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45 drool-worthy gifts for your animal friends — and the humans obsessed with them

Celebrate your furry, scaled or feathered friends for the holidays — and any day.
TODAY Illustration; Courtesy Lauren Biggerstaff; Courtesy Kara Birnbaum; Courtesy Dani Musacchio

For devoted pet parents, receiving a gift inspired by or for their fur baby is hugely appreciated. After all, they're deeply connected to their four-legged friend. From a dog bowl that provides fresh water all day long to a fish tank that grows microgreens, we've come up with a list of the best pet and pet-inspired gifts for the animal lover in your life!

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Gifts for dogs | Gifts for cats | Gifts for all pet lovers | Personalized pet gifts | Pet-inspired gifts for humans

Best gifts for dogs

Spot Woodland Collection Possum Dog Toy

Shop TODAY Senior SEO Editor Jess Bender said her parents dog can't get enough of this squeaky possum toy. "He carries it around like a baby," she said. (The actual picture is much cuter than it might sound.) Either way, your dog will quickly love this toy all the same.

Dog by Dr. Lisa Dog Wipes

Having a dog is much like having a baby in that they're somehow getting into messes all the time. According to the brand, these wipes are plant-based, 100 percent compostable and vegan-friendly. If you order from Amazon now, it'll get to your giftee before Christmas Day.

Laelap Tobi Fleece Varsity Jacket

Besides looking absolutely adorable, your pup will appreciate this fleece varsity jacket that will not only make them look trendy but also keep them cozy. It comes in two colors and sizes XXS to XL (determined by the dog's weight).

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Casino Puzzle Game Dog Toy

Does your pup get disinterested easily? Keep boredom at bay and improve their learning ability with this interactive dog puzzle. It has six treat drawers that open when the bone locks are twisted, making it a fun and rewarding game for them to enjoy. Note: According to Amazon, as of today this will arrive before Christmas.

Outward Hound Squeaker Ballz

If your dog is a strong chewer but still loves a good tennis ball, this is the one for them. Its outer rubber shell is lead- and phthalate-free to keep them safe, and it has a moisture-wicking exterior so you can keep your hands free of dog slobber. It's a win-win!

Kong Club Subscription Box

Looking for the gift that keeps on giving? Then look no further than the Kong Club Subscription Box. Known for their indestructible toys that also happen to hold the best snacks, Kong always seems to know what pups want. Even better, they know what pet parents want, too — 24/7 access to vets and certified pet lifestyle experts, which is included in the subscription.

TheBarkingTagsmith Pet ID Tags

Peace of mind: Hand-stamped and engraved in brass, nickel or copper, this pet ID’s clear and easy-to-read imprint will ensure your pet returns home if they wander a little too far. Choose from hundreds of designs, then personalize your tag with text on the front and the back.

Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle

For the pup who's always chasing the squirrels playing outside, this puzzling toy is a satisfying alternative.

The Spleash

This refreshing leash attachment should quench their thirst after a long jaunt around the block or at the dog park.

Chuckit! Paraflight Flyer

Not your typical frisbee! This well-priced flyer is made of a nylon canvas and has a soft rubber edge, making it gentler on the teeth when your dog goes up for a catch. It comes in small and large sizes and is easy for dogs to spot with its bright orange and blue colors. Plus it floats in water, making it a great toy for the beach.

Best gifts for cats

EveryYay Assorted Scratchin' the Surface Cardboard Couch Cat Scratcher

Now, your cat can have their own couch and scratch away until their heart's content without you having to worry about the state of your actual furniture. According to the brand, the cardboard is made with 100 percent recycled paper and it also comes with catnip. Best of all, this is available for in-person same-day pickup, or order it now and get it in about three business days.

Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree Cat Feeder

Interactive feeders are a great way to add some variety to your cat's day. This food tree from Catit has three different levels to challenge your feline into using their natural instincts instead of snacking away and napping all day.

Pefuny Cat Window Perch

A room with a view: Cats love warmth, and what better way to see and feel the sun than on a window perch! It comes with a removable outdoor fabric that's tough and easy to maintain, as well as flannel pads for some coziness.

Interactive Robotic Cat Toy

A moving target! This self-charging toy defines self play — connect any of the attachments (a ribbon, feather or ball) to the toy’s base and watch as it randomly moves and spins around the room, with your cat in hot pursuit. A sensor switches it off after 10 minutes and turns it back on every hour and a half. Warning: You might want to pass if your kitty is a scaredy cat.

