If you know me at all, you’ve gathered I’m a little crazy for dogs. Yes, my two hooligans drive me crazy, but I also love them to pieces. Heck, I even designed them a dog palace.
So when I was brainstorming what types of gift guides people might find helpful for the holidays, I HAD to include the dog lovers of the world.
In this post, I’m sharing the 10 most thoughtful dog parent gifts for the holidays.
Do you leave things to the last minute? Check out my procrastinator’s gift guide.
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Stylish Dog Bed
Granted, this is a gift for the dog parent you know really well and want to lavish on, but this skeleton dog bed is incredibly chic for the special dog lover in your life. Usually, dog beds are uber basic or overly cutesy. This version blends beautifully into a well-designed home.
Technically, this is a snood, not a scarf, but how adorable would this stylish neckwear be on your friend’s adorable pooch? Believe it or not, this is actually a practical gift too. Short-haired dogs can get really cold in the winter, so those insanely cute sweaters, boots, and coats aren’t just for show. A scarf or a snood is a safe bet, because sizing is a bit more forgiving.
Gourmet Dog Treats
What dog doesn’t like a yummy snack? Gourmet dog treats are a super thoughtful gift for a dog parent you might have a more casual relationship with and want to gift them something without spending an arm and a leg. Just be aware of potential food allergies (yes, seriously). Avoid anything with chicken as, believe it or not, it’s a very common allergy among the furry crowd,
Think you can’t afford to get a custom dog portrait made for your favorite dog parent? Think again! I found this great shop on Etsy that will create a digital portrait that you can have printed and framed. The turnaround time is shockingly fast. You can go high end with framing via Framebridge, or simply pick up a frame during your next Target run.
Call me extra, but way back when our two pugs were our only babies, I would have died over something like this! This interactive dog camera and app allows you to check in on your pup any time of day, talk to him, and toss him treats from your smartphone. Dog parents tend to become a little obsessed with their fur kids, so this gift is a slam dunk when you’re looking to be extra generous.
No Stuffing Plush Toy
When I first saw these things, I thought they looked a little janky but it turns out dogs LOVE them. These squeaky dog toys are super affordable, come three to a pack, and will make any dog you gift them to your instant best friend. Maybe bring a set next time you visit your aunt’s house. Her dog is always giving you the side-eye…
Puppy Goody Box
For the brand new pet parent, this puppy goody box is stuffed with a bunch of puppy safe goodies and will get everyone off to a good start. Welcoming a new pup into the family — especially if it’s the first — can be a little scary, making this an incredibly thoughtful, helpful gift.
Forever a classic, with very good reason, no dog parent in the world would be disappointed with another Kong to add to their collection. This is especially true if their fur baby is a heavy chewer (like our bull terrier, yeesh). We run through chew toys like water. Gift this one with a jar of peanut butter for extra chewy fun.
I think this would make a hilarious gift for a sibling or a good friend who owns a dog. And honestly? As silly as giving someone a box of poop bags is, it’s also so freaking practical! We are constantly running out. Set up a yearlong auto-shipment to be delivered every month, and you’re basically the awesomest human to ever give a gift. And hilarious.
Full confession: our pug Joey is a complete nut. He’s very anxious and barks at EVERYTHING. And I know this isn’t uncommon, based on all the great recommendations I’ve received for calming treats. The nice thing about this gift is that it’s equally kind for the dog and for his parents. Top them with a pretty red bow and a hug.
There you have it — the 10 most thoughtful gifts for dog parents. I hope you enjoyed this shopping guide and found what you needed.
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