The 55 Best Gifts for Dog Lovers They'll Be Doggone Excited About
Dog loving is a way of life, and if you're a dog lover, you know exactly what we mean. Not only are you loving and giving with a giant heart of gold, but you likely have a few quirky characteristics other dog lovers can relate to. You probably have a designated doggy voice, frequently exchange dog stories with friends, and greet every dog and dog lover in passing (sometimes asking about breed, name, etc.). You've saved your pup's face on every screen saver, celebrate every national dog holiday there is, and only use Instagram to send dog memes. Many of us even go as far as having a dedicated Instagram just for our dogs. And with those puppy dog eyes, it's only natural to want to share their adorable antics with the world. To put it mildly, a dog lover's love knows no bounds.
Even if you're not a dog lover yourself, we're willing to bet that you know a handful of them. With the holidays around the corner, it's time to start thinking about the best gifts for your dog-loving friends—since you're more likely to have one than not.
How We Found the Best Gifts for Dog Lovers
It can be hard to find the perfect gift for such a selfless breed of people (no pun intended!). A dog lover is just as happy with a gift for their dog as they are with a gift for themselves. Ideally, a gift for a dog lover is thoughtful, functional, and fun. Maybe it's something that can be used by their dog, or while they're with their dog, or even for some self-care after a long day at the dog park. This list considers gifts for all types of dog lovers—from the active dog owner to the cozy cuddler. In addition to endlessly scrolling through the pet pages of Amazon and Chewy and taking current dog and gifting trends into consideration, we also tapped into our team of experts to get their top recommendations.
Here are the 55 best gift ideas for your favorite pet parents and dog enthusiasts.
Trixie Activity Flip Board Strategy Game
Who said puzzles were just for humans? Dogs can have some gaming fun with this flip board strategy game. Hide the pup's favorite treat and they'll play to win, pawing at each compartment until they successfully unlock a treat. This game keeps energetic dogs stimulated and entertained, turning them into the most strategic pup in town.
Shop now: $13 (was $14); chewy.com
MyPupSocks Personalized Photo Pet Face Socks
The only thing better than new socks? Socks with pictures of your dog on them, of course! This gift is thoughtful, personal, and undoubtedly useful. Send in a high-quality photo of your pal's pupper, pick a color and size, and give a custom pair of socks to a proud dog owner you love.
Shop now: $14; amazon.com
Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Toy
If you know a new puppy owner, this one's for you! This toy stimulates a heartbeat and has a heat warmer to help make younger dogs feel like they have a puppy friend right by their side. It's perfect for pups who've just left their litter or dogs who have separation anxiety as it eases loneliness and helps soothe crying. With a calmer puppy at their side, your friend will be thankful for the extra rest.
Shop now: $40 (was $50); chewy.com
The Foggy Dog Face Mask and Bandana Set
Keep your pet owner pals safe and stylish with this chic matching face mask and dog bandana set. They'll get to "twin" with their dog pal while they enjoy their daily walk or trip around town.
Shop now: $30 (was $44); thefoggydog.com
If My Dog Could Talk Personalized Story Book
Forego a card for a sentimental friend and give a personalized storybook about their pup instead. You can feature the dog by name throughout the book—in addition to some family members and friends—and include a personalized dog illustration. Plus, there's room for a note so your love is remembered every time the book is opened.
Shop now: $30 (was $40); shutterfly.com
Hydros Filtered Water Bottle
Give the gift of clean water to a friend and their pooch, wherever they are. This bottle filters water in about 20 seconds, is BPA free, has an easy-to-open cap (for one-hand drinking), and is super lightweight. This will upgrade any doggy fountain and is clean enough to be human friendly, too.
Shop now: $20; amazon.com
iFetch Automatic Dog Ball Launcher
Make fetch happen with this automatic dog ball launcher. Owners can place a tennis ball in the funnel (or even train their dog to do it!) and launch the ball 10, 20, or 30 feet for a total upgrade to their fetch game. This ball launcher matches a dog's energy when human exhaustion kicks in and provides hours of fun without any of the shoulder pain. What's not to love?
