Dogs: they’re better than people. If you agree with that sentiment, you’re a dog lover. If you don’t necessarily agree, but know someone who does, you may well be on the hunt for gifts for a dog lover. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of things the average dog owner would love just by virtue of the fact that it’s dog related.
I should know, since I have three of my own, all around 60 pounds. No, we don’t live on a farm, and while we don’t live in an apartment, either, I assure you our small house isn’t quite large enough for three good-sized dog bodies in addition to my wife and I. But that’s how it sometimes goes with dog lovers. We love them so much and we certainly don’t want them to get bored or lonely, which almost inevitably leads to getting another one. But we’re done now. Probably.
Know someone like that? Or do you know one of those types who never does anything without their pup in tow? Those folks whose Instagram is just a feed of their dog doing silly things. Truth be told, shopping for dog owners is pretty easy, but finding the perfect gift may still require a little brainstorming. We’re here to help.
While you’re pondering gifts for the owner, be sure to peek at our best dog Christmas sweaters in case you want to bundle one into your gift this year.
For the dog obsessive in your life, here’s our list of the top ten best Christmas gifts for dog lovers.
1. Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit
Since everyone’s going crazy for the 23andMe DNA testing service for humans in the quest to understand more about their ancestry, why not do the same for dogs? This testing kit covers over 250 breeds and can help decode your mutt’s mix. This can be beneficial when it comes to understanding their behaviors and potential health hazards. The Wisdom Panel test is by far the most popular, but you could also take a peek at the Embark Veterinary DNA Test.
2. Nite Ize S-Biner TagLock
Admittedly a utilitarian gift, this could make a great stocking stuffer for a dog lover. Those standard old rings are a pain and given that dog collars need to be washed regularly, this will save effort. Snap tags on one side, snap the other side on the D ring of the collar, and lock it with the center mechanism. Especially nice when paired with a new ID tag.
3. Tough Cookie Clothing Namastay Home With My Dog Tank Top
Along the same lines of the tank top on our gifts for tequila lovers post, the dog owner on your list can use this to let everyone at the gym what they’d rather be doing instead of downward dog. Available in the pictured coral, peach, black, burgundy, mint, navy, olive, blush pink, neon pink, and white and printed on a 60 percent cotton, 40 percent polyester blend.
4. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum
Now, I know what you might be thinking: “I am not going to gift a vacuum at Christmas or any other time.” Okay, that’s fair. But take it from me as an owner of three dogs that every dog owner needs a very good vacuum. And while most might opt for a Dyson, I find them to be a touch overpriced, especially when the Shark line exists. Even with three dogs (one of them being a husky), we’ve had plenty of luck with the Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum, which comes in under $100. For true performance against pet hair, though, opt for the TruePet. Lightweight, super easy to use and maintain, and with more cleaning options than the Freestyle, this will make it much easier to own a dog.
Need more options? Browse my colleague Kate’s picks for the best pet vacuum cleaners here.
5. Flint Retractable Lint Roller
Yet another utilitarian gift choice I strongly encourage you to consider, this will be as useful for dog owners as it is for cat owners. No matter how hard you try, you will inevitably find that you’re covered in animal fur whenever you leave your home. This lint roller fits perfectly in a purse or even a pocket and comes in a wide variety of designer colors to match the style of the person you’re buying for. Again, great for stockings or just to make life easier.
Need more options? Browse more pet hair removers here.
6. Petcube Bites
If the dog owner on your list works long hours or otherwise must be away from their beloved pup for any length of time regularly, you may consider buying them a pet camera. This Petcube Bites combines the utility of an HD camera, two-way audio, and a treat dispenser. I have one and I absolutely love it. The built-in motion detection means it can also double as a home security device. You can go here to read my full review in comparison to the very similar PetChatz HD.
Need more options? See our picks for the top ten best pet cameras here.
7. The Original Dog Tarot: Divine the Canine Mind!
Composed of 30 cards complete with a Major and Minor Barkana, this humorous deck is a take-off of traditional tarot cards. The cards offer advice for dogs and their owners and is meant to be a fun gift for dog lovers. At 30 cards, it’s probably closer to an oracle deck than a true tarot deck, for those who are more familiar with divination decks. No prior experience needed — grab the deck, pull a card, and let the wisdom wash over you. Incidentally, there are a couple actual dog tarot decks out there, if you’re interested.
8. ‘Dog Shaming’ by Pascale Lemire
We’ve all seen at least one of these images, whether on Instagram, Facebook, or on the original DogShaming.com site. My younger dogs, especially the husky, deserve a dog shaming daily. I have an eight foot baby gate across one of the windows of my house following his many escapes. On one of his solo adventures, he took himself down the street to a high school and was found wandering the halls. If this sounds like your dog, you might appreciate these images of similarly bratty dogs getting their comeuppance.
Price: $9.99 on Kindle, $10.81 in paperback
9. Casual Home Pet Crate
Put simply, dogs are just easier to have when you crate train them. Crates offer a sense of security, a place to calm themselves down, and a method of training that doesn’t require negative reinforcement. Most dog crates are of the wire variety, but if you want to upgrade the crate situation for the dog lover in your life, try this option that doubles as an end table. Available in two sizes and in black, espresso, or white.
Need more options? Browse more dog crates here.
10. Mystic Sloth Dog Breed Mug
A mug will always make a safe, yet classic gift. This mug allows you to choose from among several dog breeds to get one (or more!) that matches the breed of the dog you have in mind. It’s a standard 11 ounce ceramic mug and is microwave and dishwasher safe. Breeds available include:
- Australian Shepherd
- Cocker Spaniel
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Rough Collie
- Siberian Husky
- Yellow Lab
- Yorkshire Terrier