Both Maui and Emma couldn’t get enough of these treats! I would say the Mini Naturals Trees definitely ranked much higher than the Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats but both dogs enjoyed the Tinsel Treats as well.

zukesmini naturals ratings tinsel treats ratings

The Mini Naturals Trees smell divine to Maui and Emma but had a very distinct “dog food” smell to my human nose. They are also a bit more expensive right now since quantities are very limited. The ingredients are also premium so that bumps up the price a bit.

The Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats received a lower score for ingredients as some of the other versions of Tinsel Treats included several artificial colors. The price was divine - 2-3 bucks a bag.

Maui, Emma, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  • Rob S. says:

    While I don’t own a dog, my sister has three and she treats the dogs better than her kids. She loves her dogs!

    I have to tell her about these tinsel treats! Dogs sure are spoiled today, aren’t they? LOLBut why shouldn’t dogs have Christmas treats too?

    When I was growing up we had dogs and they never had treats like these. It would have been nice because after all they are part of the family too!There’s not too much sugar in them, is there?

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Rob, Maui, Emma, and I would love it if you would share our website with your sister and her furry children 🙂 the tinsel treats cranberry and vanilla have honey listed as the second ingredient, so there is a lot of sweetener in their. But, it is at least a natural sugar and not a processed man-made sweetener. As it is just a treat and dogs should only get a few of these per day the honey and them doesn’t worry me too much. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

  • Snap Brisk says:

    Great tips on how to make doggy happy. Actually, sometimes I feel I am happier than my doggy :). Personally, I wrote for cranberry and vanilla tinsel treats, this is something new to us. Usually, I am buying peanut butter biscuits, chicken or other meat flavours…. Thank you for a great ideas, definitely will be back 

    • Lynne says:

      Hi, I think getting your dog some special Christmas treats would perk them up right away 😉 dogs love peanut butter, chicken, and other protein flavored treats so you really cannot go wrong there! Thanks so much for stopping by and Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Lynne, thanks for a great fun review of seasonal doggie treats. In the end, you didn’t tell us which was Maui and Emma’s favourite but I guess if they are anything like Nelo my chocolate labrador they scoff them down so quickly it’s hard to tell. And did you really try the cranberry tinsel treat? I know dogs eat our food but hey its not supposed to be the other way around!!. I’ve bookmarked your site and will come back and go through some of your other articles. Glad I found you, have a great Christmas and say hi to Maui and Emma.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Kevin, Actually the Zuke’s Mini naturals were definitely their favorite! Yes I really did try the cranberry tinsel treats! I have found that if they smell good enough to be human food they often taste like it as well 🙂 Thank you so much for bookmarking our site and we would love for you and Nelo to stop back again!

  • Cheri says:

    Oh Lynne, you are definitely NOT alone in hanging stocking for your doggies! lol  I appreciate your review of these great dog treats. I have a smaller dog who struggles with really crunchy food and treats, so I always love to learn about high-quality treats that are softer for him. I actually wasn’t familiar with Zuke’s Christmas tree shaped treats…oh yes, sooo flippin’ adorable!! Thank you for such a fun review of simple goodies that can truly help make the holidays brighter for our furry family members. Merry Christmas to you, Maui and Emma! 

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Cheri, I’m so glad that I am not alone! 😉 Zuke’s is a really great brand although they are not as common as some of the other huge names. They are definitely worth seeking out and giving a try though! Maui and Emma absolutely love the little tree shaped treats and I’m sure they would absolutely love the other Zuke’s Mini naturals as well! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • Ali Batuhan Oguz says:

    My friend suggested these dog food. He used this dog food when he was training his own dog.  I haven’t been able to train my own dog, but I’m planning on taking these dog food. If I can train, I’m thinking of giving these to my dog. Thank you for sharing this post. It’s been pretty informative.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Ali, The mini trees will be available too much longer but you can get the Zuke’s regular Mini naturals anytime of the year and they are a great size for training! Made with really wholesome and proteins they will be a sure motivator to help you train your dog!

  • andy says:

    These look like great Christmas treats for dogs.  It also looks a lot healthier then other treats for dogs.  I know that my dog will eat just about anything.  The little trees look like Christmas chocolate.  These are perfect for training as I don’t like to give my dog too many treats, that can’t be good for her when she has way too many.  She would love these treatsand the ingredients sound good, and healthy.  The tinsel treats look just like Christmas cookies she loves cookies but I don’t like to give her much as I do not think that too many would be good for her.  These doggy cookies are a great alternitive to regular cookies that are more unhealthy for dogs.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Andy, the little Zuke’s Mini naturals trees are super healthy for your dog! They are definitely not chocolate but are loaded with turkey as the first ingredient! They are a great size for training since they give great taste but are not heavy in calories or be in size.

  • Dwilli says:


    I have to admit I have never heard of the Zuke’s brand for dog treats. But for dog treats they seem to have our dog’s best interest in mind (small chew-able and easily digestible bit size). I have to also say, I have never heard of offering my dog something I might think is a sweet treat, but Zuke’s appears to have treats that can possibly be called sweet ( cocoa, peanut butter, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, molasses flavors) are all remarkable and flavors I know my dog is not familiar with. That just might be a treat in itself and maybe my dogs will experience the great taste of those flavor and like them very much. Who would have ever thought that dogs can possibly have  sweet treats!

    Definitely worth a try!

    Thanks for the insight and for bringing Zuke’s treats to the forefront.


    • Lynne says:

      Hi, It was actually the Merry & Bright that had the sweet treat I will treats for dogs. Zuke’s are more organic and down-to-earth, protein flavor recipes. Please let us know if you give the Tinsel Treats a try! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Cathy says:

    It can be challenging to find natural dog treats online and not knowing if a dog would like it or not. So thanks Maui for testing it out on behalf of all the doggie community. Personally, I’ve not heard of this brand, but saw that there are a lot of good reviews for the product. I also like the fact that it comes with a zip-loc bag to maintain freshness. It may just be the present I would get for my doggies. Thanks for the review!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Cathy, Maui says you’re very welcome! She will taste test to treat any day 🙂 Please let us know if you give them a try for your dogs; Maui always loves to hear back about what her friends think formation point

  • Rose H says:

    I had to laugh out load when you said you tried the Tinsel Treats for yourself because I did the very same thing Ms Lynne! The Tinsel Treats “Carob & Vanilla” cookies were an ‘at the cash register, oh why not,’ stocking stuffer for my dog. Oh my goodness, my dog is in love with these lil treats and I’m wishing I had purchased quite a few more to keep us supplied until next Christmas. I don’t recall seeing them last year so I hope that they make an appearance again this Christmas. Enjoyed your review!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Rose, I purchased the Tinsel Treats the same way. And honestly they aren’t bad little cookies! Glad you enjoyed the review (and the cookies 😉 ). Please stop back again!

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