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.
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.
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.
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.
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...!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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
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.
Yes, Lilly Pulitzer makes dog pajamas now—and if you're so inclined, you can get matching pajamas for your whole family.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Oh, this is so cute. The lightweight, Scrabble-inspired tile attaches neatly onto your dog's collar. Every letter of the alphabet is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."