The 50 Best Gifts for Dog Lovers
These thoughtful, clever, and useful gifts for dog lovers are guaranteed to get tails wagging and elicit some serious smiles.
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Paw-sitively perfect presents
It’s not always easy to find the perfect present, even when you have a super helpful list of unique gifts in hand. But if you’re having a rough—ahem, ruff—time and the person on your list happens to be a pet parent, your life is about to get a whole lot easier. We’ve rounded up the best gifts for dog lovers guaranteed to make them smile, as well as items that their pups will get a kick out of, too.
From personalized prints that just might bring a tear to your giftee’s eye and useful products they won’t know how they ever lived without to delicious treats that’ll make Fido’s tail wag, there’s definitely something for everyone on this list. Even better? We’ve provided suggestions at a variety of price points, so you’re sure to find something great that matches your budget. For another clever way to shop, check out these gifts that perfectly suit every zodiac sign.
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For road-trippers: Active Pets Store Back Seat Protector
Road trips have always been a thing, but 2020 made them extraordinarily popular. Whether your giftee likes to hit the road with their pup for long stretches or they regularly take Fido on in-town car rides, this waterproof, scratchproof back seat cover is a game-changer. For a clever gift, pair this item with a stay at one of the 30 best pet-friendly hotels in America.
For Pixar lovers: Disney Pixar Mr. Incredible Dog Toy
Got a bored dog? Mr. Incredible (and friends) to the rescue! Disney’s Pixar Studios put out an entire dog toy line at Petsmart that’s full of all your favorites. Each is a super plush, true-to-character toy that pups can chew, cuddle, or toss around. If you’re on a budget, you won’t want to miss these other stocking stuffers under $10.
For the fashion-forward: Kenyan Collection Bijou Beaded Dog Collar
Both pup and owner will make a style statement with this colorful beaded collar. Even better, each is handmade in Africa by a fairly paid artisan, which provides them with a way to guide their future and support themselves and family. Love this idea? Check out these other great holiday gifts that give back.
For canines in cold climates: Mark & Graham Weatherproof Dog Jacket
Winter is coming, and if the person you’re buying for lives in a particularly cold area, this is the perfect present. Their pooch will be grateful, too! The soft fleece is comfortable to wear and features reflective piping for dusk and dawn walks. Bonus: You can get their dog’s name embroidered on the back. Want to peruse different styles before making a decision? Here are more of the coziest dog coats for winter.
For a personalized touch: West + Willow custom portrait
West + Willow creates modern custom pet portraits that’ll send your giftee into joyful exclamation upon unwrapping. All you have to do is send an image or two to their artists and you’ll get to proof the artwork within a week before it prints. This is definitely one of the best gifts for dog lovers who want to proudly show off their pup—or pups! Here are more personalized gifts that really go the extra mile.
For shedders: PupProtector Waterproof Throw Blanket
Few things are as frustrating as dealing with a messy, fur-covered car or a couch that might as well double as a second dog. That’s why this PupProtector Waterproof Throw Blanket is a must-have. It was specifically designed to protect upholstery while looking fashionable. If you have a pet lover who’s also a tech lover on your list, check out these 15 tech gadgets every pet owner needs.
For proud pet parents: Entryways “Wipe Your Paws” Doormat
As every dog lover knows, a house isn’t a home without a dog in it. This Wipe Your Paws Doormat is the perfect home accessory for pet parents who are proud of their whole family—and who want to remind canines and humans alike not to track mud into the house. If you know someone who just bought a home, don’t miss these 52 great gifts for first-time homeowners.
For dirty dogs: Bissell BarkBath Dual Use Portable Dog Bath and Deep Cleaning System
Every pup parent wants a clean home and a clean pet, and Bissell’s BarkBath delivers both with this ingenious portable dog bath. It’s convenient for road travel, eliminates the usual bath-time mess, and can even be used to clean up other messes around the house. To tackle more mutt messes, try one of these 15 best vacuums for dog and cat hair.
For chewers: BarkBox Super Chewer
$45 per month
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 that Fluffy chewed on some adorable dog toys instead of their favorite shoes, which is why a BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription will be more than appreciated. Does your dog get bored easily? Here are some other smart ways to keep your pet happy while you’re at work all day.
