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66 gifts for dogs or dog lovers to get in 2021

These unique gifts will have your favorite dog lover howling!
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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 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, according to dog lovers.

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Best home gifts for dog lovers

1. Dog Face Pillow

This sweet pillow is made of wool and features an adorable furry face on the front. It's perfect to use while lounging on your couch with your pup!

2. Le Dogue Dog Paws and Bones Silicone Baking Molds

Bake your own dog treats in this baking mold that allows you to make cookies in the shape of paws. As a bonus, it comes with a miniature book of recipes so you'll know exactly how to bake a dog treat yourself.

3. Wipe Your Paws Welcome Mat

Give this a-door-able welcome mat as a housewarming gift. It can be used indoors or outdoors and comes in eight different sizes.

4. Custom Pet Portrait

This bestselling custom pet portrait is the perfect way to show your friend or family member how much you value their dog!

5. Zen Dog Garden Sculpture

Whether or not your friend knows it, the Chinese lettering engraved on these sculptures means loyalty. Plus, dog lovers will enjoy the calming effect that can bring peace of mind to any space.

6. "Canines of New York," by Heather Weston

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.

7. Kikkerland Dog Butt Magnets

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.

8. "Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are" Tea Towel

There might not be a better 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.

9. Dirty Dog Shammy Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Quick Drying Towel

Slip your hands into the pockets of this shammy, rub the microfiber fabric all over your wet dog, then watch how well it absorbs the water — 8 times more than your typical cotton towel! Great for after baths and rainstorms.

10. Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Bowl

Slow down! Does your dog seem to finish his food mere seconds after being served? The maze design of this bowl will force your pooch to hunt for his kibble or wet food, putting a break on how fast he eats. It comes in five different maze shapes and colors.

11. Furbo Dog Camera

If you want to splurge on your dog lover, this is definitely the gift to buy! This dog cam includes livestream video to monitor your pet, has a barking sensor and even allows you to talk to your dog through an app if necessary. You can even reward your dog by giving your pup treats, even when you're not there!

12. Wisdom Panel Essential

Love your rescue dog? Learn more about any breed’s ancestry and their susceptibility to certain health conditions by swiping the inside of your pooch’s cheek — you’ll have a report back in two to three weeks.

13. Spleash

Make daily walks with your dog more comfortable. This leash attachment allows you to give your pet a quick drink without the hassle of carrying an extra bowl or bottle of water.

14. "Dogs on Instagram," by @dogsofinstagram

If they love their pet, there is a good chance that their dog has its own personal Instagram account. This fun book shows off some of the cutest pups on the net!

15. Pet Tent Bed

This adorable pet bed puts a trendy and fun twist on your traditional dog bed. If they value their home's aesthetic, this is the gift for them.

16. Heated Dog Bed

If the tent isn't their vibe, this bed is bound to work in any home — and it's heated for colder months!

17. Portable Water Dispenser

Many dog owners love to exercise with their dogs but always struggle to find ways to make sure they're properly hydrated. This portable water dispenser is small, leakproof and easy to bring on the go.

18. Booster Bath Elevated Pet Bathing

Great for dogs who stress out at the groomer and for their owners who don’t like bending over a tub to bathe their pets! This elevated plastic tub includes a safety harness and collar to keep your dog in place, a rubberized padded bottom to prevent slippage, a drain hose and an adjustable spray nozzle. Available in three sizes and four colors.

19. Snuffle Mat

Chewing and tearing can be a way for dogs to release pent-up stress and energy. Watch as yours burrows for hidden treats in this mat made of polar fleece and upcycled materials. It comes with a nonslip backing and can be machine washed and folded for easy storage.

Best beauty & fashion gifts for dog lovers

1. Dog Mom Baseball Hat

Being a dog mom is hard work. After all, dogs don't walk themselves! Any dedicated dog owner would absolutely love this cute cap.

2. Puppy Love Mini Eye Shadow Palette

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.

3. Customized Dog Socks

These customized dog socks are a simple but affordable way to show your giftee how much you understand the love they have for their pet.

4. "Physically I'm Here, Mentally I'm With My Dog" T-shirt

This comfy T-shirt will become your friend's new uniform! While it's perfect for lounging, if they wear it out, they’ll also realize they're not alone in their humble aspirations.

5. Custom Illustrated Dog iPhone Case

If their world revolves around their pup, they'll definitely love to be reminded of their fur baby everywhere they go. This custom hand-drawn iPhone case is both thoughtful and useful!

6. Chillydog Fair Isle Knit Sweater

Custom made: This colorful dog sweater is not only great looking and handmade using organic wool and all-natural plant dyes, but it was lovingly knitted by descendants of the Inca Indians!

7. Frisco Cable Knit Dog Socks

No more slip and slide! These cable knit socks, with their double-sided non-skid dots, provide extra grip (not to mention added warmth) if your dog constantly slides across your tile, marble or wood floors.