Shop now: $115; amazon.com
Furbo Dog Camera
This camera has it all. Owners can watch their dogs via a 1080 HD camera that live streams on their mobile devices. A barking sensor sends notifications when it detects your dog barking, and a speaker allows messages to be sent back to your dog in real time. And that's not all. You can also fill the device with treats and reward your dog with treats via the app. This is the perfect way to keep an eye on your dog and stay connected even when far away. After all, humans get separation anxiety from their furry BFFs, too!
Shop now: $169; amazon.com
Found My Animal Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash, 7 Feet
Nothing will make your tie-dye-obsessed friend happier than matching with their dog. Luckily, an ombre leash isn't grounds for the "you're embarrassing me" doggy eyes. This stylish and colorful 7-foot leash is made with a marine-grade rope that's strong enough for hundreds of pounds of squirrel chasing, so it's totally worth the splurge.
Shop now: $64; chewy.com
Dogness Smart Cam Blue Pet Feeder
Errands at lunchtime? No problem! With this Smart Cam Feeder, dog owners can download an app to watch their pet with a 165-degree HD camera, schedule a feeding, and play pre-recorded messages. The feeder serves pre-programmed portions so dogs never have to skip out on a meal, and pet parents will feel as if they were there to feed their pup all along.
Shop now: $130 (was $180); chewy.com
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
Any dog lover knows all that couch cuddling and bed snuggling can leave dog hair on furniture and the floor. Help pup parents keep their living space clean with a top-notch handheld vacuum. This one by Bissel has multi-layer filtration, a 16-foot power cord, and a specialized rubber nozzle that attracts hair and pulls out dirt from carpets and upholstery. Plus, it has almost 11,500 near-perfect ratings on Amazon! Your friend will think of you every time they admire their clean house.
Shop now: $31 (was $39); amazon.com
Fur Art Love Custom Pet Portrait Renaissance Style on Canvas
Pet portraits are arguably one of the best gifts for dog lovers out there. But this isn't just any old pet portrait—this one captures a dog's unique personality and facial expressions and turns back time to the Renaissance era. The portraits come in three sizes on sturdy canvas with hanging hardware to effortlessly install this work of art into any home, or maybe even a local gallery. Who doesn't love seeing their pet in art form?
Shop now: from $65; amazon.com
Woofie: The Selfie Portrait Tool
This is ideal for dog parents who double as Instagram managers. One end of this selfie tool attaches to your smartphone while the other end holds a treat. This is sure to keep a dog's eyes on the camera. Influencer status is closer than you think!
Shop now: $7; amazon.com
Dash Dog Treat Maker
"When my dog was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago, I had to eliminate commercial dog treats from his diet, as most of them are high glycemic foods that contain sugar, corn syrup, or other sweeteners that cause blood sugar levels to spike. George isn't into dehydrated foods but he does love the crunch of a cookie, so I have ordered this waffle iron-inspired treat maker. It makes eight 'bones' at a time and comes with a book of recipes for inspiration. I can't wait to make George his first batch of homemade dog cookies, and finally use all of the canned pumpkins that've been sitting in my pantry." - Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Product Reviews Editor
Shop now: $30; amazon.com
PJ Salvage Playful Print PJ Set
These days, we're putting on pajamas and loungewear more than jeans and work dresses, and it's important to have options. Upgrade your friend's sleepwear with this PJ set that's covered with dogs at the beach. Not only will they get to wear their favorite animal, but they'll also get to picture themselves on a beautiful beach with their little buddy.
Shop now: $48 (was $77); zappos.com
Case-Mate AirTag Collar Holder
Chewy Goody Box
Spoil your favorite fur baby with a Goody Box from Chewy. Shoppers have their choice of various curated boxes, which are filled with themed dog treats, toys, wellness products, and more products handpicked by Chewy's team of experts. The value box helps you save up to 60 percent on top-rated name-brand pet products and doesn't require a subscription, so you can buy as many as you want.
