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Best Holiday Gifts for Dogs and Those Who Love Them

A list of all the best gifts for dogs and dog people.

It's the time of year for showing your closest friends and family just how much they mean to you. You can do that with phone calls, visits, cards, and gifts. Be sure you don't forget the dog in your life! He's been there all year long, through thick and thin, and he deserves to be showered with love and gifts this holiday season, too.

We've saved you the trouble of pushing your way through busy pet stores by compiling a list of the hottest holiday gifts for dog, all available online through our favorite retailers. As an extra bonus, they're all dog-tested and veterinarian-approved! Not only can you use these gift ideas for your dog, but you can also use them to find the perfect gifts for the other dog loving people in your life.

  1. Stuffed Toys

    You can really never go wrong with a tough, durable stuffed toy. Dogs love them, and they're often cute enough to make the humans smile too. We've found the most adorable, toughest stuffed toys available, to keep you and your canine friend happy all year.

    Ruff-N-Tough Reindeer Toy

    Ruff-N-Tough Reindeer Toy

    This is the perfect toy for the dog that loves to toss, chew, and chase. It's a cute little reindeer, available in two sizes, and it's made with silky fabric and recycled poly-fill. An attention grabbing squeaker and two comforting colors make this toy a perfect fit for any pup. Santa himself would be proud to give these as doggie gifts.

    Crinkle Candy Cane

    Crinkle Candy Cane

    This attractive toy provides all the fun of a candy cane without any of the sugar. It's a crinkle-fabric dog toy that's covered in soft, attractive material and filled with non-toxic, recycled poly-fill. Plus, it's made right here in the USA. The toy measures 10" long and comes in two adorable hounds tooth color patterns: brown with baby blue or brown with mint green.

  2. Gag Gift Toys

    We don't know about you, but we love a good gag gift. Who knew you could even give a dog a gag gift?

    Humunga Tongue Humunga Stache

    Humunga Tongue and Humunga Stache

    Spread some holiday cheer this season with Humunga Stache and Humunga Tongue for dogs. Your guests won't be able to keep from laughing when they see your pup sporting the non-toxic, durable rubber mustache or tongue. Equipped with a ball on the opposite end, the Humunga toy is so irresistible that your dog will love showing it off! Three sizes ensure that no matter how big or small your pooch is, the Humunga Stache or Tongue will be a perfect fit.

  3. Squeaker Toys

    Squeaker toys are always canine favorites. They get a dog's attention fast and keep him interested in the game. They're wonderful training tools, too, because you can keep your dog focused on you and what you want him to do.

    Character Bones Holiday Dog Toys

    Character Bones

    We think these little plush toys that are shaped like bones with a character head are the cutest things ever! They're plush and easy for dogs to carry, and they make a great squeaky noise. They're on sale for Buy 1, Get 1 free right now, so you can choose the character you like best and get a free surprise character bone with your order.

    K9 Pine Squeaker Dog Toy

    K9 Pine Squeaker Dog Toy

    Since your dog's not allowed to play with the Christmas tree, it only makes sense to get her one of her own. This tree is attractive, durable, and has a squeaker inside for added enjoyment. The best part is that, unlike the real tree, this one's safe for your dog to chew on and lug around.

    Adorable Snowman Squeaker Dog Toy

    Adorable Snowman Squeaker Dog Toy

    Snowmen are so much fun. The only bad thing about them is you can't bring them inside with you, to keep playing. With this Adorable Snowman Squeaker Dog Toy, the fun can continue indoors or even in the summertime. You and your dog will never again have to wait for just the right snowfall to enjoy a snowman.

    Plush Squeaker Dog Bone

    Plush Squeaker Dog Bone

    Since dogs shouldn't chew on real bones, we went looking for a safe one and found this Plush Squeaker Dog Bone. It's unbelievably soft, sits comfortably in a dog's mouth for carrying around, and has a squeaker in it. It's made in the USA from recycled materials, and it's also super tough.

  4. Holiday Collars

    You take your holiday fashion seriously; make sure your dog's set for the holiday runway, too. We found a collar that is sure to have your pooch picture-ready for the season.

    Holiday Party Collar

    Holiday Party Collar

    We think this collar is perfect for dogs that love to be the life of the party. It even comes in three sizes, each with two options: bells or no bells. If your dog is timid and might be frightened by the bells, you can get one without them. This collar should only be placed on your dog while she is under your supervision.

