51 Best Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers
Not sure what to get the dog lover or crazy cat lady in your life? Chances are they want something that helps them celebrate the love they have for their favorite little friend, so we put this list of the best holiday gifts for animal lovers together just for you.
For the on-the-go pet parent
If the person on your list is constantly taking her dog (or other pets) on long walks, it’s no secret that she’s probably short on hands. The FreshStart DogiPack is a hands-free system that helps streamline pet walking by offering all sorts of helpful compartments in a trendy belt-bag style. Plus, it’s pretty affordable and made our list of Christmas gifts for people who are impossible to shop for.
For the outdoor pet lover
If the person on your list has a giant yard, impressive dog run, or just loves spending time outdoors with their furry best friend, they’ll make great use of a watering helper called the Pawcet. It lets pets control when they need fresh water (or just some fun time) and the tap of a paw, simplifying your life and theirs.
Adorable tags are always a win
If the human best friend side of the equation loves a dose of humor, they’ll love collar tags from If It Barks, like this witty “I chase squirrels” version. The brand also has slightly more, ahem, colorful versions that you’ll get a kick out of too. Don’t miss their customization option for cute collars and leashes, including their signature Martingale collar that helps with training. We’re loving the reflective strips for nighttime safety.
Something to keep them smiling, even at work
If your pet-obsessed friends can’t stop thinking of their furball at home, they’ll love sipping their coffee, tea, and other drinks at the office from a Tervis tumbler loaded with adorable pups (they also have other animal versions). It’s heat-safe, cold-safe, and dishwasher-safe.
A travel-worthy tote
Sure, this Sea Bags tote is great as an airport carry-on or a day-to-day shopping bag, but it’s also an ideal way to bring all the cutest pet-essentials like snacks, water, and tennis balls to the beach or just about anywhere else you might want to go on a day off with Fido. The brand is known for using recycled boat sails in their construction, making the bags sturdy, virtually weather-proof, and hard to chew through (if that’s a problem for you, anyway).
For the one who loves opening cards
Is there anything more delightfully respectful than a person who takes the time to open and actually read the card attached to a gift? Hardly, which is why a pop-up pet card from Lovepop will surely create some ear-to-ear smiles. It’s a fun, memorable token for pet-lovers of all ages, and comes in both cat and dog varieties.
Gift a night of pet painting and wine
Courtesy Muse Paintbar
All animal lovers that are lucky enough to have a pet in their family love to display pictures of them around their home. What better way to show off your pet than a hand painted picture of them. This holiday season, get them a gift card to Muse Paintbar so they can participate in their Paint Your Pet Night. Muse is a paint and sip studio with 30 locations that span throughout New England, the Tri-State area, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Before the session, guests send Muse a picture of their pet which they print on an enlarged image that sticks to the canvas. They use a new, custom LUMIFY backlit process, that projects the pet image on to the canvas, making for easy tracing. It’s perfect for any pet lover in your life!
For the playful cat lady
She’ll get an enormous kick out of watching her cat get both playtime and snack time in at once with a Temptations Snacky Mouse. It’s an adorable cat toy that doubles as a tartar-fighting cat treat dispenser, and makes connecting to a purrball loads of fun, and very affordable.
Sharing is caring
Sometimes that means tossing a literal bone-treat to your best friend while you sit outside at a favorite cafe or enjoy a picnic in the park. Greenies Flavors Dental Dog Treats are an easy way to bulk-buy Fido’s faves and know that they’re fighting plaque, tartar, and gross dog breath issues. Believe it or not, they’re bursting with minty-fresh flavor, too, and loaded with easy-to-digest ingredients. Now just imagine making a DIY doggie advent calendar filled with these!
For the true doggy gourmet
Maybe the person on your list counts themselves as a true chef and lover of all things gourmet, or maybe they just like the idea of feeding their pooch the healthiest and freshest ingredients. Grocery Pup sells homemade-style doggy meals brimming with good-for-Fido ingredients like non-GMO veggies and gluten-free meat stews. Their most popular is a turkey pawella stew that seems to be totally drool-worthy.
