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The 56 Best Dog Toys & Gifts That You and I Both Know Your Pup Deserves

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Amazon/Sweater Hound/Wild One

I'm calling it: Buying a dog a gift is the most selfish, and yet selfless, way to inject a shot of joy into your day. I don't care how much your dad loved that tie you bought him—nobody will ever be as excited to receive a gift as a dog (any dog!), who will immediately become obsessed with it. I should know: I've long been hooked on the dangerous high of bringing a gift home for my dog, who treats his new item with the joyous reverence I'd give a Chanel 2.55 bag. I've taken the time to test almost all of the products below (yes, my job is very hard; yes, my dog is very spoiled), so I feel confident in saying these 56 products are the best (or, in your dog's language, THE !!!! BEST !!!!) gift ideas for dogs and dog parents. Maybe you're looking for something cozy, delicious, cool, personalized, or just utterly ridiculous; maybe it's for a dog birthday, for a "gotcha day," for a dog parent who needs a boost, or just a Tuesday pick-me-up. Whatever it is—I gotcha.

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For Bored Dogs
A Smart Bone Toy
Wickedbone amazon.com
$79.99 (20% off)

Originally launched on Kickstarter, where it was fully funded in the space of a single day, the Wickedbone is an interactive dog toy that plays with your pup when you can't. It's a smart robot toy—one that jumps away when your pup chases after it, and "teases" your dog if he or she stops playing with it. It actually has twelve different responsive modes (for moods like "bored," "tickled," "mad," and so on), so it'll act in line with how your dog is feeling that day.

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For Showing Off
An iPhone Case With Your Dog On It
West & Willow westandwillow.com

Custom pet portraits can run expensive—I am an expert on few things, but I have spent hours researching those—but West & Willow sells a whole line of chic merch with your pet's face on it, and (surprise!) it's all relatively affordable. This iPhone case, which comes complete with a custom illustration of your canine BFF, is my personal fave.

Bonne et Filou
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For the Dog Who Has It All
The Ultimate Dog Chew

Wild One's Bolt Bite is billed as "the ultimate chew toy for dogs." You can put little treats into each end, or use it as part of a game of fetch, plus the middle has a reinforced rubber center so your dog can't tear it apart. Bonus: It's BPA-free and dishwasher-friendly.

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For Thunderstorms
A Dog Cave
Tucker Murphy Pet wayfair.com

Ever wished you had access to a plush, cozy cave where you could go and hide when the world got too much? Well, you can't—but you can provide that for your pup. Bonus: It's really, really cute.

Bonne et Filou
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For Proud Parents
A Custom Dog Portrait
Crown and Paw crownandpaw.com

What piece of artwork could be so beguiling, so dazzling, as a custom portrait of your dog in a setting and outfit of your choosing? Absolutely none.

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Best Collar Accessory
A Scrabble Letter Tag
Redhound redhoundfordogs.com

Oh, this is so cute. The lightweight, Scrabble-inspired tile attaches neatly onto your dog's collar. Every letter of the alphabet is available.

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Best for Anxiety
An Anxiety-Relieving Toy
SmartPetLove amazon.com

Whatever makes your dog anxious—fireworks, your leaving for work, a big move—you can ease his or her fear with this self-warming dog toy with a heartbeat (no, I'm not kidding). These features mimic a real-life cuddle with your dog's mom, giving your pup the sense that they're being safely snuggled, no matter what's going on around them.

Sweater Hound
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Best Gift
A Sweater With Your Dog's Face On It
Sweater Hound sweaterhound.com

This isn't just any sweater with a dog's face on it. Thanks to new brand Sweater Hound, this is a custom-knitted, unisex sweater with your dog's face on it—and it makes a great custom Christmas present for the greatest dog mom (or dad) you know.

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Editor's (Dog's) Pick
A Well-Made, Long-Lasting Toy
Fluff & Tuff amazon.com

I won't lie to you: I buy my dog a lot of toys. None have lasted as long, or are so beloved, as my pup's Fluff & Tuff toys—this unicorn and its brother the blue dinosaur are his constant companions. I'm not kidding: He brings both of them into bed with us every freaking night, and we have to put them through the washer and dryer every few weeks. In spite of this, they've held up for months now, plus they're filled with high-quality padding that are held to the same non-toxic standards as children's toys.

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For Matching Denim
A Dog Denim Jacket

You might already be familiar with DL1961, the sustainable, Meghan Markle-loved denim brand that prides itself on changing the way denim is created. Its chic jeans retail at $150-plus, but you can get a miniature version for your dog for a third of that. (Or, you know, buy one for yourself and a matching one for your dog. You do you!)

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Editor's (Dog's) Pick
A Doggie La-Z-Boy
La-Z-Boy wayfair.com

I can vouch for this one: My dog spends all day on this La-Z-Boy, and it's not like he doesn't have options (he has two other dog beds, a big cozy sofa, and, of course, my own bed). Thanks to my dog cam (more on that later), I can watch him sleep the day away on this bed, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't crawled in once or twice. It's just...really...comfortable.

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For Instagram
A Box of Dumplings Toy

Oh, come on. You don't need me to tell you why this is adorable. It's a box of dumplings. With little dumpling faces. For your dog. I mean...!

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A Sweet Dog Print
CrystalLaceDesign etsy.com

This sweet and affordable dog print, personalized by breed, bed color, and name, comes in a variety of sizes and is highly reviewed on Etsy.

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For Scent-Driven Dogs
A Scented Toy

These balls look and feel like a normal ball toy—but (plot twist!) they're scented, with flavors ranging from cheese and peanut butter to beef and chicken. The smell is embedded in the fiber of the toy (don't ask me how they do this), so it never goes away and never, ever becomes boring.