  5. Plain Collars
  6. Plain Collars

    A non-holiday collar is a great gift for your dog, too. That way, she can wear it all year. In fact, you could get a plain one and a holiday one because what canine fashionista doesn't like having choices?

    Her Royal Chewels Collar

    Her Royal Chewels Collar

    For the princess pooch in your life, you can't go wrong with a royal collar. We were struck by how lovely and different these collars are. You have your choice of several beautiful options, and your dog will get the spotlight she deserves when she's wearing one. These collars are a whopping $30 off right now!

    Mendota Double Braid Collar

    Mendota Double Braid Collar

    We love the beautiful colors this collar is offered in, plus the fact that it's made in the USA. It's very sturdily made, and it fits dogs with up to a 24" neck. Plus, you can buy a slip or snap leash to match.

  7. Chew/Tug/Fetch Toys

    Zisc - Flying Disc For Dogs

    Zisc

    If your dog likes to play Frisbee, you will want to get him a Zisc. It's made from recycled materials, and it's softer and more pliant than most Frisbees, so it's easy on your dog's mouth and gums. And it floats, so it's great for playing on the beach.

    West Paw Hurley Dog Toy

    Hurley

    The Hurley can play the part of multiple dog toys: a ball, bone, or stick. When you throw it and it bounces, it could go any which way, resulting in unpredictable fun for everyone. It also floats, so it's great for the beach, and it's safer for your dog's delicate mouth tissues than a stick.

    Toppl Dog Toy

    Toppl

    This toy is a cross between a ball and a puzzle toy. You can stuff treats inside so your dog has to figure out how to get them out. Fit a small and large Toppl together for an even more puzzling puzzle. You can also just use the Toppl as a ball, which bounces in crazy directions when it hits the ground.

  8. Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain

    Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain

    If you have a small or medium-sized dog, consider a Pagoda Fountain. The fountain keeps your dog's water filtered and moving, so it's less likely to develop bacteria. The carbon filter removes odors and impurities from the water that might keep your dog from drinking well.

    These are truly beautiful pieces to have in your home; they're made from ceramic, not plastic, and with four color choices, they'll fit into any décor. Plus, their soothing sound helps create a Zen atmosphere for the humans in the home.

  9. Puzzle Toys

    Dogs need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored and engaging in unwanted behaviors. Puzzle toys are great for keeping your dog busy while you're away or anytime you want to keep him occupied for a bit while you do something else. Here are some of our favorites:

    Atomic Treat Ball

    Atomic Treat Ball

    You can choose the size of this fun treat-dispensing ball based on your dog's size. They're made of safe, durable rubber. You can stuff them with kibble or healthy treats, and your dog will have fun figuring out how to get them out.

    Buster Food Cube

    Buster Food Cube

    This is a great puzzle toy because you can alter the difficulty with which the kibbles are released from the cube. That means that, as your dog learns how to work the toy, you can make it more difficult for him, to keep him on his toes. Not only is this a great way to keep your dog occupied, but you can also use it to dispense your dog's daily allotment of food, to encourage slower eating and better digestion.

    Kong Blue

    Kong Blue

    The Kong Blue toy is made with especially tough rubber, so it's quite difficult to puncture or break. It comes in a wide variety of sizes so that you can find the perfect one for your dog. You can stuff it with healthy treats, your dog's regular kibble, or peanut butter (be sure to check the ingredients and don't use it if it contains the sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs).

  10. Cozy Beds

    Who doesn't love a nice nap? Most of the dogs we know certainly do. A cozy bed makes a great gift for dogs who like to snuggle and humans who'd like to protect their dog's favorite sleeping spot from dog hair.

    Tiger Dreamz Luxury Pet Bed

    Tiger Dreamz Beds

    These beds are soft and beautiful. They're available in a large variety of colors and patterns so you can be sure to fit them into your home's décor. You can also choose between three sizes.

    Tiger Dreamz Beddy Ball Bed

    Beddy Balls

    We've tested these ourselves, and they feel like how we imagine lying on a giant marshmallow would feel. Best for small or medium-sized dogs, they are cozy, cute, and fun. Beddy balls are well-made and soft as can be.

We hope our list makes holiday shopping less stressful for you this year. Happy holidays!


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