Shop now: from $30; chewy.com
Photo Gallery Pet Metal Ornament
"When my sweet childhood lab passed away a few months ago, my co-workers gave me the most thoughtful gift I ever received. This ornament is a beautiful way to celebrate the pets in your life. You can choose from several ornament shapes and add up to eight pet pictures to showcase your pups. I've never been more moved by a gift, and I think all pet owners like me will love to see their pups on their trees year after year." - Lily Gray, Home E-Commerce Writer
Shop now: $18 (was $30); shutterfly.com
PetsByNumber Custom Paint By Number Kit
"I love crafting so this personalized gift felt like two gifts in one. I was able to work on a new project and create something beautiful that honored my pup. My mom and I both have our pictures proudly on display in our homes." - Steph Perry, Branded Content Editor
Shop now: from $30; etsy.com
Custom Dog Figurine
"I absolutely love my two dogs, Carl and Winston, and I'm a fan of miniature objects. This personalized, adorable, and thoughtful gift is the best gift I've ever been given, so it was well worth the three months wait for the artist to make it. And it's a perfect addition to my desk." - Chloe Reznikov, General Manager: Commerce Content
Shop now: from $92; etsy.com
Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test
"When my sister adopted her dog, Jack, we had a lot of guesses of what he might be. I bought this kit to help her solve the mystery as a Christmas gift, and she absolutely loved it. With a simple swap and a couple-of-weeks wait, we found out that Jack was shockingly 50% miniature Schnauzer (along with a mix of mini Pinscher, Pit Bull, and American Foxhound). Oh, and 100% good boy, of course." - Katie Macdonald, Senior Food Writer, E-Commerce
Personalized Dog Treat Jar
Store your pup's favorite snacks in style with this handcrafted ceramic jar, which features a cute bone-shaped handle and is the perfect size for small to medium treats. Customize it with your pet's name and your choice of a heart or paw print graphic.
Shop now: $49; amazon.com
Custom Pet Necklace
This special necklace allows you to put your love for your dog on full display with its sentimental design. The dual charm necklace displays a picture of your furry friend on one side and their name on the other. You can choose the color of the charms and chain, as well as the font style.
Shop now: $24; amazon.com
Ruffwear Dirtbag Seat Cover for Dogs
"I recently tried Ruffware's Dirtbag Seat Cover and am in love. Its tough water-proof fabric protects my car's seats from slobber and mud and is machine-washable for extra messy trips. I'm planning on gifting it to quite a few pet parents in my family this year." - Katie Macdonald, Senior Food Writer, E-Commerce
Personalized Key and Dog Leash Holder
Equal parts functional and adorable, this wooden key holder allows you to keep all of your dog leashes in one place while adding charm to your home. Shoppers have their choice of 20 animal silhouettes and can customize the color of the font, dog, and heart.
Shop now: $24; amazon.com
PetWell Back & Neck Reliever Handheld Massage Roller
Ideal for pet owners with older dogs that suffer from arthritis and stiffness, this handheld roller treats your canine companion to a calming massage. It contours to their back, neck, and shoulders and is designed to apply a gentle-yet-relieving amount of pressure. Use it on your dog after a big day of play as well!
Shop now: $15; amazon.com
ModPawsUS Custom Pet Pillow
Reserve your pet's favorite spot on the couch with this commemorative pillow, which features an adorable portrait of your furry friend and their name. It comes in 10 colors and four sizes to ensure a perfect fit for your living room, regardless of its aesthetic.
Shop now: from $38, etsy.com
MugsBuddies Custom Oil Pet iPhone Case
Available for iPhone models 7 to 12 Pro, this customized case makes sure that your furry friend is always with you. Just upload a picture of your dog and select which color background you want.
Shop now: $27; etsy.com
Modern Lux Dog Mom Colorblock Graphic Sweatshirt
Are you really a dog mom if you don't have an article of clothing that says "dog mom?" This cozy crewneck sweatshirt is soft-to-the-touch and makes a statement with its colorblocking sleeves.
Shop now: $20; target.com
Mudpuppy Hot Dogs A-Z Jigsaw Puzzle
Have a puzzle enthusiast on your list to shop for? This 1,000-piece canine-inspired jigsaw puzzle features adorable illustrations of 26 dog breeds, each listed in alphabetical order, and is sure to keep the recipient entertained for hours.
