The 41 Best Gifts for Dog Lovers That Will Raise the Woof
Shop for sentimental personalized gifts, funny stocking stuffers, ultra-useful picks and dog-themed accessories. Here are the best gifts for dog lovers.
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It’s not always easy to find an A+ present, even when there’s a super helpful list of gift ideas. But if you’re having a ruff, uh, we mean, rough time and that person happens to be a dog fan, your job is about to get a whole lot easier. We’ve rounded up the best gifts for dog lovers guaranteed to lead to some human tail wags.
From dog grooming supplies that will come in handy to unique picks, such as jewelry, apparel and accessories, this list has it all for pet parents this holiday season. Even better? We’ve provided suggestions at a variety of price points, so you’re sure to find fitting gifts for everyone.
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For the sentimental person: Line Art Dog Portrait
We’re 100% confident that a custom pet portrait is one of those gifts for dog lovers that will send them into a fit of glee upon unwrapping. For an artful spin, check out the customized line art illustrations on Etsy. All you have to do is send an image to the artist, who will create a modern illustration and then send a digital file to print wherever you please. Love this idea? Check out other personalized pet gifts that really go the extra mile.
For the cook: Custom Pet Tea Towel
A cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen, which makes a personalized tea towel both a sentimental and useful gift. Choose from a custom illustration or a pre-selected option depicting a specific dog breed. You’ll also send along the pet’s name and preferred font color. Consider pairing it with a foodie-approved gift or two to complete the surprise.
For the dog dad: Hatphile Dog Dad Baseball Cap
Shopping for a guy who is a man of few words? This minimalist “Dog Dad” hat broadcasts his status loud and clear in the most subtle and stylish of ways. Choose from a variety of sizes and colors, including black, khaki and rainbow. It just might work as a gift for Dad!
For the unabashed animal lover: “Sorry, I’m Late. I Saw a Dog.” T-Shirt
This is one of those gifts for dog lovers that speaks the truth. We guess it could qualify as a gag gift, but quite honestly, this funny dog T-shirt is comfy, statement-making and pairs well with leggings, so it’s probably going to become a wardrobe staple.
For the dog-loving kid: ClassicIndulgence Brass Enamel Dog Studs
The cuteness factor of these delicate earrings is ridiculously high. While dog lovers of just about any age can wear them, they’re a particularly great gift for kids who have recently had their ears pierced. Looking for a gift for the teen in your life? Girls in that age group will get a kick out of the studs too.
For the frequent traveler: Sherpa The Original Dog Carrier Bag
With an airline-approved guarantee, this dog carrier bag is a cozy and sturdy way for dogs to travel. It has durable mesh and lots of storage space. Choose from medium and large sizes, depending on the breed and needed space. Plus, it’s on the affordable end, so you can spend more on calming treats and toys for the trip.
For the home that can’t keep up with dog hair: Tineco S10 Cordless Stick Vacuum
It’s a wonder how shedding dog owners survive without a pet hair vacuum. Executive Editor Aviva Patz loves this Tineco S10 for her pug puppy’s needle-like hair. “Thanks to some mysteriously amazing zero-tangle technology, I never have to worry about the hose getting jammed up,” she says. “Also, cordless is a no-brainer. Once you go cordless, you’ll never want to be tethered to a wall socket again.”
For the high-brow dog lover: Dogs Hardcover Coffee Table Book
Every home needs a glossy, coffee table book to flip through. Your favorite dog lover will get a kick out of this canine-filled book, which features beautiful images of dogs shot by renowned photographer, Tim Flach. While you’re on Amazon, check out these other pet products that have near-perfect reviews.
For the road tripper: Active Pets Back Seat Cover
Whether your giftee likes to hit the road with Fido for long stretches or regularly takes him on car rides around town, this waterproof, scratch-proof back seat cover is a game-changer. Its four high-tech fabric layers create a comfy barrier between pet messes and your vehicle. The accessory fits in cars as big as SUVs by attaching to the headrests and seat anchors for a secure fit. If you really want to splurge, pair this gift with a stay at one of the best pet-friendly hotels in the country.
For the beverage lover: Tervis Tumbler
Coffee obsession meets dog lovers with this Tervis tumbler that’s adorned with adorable pups. It’s one of those on-point gifts for dog lovers who swing by the office coffee machine on the regular and can’t stop thinking about their fur ball back at home. Like other Tervis tumblers, it’s heat-, cold- and dishwasher-safe.
For the plant enthusiast: Likha Pug Planter
Satisfy that person’s love of dogs and indoor plants in one fell swoop. Even better, this cute planter from Likha is handcrafted by artisans in the Philippines, and each purchase empowers local communities there. If you’re not feeling the pug design, there are other breed options to choose from, including a Westie and poodle.
For the pool fiend: SwimWays Paddle Paws Pet Float
Do you know what makes pool days way more fun? Having a fluffy pup splashing around at your side. Made from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant materials, this pool float is made specifically for dogs and holds up to 65 pounds. For a different type of experience, try these kiddie pools that their furry friend certainly won’t turn their snout up at.
