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The 30 Best Gifts for Dog Lovers That Will Raise the Woof

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The best gifts for dog lovers

It’s not always easy to find an A+ present, even when there’s a super helpful list of gift ideas in hand. 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 all the men and women in your life—from your father-in-law to your best friend.

Don’t worry, cat people, we haven’t forgotten about you. Head on over to this list of gifts for cat lovers that will satisfy even the most finicky feline fans.

Dogs BookVia merchant

Best for the high-brow dog lover: Dogs Hardcover Coffee Table Book

Every coffee table needs a glossy, hardcover book to flip through. Your favorite dog lover will get a kick out of this canine-filled coffee table 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.

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Dog Back Seat CoverVia merchant

Best 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.

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Best for the coffee lover: Tervis Tumbler

Coffee obsession meets dog lover with this tumbler that’s adorned with adorable pups. It’s an on-point gift 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.

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Best for the plant enthusiast: Likha Pug Planter

Satisfy that person’s obsession with 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.

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Custom Line Art Dog PortraitVia merchant

Best for the sentimental person: Customisity Line Art Dog Portrait

We’re 100% confident that a custom pet portrait will send any dog owner into a fit of glee upon unwrapping. For an artful spin, check out the customized line art illustrations created by Etsy seller, customisity. 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.

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Best for the pool fiend: PoolCandy Inflatable Pet Float

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 35 pounds. The brand also makes a larger size that holds up to 100 pounds. For a different type of experience, try these kiddie pools that their furry friend certainly won’t turn their snout up at.

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Best 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.

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Best 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 t-shirt is comfy, statement-making and pairs well with leggings, so it’s probably going to become a wardrobe staple.

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The Foggy Dog Boho Mud Cloth Dog Waste Bag HolderVia merchant

Best 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.

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Wisdom Panel Dog DNA TestVia merchant

Best 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.

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Enjoy Life Dog PlannerVia merchant

Best for the writer: Cozy Pet Critters Classic Notebook

Whether your friend keeps a bullet journal, writes down their daily thoughts or simply likes to jot down handwritten notes in meetings, a dog-themed journal is a sure bet. This one from The Happy Planner comes with 60 dot grid pages and has illustrations of dogs and other animals throughout it.

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Best 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.

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Kibou Fur Baby BundleVia merchant

Best 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, this gift for dog lovers offers a hands-free way to keep all the essentials nearby. It includes a collapsible bowl, dog treats, poop bag dispenser with eco-friendly bags and sanitizer, as well as space for keys, cards and cash.

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Biker Dog JacketVia merchant

Best 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 a winter jacket for dogs might be a better fit.

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Dog ToteVia merchant

Best for the on-the-go gal: Naanle Canvas Tote

This Naanle tote works as an everyday shopping bag or as an airport carry-on. 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.

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My Humans Are Getting Maried SignVia merchant

Best 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.

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Bow Tie CollarVia merchant

Best 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. Such a handsome good boy!

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Casper Dog BedsVia merchant

Best 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.

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Custom Dog Tea TowelVia merchant

Best 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.

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Aquapaw Pro Pet Grooming Tool Via merchant

Best 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.

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Best 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.

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Custom Pet Wine LabelVia merchant

Best 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 the personalized label complete with an original story on the back.

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woof Pet FrameVia merchant

Best 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 floof and get ready for loads of happy exclaims.

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Custom Pet NecklaceVia merchant

Best 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.

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 Dog Dad Hat Via merchant

Best 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!

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Best for the dog parent in training: Brandon McMillan Dog Training MasterClass

The MasterClass with Brandon McMillan, a sought-after dog trainer who has a way with pups and their owners, is an ideal gift for 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.

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Pup Face GameVia merchant

Best for the game lover: Pup Face Original Edition

Any pet parent who loves a good game night will be paws-in on this dog meme-inspired party game. Pup Face features dogs from viral videos, and players compete to find the funniest combination of dog faces and captions. Pssst, there’s a Cat Face version too.

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Pet PillowsVia merchant

Best 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.

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Automatic Pet Feeder Via merchant

Best 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.

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Funny Pet TagsVia merchant

Best 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.

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Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a Phoenix-based veteran lifestyle reporter covering home and garden, pets, wellness and travel for outlets such as Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Insider and Reader's Digest. She received her bachelor's degree from Franklin College of Indiana's Pulliam School of Journalism, graduating magna cum laude. She has a second bachelor's degree in Philosophy.