2020 has been a bad year for just about everyone, but not for your dog. These past few months, you've been home more than ever before, you're always down for a snuggle, and you insist on going on walks a zillion times a day just to have something to do. When the world gets crazy, the unconditional support and love you get from your doggy BFF is sometimes the only thing that keeps you going—and he or she deserves something special in return, or for something special to be created in his or her honor. Maybe it's a Christmas gift for your dog, maybe it's the anniversary of the day you got them, maybe it's just a random Tuesday—whatever the occasion, they deserves the best. My own dog and I have taken the time to test-drive almost all of the toys and other products on this list (yes, my job is very hard; yes, my dog is very spoiled), and so, please allow us to present: The ultimate gift guide for dogs that dogs will love and dog owners and dog lovers alike will sob over, from genius treats and toys to personalized sweaters and artwork. Bonus: Every one is great for Instagram.
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—it 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.
These bones 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.
This cute, cuddly throw for dogs and humans alike is actually from boutique 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.
You can't have enough face masks right now, so match with your dog with one of Furtees' adorable bandanna and mask sets.
Intended to mimic the experience of hunting prey, this genius toy, named "The Game," wobbles around tantalizingly while your dog paws at it, dispensing treats if they paw it at the right angle. It's designed to never fall over, just rock back and forth on its round base, and trust me—your pup will be obsessed with this magic dispenser they can't predict or conquer.
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.
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.
You can order these soft cotton PJs in a range of dog and human sizes, so the whole family can match! (Whether they want to or not!) Plus, a percentage of every purchase goes towards helping dogs find their forever home.
This hand-knit sweater is an Amazon bestseller and has already sold out on Chewy, so you know it's good. The striped neck is snug and warm and just the right amount of preppy, and my dog gets compliments on this every time we leave the house.
London-based illustrator Kitty 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.
This smart collar comes courtesy of the American Kennel Club and keeps selling out on Amazon, so you know it's good. It allows you to track your dog using GPS technology, and you'll get an alert if your dog travels outside the "safe zones." (One note: You'll have to buy a subscription plan, which is about $10 a month, to continue using the GPS functions.)
Gift the dog in your life a one-month, three-month, six-month, or twelve-month subscription to BarkBox, a themed and customizable box of treats and toys for your pup. For the holidays, they've collaborated with Peanuts for a special box. I'm not exaggerating when I say BarkBox day is my dog's favorite day of the month (here's a video to prove it).
I don't need to do much talking about these socks, do I? This picture pretty much does it all for me.
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.
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.
This personalized stocking can be filled with delicious treats when Santa swings by on Christmas Eve. Also, it's in the shape of a paw, and it's under $20. I rest my case.
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.
BARK specializes in painfully adorable toys that resemble little doggy versions of humans' favorite things—who could forget its Glossier collection?—like these AirPawds.
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.
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, this is so cute. The lightweight, Scrabble-inspired tile attaches neatly onto your dog's collar. Every letter of the alphabet is available.
Up your dog's accessory game with a charm initial—you can get one for every letter of the alphabet—from jewelry brand PDPAOLA.
Your dog can't talk (that I know of), so make sure they communicate their loving spirit to the world with this collar tag.
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.
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.
Show me a more iconic duo than your dog and a pillow that looks like your dog. I'll wait.
Look, if you get to wear a holiday sweater for the entire month of December, your dog should too. I don't make the rules.
I can vouch for this one: My dog spends all day on his La-Z-Boy bed, 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 sofa. Bonus: It'll look gorgeous in your apartment.
This is the kind of piece that will make guests to your home do a double take. At first it just looks like a modern piece of art, but after a second it'll be clear that it's inspired by the most important being in your house. They aren't customized for your dog, but you can get them for 80 different breeds.
This ceramic pet dish is one of the standout items from Style Union Home, the new brand from True Religion co-founder Kym Gold. The hand-crafted dish comes in six colors, and did I mention you can personalize the name on the front?