For the clean freak: Bissell BarkBath Dual Use Portable Dog Bath & Deep Cleaner
Pup parents want a clean home and a clean pet, and Bissell’s BarkBath cleaner delivers both with this ingenious portable dog bath. It’s convenient for road travel, eliminates the usual bath time mess and cleans up other messes around the house. To tackle other mutt messes, take a look at the top-rated vacuums for pet hair that also make excellent gifts for dog lovers.
For the designated dog walker: Boho Mud Cloth Dog Waste Bag Holder
Every dog owner knows that picking up poop is part of their (ahem) duties. The Foggy Dog keeps it chic and discreet with a waste bag holder. Bonus: It attaches to a keychain, dog leash or harness, so they’ll never accidentally leave home without it.
For the curious pet parent: Wisdom DNA Panel for Dogs
Do you know someone who doesn’t know exactly what breed(s) their pup is? Stop speculating and find out for sure with a dog DNA kit. Wisdom is the world’s leading canine genetics company, having tested more than a million dogs in order to give owners insight into their fur companion’s breed and health. The company has several kits at different price points.
For the new homeowner: Entryways “Wipe Your Paws” Door Mat
As every dog owner knows, a house isn’t a home without a dog. This “Wipe Your Paws” door mat is a silly housewarming gift and 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.
For the new pet parent: Kibou Fur Baby Bundle
Becoming a pet parent is exciting, but there are a lot of i’s to dot, t’s to cross and (let’s not forget) poop to scoop. The Kibou Fur Baby Bundle makes the whole pet parenthood transition way easier. Worn as a fanny pack or crossbody bag, these gifts for dog lovers offer a hands-free way to keep all the essentials nearby. It includes a collapsible bowl, dog treats, a poop bag dispenser with eco-friendly bags and sanitizer, as well as space for keys, cards and cash.
For the motorcyclist: Custom Dog Motorcycle Jacket
This faux-leather doggy jacket will give their pup a little attitude, even if they won’t ever find themselves on the back of a motorcycle. It’s one part style statement and two parts edgy canine. Plus, it gives the giftee an opportunity for a matching outfit moment that’ll help soften that rough persona (if only a little). You can even have it customized with their pup’s name. It might not be the warmest, however, so consider adding a winter jacket for dogs too.
For the on-the-go gal: Naanle Canvas Tote
This Naanle tote works as an everyday shopping bag or as an airport personal item. Better yet, the lucky recipient can use it to bring all of their pup’s essentials, like snacks, water and tennis balls, to the doggy park or beach, so Fido will have everything he needs. Ringing in at just $16, it makes a great Secret Santa gift too.
For the engaged couple: Screech Owl Supply Dog Engagement Photo Prop
For the couple who just put a ring on it, they’ll be delighted to receive this cute photo prop to help spread the good news. This Etsy gift works for a casual photo op and professional engagement pics alike, and can even be worn on the day of their wedding if the pup gets to crash the party. Also sure to delight? These foolproof engagement gifts the happy couple will love and actually use.
For the dapper pet parent: Unique Style Paws Bowtie Dog Collar
Dapper dog parents always look good, and they’ll appreciate their pup looking stylish too. These Unique Style Paws collars are available in sizes XXS to extra-large and come in a handful of different designs, including periwinkle pinstripes, checkered blue and red polka dots. You can also pair it with a no-pull dog harness for more control on walks. Such a handsome good boy!
For the at-home lounger: Casper Dog Bed
Those who never miss an opportunity to lounge at home will appreciate a well-built bed for their pup to hang out in right alongside them. Casper’s memory foam beds aren’t messing around. They’re engineered with two-layer foam construction composed of visco elastic memory foam and polyurethane support foam. If you’re looking for more options, there are plenty of other dog beds to consider, including a human dog bed that allows owners to doze off with their pups.
For the at-home groomer: Aquapaw Pro Pet Grooming Tool
With this innovative grooming tool, the typical hose-down or messy tub adventure will be a thing of the past. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving! The handy gadget distributes water, scrubs and works with just about any garden hose for those outdoor grooming sessions. Pair it with one of these top-rated dog shampoos and conditioners for the ultimate package.
For the wine lover: District52 Custom Pet Wine Label
Shopping for a wine drinker? They’ll get a kick out of seeing their pup’s face on a wine label. This Etsy seller makes it paw-sible to do so via customized labels, which you can then adhere to the person’s favorite bottle of vino. All you have to do is submit the dog’s picture, name and a few bits of information. In return, you’ll receive a personalized label complete with an original story on the back.
For the photo taker: Malden International Designs “Woof” Dog Frame
Adoring pet parents will happily display this pet picture frame front and center in their home. The classic black wood frame holds a 4-by-6-inch photo and features a bone up top and “woof” on the bottom. Include a picture of their favorite pup and get ready for loads of happy exclaims. This home decor item reveals dog is man’s best friend!
For the jewelry fan: Sincerely Silver Shop Custom Paw Print Necklace
If they’re the type who wishes they could keep their pup by their heart at all times, then this dog paw pendant necklace is a sure bet. It features an actual image of the dog’s paw, or you can opt for a standard paw print. Choose from three metals, including sterling silver, gold and rose gold, and the necklace length. It’s a jewelry gift they won’t want to take off.
