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53 gifts for dogs and dog lovers to get in 2021

You’ll score major points with these cool dog-tested, dog-approved gifts.
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Dog lovers are a special breed. You know the type: They’re forever finding a way to show you videos of their dog’s adorable antics; they plan their days and vacations around their pet’s playdates; and their pup has more accessories than a Kardashian. But all with good reason: Dog owners know that showering their pet with amazingness is only fair. After all, there’s nothing quite like the comfort, company and unconditional love of a dog.

Yes, it can be especially difficult to shop for doting dog owners, but you’ve come to the right place. Whether their canine companion is a frosty-faced senior or a pandemic puppy, we curated a group of functional, unique and unexpected gifts that celebrate dogs — and their compassionate, loving owners.

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best toys & treats for dogs

Wufers Christmas Cookie Box

What do you get the dog who has everything? More treats, obviously. Choose from a wide variety of boxes, including for holidays, birthdays, get well or just because.

Pet Zone IQ Treat Dispensing Ball

Ideal for high-energy dogs or those who get bored easily, this food-dispensing toy engages pets physically and mentally: They learn how to roll the ball to get treats out, and pet parents can change the difficulty level as Fido starts to catch on. Comes in two sizes.

Outward Hound Invincibles Dog Toy

Some dogs are relentless chewers who just won’t quit until they shred a toy to tiny little bits. For those who want their dog to feel the joy of ripping apart a toy — but not have that joy last a mere 36 seconds — this is for them. It has an inner Dura-Tuff lining and reinforced double-stitched seams, and it has multiple squeakers to keep the pup’s interest. It’s also stuffing-free, so they won’t have to worry about the pet ingesting fluff.

Diggs Groov Training Toy

Combat serious separation anxiety or crate boredom with this toy. Owners simply fill it with peanut butter or freeze it into a pup popsicle, then affix it to the pet’s wire crate. It works by encouraging licking over a long period of time, which ultimately reduces crate anxiety.

Dr. Catch Dog Puzzle Toy

Not only does this slow feeder encourage dogs not to snarf down their kibble, it also provides mental stimulation and fights boredom. It has eight moving parts to keep even the most genius of pups busy.

Kong Cute Seas Octopus Dog Toy

It squeaks, it’s durable, and it has eight legs — so basically, it’s a trifecta of awesomeness in the eyes of dogs. Pet owners will love that it’s adorable and typically lasts longer than your average dog toy.

PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher

Throw, fetch, repeat. Seeing the joy on a dog’s face when they’re chasing down a ball just makes you feel good, but it can be kind of a pain to throw the ball over and over (and over) again. That’s where this gadget comes in. It launches tennis balls between 8 and 30 feet and up to a 45-degree angle. You never know, eventually your dog may get tired. Maybe.

Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Stuffed Toy

Reduce pet anxiety with this toy, which has a real-feel heartbeat that pulses to mimic the sensation of a beating heart. Users say it works wonders to calm new puppies or dogs with separation anxiety.

KONG Babbler Motion Activated Dog Toy

This toy makes motion-activated babbling sounds to keep your pet’s interest. Translation: Your dog will love it, and at times it will totally creep you out.

Outward Hound Hide a Squirrel

You can’t put a price on happiness for man’s best friend, and this toy provides endless hours of fun. Just keep stuffing the squirrels back inside. It’ll never get old.

Pets First #1 Fan Dog Toy

Keep Fido from trying to get into the seven-layer dip by occupying him with an NFL team dog toy. They’re the perfect gift for couch potatoes of all species.

Frisco Outdoor Dog Swimming Pool

If they don’t have a pool and aren’t near the beach or lakefront, this is the perfect solution for pups who love to splash around to keep cool.

Barkbox Gift Subscription

This popular subscription box for pets also sends gift boxes filled with customized toys and treats. Your friend’s dog will be thrilled; your friend will be overjoyed; and you’ll be a hero.

Rocco and Roxie Ultimate Dog Box

An ideal gift for new pet parents, this adorable box holds a curated collection of perfect toys, treats and other essentials.

Best beds for dogs

Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed

The Yeti brand is known for rugged adventure gear, and reviewers say it doesn’t fall short when it comes to this bed. Notable features include a sturdy waterproof bottom, washable cover and a comfy bolster for pups to rest their chin for a snooze. The center section is even removable and acts as a travel pad.

PupRug Animal Print Memory Foam Dog Bed

Style meet function. For those who love their décor nearly as much as their pup, this memory foam number comes in six prints and eases joint pain. It’s also got a washable cover and nonslip bottom.

