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The 70 Best Gifts for Dogs, Dog Owners, and Dog Lovers In 2021

You're not a regular dog mom, you're a cool dog mom.

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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.

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For Bored Dogs
A Smart Bone Toy
Wickedbone amazon.com
$169.00
$69.99 (59% off)

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.

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For High-Energy Pups
A Scented Toy
Playology playologypets.com
$9.99

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.

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Best for Giving Back
A Cozy Throw (That Gives Back)
Grounds & Hounds groundsandhoundscoffee.com
$2,021.00

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.

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A Matching Bandanna and Mask Set
Furtees furtees.com
$19.00

You can't have enough face masks right now, so match with your dog with one of Furtees' adorable bandanna and mask sets.

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Editor's (Dog's) Favorite
A Treat Toy
Fable fablepets.com
$55.00

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.

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For Creepin'
A Dog Camera
Furbo amazon.com
$167.00

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.

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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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For Holiday Cards
Matching Holiday Pajamas
Dog Threads shopdogthreads.com
$42.00

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.

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The Amazon Hit
A Cozy Sweater
Chilly Dog amazon.com
$39.99
$29.82 (25% off)

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.

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To Keep Forever
A Lovingly Drawn Portrait
Kitty Draws Dogs

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. 

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For the Escape Artist
A Smart Dog Collar
Link AKC amazon.com
$109.99

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.)

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A Monthly Box of Joy
BarkBox barkbox.com
$35.00

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).

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Customized Dog Socks
PetPartyCo etsy.com
$19.99

I don't need to do much talking about these socks, do I? This picture pretty much does it all for me.

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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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For Showing Off
An iPhone Case With Your Dog On It
West & Willow westandwillow.com
$49.95

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.

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For Christmas
A Dog Christmas Stocking
JandJHairbows etsy.com
$19.95

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.

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For the Dog Who Has It All
The Ultimate Dog Chew
wildone.com
$22.00

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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For Showing Off
Some "AirPawds"
BARK barkshop.com
$12.99

BARK specializes in painfully adorable toys that resemble little doggy versions of humans' favorite things—who could forget its Glossier collection?—like these AirPawds.

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For Thunderstorms
A Dog Cave
Tucker Murphy Pet wayfair.com
$77.90

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.

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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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Best Collar Accessory
A Scrabble Letter Tag
RyderandRoo etsy.com
$4.00

Oh, this is so cute. The lightweight, Scrabble-inspired tile attaches neatly onto your dog's collar. Every letter of the alphabet is available.

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For the Luxurious Dog
An 18K Gold Plated Charm
PDPAOLA pdpaola.com
$84.00

Up your dog's accessory game with a charm initial—you can get one for every letter of the alphabet—from jewelry brand PDPAOLA.

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For Gentle Big Dogs
A "Lover Not a Biter" Tag
Growlees littlebeast.co
$14.00

Your dog can't talk (that I know of), so make sure they communicate their loving spirit to the world with this collar tag.

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Best Gift
A Sweater With Your Dog's Face On It
Sweater Hound sweaterhound.com
$128.00

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

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For Proud Parents
A Custom Dog Portrait
Crown and Paw crownandpaw.com
$59.95

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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Most Fun
A Custom Dog Pillow
Lifelike Pillows allaboutvibe.com
$29.99

Show me a more iconic duo than your dog and a pillow that looks like your dog. I'll wait.

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Holiday Sweater
MaxBone maxbone.com
$55.00

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.

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Editor's (Dog's) Pick
A Pet Sofa
La-Z-Boy amazon.com
$239.95

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.

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The Cool Pick
A Dog-Inspired Artwork
Animalist thisdogslife.co
$85.00

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.

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For Decor
A Personalized Dog Dish
Style Union Home styleunionhome.com
$84.00

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?

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Dog Macarons
Bonne et Filou bonneetfilou.com
$23.99

Unlike human macarons, these handmade, French-inspired dog treats are actually healthy. They come in traditional macaron flavors, like vanilla, rose, mint, and lavender, but they're made with all-natural, dog-friendly ingredients like yogurt and honey. 

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For Decor
An Original Dog Print
Stellar Villa stellarvilla.com
$35.00

If you're looking for a new art piece dedicated to your beloved dog, Stellar Villa by Laura is the brand for you. Laura, the artist who founded the small business with her husband Patrick, offers both custom prints with your dog and original prints she's already drawn—like this one, which is how I feel 95 percent of the time I'm out with my dog.

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For Going Under the Tree
"Play The Field" Gift Set
Dog is Good chewy.com
$13.45

The perfect toy to wrap up for your dog and put under the tree, the Play It Field gift set is a bestseller for a reason: Soft, sweet, and perfect for running around outside, these will look (almost) as cute when they're strewn around your home.

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For Someone Who Loves a Breed
A Dog Candle
Scripted Fragrance scriptedfragrance.com
$34.00

Scripted Fragrance makes a candle for just about every major breed of dog, including "service dog" (it's so cute, I nearly cried). And while some candles can be dangerous for your dog, these ones are made of dog-safe soy wax. Plus, they're vegan, cruelty-free, dye-free, additive-free, preservative-free, petroleum-free, and phthalate-free.

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A Super-Cuddly Bed
Best Friends by Sheri bestfriendsbysheri.com
$44.95

For dogs that love to hide and burrow, this donut bed with a blanket attached is perfect (you can get one without the blanket covering if you prefer). Made from faux fur, it's like a weighted blanket for your pup.

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For Matching Denim
A Dog Denim Jacket
DL1961 dl1961.com
$49.00

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!)

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For the Dog Park
A Customized Mask
Rock 'Em Socks Rock 'Em Socks
$20.00

You can never have enough masks—and this one is particularly amazing, because you can add the faces of up to six dogs and/or humans from uploaded photographs. For every mask ordered, Rock 'Em Socks will donate one to a frontline worker.

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For Little Dogs
A Personalized Dog Carrier
Lands' End landsend.com
$49.95

Your dog deserves the world and then some. He or she also deserves a dog carrier with their name embroidered on it. (A note: It only fits dogs under 20lb.)

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For Winter
A Dog Snood
Zoo Snoods zoosnoods.com
$15.99

This is fashion and function, the ultimate in a painfully cute gift that they'll actually use. Zoo Snoods makes snoods and sweaters for dogs that a) keep them warm in the winter and b) are painfully cute. My favorite is the lion snood.

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For Wall Art
A Sweet Dog Print
CrystalLaceDesign etsy.com
$8.01

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.

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A Rainbow Rope Leash
Found My Animal foundmyanimal.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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For an Extravagant Dog
A Raised Pet Bed
Whom whomhome.com
$129.97

Whom specializes in dog beds that double as sincerely gorgeous pieces of furniture. For a little dog who likes to be beside you at all times, get this sweet raised pet bed (and for a bigger dog, it comes in three sizes!).

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For Active Pups
A KONG Subscription Box
KONG kongbox.com
$29.95

When it comes to keeping your dog happily occupied for hours at a time, nobody does it like KONG. The cult-favorite dog brand—you probably have at least one of its items already—recently launched a subscription box, which boasts treats, toys, recipes, and of course a KONG Classic. Perfect for high-energy pups who love a good training toy and deserve a regular dose of the best.

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