For the edgiest pet in town
The Martha Stewart Motorcycle Harness Vest for dogs is one part style statement and two parts edgy doggy diva. You don’t need a motorcycle to appreciate it, either. Don’t miss these hilarious dog and cat photos animal lovers need to see.
For the DIY herbal enthusiast
If the person on your list is known to treat their cat to fresh, homegrown catnip, they’ll get a endless use out of an AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit. It works with any AeroGrow device and the seeds of your choice, like catnip, to grow mouth-watering indoor herbs.
For the dirtiest paws
Sometimes the biggest gifts aren’t the most expensive, just the most thoughtful, like a set of MudBuster paw cleaners. Simply dip a muddy paw in after a long rainy day walk, and watch the gentle bristles remove oodles of gunk and grime so they don’t end up on your floors or gorgeous new sofa. It’s portable too.
For the rambunctious Rufus
Some of the best pups are the wildest ones, but that doesn’t mean bedtime isn’t a very sacred time of day. Wind down with your furry pal with Bocce’s Bakery Bedtime Tea dog treats. They’re all natural, single protein, and contain real lavender to help your BFF wind down for a comforting night of sleep.
Something super cozy
It’s not just humans that need a warm, cozy winter coat to get through the chilliest day—pets do too. The Django Puffer Dog Coat is reversible, and somehow both ultra-stylish and utilitarian. The brand also made our list of the best carry-on bags with their handy pet carrying tote.
For the adventurous kitten
If your little furball loves to hide out in comfy corners, he’ll love a new Petmaker Sleep & Play Cat Bed. It features a removable teepee style top, washes easily, and is lined with super plush materials for the cutest kittens in town. Plus, it travels well if you happen to be the type who takes their cat show on the road.
For easier pet baths
Make pet bath time a million times easier with a shampoo pets actually enjoy. Synergylabs Veterinary Formula Soothing and Deodorizing Oatmeal Shampoo includes baking soda, zinc, and aloe vera for a more natural approach to a clean pup. The formula promises to leave anti-tick and other repellents intact while leaving fur silky smooth and ultra-clean.
Every bunny will like this one
The Petmate Portion Right Programmable Pet Feeder comes in either 5- or 10-pound sizes, and easily distributes dry food while you’re away from home. It’s ideal for the stay-at-home dog, cat, bunny, or just about any other adorable creature.
For the tiniest pets with the biggest plans
Gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other little ones need to go places, too, which is why the Iris Critter Carrier is an absolutely adorable (and affordable) choice. It safely transports the smallest friends in style. These are the world’s tiniest dog breeds.
A heartfelt reminder of their bond
If she loves the idea of keeping her little pup by her heart at all times, she’ll love a Rose Gold Plated Puppy Dog Paw Print Pendant Necklace. The 16-inch length is perfect for most necklines, and the pendant itself is a fun conversation starter with other dog lovers.
Save the shoes
While giving a subscription to chew toys may not seem like a gift for a human, trust us—it is. The human recipient will be grateful Fido chewed adorable dog toys instead of their favorite shoes, which is why a BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription will be more than appreciated. Here’s how to tell if your dog is smart.
For the dog with a specific diet
For dogs with specific diets, NatureBalance Limited Ingredient Diets High Protein Dry Dog Food is a bright spot in a world of hard-to-decipher pet foods. It features the highest crude protein level, 32 percent, of any major brand, and comes in doggy-delish flavors like lamb, beef, and turkey.
This one is a classic
Does your furry best friend have their own stocking this year? If so, load it with Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Daily Dental Dog Treats. The gift of good dental hygiene is for Fido’s benefit and yours, and he’ll be thrilled to have a good-boy treat.
A little more calm and quiet
Long car rides, thunder, and even separation can leave your dog in distress. Therabis Calm and Quiet uses natural ingredients to reduce stress levels and help dogs stay calm. The formula includes natural hemp oil, L-Theanine from green tea, and chromium to keep your pup at his or her emotional best.
A meowy-good spa day
If your cat is known to love a little pampering because she’s an absolute princess (of course she is), she’ll love a new Catit Senses 2.0 Wellness Center. It offers 360 degrees of relaxation and grooming, provides full body massages, stores catnip in a secret spot, and even has a dual self-grooming brush feature. You’ll be jealous there’s no human version.
