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