Shop now: $13 (was $17); amazon.com
Canada Pooch: The Everything Fanny Pack
Walk time just got so much easier thanks to The Everything Fanny Pack from Canada Pooch. It's roomy enough to fit a standard-sized water bottle and is equipped with handy pockets to store treats and more. There's even a dispenser for poo bags.
Shop now: $35; amazon.com
Brooke & Jess Designs Pet Lover Tote Bag
Stuck trying to find a gift for the friend that loves their pets like their children? Bingo! This hilarious tote bag can be used to store both dog and human essentials, and features tons of convenient and comfy details like its front zippered pouch, padded strap, and durable polycanvas material.
Shop now: $30; amazon.com
Dapper Dog Wine Bottle Holder
This golden Daschund wine bottle holder is a conversation starter for dog lovers and wine drinkers alike. It measures 6.2 inches high, 22 inches long, and 4.5 inches wide and adds a touch of charm to your kitchen, dining room, or bar cart.
Shop now: $118; anthropologie.com
Dog Squad 2021-2022 Planner
Use this charming 17-month planner to liven up your desk and help you get organized. Not only will you love its dog illustration on the front, but we're sure you'll find its monthly budgeting, goal planning, and weekly calendar pages helpful.
Shop now: $34; anthropologie.com
Taimei Teatime Ceramic Novelty Coffee Mug Set
If you're just as much of a cat person as you are a dog person, then this coffee mug set is for you. Each 13-ounce ceramic mug comes with a secure lid and features a hand-painted pet illustration.
Shop now: $23; amazon.com
West and Willow Custom Pet Portrait
"These custom pet portraits are such a special gift for any pet parent. The portrait is based on a photograph from your pet, and the illustration aspect of the portrait with their name above it is such a great idea! When I received the portrait of my dog, I audibly gasped because it was so beautiful. I gave one to my mom of our 13-year-old family Shih Tzu, and she loved it and placed it front-and-center on the mantle." - Abbie Harrison, Senior Editor, Daily Paws
Shop now: $65; westandwillow.com
Sumind Christmas Snowball Fight Plush Dog Toy Set
"My family had four dogs under the roof one Christmas—and if you give one a toy, then the other one wants it. So 'Santa' left these snowball toys for all of the dogs and they had so much fun with them. My dog that doesn't even like toys held onto one possessively while the other three went crazy playing fetch with the snowballs. It was so cute and a great 'group gift' for multiple dogs." - Erin Johnson, Senior Product Reviews Writer
Shop now: $17 (was $18); amazon.com
Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator
Freshen things up with a few spritzes of this Amazon-favorite pet odor neutralizer, which leaves an energizing citrus scent behind. It can be used to remove lingering pet smells from tiles, carpets, turf, garbage cans, and upholstery furniture. And, if your dog left behind a stain, the brand's Enzyme Stain Cleaner will do the trick.
Shop now: $21 (was $30); amazon.com
AMZpets Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers
Equipped with seven heavy-duty knotted chew toys, this value set keeps your large dog entertained while simultaneously helping them fight the urge to gnaw on your furniture. Not only are they great for aggressive chewers, but they can also be used to calm anxious dogs and teething pups. If your furry friend is on the petite side, the brand also has a set geared towards small dogs and puppies.
Shop now: $26; amazon.com
Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Pet Brush
With more than 14,500 five-star Amazon reviews in its favor, the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Pet Brush has won over pet owners with its gentle-yet-effective design. This shedding brush easily collects tangles, dander, and trapped dirt without scratching your pet's skin. And when your pup's hair appointment is over, just click the quick-release button to retract the bristles and empty the brush.
Shop now: $16; amazon.com
Pet Union Professional Dog Grooming Kit
This all-in-one grooming kit from Pet Union helps you spend less without sacrificing quality. The set includes a professional-grade pet clipper, which has a quiet motor (as not to startle your dog) and multiple attachments to ensure the perfect trim. It also has grooming accessories like combs, scissors, and more.
