The Best Holiday Gifts of 2021 for Dogs (and the People Who Love Them)

Author: Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Published: November 27, 2019

Updated: December 1, 2021

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Searching for that perfect present to pamper your pet this holiday season? Need a gift for the dog lover in your life? We've rounded up our favorite gifts for both pooches and the people who adore them. From tech-savvy pups to the dogs who just want to relax, you'll find something for all types of dogs and their people!

Best Dog Bed & Blanket Gifts

Daisy in Soho Round Bed

Best Beds for Small Dogs

One of the best beds for small dogs, this Soho Round bed was proven a favorite for our office senior dog, Daisy the Toy Poodle. When she curled up and sank into the memory foam, you could see her body relax. This is a perfect cozy little bed for small dogs and puppies.

Pet Craft Supply Soho Round Memory Foam Dog Bed
round soho dog bed

 

If your pup loves to nest in their bed, the Calming Cuddler from PetFusion provides a perfect place for them. The loose blanket on top allows them to burrow in surrounded by the bolstered sides. A memory foam base provides orthopedic support.

PetFusion Calming Cuddler Dog Bed
PetFusion Calming Cuddler Dog Bed


Looking for a soft, cuddly place for your dog to curl up? A popular classic is the donut bed, which is a favorite of both my younger dog and my senior pup. 

Best Friends by Sheri Calming Donut Dog Bed & Throw
sheri calming dog bed and throw blanket

Best Beds for Large Dogs

It can be tough to find comfortable beds for large and giant dog breeds, but Furhaven offers Jumbo, Jumbo Plus, and Giant sizes. This micro velvet mattress is sophisticated, stylish, and offers a variety of fillings to choose from, with orthopedic, memory foam, and gel filling options — it's perfect for older dogs that need extra support for their joints (and comfortable for people to snuggle up on too!).

Furhaven Cradle Contour Orthopedic Luxe Lounger
fur haven orthopedic luxe lounger dog bed

Cathy holding Fozzie in Snoozer bedIf your dog loves to romp around outside before naptime or they accompany you on camping trips, the indoor/outdoor versatility of the Super Snoozer bed is a perfect match. I love this bed for my two Corgis, who deign to share it with each other after zoomies in the yard. We call it their "raft." It's lightweight and water-resistant, but fluffy and comfortable. And I can just toss it in the washing machine when it gets dirty or muddy.

Pet Craft Supply Super Snoozer Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed
pet craft supply super snoozer indoor outdoor dog bed

Best Cozy Dog Blanket

Sookie in petfusion blanket

I must admit, this PetFusion blanket is so cozy that I tend to steal it from my dogs to use myself. This microplush blanket looks and feels luxurious and is oh-so-soft, making it perfect to wrap around you and your dog for cuddles on the couch. Lightweight and machine-washable, this blanket can pull double-duty as part of your dog's bedding or as a crate cover or furniture cover. If you have a dog that likes to burrow and nest in blankets, this one is for you!

PetFusion Premium Pet Blanket
petfusion cozy pet blanket

Best Blanket for "Hot" Dogs

I was a bit skeptical of a cooling blanket for my dogs but found that they preferred curling up on this during a summer heatwave. If you live in a hot climate but want to provide some comfortable padding for your dog, this blanket is the ticket! I tried it myself and was pleasantly surprised at how it wicked away excess body heat. 

PetFusion Dog Cooling Blanket
petfusion cooling blanket for dogs


For the Dog Who Wants to Know Themselves

Embark Dog DNA Test | Breed Identification Kit

Ever wondered where your dog got their floppy ears? Or their love of digging? Knowing your dog's genetic makeup is not only fun but also important in understanding their behavior and any genetic predispositions for health issues.

For years I called my previous dog a Husky-Corgi mix, but after sending in a cheek swab, I found out he was actually a Chow-Shepherd-Lhasa-Golden-Supermutt. It definitely explained some of his more cheeky quirks.

Embark Dog DNA Test – Breed & Health
embark dog dna test

Best Gift for a New (or Seasoned) Dog Owner

101 Essential Tips — Dog Health & Safety

101 Essential Tips — Dog Behavior & Training

best dog training and health and safety books

A perfect gift for brand new dog owners and long-time dog people alike, these books provide life-saving and sanity-saving tips that make dog ownership easier. Written by a veterinarian and edited by a certified canine behavior consultant, get the most up-to-date health and training tips. Fun and entertaining to read, you'll learn something new on every page!