CO-Z Collapsible Cat Tunnel

Tunnel of love: Expect these multi-passageways made of crinkly polyester to tap into your cat’s love of burrowing and hiding. With a three-way design and a cutout in the top, cats will find endless fun dive-bombing in and out of the tubes. Recommended for rabbits, too!

Solid Gold SeaMeal Squeeze Mousse Treat

A treat so delicious your cat won’t know it’s healthy? That’s exactly what Solid Gold’s six-ingredient lickable treats deliver. Bonus: It's available curbside from PetCo and PetSmart.

AGYM Cat Spring Toys

My cats go wild for these springs. And for the low cost of just under $6 for 30 of them, they make the purr-fect stocking stuffer.

Catit Vesper V-Stool Cat Scratcher

This stylish cat scratcher has a lot going on with its '60s-style walnut laminate veneer, sisal scratching mat, seagrass scratching post and memory foam cushion. The best part: The pieces are replaceable if your cat goes to town. (Order from Chewy, and you'll get three- to five-day shipping!)

SNUGGLYCAT Ripple Rug Cat Activity Play Mat

A personal household favorite, the Ripple Rug is the perfect toy for cats that like to stalk, pounce and hunt. We recommend pairing it with a feather wand to really get your feisty feline going.

Leo’s Loo Too Covered Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

Spoil your cat (and yourself) with this Alexa-enabled self-cleaning litter box from Smarty Pear. You can download the Leo's Loo Too app to monitor and control the litterbox from anywhere in the world, so if you're heading back to the office soon, now is the perfect time to splurge!

Best gifts for all pet lovers

GPigBox Subscription

This subscription box for guinea pig lovers and their herd sends monthly gift boxes filled with essential supplies, toys and treats. Each item is handpicked by the creators of the box, who say they won’t include anything their five rescued guinea pigs don’t love.

Best Friends by Sheri Original Calming Donut Bed

Best Friends by Sheri's calming donut pet bed has become extremely popular for its ability to provide better sleep and joint support for your furry best friend. Its made of durable, vegan nylon and filled with AirLoft fibers that'll keep them cozy during the colder weather. This bed is so loved that my cat has two.

Kurgo Kibble Carrier

Hit the road with your pet and this kibble holder that's both PVC-free and made from safe materials. It also holds up to 5 pounds of dry food.

Sherpa Delta Pet Carrier

Airline-approved! Small dogs and cats can travel in style — on a plane or to the vet — in this pet carrier. Mesh windows allow for ventilation and top and side entry, while the no-slip carrying strap and machine-washable faux lambskin liner offer a ride in comfort for both pet and pet parent. (There's only a few left at Target; if you buy one now, the retailer promises delivery by Thursday, December 15.)

Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl

Serve your pet’s meal anywhere, anytime. Made of food-grade silicone, this on-the-go bowl folds up flat and clips onto your gear or luggage.

Vktech Plush Snuggle Bird Hammock

Everyone loves a good hammock, and this one doubles as a unique hideaway for your parrot or bird. Its plush material provides a warm and comfy place for them to rest, which will be useful during the upcoming cold months.

Deloky Bird Swing Chewing Toys

This seven-pack of toys has over 2,600 verified five-star ratings on Amazon. It allows your bird to climb, chew and explore their way around.

Prevue Hendryx Naturals Coco Hideaway with Ladder Bird Toy

Cuckoo for coconuts! This bird toy is made from natural and sustainable materials, including a coconut shell, Hevea wood branches and sisal roping. Hang it from the top of your bird cage and watch as he hops his way across the ladder to seek refuge in the shell.

Vitakraft Mini-Pop Corn Cob Bird Treat

To pop or not to pop? The beauty of this corn treat is that it can be served either way — your bird can pick away at the cob, or you can place the cob in a microwave-safe dish, heat for 15 seconds, then cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Niteangel Small Pet Fun Tunnel

Ideal for animals on the smaller side (such as ferrets, hamsters, rats and certain types of guinea pigs), this tunnel provides a fun and interesting place for them to satisfy their natural tunneling instinct. It can also expand up to 39 inches and is made from durable, stain-resistant plastic.

Super Bird Creations Chewable Paper Bagel Cascade Bird Toy

The best bagels in town! Birds love to chew and shred, and this colorful toy — with its 24 cardboard bagels — will keep them busy all day long! Bonus: Once spent, the bagels can be replaced.