This is seriously cute
If you haven’t already heard of Zoosnoods, get acquainted, because the company’s line of ridiculously sweet pet costumes is everything you’ll want for this year’s holiday photos. Like these reindeer pet hood, for example. Can you even?
To make carrying giant feed bags so much easier
If you’re carrying giant bags of feed, litter, or just about anything else, you know how hard the job is. Instead of straining all your best muscles, invest in a set of Handy Camel carriers. They attach easily to most popular grain bags and act as a much-needed sturdy handle to save you literal time and energy.
Because stains are never cute
While their cuddly pet may be the cutest in town, the smells and stains they leave behind certainly are not. A very useful pack of six Earth Friendly Products Proline Pet Naturals Stain and Odor Remover bottles will be much appreciated and go to work safely dispelling stains, odors, and other pet-related yuckies.
Pet baths, but better
Instead of giving your pet the typical hose down or messy tub adventure, try an Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool. It distributes water, scrubs, and even works with just about any garden hose if you’re the outside grooming type. If you’re wondering, yes, it works like a dream on horses too.
Throw him a bone
This Benebone Maplestick Real Wood Durable Dog Stick Chew Toy is the all-American recreation your pup has been searching for. It comes in three sizes and is sourced entirely from 100 percent American-made and sourced nylon and maple. Plus, it keeps your furniture and shoes intact.
A dog can have a sweet tooth too
And for those dogs, Blue Dog Bakery makes all-natural Peanut Butter & Molasses treats that are sure to satisfy the dog who is more likely to steal your ice cream than your steak. They’re an affordable stocking stuffer that boasts pea and chickpea flour instead of wheat, so you’ll feel good about Fido having an extra one.
For the farm animal-loving bookworm
If the person on your list loves reading animal-themed literature to keep up with their insatiable thirst for all things cute, they’ll swoon over an Out of Print Charlotte’s Web tee. It’s an obvious choice for little pig lovers, but also a top-notch gift for elementary school readers and nostalgia lovers.
A little patch of snuggle heaven
For the ultra-snuggly dog, cat, bunny, or other snuggle-loving creature, an Aspen Pet Self Warming Bed is a great addition to any holiday gift-giving list. It’s an affordable way to make a big impact on your pet’s everyday life and is a stylish addition to almost any room. Plus, think of all the pet hair that won’t make it to your linens—phew!
For the energetic cat
A PetSafe Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy is the futuristic game your very modern cat will love. You can set it up to keep your cat or kitten busy while you rest, relax, work, or cook something delicious in the kitchen that you really don’t want to share. Check out the cat cartoons all cat lovers will appreciate.
A little bauble for the tree
You can’t make it through Christmas without adding your BFF’s touch to the tree, can you? Susabella’s Personalized Dog Christmas Ornaments are the perfect addition to any dog lover’s tree and can be customized to suit just about any pup’s name.
These are grossly good
We know what you’re about to say. Crickets? For my dog? Yes, and hear us out—Jiminys Cricket Protein Gourmet Dog Treats are a low calorie, high-protein way to feed your dog a 100 percent grain-free, non-GMO treat that has less of a carbon footprint than beef or other popular protein sources (like turkey or lamb). Don’t miss the things your dog wishes you knew.
Cleanliness is next to dogliness
The E-Cloth Pet Bowl Scrubber is a bone-shaped scrubber that keeps pet bowl cleaning separate from all your other cleaning duties. Just add water and wash your pet’s bowl to a beautiful, hygiene-friendly shine.
Why should dogs have all the fun treats?
They shouldn’t—cats deserve fun snacks too, which is why Redbarn Pet Products Protein Puffs in salmon flavor will make an especially yummy holiday treat for the feline in your life. Check out the cat facts you probably don’t know.
For safety’s sake
A best friend deserves all the protection in the world, which is why an Illumiseen LED Dog Vest is such an important gift list item for those known to take nighttime walks. The vest is rechargeable, lightweight, and helps keep your dog more visible to drivers and other safety hazards at night.