— Paperback: $11.95 — Digital Web-Book: $4.99

Best Enrichment Gifts: Toys & Puzzles for Dogs

Snuffle Mats

A snuffle mat is a great way to burn excess energy and slow down speedy eaters. My dogs take about ten to fifteen minutes to eat her breakfast kibble when it's spread throughout this blanket puzzle and then they're ready for a nice long nap afterward. If you have a dog who needs some brain games, this is a great option!

Difflife Snuffle Mat
difflife snuffle mat for dogs

This snuffle mat provides a variety of hiding spots for dry food or treats, encouraging your dog to use their nose to find their meal and helping to slow down eating.

PAW5 Wooly Snuffle Mat
PAW5 Wooly Snuffle Mat

Stuffie Dog Toys

Stuffed dog toys from goDog are an absolute necessity for dogs that love their stuffies — they're made with chew guard technology that holds up to intense chewers! I love this brand since my Corgi likes to find the seams of stuffed toys and surgically open them up to pull out the squeaker, but she's had a few different toys from goDog that have stayed intact for years now. Cute and tough, what more could you ask from a stuffie? If your pup is all about trying to eat the toy stuffing, opt for stuffing-free toys instead!

goDog Flying Pig Dog Chew Toy
godog flying pig dog toy
Zippy Paws Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Dog Toy
zippy paws skinny peltz dog toy

Interactive Dog Toys & Puzzles

Stuff your dog's stocking with a stuffable food puzzle and then stuff the toy with their Christmas dinner! Interactive food puzzles and stuffable toys are used extensively by dog trainers everywhere to slow down eating, help with crate training, separation anxiety, and simply work out a dog's brain. I've included my favorites below:

West Paw Toppl Interactive Feeder
West Paw Toppl Interactive Feeder
Kong Classic
Kong stuffable dog toy
Pet Zone IQ Treat Ball
pet zone IQ dog treat ball

 

Boredom Buster Gifts for Dogs

Flirt Pole Dog Exercise Toy with Fleece Lures

What's a flirt pole, you ask? Well, it's basically a cat toy for dogs! Perfect for dogs that seem to have no "off switch", a flirt pole toy is a great way to burn energy quickly and easily. It's especially useful for training things like impulse control and 'leave it' for dogs that love to chase squirrels. 

Squishy Face Flirt Pole with 2 Fleece Lures
squishy face flirt pole

The IQ Treat Mat by Hyper Pet

This licking mat from Hyper Pets is an easy way to entertain a bored dog. Simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter (xylitol-free of course!), greek yogurt, mashed banana, or your dog's wet food and freeze for a tasty treat and boredom buster in one. This also makes a great option for anxious dogs hanging out in their safe space during stressful events such as fireworks or holiday parties. Licking is a naturally calming behavior and helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Hyper Pet IQ Treat Lick Mat
dog licking mat

Spread a bit of your dog's wet food, peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, or low-fat greek yogurt on this mat to provide a soothing enrichment activity.


For Fetch Sake

The BEST Fetch Stick

best fetch toy for dogs 

The PV pups here in the office will riot if we don't take them out for twice-daily fetch recess, and the Best Fetch Stick is their favorite thing to retrieve. This stick is a safer alternative to regular wood sticks that can injure dogs during play, plus it's easy to see and easy to clean. Available in a variety of colors and three sizes — there's even a "baby" size for those toy breeds that want to get in on the fetching fun!

— from $19.99 on PreventiveVet.com

 

For the Techie Pooch

Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera

The Furbo camera combines the peace of mind from being able to keep an eye on your pup day or night (it's got night vision!), with the ability to toss treats using the Furbo app on your smartphone. It even has a bark alert, letting you know when your dog might be making a ruckus so you can calm them down via the built-in microphone. This is a must-have for pet parents whose pooches have separation anxiety or for those that simply want to be able to check in on their pup any time.