Thermo Snuggly Sleeper Pet Bed

Everyone knows someone who has a hard time keeping their dog out of their human bed. But this electric heated dog bed may be just what it takes. It’s got a 6-watt thermostatically controlled heater that can keep pets warm all year-round, or be removed for use in all seasons. It’s ideal for elderly dogs or those who have trouble staying warm in winter. (Yes, it’s OK to want one for yourself.)

Canine Styles Dog Bed

Pets love to curl up in this donut-shaped bed with an overstuffed bolster. Pet owners love all the fabric options it comes in.

Casper Dog Bed

From the people who created the cult-fave “mattress in a box,” this dog bed is thoughtfully engineered to meet a dog’s needs: It has both pressure-relieving memory foam and strong support, along with a tough microfiber cover that’s removable for washing. Available in three colors — blue, gray and sand.

Felt Pet Cave

For dogs who love a little more privacy, this cozy cave is the perfect mix of fashion and function. It blends easily with most color palettes, it rolls up when not in use, and it comes in five sizes to accommodate pets of various sizes.

Best dog clothing & accessory gifts

Wild One Aspen Ski Sweater for Pups & People

If your friends like to wear Fair Isle sweaters in winter, they’ll probably like it if their pet does, too. Two percent of all sales of these cozy cotton-acrylic blend jumpers are donated to lifesaving animal rescues.

Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

A priceless gift for swimming dogs! This canine life jacket is ideal for dogs who take boat trips, those who are dock jumpers or just elderly pets who may need a little extra support while swimming. Reviewers particularly love that it’s reflective and has a top handle to lift pups out of the water.

Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness

Keep pets safe in the car with this crash-tested harness. It has five adjustment points for the perfect fit, and it comes with a seat belt tether.

ThunderShirt

Storms, fireworks and unexpected visitors can send many dogs to hide in the closet with their tail between their legs. This vet-recommended vest naturally calms them by applying gentle but constant pressure, similarly to how babies are soothed by being swaddled.

Illumiseen LED Dog Leash

Help dogs and their owners stay visible to passing cars with this light-up leash. The battery is USB-chargeable and offers five hours of illumination for every one-hour charge.

Kurgo Quantum 6-in-1 Dog Leash

This multifunction leash converts to six different styles, including hands-free around the waist, over the shoulder courier style and even a double dog leash. It’s made of strong nylon, it’s got a padded handle, and it’s reflective.

Orvis Hammock Seat Protector

No car wash or industrial vacuum can truly get the hair and grime out of your car’s seats once they’ve been graced by filthy fur kids. That’s why this seat protector is worth every penny. It has straps that hold it firmly in place, it protects seats from nail marks, and it’s totally washable.

Roverlund Out-of-Office Pet Carrier

This carrier nails it on both style and practicality. Available in six vibrant colors, it’s also airline-compliant, it works as a car seat, and it comes with a bonus leash made from mountaineering-grade materials.

Personalized Animal Notecard Set

Both sentimental and pragmatic, these adorable handmade notecards can be personalized with the giftee’s name and one of many dog breeds.

Best health & wellness gifts

ElleVet Hemp CBD + CBDA Dog Chews

These are a splurge, but they’re the only CBD chews for dogs that are clinically proven to increase mobility. Their formula also helps with stress, itching, cognitive issues and senior dog issues.

Andis 2-Speed Pet Nail Grinder

For pets — and owners — who live in fear of nail trimming, this quiet, low-vibration nail grinder takes the worry out of clipping a pup’s toenails.

ChomChom Roller Dog Hair Remover

Sure, sticky adhesive paper pet rollers get pet hair off your clothes, but they create unnecessary garbage, and the rolls need to be replaced frequently. As an alternative, this top-rated hair-removal tool captures hair into the dust receptacle with simple back-and-forth strokes.

Travel Pet First-Aid Kit

Most pet owners don’t have one of these, which makes it the perfect gift. The carabiner clip provides a convenient attachment for hikes or trips to the dog park.

Whistle Go Explore Pet Tracker

You can’t put a price on peace of mind: This lightweight smart device — which affixes to a pet’s collar — monitors a pet’s health, sets fitness goals and acts as a GPS so you can track a dog’s location and receive alerts when they leave a designated safe place. The charge lasts a couple of weeks when linked to Wi-Fi.