For the dog parent in training: Brandon McMillan Dog Training MasterClass
MasterClasses with Brandon McMillan, a sought-after dog trainer who has a way with pups and their owners, are ideal gifts for dog lovers or new pet parents looking to get ahead of dog training. Heck, it’s even a quality idea for longtime owners who could learn a few new tricks. If McMillan looks familiar, that’s because he was the host of Lucky Dog on CBS.
For the college student: Petsies Pet Pillow
When they’re far from home, college students can snuggle with a custom pillow that looks just like their pup—down to the exact pose. Simply upload a doggy pic and within weeks, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind pet memento to give them. It’s the dorm room essential and dog lover gift they didn’t know they needed.
For the office worker: Petlibro Automatic Dog Feeder
The Petlibro automatic dog feeder allows humans to schedule perfectly portioned meals throughout the day. It’s a real game-changer for people who work in the office, travel often or are otherwise not always able to be at home to dispense meals for their pup. What should go in the convenient gadget? According to vets, these are the best dog food brands.
For the owner with a sense of humor: LuckyPet Store Dog Tags
Pet parents who are always down for a laugh will get a kick out of these personalized collar tags that they can attach right to their dog’s collar. Choose from 12 different phrases, like “Have your people call my people,” and five colors. The other side can be personalized with the human’s contact information.
For the busy bee: BarkBox Subscription Box
If a busy schedule prevents someone from visiting the pet store, a Barkbox subscription could be just what they need. Dogs who need indestructible toys will appreciate the Super Chewer box. Subscriptions start at $35 for one month or $22 per month for 12 months.
For the dog who’s practically family: Personalized Dog Family Blanket
They say some dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. A personalized blanket commemorates their place in the family tree by depicting the cutest scene on a cotton blend blanket. Give specifics of each human and non-human member and you’ll get an illustrated portrait to cuddle with. You can’t go wrong with these thoughtful gifts for dog lovers.
For the backyard oasis: Dog’s Spot Garden Sculpture
A fresh take on fire hydrants and “Clean up after your pet” signs, this garden sculpture gives dogs a designated place on the lawn. Put it out front, in a corner of the backyard or anywhere the dog does its business. The steel frame holds up in the weather and against, um, other elements. You can even engrave the dog’s name into the steel. Pee pads will be a thing of the past.
For the Christmas card senders: Matching Adult and Dog Onesie
It might only come once a year, but Christmas isn’t complete without a family card. And if you’re the theme type, matching everyone in a plaid onesie will be the holiday memory of a lifetime. No one will be left out—including the family pet.
For the grieving pet parent: Pet Memory Flower Garden Kit
If you or a friend has a dog-shaped hole in their heart, a Memory Garden Kit might be the best way to honor a lost pet. The kit comes with step-by-step instructions on how to plant the included perennials. You can even add keepsakes of the pet to the site, including a collar, leash, toy or a bit of their ashes. Every bloom from this sympathy gift will be a sweet reminder.
For the movie buff: The DogFather T-Shirt
Any Godfather fan will love turning into the don himself with this The DogFather T-shirt. It’s 100% cotton and silk screen-printed for maximum comfort. Choose “DogFather,” or swap it out for dozens of breeds, including “The ShepFather,” “The YorkieFather” and “The PitFather.” They’ll get all the compliments at the dog park.
For the one who can’t help spoiling their pooch: Homemade Dog Treats Kit
Store-bought treats can’t compete with homemade ones. This dog treat kit includes everything you need to make fresh goodies. Make peanut butter, apple, sweet potato or banana cookies in the shape of a paw print. They’re healthy dog treats their pup won’t be able to get enough of.
For the photographer: Dog Photo Album
Don’t miss a second of Fido’s puppy- and adulthood. Owners can store every memory in this photo album and include captions alongside each snapshot. It holds 80 4-by-6 pictures on acid-free pages to prevent fading and scratches. Try out these funny pet portrait ideas to fill the pages!
For the birthday party thrower: Birthday Cake Hat and T-Shirt
If you have a friend who loves throwing birthday parties for their dog, why not give them a birthday uniform? This cake hat and T-shirt is paw-sitively adorable and it comes in different sizes for different breeds. Here’s a dog cake recipe to go with it.
For the work-from-homer: Personalized Dog Calendar
A personalized dog calendar makes any desk just a little more heartwarming. When it comes to gifts for dog lovers, choose from dozens of breeds to match any furry friend. It’s the perfect way to ring in a new year! And if classy home decor is what you’re after, check out these aesthetic dog toys too.
For the Christmas lover: Dog Christmas Stocking
If you have two dogs or just want to sport matching stockings, this two-pack of paw stockings is perfect over the mantle. They’re plush, soft and a fantastic representation of a beloved pet’s paw. Gifts for dog lovers don’t get any easier than this. And for less than $10, it’s also an Amazon dog deal you won’t want to miss out on this holiday season.
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