Furbo Treat Tossing Dog Camera
furbo dog camera

For the Dogs of the Night

NiteHowl LED Safety Dog Necklace

Stay safe during these dark winter evenings and early mornings by lighting up your dog on their walk. Available in a variety of colors (there's even a rainbow option!), this light up LED collar is one size fits all — just trim to the size you need. Go light up the night and make it easier for drivers and other pedestrians to see you and your dog.

Nite Ize NiteHowl LED Safety Collar
Nite ize light up dog collar

Holiday Swag for Dapper Dogs

Christmas Festival Dog Collar Collection by Blueberry Pet

If you've got pictures with Santa coming up for your pup, it's essential to get their holiday outfit just right. Blueberry Pet has lots of festive options for holiday collars, and even includes removable "flair" like bowties, holly leaves, and a gingerbread man that you can slip on your pup's collar for their holiday party debut.

Blueberry Pet Holiday Dog Collar
blueberry holiday dog collar

Who Doesn't Love Christmas Socks?

Cartoon Dog Cotton Crew Socks for Women 5-Pack

Getting a pair of socks for Christmas is just tradition ... no? Just my family? Well, these socks are so adorable that everyone will want to make socks for Christmas the next big thing. These Cartoon Dog Women's Socks are cozy, cute, fun, and perfect for padding around the house in pajamas or out and about.

Keaza Dog-Themed Socks
keaza dog themed socks

 

Personalized Pet Face Photo Socks by MyPupSocks 

Who doesn't want socks that show off your pup's gorgeous face? A great option for a new pair of dress socks that the dog-loving man in your life will love to show off at the office.

Personalized Socks by MyPupSocks
mypupsocks personalized socks

For The Friend That's Allergic to Dogs

"The Year of the Dogs" Photography Hardcover Vincent J. Musi

This gorgeous collection of dog photography makes a striking coffee table addition. Portraits taken by National Geographic photographer Vincent Musi, the accompanying stories of rescues, purebreds, puppies, and senior dogs inspire laughter and love of the canines with whom we share our lives.

The Year of the Dogs Photography Hardcover by Vincent J. Musi
the year of the dogs photo book

For the Love of Dog Derrière

Dog Butt Magnets by Kikkerland

Can you tell the dog breed by their derrière? These dog butt magnets make me laugh every time I open my fridge, and the set comes with the ever-important fire hydrant as well. This makes a funny and quirky gift for the dog lover in your life.

Dog Butt Magnet Set
dog butt funny magnets

Matching Loungewear for the Whole Family

These matching pajamas include a pair for your dog (or cat!) and are a must for an adorable and cozy holiday morning together. Whether you go with the more classic year-round patterns or are looking for that holiday-themed set, PajamaGram has got you covered. 

PajamaGram Matching Family Holiday Pajama Set
Pajamagram family set with dog pajamas

For Iconic Pups

Custom Pet Portrait from Crown & Paw

crown and paw

Want to immortalize your dog on an art masterpiece? Look no further than Crown & Paw. Simply choose from a variety of costumes and themes to find the best match for your dog's personality and upload a photo. You'll be sent a proof of your dog's portrait that you can then have printed on canvas, blankets, phone cases, and more!

— from $39.95 on Crown & Paw

 

 

 

 

For the Dog Who Never Stops Shedding

Roomba 675 Vacuum by iRobot

If you've got someone on your list that's tired of sweeping or vacuuming up unwanted dog hair (hint: every dog owner ever), show them how much you care by gifting a robotic vacuum that does the work for them! This vacuum works on carpet and hard floors and runs for up to 90 minutes before docking itself to charge. 

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum
Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum

Need gift ideas for the cat lover in your life?

Check out our recommendations in our Best Holiday Gifts of 2021 for Cats and Their People.

 

About the author

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Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

As Preventive Vet's dog behavior expert and lead trainer at Pupstanding Academy, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement and force-free methods. With over 13 years of experience, she has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dogs on a wide variety of training and behavior issues. Her specialties include dog aggression, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and puppy socialization.

Cathy is certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, holding both the CPDT-KA and CBCC-KA designations. Cathy is a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, and the Dog Writer's Association of America.

When she's not geeking out about dogs, you can find her reading, hiking with her two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, or paddleboarding.

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