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The 10 Best Christmas Gifts For Your Dog

The holiday season is almost approaching, which means it's time to start making your Christmas present lists. Don't forget to pick up a gift (or several) for your canine bestie in between shopping for your family and human buddies. After all, if you have one buddy who has always been there for you and has never stopped loving you, it is your dog.

The good news is that there are many wonderful gifts you might offer your dog this holiday season—and you don't have to spend a fortune if you don't want to. You can choose inexpensive but delicious snacks or practical gifts (such as a leash or boots) that promise your dog that you'll be spending a lot more time walking them. There are chewable toys available, as well as clothing to keep them warm and cheerful.

So, whether your dog has been wicked or wonderful this year, Santa is on his way... and BestForPets (bestforpets.org) is here to help you update your dog's Christmas list with the best Christmas gifts for your dog.

What to Look for in Dog Gifts

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your own dog or another furry pup in your life (we know that being a favorite aunt or uncle to dogs is a real thing), there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • Personality of the Dog

Contrary to popular perception, not every dog enjoys playing fetch. Some believe you do, while others believe you’re being dumb by throwing that ball. Some people choose to spend their days sitting on the couch, while others look forward to your daily walk or lengthy weekend excursion. Some people are destructive chewers, while others may not like toys at all. So, it may sound obvious, but when shopping for a dog, consider what they genuinely appreciate rather than what appears to be a cute concept.

  • Budget

You don’t have to spend a bunch on your dog if you love it. So, even if money is tight, remember that it’s the thought that counts, even when it comes to your dog. They’ll probably appreciate a tasty treat almost as much as an expensive bed. However, if you have a little more money to invest and know your dog need something special, such as a good leash, wait for the next sale to get it for less.

  • Shipping Periods

Ordering online is quite simple, and you’re more likely to find the perfect gift for your dog if you look around. However, keep a watch on shipping times. The holidays are always busy mail times, and businesses, especially small ones, cannot always ensure that an item will arrive in time for the big day if you don’t shop ahead of time.

  • Safety

This may seem obvious, but it is critical that you take the time to ensure that your present is safe for your specific dog. For example, while shopping for treats, make careful to address any dietary allergies or sensitivities. Similarly, ensure that any toy, collar, or clothing item is safe and fits correctly on the dog, especially if the dog is known to be destructive or an escape artist.

  • The Holiday Spirit

Okay, so this isn’t a requirement, but if you’re looking for a Christmas gift, we’d be derelict if we didn’t suggest that you should consider how seasonal you want the gift to be. In other words, do you want a sweater for your dog to wear in your Christmas photo or something that will endure all year?


Dog Bed for Pendleton Glacier National Park

What We Enjoy

  • Beautiful design complements modern house decor.
  • Machine washable removable cover
  • Soft and long-lasting fleece material
  • There are several sizes available.

What We Dislike

  • Pricey

Finding a comfortable dog bed that suits your house decor isn’t always easy, but this one does. This dog bed is made of plush fleece patterned in Pendleton’s signature National Park pattern and comes in a range of sizes to fit any type of dog.

True, this one is more expensive, but you know you’re getting a high-quality dog bed for the money. The cover is removable (it simply zips off) and machine-washable, making it extremely easy to maintain clean. The bed is filled with high-loft polyester fill to keep your dog warm and supported.

Elevated Dog Bowl by Dogit

What We Enjoy

  • Excellent for pets suffering from arthritis or joint pain.
  • Bowl made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes

What We Dislike

  • Some large dogs find it too small.

Bending their neck too far to feed or drink might be painful for some dogs. That’s why an elevated bowl, like this one, may be a better option for children, as it keeps the bowl more level with their mouth and eliminates the need for straining.

We prefer these elevated bowls above others for a variety of reasons. First, owing to some anti-skid feet, they’re meant to stay put, so you don’t have to worry about your pup pushing it across the floor as they eat. They also come with detachable, dishwasher-safe stainless-steel bowl inserts, making them incredibly simple to clean and maintain. Finally, they come in a range of colors and styles to complement your dog’s (and your) personality. They are also available in two sizes: small and large.

Silent Squeaker Dog Toy Hear Doggy

What We Enjoy

  • Silent
  • There is no stuffing.
  • Dogs find it quite entertaining.

What We Dislike

  • Not long-lasting enough for heavy chewers

Squeaky toys are popular with dogs, but not usually with humans. However, with this toy, you don’t have to worry about loud squeaks while still keeping your pup happy because the squeaker is calibrated to an ultrasonic range—beyond the range of human ears—so that only your dog can hear the sounds it emits.

It’s also rather durable, though if your dog is a chewer, you might want to try something else. It’s stuffing-free, so even if they tear it up, there’ll be less mess to clean up.

Step N Strobe Dog Boots by Kurgo

What We Enjoy

  • Keep your feet moving.
  • Lightweight but durable
  • LED lighting in the soles

What We Dislike

  • Expensive

Your dog’s paws are undoubtedly on your mind when you think about stepping outside for their regular walk, whether it’s in the frigid winters or the hot summers. You’ll surely want to keep their feet warm in the snow and cool on scorching asphalt in the summer, especially during the colder months.

These shoes are designed to be breathable in hot weather while also keeping your dog’s paws warm after a good snowfall. That’s part of what makes these dog shoes such a terrific gift; no need to pack up your doggie snowshoes when the weather warms up again. They also contain built-in LED lights in the soles that illuminate when your dog walks, making them more visible at night or if they unintentionally slip off leash.

Earth Animal No-Hide Small Dog Chews

What We Enjoy

  • Simple to digest
  • There are several flavors available.
  • All ages of dogs are welcome.

What We Dislike

  • Aggressive chewers may consume it too quickly.
  • Pricey

Nothing makes a dog’s tail wag quicker than the crinkle of a treat bag. You know your pooch can hear it from the other side of the house, and when they come running, you better have something tasty in their hand—which is where Earth Animal comes in.

Earth Animal provides these scrumptious rawhide replacements in a range of wonderful flavors, including a vegetarian option made from peanut butter. These tough food chews can keep your dog entertained for a long, but very aggressive chewers may finish it quickly. It might be a great pastime to keep kids entertained while you decorate and celebrate.

My Animal Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash was discovered.

What We Enjoy

  • There are four ombre hues to choose from.
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Attachments for carabiner hooks
  • Excellent for large dogs.

What We Dislike

  • Pricey

While these leashes may appear to be a little pricy, they are also built to last, so you won’t have to worry about your dog pulling too hard, snapping the leash, and becoming uncontrollable. The leash is composed of marine-grade rope to endure even the most powerful tugs, and the ends are whipped to prevent fraying. The leash, which is hand-dyed and comes in four appealing ombre hues, contains locked carabiners to prevent your dog from unintentionally unclipping themselves.

Best of all, the leash’s O-rings make it extremely adaptable. You can make it hands-free, have a handle, or hook two dogs at once.


We’re grateful that you’ve chosen our BestForPets (bestforpets.org) to read evaluations of the best christmas gifts for your dog from among the hundreds of websites out there.

We wish you luck in your quest to locate the ideal item for your furry friend.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher


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