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From paw care to playtime, we’ve got our fellow dog lovers covered with Christmas gift ideas for their fur babies.

11 gifts for your dog this holiday season

Our favorite Christmas gifts for dogs, reviewed

Why we love this gift: This all-natural and vegan nose balm is great to have on hand for cold weather protection. It protects your pup’s nose against the dry, cool air. Snout Soother helps with cracked, broken skin, overgrowth, hyperkeratosis, and dry skin. And don’t worry, if your pup licks it after you apply it to their nose, it’s 100% safe.

What customers say: Pet parents love seeing their dogs’ dry noses improve after using this nose balm. Owners rave about the immediate effects of Snout Soother — especially after trying other solutions with no luck!

Ingredients: Kukui nut oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, chamomile, hemp seed oil, shea nut butter, jojoba oil, candelilla wax, natural vitamin E, rosemary extract.

How to wrap: These balms are the perfect size for stocking stuffers.

Why we love this gift: Your pup will feel brand new with their soft, healthy paws! Paw Nectar is designed for dry, cracked, chapped paw pads (especially due to those cold or icy walks). It’s made with the highest quality organic and natural ingredients, so it’s safe to use on both you and your pup. And if you aren’t 100% satisfied, they’ll refund you immediately.

What customers say: Dog owners are saying this paw balm is a “miracle” for their pups. Some dogs with skin thickening around their paw pads or red, irritated paws saw results after just a few uses. Some pet parents shared their pups stopped licking and chewing at their feet and finally saw some relief.

Ingredients: Certified organic red palm oil, certified organic coconut oil, shea butter, soy wax, avocado oil, rosemary seed extract.

How to wrap: These paw balms easily fit in your dog’s stocking.

Why we love this gift: These tasty fish oil chews are vet-recommended and free of added sugars and artificial preservatives. They support normal heart and brain function, boost immune system function, and keep your dog feeling and looking healthy. That’s what every dog owner wants this Christmas, right?

What customers say: Pet owners who’ve seen their dogs itch, chew, and scratch at their skin have seen a vast difference after giving them these omega chews. These supplements are great for dogs suffering from allergies, and owners say their pups love the salmon flavor.

Ingredients: Omega-3, EPA, DHA, omega-6, omega-9, algae, wild Alaskan salmon oil, vitamin E, zinc, biotin, oat flour, palm fruit oil, rice flour, flaxseed, fish oil, sunflower lecithin, coconut glycerin, sorbic acid, powdered cellulose, rosemary extract, and mixed tocopherols.

How to wrap: These make for a great sniff-out toy under the tree or in a stocking.

Why we love this gift: If your dog suffers from health issues such as dog diarrhea, upset stomach, gas, bloating, this probiotic powder could help. It’s developed by vet nutritionists to be sure it’s the best quality for your pup. And this probiotic is made with only 4 natural ingredients, so you can have peace of mind when adding it to your dog’s meals.

What customers say: Customers are thrilled with the changes in their dogs’ GI tracts after feeding them this probiotic supplement. Pet parents who’ve tried everything from special foods to medicines from the vet love how easy this is to feed and how quickly it’s helped with tummy troubles. Dogs with chronic loose stools are finally having solid poops!

Ingredients: Probiotic blend, Jerusalem artichoke, pumpkin seed, and beef bone broth.

How to wrap: This probiotic is gift-wrapping size and great to fit under the tree.

Why we love this gift: Benebone has taken even the toughest of chewers on with these bones. They’re safer than real bones, so your pup will have a long-lasting chew that’s made for them (no bone splinters here). It’s also a convenient curved shape for easy paw-holding to get that perfect chewing angle. If your pup isn’t a fan of bacon, it also comes in peanut butter and chicken flavors.

👉 Avoid giving this bone to dogs with a history of stomach upset and pancreatitis since real bacon can be risky!

What customers say: First off, dog owners love that these bones are sourced and made in the USA. They also love how durable they are; even the dogs who can snap other chews in half within a few minutes haven’t been able to chew through these bones. And if for some reason you aren’t totally satisfied, Benebone comes with a money-back guarantee.

Ingredients: Nylon and real bacon.

How to wrap: Benebones make great stocking stuffers or in a bag under the tree.