8. American Kennel Club Anti-Anxiety and Stress Relief Calming Coat for Dogs

Calm your dog during a thunderstorm or throughout life’s stressful moments by swaddling him in this machine washable coat that’s designed to put pressure on the torso area, resulting in a more passive pooch.

9. Cozy Sweater Jacket

This fleece hoodie, with its adorable teddy bear ears and easy-snap closure will easily become any dog lover's go-to outfit for their pup.

10. Maxbone Curly Knit Jumper

For the stylish pooch, this Scandinavian-inspired, ginger hued jumper comes with a knitted neck roll and sleeves. Don’t let the fabric fool you — it may look delicate but it’s machine washable.

11. Canada Pooch Pawparazzi Cap

Fashion forward! A faux-fur cap for your pup? Why not! This head warmer, which comes in black and is available in four sizes, includes ear slits and an adjustable chin strap for comfortable wear.

12. Black Bear Zoo Snood

It doesn’t matter whether you refer to it as a scarf, cowl, or snood, this super soft knit coverup, with its woven elastic band for flexible comfort, will keep your dog’s neck and ears warm in cold weather.

13. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Ribbed Dog Sweater

Cute and cozy: This ribbed sweater is made of a super soft yarn, giving this pullover its soft and plush feel. It’s available in trendy colors, including cranberry, slate blue, and ballet pink.

14. Happy Hoodie Calming Dog Compression Hoodie

Cover your ears! This compression cotton hoodie works to calm and soothe an anxious dog at the vet, during thunderstorms and fireworks, or while bathing or nail trimming. Bonus: It doubles as an ear warmer.

15. WagWellies Dog Boots

These 100 percent rubber boots can take on the any size puddle! They’ve got vented slits for easy on/easy off and come in five bright colors for your dog to (literally) stand out in.

16. Ruffwear Grip Trex Pairs All-Terrain Paw Wear

Protect your dog’s paws from snow and ice — or while hiking and running — with these high-performance booties. They’re designed with a rubber sole, tightly woven air mesh top, and easy on/easy off hook-and-loop closure, and a reflective trim.

17. GF Pet Summit Chevron Dog Sweater

Go retro! The multi-colored, Chevron pattern on this turtleneck sweater gives off a 70s vintage vibe. Made of a mix of knit and acrylic fabric, the ribbed armholes allow for easy slip on and slip off.

18. Shearling Duggz Pet Shoes

So cute, you’ll want a pair of your own. A suede and Sherpa outer shell, a synthetic liner that helps retain heat, rubber soles, and a zipper and Velcro tie for easy on and off, combine to make this a comfortable and stylish pet bootie. Available in multiple colors, including black, brown, and turquoise blue.

19. The Foggy Dog Palm Dog Bow Tie

Bow-wow! Dress up your pooch for the holidays — and all year long — with this textured linen and cotton blend bow tie, available in bright color options like green, orange and yellow, and in standard and large sizes.

Best dog accessory gifts

1. Found My Animal Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash

Going out on a rope! Made with marine grade rope and brass hardware, this hand-dyed, ombre colored 7 foot leash includes a lockable carabiner for added security, along with O-rings that can be adjusted so the leash can be worn around the waist or across the chest to free up your hands.

2. Aquapaw Slow Treater Treat Dispensing Mat

A game changer for dogs who quiver at the sight of a bath! Simply add wet food such as peanut butter or smushed bananas to this FDA grade silicone 7 inch mat, then stick it onto tile or glass using the silicone suction cups. Your pup will be preoccupied and distracted licking the nubs as you rub in the suds.

3. Highwave Squeeze-able Water Bottle

H2O on the go: Simply squeeze the BPA-free bottle and watch as water fills up the top basin. Once finished, relax your grip and any leftover water will go straight back into the bottle. Great for long car rides and walks.

4. Love Thy Beast Canvas Pet Tote

Seeing double: This sturdy, water-repellent grey and navy dog tote is made with a dual layer of cotton duck canvas and is double topstitched! Inside you’ll find a collar attachment along with a removable, easy-to-clean leather foot pad. Bonus: Two outside pockets can be used for storing dog treats and poop bags.

5. Ruffwear Front Range Harness

This bright purple harness has both a foam-padded chest and belly panel, along with a reflective trim to keep your pup visible at night. It comes with two leash attachment points — on the center of the back and at the chest. There’s also a small pocket to store dog tags.

6. HDP Deluxe Lookout Dog, Cat and Small Animal Booster Car Seat

If your dog is always trying to sit in your lap or likes to look out the window during car rides, this booster seat may be just what your pup ordered. Made for small dogs, it’s secured with adjustable straps that attach to the headrest and around the seat and has a safety strap that attaches to your dog’s collar or harness to keep him in place. It comes with a padded bottom but adding a favorite blanket will make him love his booster even more.

7. Blueberry Pet Soft & Comfy Padded Polyester Dog Collar

A collar that lasts a lifetime? Made of canvas, neoprene (a soft rubber/nylon mix that’s used in wet suits) and waterproof plastic buckles, this padded collar won’t break down or fray due to wear.

8. Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl

From the brand known for its rugged outdoor coolers comes a bowl made with similar technology, including a double-wall of stainless steel to keep your pet’s water extra cold. The non-slip ring on the bottom prevents your pooch from nudging the dish all over the floor.

9. ECOFLEX Homestead Sliding Barn Door Dog Crate

Home style: If you have to cohabitate with a dog crate, why not choose one that suits your decor? Made of reclaimed and recycled materials, this crate has a stylish sliding barn door along with black metal accents, and comes in two colors — antique white and grey.

10. Glow In The Dark Waterproof Collar with Quick Release Buckle

Safety first! Features on this bright collar include a glow-in-the-dark strip and quick release buckle. Personalize the band with your dog’s name and your phone number for an extra $10.

12. Musher’s Secret Paw Protection Natural Dog Wax

This 100 percent pure natural wax, made with vitamin E and beeswax, will moisturize and protect paws any time of the year, but particularly in winter when ice and snow can lead to drying and cracking. Simply apply it between — and directly on — your dog’s toe pads.

13. Wildebeest Funston Dog Baggie

Chic and poop bag in the same sentence? This fashionable purple nylon bag dispenser attaches to your dog’s leash with a Velcro closure, while the rubber opening makes it easy to pull out the plastic baggies. Machine washable, it comes filled with 15 compost-friendly poop bags.

14. Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner

Silicone bristles inside this tumbler remove dirt and debris on your pet’s paws before he gets the chance to mess up your floors. Simply add warm water to the cup, insert the muddy paw, twist the tumbler, remove the paw and dry. Great for eliminating mud, sand and salt!

15. Guardian Gear Pet Waterer Drinking Bottle for Pets

Pull the dispenser tray down on this portable 17-ounce water bottle, then tilt and squeeze the bottle to fill the reservoir. A rubber flow control valve in the cap prevents spills and leaks. Comes with a carrying strap and belt clip.

16. Dog DNA Test

Don't know the exact breed of your dog? This DNA test can help. Not only can it tell you your dog's breed, but it can tell which diseases your dog may be prone to in the future.

Best toys & treats for dogs

1. iFetch Frenzy

Drop, fetch, repeat! Train your dog to deposit the ball into the top of this hourglass-shaped jug, then watch as he never tires of guessing which hole the miniature tennis ball will roll out of. No batteries or power cord required.

2. Starbarks Coffee Dog Toy

If they love coffee and their dog — this is the gift for them.

3. The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Happy Birthday Pup-PIE Dog Treat


Easy as pie! This holiday themed pie, dipped in yogurt and covered with white coconut, comes in 10 pre-cut slices. No corn, wheat soy, or GMOs included.

4. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Maze & Guru

Keep rolling! Place treats in the hole of this soft, rubber ball, then shake it so the snacks make their way deep into the maze. Watch as your pooch chases down the orb as it spins and turns across the floor and the treats are released.

5. Pooch Creamery Peanut Butter Flavor Ice Cream Mix Dog Treat

Lickety split: Simply add water to the ice cream powder mix, place the container in the freezer, and after eight hours it’s ready to serve. Made of only five ingredients, including lactose-free whole milk and real peanuts, this delicious treat will stay fresh up to six weeks in the freezer once opened.

6. Three Dog Bakery Classic Cremes Baked Dog Treats

Break up these golden colored sandwich cookies or serve them whole — either way, your dog will go nutty every time he hears the crinkle of this plastic tray! Slow-baked in small batches, they’re made with real ingredients, including peanut butter.

7. Buck Bone Organics Antler Dog Bones

Who knew? Wild Elks shed their antlers once a year, then some of the pieces are made into long-lasting and odorless chews for dogs to enjoy! Because they’re all-natural, expect sizes and shapes to vary.

8. Himalayan Dog Chew Yaky Charm Cheese Puffs

Heat these lactose and gluten-free cheese puffs in your microwave like you would a bag of popcorn, allowing time to cool before serving. High in protein, these treats are made of Himalayan hard cheese and contain no corn or fillers.

9. Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Game Dog Toys

Play on! Watch as your dog sniffs, then flips, the plastic tops of this puzzle toy to reveal the hidden snacks below.

10. KONG Classic Goodie Bone Dog Toy

Chew on this: A rubber bone that’s soft on your dog’s gums and dispenses treats! Simply fill the hollow ends of the toy with your dog’s favorite snacks and watch him chew away.

11. Playology Dual Layer Scented Ring, Peanut Butter

Zero calories! A peanut-butter scent is released every time this toy, with its chewy outer layer and hard inner core, is gnawed upon. The smell lasts up to six months and if your dog isn’t a fan of peanuts, he can choose from the beef and chicken scents, too.

12. Mighty Paw Tinkle Bells

Loop the 24 inch strap around any door knob or wall hook and watch — and listen — as your dog nudges the five metal bells alerting you he needs to go out. It comes in four stylish patterns — from paisley to plaid — and just as many colors to match any home décor.

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This gift guide was originally published on Nov. 18, 2016.