For senior dogs: Treat a Dog Faux Fur Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed
This faux-fur dog bed doesn’t just look luxurious—it feels luxurious, too. It’s designed to offer your older pooch some pressure-point relief, but all dogs will love this special napping spot. After all, dogs sleep for nearly half the day every day, so they should have a comfy place to do it! It’s available in three sizes and two colors, and it’ll look great in any room.
For snackers: I and Love and You Canine Gift Box
All dogs who earned their spot on the nice list this year deserve this fun canine gift box curated by I and Love and You. It’s packed with the company’s most popular treats and even includes an “ugly holiday sweater” bandana so your pooch feels included at the holiday party. Plus, there may be nothing cuter than a dressed-up dog, as you can see with these 30 adorable pets filled with Christmas spirit.
For long walkers: FreshStart DogiPack
If the person on your list is constantly taking her dog (or other pets) on long walks, there’s a good chance she’s probably short on hands. The FreshStart DogiPack solves that issue. It’s a hands-free system that helps streamline pet walking by offering all sorts of helpful compartments in a trendy belt-bag style. By the way, this is how much exercise your dog really needs.
For pumpkin lovers: Plato Pumpkin and Turkey Dog Treats
While walking your dog and sipping your pumpkin spice latte, share the pumpkin love with your best buddy. Every pooch will raise a paw for one of these grain-free snacks full of pumpkin goodness. This is also a safer (and arguably yummier) option than bone treats.
For the cuddler: Petsies Pet Pillow
When you can’t hold your fur baby, hold this custom polyester plush pillow that looks just like her, down to her exact pose. On MyPetsies.com, simply upload your favorite doggy pic, and within weeks, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind pet memento to cuddle. The likeness is uncanny! For some photo-taking inspiration, check out these 30 funny dog photos you really need to see.
For some pre-Christmas excitement: Dreambone Advent Calendar for Dogs
Everyone loves doling out dog treats—so imagine the fun of a new treat every day leading up to Christmas. With the Dreambone Advent Calendar for Dogs, you’ll get 24 tasty bites, including eight sweet potato mini bones, eight mini candy canes, and eight mini chicken-wrapped sticks for your pet’s ultimate chewing pleasure. While we’re on the subject, here are another 25 advent calendars for everyone on your list.
For easy grooming: Aquapaw Pro Pet Bathing Tool
Instead of giving your pet the typical hose-down or messy tub adventure, try an Aquapaw Pro Pet Bathing Tool. It distributes water, scrubs, and even works with just about any garden hose if you’re the outside-grooming type. And if you’re wondering, yes, it works like a dream on horses, too. While you’re shopping, check out these other 20 pet products with nearly perfect reviews on Amazon.
For bone fiends: Benebone Maplestick Chew Toy
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 created entirely from 100 percent American made and sourced nylon and maple. Plus, it keeps your furniture and shoes intact. Here are 22 other all-American holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
For outdoor lovers: Quirky Pawcet Pet Fountain
Any giftee with a giant yard, impressive dog run, or affinity for spending time outdoors with their furry best friend will make great use of a watering helper called the Pawcet. It lets pets control when they need fresh water (or just some fun time) at the tap of a paw, simplifying your life and theirs. To transform your outdoor space into a pet paradise, learn these tips to make the best backyard for your cat or dog.
For those with a sense of humor: If It Barks Dog Tag
Giftees who have a sense of humor will get a kick out of the personalized collar tags from If It Barks. Case in point: this witty “I chase squirrels” option (which we imagine applies to many pups). The brand also has slightly more, ahem, colorful versions to choose from. And don’t miss the customization option for cute collars and leashes, including the company’s signature Martingale collar that helps with training. We’re loving the reflective strips for nighttime safety. Of course, making sure your dog has the proper identification is super important, as is knowing what to do if your pet is missing.
For an easy enclosure: AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Exercise Playpen
Ditch the crate and let your pet stretch his legs, paws, or whatever else for a while in this fun and useful AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Exercise Playpen. It’s easy to set up and lets most small- to medium-sized dogs have some fun in a controlled environment (read: not your kitchen cabinets). It’s also easy to tote around if you want to bring your pup to a friend’s house or on vacay. While pet owners know that their pups want to play, these are the 50 secrets your pet won’t tell you.
For coffee drinkers: Tervis Tumbler
Coffee obsession meets dog lover with this Tervis tumbler adorned with adorable pups. It’s a great option for anyone who loves to swing by the café on the regular and can’t stop thinking about their furball back at home. It’s also one of those gifts that’ll keep people smiling even at the most boring of work meetings. Like other Tervis tumblers, it’s heat-safe, cold-safe, and dishwasher-safe. Buying for a colleague? Here are more thoughtful gifts for coworkers for $25 or less.