Wesco Bunny Blast Yucca Chew Toy

Fact: Rabbits' teeth never stop growing, which requires them to constantly nibble and chew. This tube-shaped toy, made of 100 percent biodegradable yucca wood, provides a place for your rabbit to gnaw. Position their favorite snacks in the cutouts for a bonus treat.

NBone Ferret Chew Treats

These super-affordable grain-free treats (they come in bacon, chicken and salmon flavors) are made with good-for-your-ferret ingredients, including skin-benefiting omegas and vitamin E, and taurine for improved retina and cardiovascular function. They can be broken into pieces to minimize snacking.

Back to the Roots Water Garden Self-Cleaning Fish Tank

Not your everyday fish tank! Here’s a quick science lesson on how this self-cleaning ecosystem works: Fish produce waste, the waste fertilizes the sprouting plants and the plants clean the water. Choose whatever microgreens you’d like to grow.

Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen

A playpen for your pets! With nine 13-inch x 9-inch interlocking multicolor panels (you can buy two sets and combine for twice the space), this enclosure is the ideal play area for hamsters, mice and gerbils. Simply add your pet and his toys!

Petcube Bites 2 Lite

Eye spy! Keep an eye on your furry friend at home with this camera that also dispenses treats. The HD camera is 1080p quality and the device allows for two-way audio so you can hear them, and they can hear you. It even has an interactive laser toy built-in so you can entertain them from wherever you are.

W.C. Redmon Precision Digital Pet Scale

Your pet’s weight can say a lot about their health, which is why vets often suggest weighing your pet at least every six months, more depending on their age and well-being. This digital scale runs on two AAA batteries, has a maximum weight of 225 pounds and can recall previous weights.

Best personalized pet gifts

CheekyCornerGiftShop Personalized Pet Ornament

Commemorate a pet’s first holiday with this one-of-a-kind ornament. We won’t tell if you can’t help but give this gift early — any proud pet parent will be clambering to put this ornament front and center on their tree.

OriginalDogFurniture Pet House

Give your pet the gift of lounging in luxury. From personalized wood stain to a pillow color of your choosing and even your pet’s name engraved into the house — this is a cozy cubby your pet can truly call their own. Comes in four sizes and is handmade in Ukraine.

CO3DPrint Custom Slow-feeder Pet Food Dishes

This bowl of food literally has your pet’s name on it, even if they don’t realize it. This pet bowl is cute and it’s functional — the wide selection of 3D-printed raised shapes and letters is sure to slow your fast eater down. Handwash only.

OLLIpets Personalized Dog/Human Hoodie Set

Match your four-legged bestie during the holidays with this cozy hoodie set that comes with a custom-embroidered organic cotton hoodie for you and your furry friend. If you haven’t yet taken holiday photos, this matching duo is sure to bring joy to all your family and friends.

Pet-inspired gifts for humans

CO3DPrint Pet Cookie Cutters

For the pet parent that loves to bake, give the gift of adorable cookie cutters. They come in tons of designs like floofly cats, corgi butts and French bulldogs. Plus, there are options to personalize the kitchenware with a pet’s name.

More and Merrier BFF Charm/Keychain Set

Your dog is undoubtedly your best friend. Let the world know by sharing this matching BFF charm that attaches to your keychain and your dog's collar.

JesPet GooPaws Comfy Dog & Cat Sling

On the go! Free up your hands — and take your small dog or cat wherever you go — with this lightweight, fleece-lined sling. An adjustable inner tether keeps your pet secure, while a zippered pocket stores treats.

Pet Odor Exterminator Candle Orange Lemon Splash Jar

This candle has perks beyond its yummy orange creamsicle scent, including enzymes that eliminate pet odors in the air. Each fragrance (including pineapple coconut, lavender with chamomile, and cinnamon sprinkle) has a burn time of up to 70 hours.

Peerless Sidekick Shower System Combo

Perfect for bathing your cat or dog, this shower head comes with a pet scrubber attachment that allows pet owners to combine the jet spray with a comb-like tool to scrub dirt and debris from pet fur.

iRobot Roomba j7+

Hate cleaning up pet hair? Now you don’t have to! The super strong suction on this robot vacuum picks up hairs on both carpet and hardwood floors, while a high-efficiency air filtration system captures allergens, pollens and dust mites. New puppy parents will love that this smart vacuum guarantees to recognize and avoid pet waste, or they’ll send a replacement unit. Connect through Wi-Fi via the iRobot app or Amazon’s Alexa.