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The holiday season is almost upon us which means it’s time to get working on your Christmas gift lists. But in between shopping for your family and human friends, don’t forget to pick up a gift (or several) for your furry bestie. After all, if there’s one friend in your life that’s always been there for you and never stopped loving you, it’s your dog.
The good news is: there are lots of great things you could give your dog this Christmas—and you don’t have to spend a bunch if you don’t want to. You can opt for some affordable but delicious treats or go for practical gifts (think: leash or booties) that promise your dog you’re going to be spending a lot more time taking them on walks. There are durable toys perfect for chewers or clothes to keep them warm and looking festive.
So whether your dog has been naughty or nice this year, Santa’s coming to town… and we’re here to help you make sure that your pup’s Christmas list is up-to-date with some of our favorite holiday gifts for your dog.
Chewy Goody Box
Six item care package
Hand-picked by pet parents
Limited-edition so sells out quickly
If you want to spoil your dog, but don’t really know what they might like, this goody box might just be the perfect place to start. It includes six hand-picked items by pet parents, including two seasonal toys, a festive bandana, a blanket, a photo op banner, and a recipe to make your pup a special treat. In other words: it’s the perfect gift so you two can celebrate together—all for less than you’d spend buying the items individually.
Best of all: you don’t need to sign up for a monthly subscription to get these items—it can just be a seasonal treat to make the holidays extra special.
The Foggy Dog Tartan Plaid Lady Bow Collar
Classic holiday tartan pattern
Bow is removable
Durable metal hardware
Multiple sizes available
Hand-wash or machine-washed in cold water on delicate cycle only
Ever seen a giant, beautiful bow on a dog in a holiday movie and wished you could make your furry best friend look that festive? Well, now you can with this red Tartan Plaid collar and bow set.
While this set is a little pricier than the dog collars sold elsewhere, there’s no mistaking the quality of the craftsmanship of the collar and bow. It’s easy to pick the right fit for your dog: You can choose from four different collar sizes and two different bow sizes—and the bow is removable, which means that you can dress your dog up or down depending on the occasion or season. Best of all, both the fabric and the metal clasps are durable and heavy-duty so you can rest assured that your purchase will last a while.
Wild One Everyday Carrier
Available in multiple colors
Made of recycled material
Comfortable to carry
Only suitable for small dogs under 20 pounds
Let’s be real, the best gift you can give your dog this Christmas is a promise to take them out with you on more of your daily adventures—and this is a way to give them just that. This carrier is the perfect size for carrying your pup (as long as they weigh less than 20 pounds) with you on your adventures to the park, on the subway, or even the dreaded vet.
It’s also super convenient, too. It’s got comfortable, dual-length carrying straps that you can adjust as you need, a machine-washable mat, and it features four pockets so that you can fit all your belongings in the bag. You can buy it in three colors—lilac, black, and cocoa—and its knit fabric is made of 100 percent recycled water bottles, so your purchase is doing some good for the planet too.
Uncommon Goods French Macaron Dog Treats
All-natural, human-grade ingredients
Need to soften or cut them for elderly or small dogs
What’s your go-to treat to give a hostess? If your answer is French macarons, then why not up your game and get your hostess’s dog some too? This box of six macaroon doggie treats is even made by a native French pet chef. (Talk about fancy.) Wrapped in an adorable box of six, these small-batch dog biscuits look just like the real human treats but are made in pup-friendly flavors, like mint, lavender, and strawberry. In fact, they’re made of all-natural, human-grade ingredients that are corn-free, wheat-free, coloring-free, and non-GMO.
Because they’re designed to keep dogs chomping away for a while, they’re a little harder to chew than your average biscuit that a pup can scarf away in a matter of minutes. This might mean that they’re too tough for elderly or small dogs to chew unless you break them into smaller pieces or soften them with a little bit of water.
Pendleton Glacier National Park Dog Bed
Beautifully pattern suits modern home decor
Removable cover for machine wash
Soft and durable fleece material
Available in multiple sizes
Finding a comfy dog bed that matches your home decor isn’t the easiest thing to do—but this one fits the bill. Available in a variety of sizes to suit your dog no matter what breed they are, this dog bed is made of soft fleece that is striped in Pendleton’s iconic National Park pattern.
True, this one is on the pricier side, but you know that you are getting a top quality dog bed for the price. The cover is removable—it just zips right off—and also machine-washable, which makes it super convenient for you to keep clean. Inside, the bed itself is stuffed in high-loft polyester fill to keep your dog warm and supported while they sleep.
Frisco String Christmas Lights Dog Sweater
Available in multiple sizes
Fun festive pattern
Warm and comfortable
Not designed to be worn all the time
Nothing says Christmas like a bright and bold sweater and your furry best friend definitely wants to be part of the fun. This red and white stripe sweater, with colorful holiday lights across the back, is the perfect adorable “ugly” holiday sweater for your dog.