Why we love this gift: Dogs of all sizes will love this orthopedic dog bed. Thanks to its comforting design, this memory foam base is ideal for older dogs with arthritis or joint issues, or pups suffering from anxiety. This dog bed is even Certi-PUR-US certified and has zero mercury, lead, formaldehyde, phthalates, and ozone depleters. In other words, it’s ultra-comfy and ultra-safe for your dog.

What customers say: Pups everywhere are loving their new dog beds, and their owners are equally as happy. The ultra-comfortable memory foam has been great especially for dogs with previous injuries or older pets who struggle with mobility. It’s recommended to size up if your dog prefers to “splay out” rather than curl up when they sleep.

How to wrap: Slide this bed under the tree for your dog to enjoy on Christmas morning.

Why we love this gift: Common issues that can arise in fast-eating dogs include bloating, regurgitation, and obesity. This fun feeder helps prevent overeating since your pup has to forage through the unique design to reach all their kibble. You can fill this slow feeder with wet or dry food — plus it’s dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.

What customers say: Dogs are rioting everywhere because they can no longer scarf down their meals! Pet parents are loving that their pups are having to slow down to eat, resulting in fewer stomach issues and trips to the vet. It comes in many sizes, too, so dogs of all breeds and sizes can enjoy it.

How to wrap: Wrap this bowl up or put it in a bag under the tree.

Why we love this gift: The lovingly-named Tico the Sloth has perfectly long limbs for tossing and tugging. All the seams are concealed and double-stitched to make it harder for your pup to tear it open during playtime. Tico also makes a great cuddle buddy when it’s time for a snooze after a fun play session. And, while we wish Tico was indestructible, pet parents should always monitor playtime since he’s a play toy, not a chew toy.

What customers say: Owners of super-chewer dogs are loving this squeaky dog toy and the other Fluff and Tuff toys. While they’re soft and cuddly, they’re stronger than your average stuffed animal. Dogs seem to be obsessed with their sloth toy, even taking it with them to bed or outside during potty breaks.

How to wrap: Put Tico in a large stocking or wrap and place under the tree.

Why we love this gift: This ChuckIt ball launcher is an excellent way to give your dog exercise without wearing yourself out in the process. Its ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold and send your dog’s ball flying with very little effort. What’s better is the hands-free pick-up, so no more grabbing slobbery or muddy balls during playtime.

What customers say: Fetch has never been easier and owners of ball-obsessed dogs are thrilled. They’re great for multi-dog households and they come in many sizes for your preferred throwing style. So they can sit back and enjoy their time, and let their dogs tire themselves out. They work with regular tennis balls, or pet parents can buy the ChuckIt specific balls. These also come in glow-in-the-dark for night-time fetch.

How to wrap: Slide your ChuckIt thrower into a stocking or in a bag under the tree.

Why we love this gift: These dog treats have minimal odor compared to rawhide and bully sticks. The best part? They keep your pup occupied for hours, even the most aggressive chewers. They encourage active chewing which removes tartar to clean your dog’s teeth and improves their oral hygiene. Just be sure to check your dog while they eat their yak chew.

What customers say: These yak chews have withstood heavy chewers and last longer than the average chew. They come in many sizes and a lot of owners will “size up” to give their dog more chew time. Most will let their pups chew on them for 15-20 minutes at a time and take them away to make them last longer. Plus, they’re easy to digest so even dogs with sensitive tummies can enjoy them.

Ingredients: Pasture-raised yak and cow’s milk, salt, and lime juice.

How to wrap: These chews go great as stocking stuffers or as a wrapped gift under the tree.

Why we love this gift: Not only will your dog be cozy in the cold months, they’ll be ultra fashionable. These jackets are great to wear on walks in the fall and winter, especially if your pup doesn’t have a thick coat. The waterproof outer blocks moisture on rainy or snowy days to keep them dry, while the fleece-lined inner keeps them warm and cozy. The elastic chest design makes it easy for your dog to move around. For quick changes, the quick hook-and-loop design makes it easy.

What customers say: Dog moms (and dog dads) are loving these dog sweaters for cold days, and so are their pups. It’s easy to put on and take off with many velcro spots to adjust for a perfect fit, and there’s a hole in the top to easily be able to still attach your leash to a collar or harness. They also love the different colors to choose from. Pet parents note that it’s important to measure your dog to get the most accurate sizing.

