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The 62 Best Dog Toys That You and I Both Know Your Pup Deserves

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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 that these 62 products are the best (or, in your dog's language, THE !!!! BEST !!!!) gift ideas for dogs out there, whether you're looking for something cozy, delicious, cool, personalized, or just utterly ridiculous; whether it's for a dog birthday, a "gotcha day," or just an average Tuesday. The things I do for you guys.

Bonne et Filou
For Special Occasions
Dog Macarons
Bonne et Filou bonneetfilou.com
$23.90

What to get the dog who has everything? Dog macarons, that's what. These French-inspired dog treats uses all-natural ingredients—and, unlike human macarons, they're actually healthy.

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For Proud Parents
A Custom Dog Portrait
Crown and Paw crownandpaw.com
$49.95

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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Editor's (Dog's) Pick
A Well-Made, Long-Lasting Toy
Fluff & Tuff amazon.com
$16.95

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 the Dog Who Has It All
A Luxury Dog Chew
wildone.com

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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Bark
For Instagram
A Box of Dumplings Toy
BARK
$12.00

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 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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Best for Anxiety
An Anxiety-Relieving Toy
SmartPetLove amazon.com
$39.95

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.

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Wayfair
Editor's (Dog's) Pick
A Doggie La-Z-Boy
La-Z-Boy wayfair.com
$169.95

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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Kickstarter
For Bored Dogs
A Smart Bone Toy
Wickedbone amazon.com
$139.99
$99.00 (29% off)

Originally launched on Kickstarter, where it got full funding 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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Sweater Hound
Best for Gifting
A Sweater With Your Dog's Face On It
Sweater Hound sweaterhound.com
$98.00

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 at $98, it makes a great custom Christmas present for the greatest dog mom (or dad) you know.

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For a Unique Pup
A Rainbow Rope Leash
Pawp pawp.com
$64.00

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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Best for Game Day
A Football Toy
Pets First chewy.com
$12.99

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 Sporty Pups
A Tracking Collar
Whistle amazon.com
$99.95

Think of Whistle as a FitBit for your dog, with the added benefit of peace of mind for you if he/she ever gets lost. It's weirdly hard to find a good dog tracking collar, but a lot of dog owners rave about Whistle: It'll track your dog anywhere with 3G service, is waterproof and durable, has a decent battery life (about a week), and will alert you as soon as your pet leaves your designated safe space (your yard, for example).

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
For the Refined Dog
A "The Met" Knit Toy
metmuseum.org
$28.00

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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Shaya
For Little Dogs
A Luxury Dog Handbag
Shaya shayapets.com
$745.00

Shaya is a line of dog-friendly handbags like no other—the luxury bags are crafted in Venice, Italy with calfskin leather, and designed to last (you can get a vegan version, too). Plus, a portion of every sale is donated to canine nonprofits. 

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Carqpn
For New Dogs
A Personalized Toy
personalizationmall.com
$13.99

You can get your dog's name embroidered on this affordable, and adorable, plush bone toy. A perfect first toy for a newly rescued or adopted dog.

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Best for Giving Back
A Cozy Throw (That Gives Back)
Grounds & Hounds groundsandhoundscoffee.com
$32.99

This cute, cuddly throw for dogs and humans alike is actually from coffee brand Grounds & Hounds, which makes delicious blends and gives 20 percent of its profits to organizations that rescue pups (tagline: Every Pound Saves a Hound). I'm obsessed with this throw, but if you're more of a coffee person, check out their blends.

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Best for Convenience
A Pet Water Fountain
Brookstone bedbathandbeyond.com
$31.99

Worry no more about how long your dog's water bowl has been left out for (that water gets gross after a day or two). Just fill up this sensor-based pet water fountain at the sink, and whenever your dog gets close to the fountain, it'll spout out as much water as he or she needs. There's also a replaceable carbon filter, so you know the water's top-quality.

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Brett S. Deutsch
Best for Extreme Climates
A Pair of Dog Leggings
Walkee Paws amazon.com
$29.99

Faintly ridiculous? Yes. Pretty useful? Also yes. I can tell you from hard-worn experience that it's hard as hell to make sure your dog's booties stay on, and sometimes they need them—when it's a boiling hot day and the pavement is steaming, for example, or when it's snowy or icy out. These hilariously designed Walkee Paws leggings with rubber soles actually get the job done.

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Best for Compliments
A Nautical Dog Bandanna
Rocco & Roxie roccoandroxie.com
$21.97

The nautical print on this gorgeous hand-sewn, limited edition bandanna—Rocco & Roxie bring in new prints every season—has just about killed me. Plus, it comes in three sizes, so you won't have to worry about tying it just right so the knot remains subtle.

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Getaway
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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Jewels For Hope
A Hand-Crafted Paw Necklace

Etsy

$32

SHOP IT

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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For Winter Nights
A Protective Vest
Spot the Dog spotthedogvt.com
$39.99

Even if your dog is with you, it's possible that a passing car may not be able to see him or her. Keep your dog safe by popping this reflective vest on over their winter jacket—any car's headlights will catch the vest and ensure that the driver sees your pup.

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For a Fashion-Forward Pup
A Chic Water Bowl
dearkeaton.com
$60.00

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.

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For Sharing
Human-Grade Apple Treats
Heed heedfoods.com
$9.99

When I brought these home, my boyfriend popped a few in his mouth and declared, "These are better than human snacks." I emptied the packet into our dog's treat jar, at which point he said, sadly, "Why did you do that? Now I can't have any more."

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For the Kitchen
A Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
Harmony petco.com
$19.99

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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cbdMD
To Help Them Chill
CBD Soft Dog Chews
cbdMD
$24.99

This new line of products comes from cbdMD, which makes both an oil and chewy vitamins that I often use, so I was intrigued. These dog chews are delicious (I assume; he likes them, at least), and they contain CBD, which relax your pup—I like to spread the cbdMD peanut butter on a treat before I leave for work so he doesn't freak out.

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For Winter
A Faux-Fur Memory Foam Dog Bed
Paw paw.com
$199.00

This faux-fur dog bed doubles as a plush cream rug (albeit a thick one), keeping both your toes and your pup toasty in the winter.

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For Dog Moms
A "Dog Mom" Pin
Siren 63 shopsiren63.com
$15.00

Just in case anyone didn't know (and, let's face it, everybody you've ever spoken to for more than five seconds knows).

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For Coffee Runs
Ginger & Joe Dog Toy
Bark target.com
$7.99

Obsessed with your Starbucks red holiday cups? Now your pup can be, too. (Throw in a puppaccino, which is on every Starbucks secret menu, for special occasions.)

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