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 51 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.
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.
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.
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...!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Just in case anyone didn't know (and, let's face it, everybody you've ever spoken to for more than five seconds knows).
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.)
I held out a long time before I subscribed to BarkBox. There were bills to pay, budgets to stick to—did I really need a subscription to this dog products box? Yes. Yes, I did, I eventually determined. Because it's not about me. My dog is obsessed with this monthly themed box of goodies, which contain toys and treats galore. Who was I to say no? (Also, they start at $22/month!)
This is so extra, and I love it. Freddy Goes to Hollywood is a London-based boutique dog brand that makes embellished dog collars with semi-precious stones, hand-made crystal embroidery, and flowers dipped in 18k yellow gold.
Whether you're in a pool, taking a dip in the sea, or riding on a boat, the opportunities for your dog are endless with this mermaid life jacket. And by opportunities, I mean Instagram opportunities.
For special dates, like Thanksgiving dinner or a dog birthday party, this checkered dog collar will add a sense of occasion.
If you're a dog owner, you've probably already heard about KONG, which makes what are considered the most indestructible daily-use dog toys. This classic KONG toy is designed to be stuffed with treats that take a while to get out—to make it last extra long, you can freeze peanut butter or cream cheese in it overnight—and I stuff and leave one for my dog when I leave for work every morning. If you don't have one...well, it's time.
This is a heated dog bed. A heated. dog. bed. The in-built heater (which you can remove in the summer) keeps the bed cozy for your pup all day long, but only really warms up (enough to match your dog's body temperature) when he or she gets in. If your dog is a little older and suffers from joint problems or other chronic pain, the warmth might be especially soothing.