For the dog lover who’s always on the go: Sea Bags Recycled Sail Cloth Golden Retriever Tote Large
This Sea Bags tote is a great gift for dog lovers who could use an airport carry-on or an everyday shopping bag. It’s also an ideal way to bring all of your 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 weatherproof, and hard to chew through (if that’s a problem for you, anyway). If the environment’s on your mind, don’t miss these ways to be more eco-friendly this holiday season.
For a stocking stuffer: Farm Hounds Duck Treats
Dogs will love these duck treats from Farm Hounds—and so will you (albeit in a different way). This protein-filled snack is made with 100 percent duck that’s transparently sourced from family farms, so you know your pup is getting the absolute best. They’re also easy to break, so you can divvy them up as rewards.
For the curious-minded: Wisdom DNA Panel for Dogs
Do you know someone who’s always theorizing about the genetic makeup of their pup? Stop speculating and find out for sure with this clever kit. Wisdom is the world’s leading canine genetics company, having tested more than one million dogs in order to give owners insight into their fur companion’s breed and health. This one is a great gift for dog lovers who already have it all. If you’re thinking of getting a similar gift for a doggy parent, you might first want to check out these 13 surprising facts about at-home DNA tests (for humans).
For stinky breath: Greenies Flavors Dental Dog Treats
Sharing is caring. And sometimes that means tossing a literal bone-treat to your best friend while you sit outside at a favorite café or enjoy a picnic in the park. Greenies Flavors Dental Dog Treats are an easy way to bulk-buy Fido’s faves while simultaneously fighting plaque, tartar, and gross dog-breath issues. They’re bursting with minty-fresh flavor and loaded with easy-to-digest ingredients.
For dogs with gourmet taste: A Pup Above Turkey Pawella Stew
Maybe the person on your list is a chef and a lover of all things gourmet, or just likes the idea of feeding their pooch the healthiest and freshest ingredients. A Pup Above sells homemade-style doggy meals brimming with ingredients like non-GMO veggies, as well as gluten-free meat stews. Their most popular is a turkey pawella stew that seems to be totally drool-worthy. In case you were wondering, these are the dog food brands veterinarians feed their own pets.
For edgy pups: Doggles Biker Vest Dog Harness
The Doggles Biker Vest Dog Harness is one of the best gifts for dog lovers who want to give their pup a little fashion flair. It’s one part style statement and two parts edgy canine. You don’t need a motorcycle to appreciate it, either. If you love a good pet pic (and who doesn’t?), check out these hilarious dog and cat photos you really need to see.
For dirty paws: MudBuster Paw Cleaner
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 also portable, making it a great gift for dog lovers who are often on the go. Dog owner or not, these are 65 Amazon products you’ll definitely use every day.
For restless doggos: Bocce’s Bakery Bedtime Tea Dog Treats
Some of the best pups are the wildest ones, but that doesn’t mean bedtime isn’t a sacred time of day. Wind down 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 chill out and get ready for a comforting night of sleep.
For stylish canines: Django Puffer Dog Coat
It’s not just humans who need a warm, cozy winter coat to get through the chilliest days: 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 its handy pet-carrying tote.
For stinky pups: Synergylabs Veterinary Formula Soothing and Deodorizing Oatmeal Shampoo
Make bath time a million times easier with a shampoo pets actually like. Synergylabs Veterinary Formula Soothing and Deodorizing Oatmeal Shampoo includes baking soda, zinc, and aloe vera for a more natural way to clean a pup. The formula promises to leave anti-tick and other repellents intact while making fur silky smooth and ultra-clean. While pup primping is on your mind, you might also want to buy one of the best clippers to trim a dog’s nails at home.
For easy feeding when away: Petmate Portion Right Programmable Pet Feeder
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 pup (or really any other adorable animal you may own). What should go in that dispenser? According to vets, this is the very best diet for dogs.
For jewelry lovers: Puppy Dog Paw Print Pendant Necklace
If your giftee loves the idea of keeping her pup by her heart at all times, then this Puppy Dog Paw Print Pendant Necklace is a great selection. We particularly love it in rose gold. The 16-inch length is perfect for most necklines, and the pendant itself is a fun conversation starter with other dog lovers.