It’s available in seven different sizes to make sure you can find a comfortable fit for your dog and it’s more affordably priced than many of the other sweaters you’ll find online. It’s made of acrylic knit to keep your pup warm, even in cold weather, and it has a leash hole so they can wear it out and show off their holiday spirit on walks.
Dogit Elevated Dog Bowl
Great for pets with arthritis or joint pain
Dishwasher-safe stainless steel bowl
Available in multiple colors and sizes
Too small for some big dogs
For some dogs, bending their neck too far to eat or drink can be uncomfortable. That’s why an elevated bowl, like this one, can be a better choice for them, because it keeps the bowl more level with their mouth so they don’t have to strain.
Of all the elevated bowls out there, we like these for a number of reasons. First, they’re designed to stay still, thanks to some anti-skid feet, so you don’t have to worry about your pup pushing it across the floor while they eat. Plus, they come with removable, dishwasher-safe, stainless-steel bowl inserts, which means they’re super easy to clean and maintain. Finally: they’re available in a variety of colors and styles to match your pooch’s (and your) style. They also come in two sizes for small and large dogs.
Native Instinct Co. Dasher Adjustable Dog Bandana
Carabiner hook attachment
Hand-wash only in cool water
There’s no question that bandanas are the ultimate cute dog accessory, but they can also be a pain because they easily come untied. We love this one because it attaches around your dog’s neck with a carabiner hook, so you don’t have to worry about it easily falling off. It’s also adjustable, thanks to snaps on either side so you can size it up or down.
The bandana itself is made of 100 percent cotton material in a beautiful, seasonal black, cream, and white plaid pattern. Each one is handmade and features a leather tag with the Native Instinct Co symbol for a rugged, outdoorsy look.
Wondershop Sherpa Dog and Cat Puffer Vest
Sherpa-lined puffer coat
Easy to put on
Warm and comfortable
Seasonal brown and grey color
Whether you want to take your dog for a run in the snow or a family photo by the snowman you just built, this coat is warm and super comfortable for your dog—and adorable to look at. Featuring a color block pattern and a fleecy-collar, it’s easy to put on them, thanks to velcro straps and a pull-on design, and it features a sherpa-lining to keep them cozy even in cold weather.
It’s also got a zippered opening so you can easily attach a leash and it’s less enveloping, meaning your dog is more likely to tolerate wearing it, even if they’re not usually fans of coats and sweaters.
Bark Play Day Beach Bag
Easy to carry
Multiple sizes available
Only available in one color and style
If you live by the beach—or you and your pup just like playing outside, this all-in-one beach day bag is a great holiday gift for your furry best friend because it’s basically a promise for more fun days together. It’s available in two sizes to match your pet’s needs, and it comes with a ball, durable bowl, towel for drying them off, and a convenient, drawstring carrying bag. The towel has little hand pouches to make drying your dog off after a day in the rain or swimming in the lake just a little bit easier.
Best of all? While this all-in-one-kit bag was designed for beach days, it’s super versatile. You can also take it with you to the dog park, the lake, on hikes, or on roadtrips.
Lucy & Co. The Winter Wonderland Reversible Harness
Limited edition holiday design
Not for dogs over 55 pounds
Must be hand washed cold
Take your dog’s festive spirit to the next level with this adorable, double-sided soft harness. On one side, your pup can rock a candy cane look, and on the other, a colorful winter forest look, so you’re basically getting two harnesses-in-one. It’s soft and comfortable for your dog to wear, even if they like to pull, and it’s super easy to put on them or adjust to fit them more comfortably. The fabric is also water-repellent, making it more durable.
Hear Doggy Silent Squeaker Dog Toy
Super entertaining to dogs
Not durable enough for big chewers
Dogs love squeaky toys, but us meanwhile…not always. But with this toy, you don’t have to worry about loud squeaks, while still keeping your pup really happy because the squeaker is tuned to an ultrasonic range—outside the range of human ears—so that only your dog will hear the sounds it makes.
It’s also relatively durable, though if your pooch is a big chewer, you might want something else. It’s stuffing free, which means that even if they do tear it up, there's less mess to clean up.
Kurgo Step N Strobe Dog Boots
Stay on feet
Durable but lightweight
LED lights in soles
Whether you’re planning for walks in the cold winters or the hot summers, your dog's paws are likely on your mind when you think about going outside for their daily walk. You’re definitely going to want to keep their feet warm in the snow and cool on the hot asphalt in the summer, especially during the more extreme temperatures.
These shoes are built for all conditions, because they're breathable in the heat but also help keep your dog’s paws warm after a good snowfall. That’s part of what makes these dog shoes such a great gift is that they can be worn year-round, no need to pack up your doggie snowshoes when the temp heats back up. They also have built-in LED lights in the soles that light up as your dog walks so they can be more visible when walking at night or if they accidentally slip off leash.
