Holiday Gift Guide for Pets

OK, now the pressure’s really on. Your best friend is going to be giving you the literal puppy dog eyes, and you’ve got to be ready to deliver. No excuses, either — there are loads of awesome pet products, toys, and, yes, even gadgets that your pup will love playing with, at least for a little while. Then again, is their attention span really that much shorter than the kids’? Doubtful. Here’s how to make sure your pet enjoys the holidays just as much as the rest of the family this year.

Pet Beds

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Here’s one thing humans and pets have in common — we all spend a ton of time sleeping. If you’ve ever splurged on a mattress for yourself, you owe your pet the same treatment. Pride Bites has a huge selection of comfy beds that look so soft and plush, you’ll be tempted to kick your pet out of their bed for once. The beds come in multiple colors and designs and range from $50 to $90.

DogVacay Gift Card or Vacay Kits


Here’s something both your friend and a friend’s pet will love. DogVacay is a platform that helps people going out of town find sitters for their pets while they’re gone. The pet gets some quality time with a new friend, while the human has one fewer thing to stress about while they’re on vacation. You can either get a DogVacay gift card on its own or splurge on the lucky pup and get a Vacay Kit, which includes a gift card, a leash, poop bags, a water bottle, a travel bowl, paw wipes (now we’re getting to the good stuff), a lint roller, and a DogVacay bandanna. The kits range from $50 to $125 depending on the value of the gift card inside, while the gift cards themselves are available for $25, $50, and $100.

Loving Pets Gobble Stopper

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If you have a dog who eats too fast for their own good, you can help keep them safe with this Gobble Stopper from Loving Pets. It’s a huge suction cup with a soft barrier that blocks most of the top of the bowl, limiting the amount of food dogs can access at once. It’s said to slow feeding down by up to five times, protecting your pet from gulping, choking, or overeating. You can get it on Amazon for about $6.

Zero Odor Pet Odor Eliminator

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Alright, granted, this is like the equivalent of giving a person the gift of mouthwash, but hopefully your pet won’t be as offended. This spray eliminates pet odors (and we’d imagine most human odors, too), keeping the house smelling fresh. One bottle costs about $15 on Amazon.

Personalized Dog Hoodie

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If you want to get your pup in on high Silicon Valley fashion, get them this doggie hoodie. The colors can be customized and you can add your dog’s name on the back just in case some other punk dog tries to steal it. The hoodie costs $28 and can be ordered from Pride Bites.

Evanger’s Super Premium Pet Food

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Speaking of hot Silicon Valley trends, here’s some spinach and kale! Evanger’s Super Premium Pet Food delivers the beef (or chicken), too, but throws in nutrient-rich foods that have been made safe for pet consumption. And yes, in case you were wondering, some of these are indeed gluten-free. A 12 pack of 13-ounce can of food costs around $27, so make no mistake — this is the good stuff.

Loft Wander Dog Bed

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Are you going to take your dog camping with you? Of course! So, make sure they can camp in comfort with a Loft Wander Bed, a dog bed that has a waterproof coating on the top and bottom. Your dog doesn’t get wet, and you don’t get hit with wet dog smell in the morning — that’s a win-win. And, once you’re ready to head home, the bed rolls up just like a sleeping bag would. You can get the Loft Wander Bed from Kurgo or Amazon for $65.

Dirty Dog Doormat

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Like most of these gifts, this one’s really a gift for you. The Dirty Dog Doormat is the last line of defense for the floors of your house when your dog comes storming in, and it’s a pretty good one. The absorbent microfiber material acts like a sponge, sucking in and retaining mud and water that tends to be difficult to get out of the carpet you’d like to keep clean. You can get the Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat from Amazon for about $30.

The Rein Coat

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The Rein Coat is a pet harness that also keeps dogs warm, dry, and comfortable. It’s like a loose-fitting windbreaker with a top-layer that protects your dog from rain and wind. From user reviews, it sounds like it also has a comforting effect on some dogs, almost like a security blanket. The Rein Coat ranges from $60 to $90, depending on size.

Follow Me Toy

Courtesy of Catherine Rulli via http://www.boston.com
Courtesy of Catherine Rulli via http://www.boston.com

Unlike most rope toys, Happy Hands, Happy Dogs Knots of Fun’s Follow Me Toy is a really long soft fleece fabric rope that is super safe for your furry little friend. It’s hand made, machine washable, floats, and serves as a great training tool too. You can pick it up for $16.99.

Can Toy

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Can Toy has loads of doggie products like chew toys, beds, leashes, and collars. While your dog gets a new toy, you get the knowledge that what you bought comes from sustainable, natural materials sourced from a fair trade supply chain.

Fresh Scent Pet Paws & Claws and Happy Tails

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Keep your pet’s living area smelling fresh with this fragrance sachet that gives off a natural, woodsy scent that might just make your cat or dog feel like they’re back in the wild. Wait, maybe that’s not a good thing. Anyway, consider this a stocking stuffer for your pet at just $2.50.

Lamb Chop Dog Toy

Lamb Chop

Here’s a blast from the past and, sadly, a reference your dog will almost certainly be too young to get. Lamb Chop, from the old ’90s puppet show, is back as a squeaky dog toy. Hey, your dog gets some amusement, and we know you’ll take a dose of nostalgia any way you can get it. The Lamb Chop Dog Toy is selling for $7.77 on Amazon.


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Voyce is looking like the top fitness tracker for your dog this year. It’s a collar-worn device that tracks activity, heart rate, and respiratory function and passes along data to an app for analysis. Created alongside veterinary experts from Cornell University, Voyce is designed to help you help your dog live longer. And, hopefully sometime soon, we’ll see some designer dog collars to go with the tracker, lest our dogs get jealous of our treats. Voyce costs $200, plus an additional $95 per year for a wellness plan that provides you with data analysis, appointment and vaccination reminders, medical record storage, goal setting, and a library of vetted information relevant to your dog’s health.

Plato Pet Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats


You probably shouldn’t give your dog Thanksgiving Day leftovers, but you can give them the taste of Turkey Day with these treats from Plato Pet. Plato Pet’s treats are grain-free and safe for pet consumption, promoting healthy digestion. You can buy these treats in a 4-ounce pack for $7, a 12-ounce pack for $10, or two 12-ounce packs for $19 on Amazon.

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