Shop now: $33; amazon.com
Wipe Your Paws Door Mat
Whether you have dogs at home or just really love 'em, this punny doormat is bound to get a chuckle out of your house guests. The hand-painted outdoor decor optioncomes in two lengths, 30 inches and 35 inches, and two widths, 18 inches and 24 inches.
Shop now: from $35; etsy.com
Stellaire Chern Snuffle Mat
This innovative slow-feeding mat engages your dog's sense of smell by concealing their kibble and treats within interactive obstacles. Just add in their favorite food and watch the hunt begin. In addition to curbing overeating behaviors, it can also be used to stimulate bored dogs and reduce destructive tendencies in overactive pups.
Shop now: $30 (was $70); amazon.com
House of Barkley Cozy Sweater Jacket
Is there anything cuter than a doggy in a sweater? How about a dog in a sweater with teddy bear ears on the hood? We're sure your furry friend will enjoy snuggling in this fleece sweater when the cold weather arrives.
Shop now: $35; etsy.com
Yeti Boomer 8 Dog Bowl
Perfect for dog owners that love exploring new terrains with their pup, this durable dog bowl is made from scratch-resistant stainless steel and is sleek enough where it won't add bulk to your gear. It holds eight cups of water and has a non-slip construction to eliminate messes.
Shop now: $50; yeti.com
Mighty Paw Tinkle Bells
This may seem like a gag gift at first, but hundreds of Amazon shoppers swear by this ingenious product. It's designed to be used by your dog to alert you when it's time for a bathroom break. Just hang it by your door and say goodbye to barking and scratching, and whining that your pup used to do to take care of business outside.
Shop now: $14; amazon.com
Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Washer
For when walk time gets a little too messy, this portable paw washer will erase the dirt and mud from your trek before your pup can run amok back at home. Just add water and the silicone bristles will scrub away the mess from their paws.
Shop now: $23 (was $28); amazon.com
My Adorable Dog: A Journal & Keepsake Book
Know someone that just got a new dog? Then this keepsake book will make one thoughtful present. It's filled with adorable prompts and illustrations to help them commemorate the special moments they've shared with their furry friend.
Shop now: $14; amazon.com
Green Pollywog Paw Print Frame Kit
Another thoughtful gift idea, this puppy-approved ink pad helps you commemorate your dog by displaying their photograph and pawprints. The kit comes with a clean-touch ink pad, which takes an impression of their paws so you don't have to actually dip them in messy ink.
Shop now: $25; amazon.com
Scripted Fragrance Rescue Dog Soy Candle
Looking for a canine-inspired gift that gives back? 10 percent of the proceeds from each sale of this soy candle gets donated to support the North Shore Animal League, a New York-based no-kill shelter organization.
Shop now: from $24; etsy.com
Aquapaw Slow Treater Treat-Dispensing Lick Mat
This slow-feeding treat dispenser helps ease anxious dogs and puppies by keeping them entertained when you're out and about. It has three strong suction cups along the back, which won't slip from the wall and can come in handy with distracting your dog when it's grooming time.
Shop now: $11; amazon.com
BuyMax Animal Succulent Plant Pots
Ideal for plant-loving dog owners, these charming pots serve as an adorable home for your succulents. Available in Golden Retriever, French Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Siberian Husky planters, they fit perfectly on top of your desk, vanity, and shelves, and can even be used to hold tiny items like pens and hair clips.
Shop now: $24; amazon.com
Daddy Factory The Dogfather Whiskey Glass
Showcase your love for your dog as you enjoy your favorite drink, courtesy of this punny whiskey glass. The 10.25-ounce is laser engraved, durable, and makes a funny gift for any pet owner.
Shop now: $15; amazon.com
Room Essentials Sherpa Bed Blanket
"I have an older Chihuahua who is always cold and anxious, so it's become a little bit of a thing for my family to give her a new blanket every holiday. She doesn't like to play with toys, she's picky about treats—you get the picture. Blankets make her feel safe and warm and this one, in particular, is her absolute favorite. It's super soft and thick and she can burrow into it easily. My mom even cut a strip from this material and sewed her a smaller blanket to go with her in her carrier." - Erin Johnson, Senior Product Reviews Writer
Shop now: $20; target.com