Wobble Wag Giggle Holiday Edition Dog Toy
For indoor and outdoor play
Makes noise without batteries
Not for big chewers
It’s no secret that dogs love to chase balls, but what if you could make that ball easier to grip and have it make silly sounds while they toss it around at the same time? The Wobble Wag Giggle Toy is kind of like a "ball 2.0" since it’s equipped with six little pockets all over the ball to help your dog sink their teeth into it and hold it tight. It also makes silly little giggling sounds as it gets tossed around to help encourage continued play. Best of all, you don’t need to make any runs to the supermarket for batteries because this ball can make the giggle noises all on its own, without needing a fistful of AAs.
Earth Animal Small No-Hide Dog Chews
Multiple flavors available
Suitable for all aged-dogs
Can be eaten too fast by aggressive chewers
Nothing can get a tail wagging faster than the crinkle of the treat bag. You know your little pup can hear it from the other side of the house and when they come running, there better be something good in your hand—and this is exactly where Earth Animal comes in.
Earth Animal offers these tasty alternatives to rawhide that come in a variety of great flavors including a vegetarian alternative, made from peanut butter. These tough snack chews can keep you many dog distracted for a while, although particularly aggressive chewers may finish it off quickly. It can be a fun activity to keep them occupied while you decorate and celebrate around the house.
Found My Animal Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash
Available in four ombre colors
Durable and long-lasting
Carabiner hook attachments
Great for strong dogs
While these leashes might seem a little pricey, they’re also made to last so you don’t have to worry about your dog pulling too hard, snapping the leash, and getting loose. The leash is made of marine-grade rope to withstand even the strongest pulls, and the ends are whipped so that the rope doesn’t fray easily. The leash, which is hand-dyed and available in four attractive ombre colors, has lockable carabiners so your dog can’t unclip themselves accidentally.
Best of all, the leash is super versatile thanks to its O-rings. You can adjust it to be hands-free, have a handle, or even hook two dogs at once.
Even a dog you think you know pretty well can be picky when it comes to treats or toys, so if you’re not sure what your pooch will want from Santa most this year, the Goody Box (view at Chewy) might be your best bet: it offers a variety of different toys and treats to test out so there’s no way your dog is left unsatisfied. But if you’re looking for something extra special to spoil your dog, you can’t go wrong with a new, luxurious Pendleton dog bed (view at Chewy). Every dog needs a soft place to curl up for the night and both humans and dogs would agree, nothing beats a comfy place to nap and take a break after a hard day.
What to Look for in Gifts for Dogs
Whether you’re buying a gift for your own dog or another furry pup in your life (we know that being a favorite aunt or uncle to dogs is definitely a real thing), there are a few things you’re going to want to consider when you’re shopping for a gift for them.
The Dog’s Personality
Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs love to play fetch. Some do, and some think that you’re just being silly throwing that ball. Just like some prefer to spend their days lounging on the couch, while others can’t wait for you to take them on their daily walk or long weekend hike. Some are destructive chewers, while others might not even like toys at all. So, it might seem obvious, but when you’re buying for a dog, consider what they actually like, not just what looks like a cute idea.
Loving your dog doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on them. So if money’s tight, remember that it’s the thought that counts, even with your dog. Chances are, they’re going to love a delicious treat almost as much as an expensive bed. But if you have a little bit more money to spend and you know your dog needs something specific, like a good leash, wait for the next sale to score it for less.
Ordering online is super convenient—and chances are, you’re more likely to find that perfect gift for your dog if you shop around online. But make sure you keep an eye on shipping times. The holidays are always busy mail times, and sometimes retailers, especially small ones, can’t guarantee that an item will get to you in time for the big day if you don’t shop ahead of time.
This one might seem obvious, but it’s important that you take a few minutes to make sure your gift is actually safe for your particular dog. For example, if you’re shopping for treats, make sure you take into consideration any food allergies or sensitivities. Similarly, make sure that any toy, collar, or clothing item will be safe on the dog and fit properly, especially if the dog is known for being destructive or an escape artist.
Okay, so this one isn’t a necessity, but if you’re shopping for a Christmas gift, we’d be remiss to not mention that you’ll probably want to decide just how seasonal you want the gift to be. In other words: Are you looking for a sweater for your pup to wear in your Christmas photo or do you want something that will last all year long?
Why Trust The Spruce Pets?
If there are two things Steven Rowe knows and loves more than anything else, it’s dogs and the holiday season. As a dad to two wonderful rescue beagles, he’s got years of experience in researching and picking out the perfect Christmas gifts for his at-times very picky pups, whether that’s festive sweaters, fun, engaging toys, or delicious treats. To compile this list, he’s rounded up his dog’s favorite, tested brands, and researched products by considering tester and user reviews.