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For the Kitchen
A Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
Harmony petco.com

Every dog owner knows that the key to a well-trained dog—well, a lightly to medium-trained dog, in my case—is a treat jar. This one will look adorable on your kitchen counter, to boot.

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For a Unique Pup
A Rainbow Rope Leash
Pawp pawp.com

If you adopted your pup, this is perfect for you. Each leash comes with an adorable "Found" tag to celebrate adoption, and each tag is individually numbered and stamped. Plus, Found My Animal, which sells this leash through e-comm platform Pawp, actively supports and promotes animal adoption.

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For Hyper Dogs
A Squeaking Seal

Okay, I know I lost you at "squeak," but hear me out: This isn't your grandmother's (dog's) squeaky toy. It's engineered to emit a specific, quiet-ish squeak that dogs' ears love, and the cute seal toy squeaks and jumps in response to all kind of motion—shaking, dropping, picking up, you name it. It's also much more affordable than most interactive dog toys.

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A Lilly Pulitzer Pajama Shirt
Lilly Pulitzer lillypulitzer.com

Yes, Lilly Pulitzer makes dog pajamas now—and if you're so inclined, you can get matching pajamas for your whole family. 

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Best for One-on-One Time
A Dog-Friendly Getaway
Getaway getaway.house

Know someone who needs some quality time with their pup? (Maybe that person is you?) Give the gift of relaxation in a remote, dog-friendly location with Getaway—a new company that sends you to cozy cabins a couple of hours from your hometown that are nestled in nature (with your dog, of course) for a couple of ultra-relaxing days. Your pup will love the rural surroundings, and you'll finally be able to unplug.

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For City Dogs
A Classy Poop Bag Holder
Pink Papyrus pinkpapyrus.com

Have you ever seen a cuter poop bag holder? (Have you ever seen a cute poop bag holder, full stop?) This vegan leather accessory clips right onto your leash, and it even has room for an extra lip balm or key.

Fashion accessory, Body jewelry, Jewellery, Bridal accessory, Hair accessory,
Jewels For Hope
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A Hand-Crafted Paw Necklace




For the dog mom who has it all, I present: This hand-made seed bead necklace, which is about the size of a dime and almost painfully adorable. A bonus: Jewels For Hope, which makes it, donates 10 percent of profits to charity, so you can feel good about the purchase.

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Most Sustainable
Insect Protein Snacks
Jiminy's amazon.com

Jiminy's makes sustainable, all-natural dog treats and kibble from insect protein. I thought my dog might have the same reaction to this that I have to quinoa, but he loves it—when he's feeling picky, I can't get him to eat any other kind of kibble. Saving the planet is a nice bonus, too.

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For Kids With Dogs
A Personalized Book
Petlandia petlandia.com

Perfect for kids, doting dog parents, or, um, me, this adventure book is personalized with the name and appearance of any dog or dogs you know and love. You can also add a free personalized message (dog puns encouraged) to introduce your friend or family's pet's adventures in Petlandia, a place filled to the brim with pets that I, too, would very much like to visit.

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Best for Game Day
A Football Toy
Pets First chewy.com

For the pet whose human is obsessed with football, I present this, which you can of course get for any major football team you choose. If you really want to start a household war, get one for your team instead of the dog's owner's team. The dog will love it—and its owner will be fuming.

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For Creepin'
A Dog Camera
Furbo amazon.com

I held out on getting a Furbo for a long time—it's tricky to justify a $200 camera when you can find one on Amazon for $30—but I finally invested on Prime Day last year, and oh, man, what a fantastic decision that was. You can find me panicking over my dog's well-being about 98 percent of the time, and this helps me enormously—the camera is HD enough that you can zoom in on your dog's breathing (don't judge me), and you can toss your good boy or girl treats whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

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A Cooling Bandana (That Gives Back)

This is for the dog who gets hot in the summer and also has a social conscience. Just soak this bandana in cool water and wrap it around your dog before you step out into the scorching heat. Even better: One hundred percent of the profits for this bandana go to the NAACP.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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For the Refined Dog
A "The Met" Knit Toy

For the dog with an affinity for art—at least, you assume that's what it means when your pup stares off vaguely in the distance of a wall painting—this lambswool toy is perfect. Bonus: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which makes this toy, gets it from a fair trade source that supports craftswomen in Nepal.

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For a Fashion-Forward Pup
A Chic Water Bowl

It's not just a water bowl—it's a piece of decor. This hand-painted ceramic bowl is so pretty, you'll be proud to have it in your apartment.

Dog, Vertebrate, Dog breed, Canidae, Mammal, Irish setter, Cocker spaniel, English cocker spaniel, Carnivore, Setter,
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A Lovingly Drawn Custom Portrait

Prolific London-based illustrator Kitty Forbes uses watercolors and pencil to create a custom portrait of your pup, taking care to highlight the features you love most. Think those old-fashioned watercolor portraits of aristocratic families—but for your canine best bud. You'll want to frame this and hang it in your home for years (okay, decades) to come.

Price by request, Kitty Forbes Illustrations

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Most Lifelike
A Stuffed Clone
Cuddle Clone cuddleclones.com

My boyfriend and I are divided on this one: I think a plush clone of my beloved dog would be adorable; he thinks it reads too much like taxidermy. If you're on team Me, you'll want—nay, need!—this custom stuffed replica of your beloved dog (or cat, or rabbit), stat. What's cuter than a pet cuddling with a stuffed version of themselves, I ask you?!

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