How to wrap: Fold the jacket up in a wrapped gift or in a bag under the tree.

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Choosing a Christmas present for your dog

When you start searching for the perfect present, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Is it practical for your pet? Make sure it’s something they’ll enjoy.
  • Will they chew it up? If they like to consume paper after tearing a gift open, then you should probably open it for them. Too much paper ingested could lead to issues like an impaction.
  • Your dog’s breed and personality. Choose a gift that suits your pup’s personality. Whether they tend to be a couch potato or prefer a thrilling game of fetch outside, there’s a gift for all types.
  • Is it safe for your dog? Remove any ribbons from the gift before giving it to your dog. And if the paper is foil, make sure to remove it after they’ve opened the gift. Both of these can pose potential dangers.
  • Is it an affordable gift? No need to splurge on something extravagant. Your dog will love whatever you get them, keep it affordable on your wallet.
  • Will it ship in time for Christmas? Make sure, if you order something online, that it’ll ship and arrive in time for Christmas morning.

👉 Read our full guide on pet hazards to watch out for this holiday season. 

How to wrap your doggie’s gift

You can wrap your dog’s gift, just make sure you don’t use bows or ribbons — these can cause problems if ingested. Always watch your dog while they open their gift and make sure they don’t consume any wrapping paper. If you want to skip the wrapping entirely, you can put your dog’s gifts in their stocking and let them “sniff” them out as a way of opening.

Alternatives to traditional pet gifts

You don’t have to indulge in anything fancy or expensive for your pup. There are practical and much less pricey things you can do to make sure your pet has a happy and healthy holiday.

Buy a pet insurance policy More owners are opting to get insurance for their pets to help with potential costs if they were to get sick or hurt. Being prepared for a possible health emergency is a great gift for both you and your pet.

Schedule your pet’s annual check-up A trip to the vet might not seem like your pup’s idea of a gift, but that routine checkup could help find potential health problems. A healthy pet is a happy pet that will be around for many more holidays, which is a gift to you and them.

Microchip your dog If your dog isn’t already microchipped, it would be a great Christmas gift. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to help make sure that you’re reunited if they ever get lost. If they already have a microchip, be sure your contact information is up to date so someone can reach you if necessary.

Help them live a parasite-free life — If your pup isn’t up to date on their heartworm medication or flea and tick preventives, this is a great time to start! Talk to your veterinarian about the right meds for your pet. Good health is a very thoughtful gift for your dog.

Sometimes quality time means more than presents

If you don’t have the budget to splurge on your pup this year — it’s okay! For Christmas, you could take your dog for a walk to someplace they’ve never been or make homemade treats and DIY balms in your kitchen. You can also spend more time with them by incorporating enrichment games, like creating an indoor agility course. The best gift we can give our pets is something you can’t wrap up: unconditional love.

Frequently asked questions

What should I get my dog for Christmas?

This depends on your dog and what they like! If they’re active and playful, they may enjoy a new toy to fetch. For the food-lovers,  you can never go wrong with a bag of treats or a new long-lasting chew. A new stuffed animal to cuddle or a comfy bed to sleep in is another great choice for nap-loving pups.

How can I surprise my dog for Christmas?

Letting your dog “sniff out” their gift on Christmas morning is a fun surprise for them. You can also let them tear open their gift wrapping (without ingesting it, of course) or give them a stocking full of goodies to dig into.

Should dogs get Christmas presents?

There’s nothing wrong with giving your furry friend a gift they’ll love for the holidays! Just make sure they can’t ingest anything dangerous, like wrapping paper or ribbon.

Should you put clothes on your dog?

You know your dog better than anyone. Whether it’s a dog bandana or bow tie for special occasions, or a sweater when it’s cold, if you aren’t doing them any harm and they don’t mind the attention, go for it! But, if they seem uncomfortable or anxious, then you should remove the clothing.

Do dogs understand presents?

Your pup may not understand the “gifting” part. But they’ll definitely understand receiving something they love, like a new toy or treats! Most dogs also love the act of opening a gift, so it’s hard to doubt they understand when we give them one.