For extra furry floofs: The Shed Defender
Hanging out with your pooch is all fun and games until you realize their fur is everywhere—your car, your couch, your business attire. The Shed Defender is a onesie that contains all loose hair safely and effectively, making it easier to transport your dog in the car or hang out with them on the couch. Here are 12 pet hair removers that really work.
For dental care: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews
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 your pup’s benefit and yours, and he’ll be thrilled to have a good-boy treat.
For anxious pups: NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid
Long car rides, thunder, and even separation can leave your dog in distress. There are a few ways to calm an anxious dog without medication, and this is one of them. These NaturVet Quiet Moments soft dog chews use melatonin, tryptophan, and thiamine to reduce stress levels and help dogs stay calm.
For a photo op: Zoosnoods
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 this reindeer pet hood, for example. Can you even? While you’ve got your pup all dressed up, quick—take a pic! And see how your photo compares to these 16 purrfect pet-themed Christmas cards guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
For good boys (and girls): Blue Dog Bakery Treats
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 giving your pup an extra one.
For snuggle-bugs: Aspen Pet Self Warming Bed
For the ultra-snuggly dog, cat, bunny, or other cuddle-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! While your pet is catching some zzz’s, take note: Your dog’s sleeping position can tell you a lot about them.
For the sentimental dog owner: Susabella Personalized Dog Christmas Ornaments
Your giftee will love adding this personalized touch to the tree this year and all the years that follow. 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.
For adventurous snackers: Jiminy’s Cricket Protein Dog Cookies
We know what you’re about to say. Crickets? For my dog? Yes, and hear us out—Jiminy’s Cricket Protein Dog Cookies 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). Plus, your dog will love it. Here are some other things your dog wishes you knew.
For cleaning fiends: E-Cloth Pet Bowl Scrubber
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 get a beautiful, hygiene-friendly shine. To fill out a whole doggy gift package, add a few (or all!) of these cleaning tools every pet owner needs.
For adventurers: Illumiseen LED Dog Vest
A best friend deserves all the protection in the world, which is why an Illumiseen LED Dog Vest is such an important 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. Sometimes, dangers are a lot closer to home. Do you know about these 10 shockingly common dog dangers in your own backyard?
For kids: Go Dream Dog Party
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. Note that this gift is only available in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you’re trying to cut down on clutter this holiday season, check out these 11 gifts your kids will love that aren’t toys.
For the artsy: Dean Russo Pop Print
Elevate your furry friend to celebrity status with a colorful wall portrait in his or her honor. This one, called Beware of Pit Bulls, is by American Pop portrait artist Dean Russo, who also gives his signature graphic treatment to Pugs, Labs, German Shepherds, and other beloved breeds. You can also find dozens of other animal-themed art pieces—with your choice of frame or canvas.
For the lounger: Puppies Make Me Happy T-Shirt
Let’s all be honest for a minute and wear things we relate to like this Puppies Make Me Happy tee. Is there anything more relatable that you can wear right now? We recommend styling this with comfy leggings, obviously. While this will be a popular gift for dog lovers, these are the 60 most popular holiday gifts ordered on Amazon.
For a delicate touch: Dogeared In Dogs We Trust Dog Bone Necklace
The cuteness from this Dogeared In Dogs We Trust Necklace is almost unbe-woof-able. It’s a great gift for dog lovers of just about any age or stage, too.
For healthy teeth: Whimzees Dental Chews
No matter how much you love your dog, brushing their teeth isn’t the most enjoyable activity in the world. While it needs to be done, you can supplement your efforts with an easier everyday option: dental chews that remove plaque and tartar and freshen breath as dogs chew them. The ones from Whimzees have all-natural, vegetarian ingredients and will be the best thing to ever happen to your hound’s halitosis. You’re welcome. By the way, this is how often you should be brushing your dog’s teeth.
For a decadent treat: Smartbones Chicken Wrapped Stuffed Twistz
A happy pup makes for a happy owner, and your giftee’s favorite canine will be overjoyed at the sight and scent of these chicken-wrapped twists from Smartbones. We like that they’re easy to digest, made with wholesome ingredients, and help keep teeth healthy.
For free spirits: Endura Flap Pet Door
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 (which means it’s highly insulating, saving you money on 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. Now that you’ve got the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life, check out these 10 pieces of gift-giving etiquette you need this holiday season.