Furbo Dog Camera

Only the most obsessive — or some might say, loving — dog owners fixate on what their dogs do while they’re at work. (Hint: The dog is probably sleeping.) Just to make sure they don’t miss out on something really cute, they’ll need this treat-dispensing camera with two-way audio.

Malispree Water Bottle

With 85 percent of discerning pet-parent reviewers giving this portable bottle 5 stars, you know it’s good. Users love that it’s leak proof, you can use just one hand to dispense water, and the wide trough is easy for most dogs to drink from.

Wild One Bowl Kit

Sometimes simplicity is best. These good-looking, timeless bowls come in three sleek colors — spruce, tan and black — and are top-rack dishwasher safe. They can be personalized for an additional $20.00.

Embark Breed and Health Kit

If your friend has a dog that’s a mystery breed, there’s nothing more fun than trying to uncover the DNA secrets behind a pet’s scruffy fluff or stand-up ears. They’ll love that this kit looks at more than 350 breeds and 210 genetic health risks. Chihuahua on the outside, Great Dane on the inside? You never know until you check.

Custom 3D Printed Dog Bowl

Unique? Check. Personalized? Check? Thoughtful? Definitely. These top-rated, 3D-printed dog name bowls have a stainless-steel center that is easily removed and dishwasher-safe. Available in 16 colors.

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Gift Subscription

Dog lover and coffee lover? This boutique brand offers coffee subscriptions starting at approximately $13.99 per bag. Even better, when you give this gift, you’ll also do good for shelter pets. The company gives 20 percent of profits to animal rescues.

Best cleaning products for dog lovers

Soggy Doggy Super Shammy Dog Towel

Perfect for post-bath or an impromptu dip in the pool, this super absorbent microfiber shammy holds up to seven times its weight in water. It’s even got easy-on hand pockets to help dry soaked pups. The wet dog smell, though? You can’t have everything.

Bissell Little Green Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

This magical machine is a dog-owner favorite for its effectiveness at getting gross pet stains and smells out of rugs and upholstery. (Take it from us, this is particularly effective on wool carpets.) It’s affordable, easy to use, and most importantly, when pet owners are frustrated about dog accidents, this makes everything feel less overwhelming.

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum

Let’s be real, dogs are messy. But a robot vacuum helps pet owners stay on top of pet hair, dander and dirt clean-up.

Best dog decor gifts

Custom Dog Pillow

Nail it by giving this lifelike pet pillow as a gift. Perfect for sending with kids when they head to camp or college, or to give to loved ones who have lost a pet.

Dog Breed Candle

With a wide variety of dog breeds — and rescue dogs, of course — this checks the boss on semi-personalized and super-thoughtful. These candles are 100 percent soy wax and are vegan, cruelty-free and additive-free.

Custom Pet Phone Case

Think of this as a cooler variation on a pet photo mug. We love the sleek silhouette design, and the pet’s image will keep owners smiling even when they’re on hold for ages.

Plush Cuddle Clone

Create an exact replica of their pet with a customized faux fur clone, which is meticulously created to capture each animal’s uniqueness and exact features. Even better? Each order feeds 20 shelter pets.

Burlap Dog Bone Stocking

Dogs are part of the family, so they deserve to get in on the holiday cheer, too. This customizable stocking is roomy enough to fit all the treats and toys the best pets deserve.

Custom Pet Canvas

Crown and Paw is most known for their kitschy portraits of pets on Renaissance-era human bodies. (Yes, they’re a little weird yet surprisingly funny.) But they also create custom portraits of pets on bodies of football players, ballerinas, golfers, chefs, you name it.

West and Willow Custom Pet Portrait

These sleek, minimalist pet portraits will blend seamlessly into pretty much anyone’s décor, and pet owners will want to hang it on their walls for years to come.

Best books for dog lovers

"The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs" by Elias Weiss Friedman

Every pet parent knows that meeting other dogs and their owners on the street is part of what makes dog ownership so special. This book of pets and their inspiring stories first came out in 2015, but the uber-popular Instagram photo-documentary account by street photographer Elias Weiss Friedman is still in full force.

"No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid" by Will Chesney with Joe Layden

Every dog lover loves an inspirational dog story, and this is no exception. This book tells the story of US Navy Seal team operator and military dog handler Will Chesney and his Belgian Malinois, Cairo. A word of caution: You will need tissues while reading this.

Dog’s Best Friend: The Story of an Unbreakable Bond" by Simon Garfield

This heartwarming, witty book investigates our relationship with man’s best friend, calling upon history, art, science and personal experience.

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