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Dog lovers are a different breed. They have no problem stopping strangers on the street to ask if they can pet their dogs. In fact, some dog people will even cross the street for their dog fix.
These are the same people who blow up social media on National Dog Day — an event they seem to celebrate every day, judging by their paw-inspired posts. If you have someone like this in your life, here are a few gifts for dog lovers, by dog lovers.
When we release our gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
The best gifts for dog lovers
- 1. Zen Dog Garden Sculpture, $35, UncommonGoods
In China, 2018 was the year of the dog. Whether or not your friend knows it, the Chinese engraved on these sculptures means loyalty. Plus, dog lovers will enjoy the calming effect that can bring peace of mind to any space.
- 2. Funny Dog Mug, $10, Amazon
Being a dog mom is hard work. After all, dogs don't walk themselves! Any dedicated dog owner would absolutely love this kitschy mug.
- 3. In Dogs We Trust Necklace, $58, Zappos
This understated, yet beautiful dog bone necklace is handmade in California and comes in sterling silver or gold-dipped sterling silver. It makes for a great alternative to a tattoo if you have a friend wanting to commemorate a beloved dog who crossed the rainbow bridge.
- 4. Yoga Dogs Doormat, $33, Houzz
Give this a-door-able welcome mat during the holidays or for a housewarming. It can be used indoors or outdoors and comes in eight different sizes.
- 5. Puppy Love Mini Eyeshadow Palette, $28, Too Faced
Don't judge this makeup by its cute exterior. The matte and metallic eye shadows inside are high-quality. The limited-edition palette is from Too Faced, whose founders designed it after being inspired by their fur baby, Clover. Too Faced even donated $150,000 to the Best Friends Animal Society when it launched the Clover collection.
- 6. Berrisom Dog Animal Sheet Mask, $4, Beauty Bay
Meet the soothing mask from Berrisom that is so cute your friend might want to leave the house in it. Coconut oil is a main ingredient in this moisturizing "pooch in a pouch."
- 7. Canines of New York, $17, Amazon
No dog lover's coffee table is complete without this hardcover paying homage to New York's canine crowd. This glossy book features more than 500 photos — snapshots showcasing a dog's life in the city that never sleeps.
- 8. Kikkerland Dog Butt Magnets, $11, Amazon
Your friend will smile every time they open the fridge if you get them these cheeky magnets. The Dalmatian, poodle, pug, golden retriever and Scottie are all represented — as is the quintessential red fire hydrant.
- 9. "Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are" Tea Towel, $18 (usually $21), Houzz
There might not be a better host/hostess gift for dog lovers than this 100 percent cotton tea towel. It's a constant reminder of how much your friend is loved by you and their dog.
- 10. Bad Dog Diner Mugs, $35, UncommonGoods
Even the biggest canine fans know the disobedient dog struggle is real. That's why these relatable, humorous mugs starring a stubborn pup will be the first thing they reach for on a Monday morning.
- 11. Release the Houndstooth Set, $28, Neptune & Co.
For dog lovers, collars and leashes can be like bags and jewelry — cute accessories. This stylish set has a sophisticated houndstooth pattern on one side and solid fire engine red on the other. Your friend will love hearing that Neptune & Co. is a small business that donates $1 of each purchase to dog rescue organizations.
We also love this simple, but cute dog leash from Anthropologie.
- 12. Dog People Get It Dog Park Tote, $30, Urban Outfitters
Sure, your friend can use this tote for groceries. But with its nylon-lined treat pocket and built-in poop bag holder, this will become the go-to bag for trips to the dog park. The label inside is also a nice touch and comes in handy if it ever gets lost. It reads "This bag is carried by (human) for (dog)."
- 13. Stay at Home Dog Mom Graphic Tee, $26, Pink Lily
If your friend subscribes to the “dress for the job you want” approach, they’ll love this comfy tee confessing their dream job. If they wear it out, they’ll also realize they're not alone in their humble aspirations.
- 14. Paw Print Bangle Bracelet, $28, Luca+Danni
This timeless, quality piece serves as a perfect reminder that "love is a four-legged word." It comes in a brass or silver finish and is even available in a petite size for those fine-boned friends (or the kids in your life who love dogs).