Is this real life or just a dream?
Go Dream, a company that specializes in turning fantasies into reality, will actually bring puppies to your next party if you book their services. If that’s not the most magical gift of all time, well, we’re stumped.
A seriously good read for cat lovers
If the person on your list has a deep love of the written word and sweet, beautiful kittens, they’ll love getting a copy of Writers and Their Cats. Everyone from Mark Twain to Haruki Murakami is outlined in this book that compiles the shared homes and hearts of famous cat-cohabitating writers.
Elevate your furry friend to celebrity status with a colorful wall portrait in his or her honor. This one, called Beware of Pitbulls, is by American Pop portrait artist Dean Russo, who also gives his signature graphic treatment to pugs, labs, German shepherds and other beloved breeds. Check out dozens of other animal-themed art—with your choice of frame or canvas, on Art.com.
For the tiniest sea creatures
If the aquarium buff in your life had a little one of their own, they’ll go ga-ga for these Rookie Humans organic cotton crib sheets in an “Underwater Love” design loaded with fun, uplifting sea life.
Let’s all be honest for a minute
…And wear things we relate to, like this Puppies and Yoga shirt by Puppies Make Me Happy. Is there anything more relatable that you can wear right now? We recommend styling this with pizza-adorned leggings, obviously.
Rabbits love to play
While you may more commonly think of dogs and cats when you hear of pet toys, rabbits actually love some fun-time too. This Mini Activity Zone Rabbit Toy is the perfect hutch addition to the helpful hopper in your life, and it’s loaded with all sorts of fun textures for Buggsy to get involved with.
For little fans of April the Giraffe
If everyone in your house is still talking about April the Giraffe’s bold motherhood and quick rise to stardom, the littlest family member will get a kick out of this unisex two-piece outfit from Little Me—complete with a mom and baby giraffe. Too cute!
Arf, arf! That’s cute!
The cuteness from this Dogeared In Dogs We Trust necklace is almost unbe-woof-able. It’s great for just about any age or stage of adult dog lover too.
OMG, that’s funny!
If your little kitten seems to think he or she is really a big wild cat, they obviously need an OMG Adorables Lion Mane Costume. It’s not just a Halloween thing, it’s an every day be-who-you-believe-you-are thing.
We’re definitely not leaving out guinea pigs
They’re just the cutest, aren’t they? We’ve been obsessed with them ever since we found out about guinea pig costumes (yes, really), and we’re pretty sure this coffee mug is just what the doctor ordered.
Is that a lizard on your leash?
Or are you just happy to see me? Probably both, because this adjustable lizard training leash really exists and is the cutest thing your gecko will wear this year. We’re pretty sure your kids will win show and tell at school when they show up with a leashed lizard.
Take a load off
The Bolstered Dog Bed from Nest Bedding is designed to offer your older pooch some pressure point relief, but all dogs will love the perfect nap spot. You’ll love that it’s made with 100 percent green-waste recycled plastic fill, in a breathable cotton canvas that can be tossed in the washing machine and also resists chewing.
For newfound freedom
Both you and your pooch will celebrate independence day with the gift of a pet door that allows dogs to come and go as they please—eliminating their dependence on you for bathroom breaks. We love the Endura Flap Pet Door because it’s flexible, dual-paned, so it’s highly insulating (saving your heating and cooling bills), and comes in four sizes to suit the full range of breeds. It’s also made in the USA, just like your furry friend.
The gift of fresh breath
Good luck gifting a toothbrush for dogs (though they do exist). Instead, try dental chews that remove plaque and tartar and freshen breath as dogs chew them. The ones from Whimzees have all-natural, vegetarian ingredients and are obviously the best thing to ever happen to your hound’s halitosis. You’re welcome.
For any pet in need of a stretch
Ditch the crate and let your pet stretch their legs, paws, or whatever else for a while in this fun and useful AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Excercise Playpen. It’s easy to set up and lets most medium-sized pets like dogs, cats, and other furries have some fun in a controlled environment (read: not your kitchen cabinets). Next, find out the 50 secrets your pet won’t tell you.
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