Happy December!!! In my house, the Christmas tree is up, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the garland is wrapped around our banister, and Christmas movies are constantly playing. Now, as we count down the days until Santa visits, it’s time for us helpers to create great gift lists (and check them twice)!
Shopping for special gifts can seem like a daunting task. And, I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for inspiration. That’s why I’ve compiled this gift guide, filled with some of my favorite products for dogs and dog lovers. There’s a little something in here for every price point, but I tried to stick with gifts that won’t break the bank.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DOGS
This awesome toy brushes your dog’s teeth as he plays with it! Since dental health has a huge impact on your dog’s overall health and well-being, this is a gift that will keep on giving. Here’s how it works: This simple yet effective rubber toy features two sides of spikes that brush against your dog’s teeth and gums as he chews and slobbers on it. The spikes vary in sizes and angles, helping to grind off any plaque or tartar that has accumulated on your pup’s teeth. It comes in various sizes and every sale provides one toy to a dog shelter in need.
Game night, anyone? Dog puzzles and interactive games are a definite must-have for so many reasons. One of the biggest benefits is mental stimulation. Puzzles designed specifically for dogs will challenge your canine kid, putting his/her brain to good use. If you have time to join your furbaby and play along, it creates a wonderful bonding experience. Trust me, you will be so proud of your pooch once he figures out and solves the puzzle.
Give the gift of health this Christmas! My Chihuahua has been on this for more than a year now and it’s totally transformed his life. His once achy back doesn’t seem to bother him and it’s eased his anxiety. Chances are, you’ve heard me talk about this stuff. But, in case you’re new here, check out the many benefits:
- Fights inflammation
- Helps relieve joint pain and chronic pain
- Eases anxiety
- Helps ease digestive issues, such as IBD and colitis
- Helps protect the nervous system
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Benefits cognitive health
- Eases muscle spasms
- Natural sleep aid
- Fights nausea and vomiting
- Increases appetite
- Fights allergies
Cannanine is manufactured in the USA from organically grown Colorado hemp. It’s non-GMO, full-spectrum, and contains absolutely zero THC. Tests also show it’s free of bacteria, yeast, mold, heavy metals, and other toxins.
If you’ve read my expert interview article highlighting 7 safe rawhide alternatives then you’ll know this one tops the list. They’re a single-ingredient chew (just beef) and softer than a lot of bones, meaning the risk of tooth injury is little-to-none. Along with a pack of bully sticks, make this a complete gift set by getting your pooch a Bully Grip. This stick holder not only makes it easier for your pooch to gnaw on their stick, but the Bully Grip also helps prevent your dog from whittling down their chew stick to an unsafe size and swallowing a piece whole. Yikes! I’ve had mine since July and my pups use it every day!
So this one benefits the dogs and is fun for the dog lovers who love to bake! My dog treat cookbook, titled Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes, is filled with 60 gluten-free, grain-free, and dog-approved recipes that are bound to make even the pickiest dog’s tail wag. With careful attention to nutrition, Proud Dog Chef was written for the dog parent who is ready to leave behind questionable ingredients and red flag preservatives — because our dogs deserve it!
Take a peek inside:
This one may seem a little strange, but I’m actually getting these for my 5-pound Chihuahua, Diego, this year for Christmas! He can’t jump up onto the bed by himself and I would prefer he doesn’t jump off because it’s a lot of pressure on his bones and joints. So, pet stairs to the rescue! If you have a small dog with the same issue then these may be the perfect present.
P.S. My mom has these exact stairs in her house and can tell you the quality is amazing!
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably heard me talk about the super high-quality and totally fashionable dog clothes and accessories from Spark Paws. I’m always impressed by their canine goodies. The newest addition to their shop: High-fashion bomber jackets. These things have fun patterns on the outside and the softest lining, making them cute and comfy. Plus, they’ll help keep your pooch warm this winter. A word of advice: Size up! Usually, Diego takes an XS and I had to re-order a Small for him.
About a year ago, I went on the hunt for a great collar. I tried a lot of different brands and materials. I’ve gotta say … I wasn’t too impressed with many of the options out there. Some left chafe marks on my Chi’s neck and others just looked too bulky. Then, I found LupinePet and fell in love with their products. If your pooch is in the market for a new collar, harness, or leash, I definitely recommend checking out LupinePet.
On my Amazon store, I have an entire section dedicated to collars, harnesses, and leashes. The only brand featured inside is LupinePet.
Christmas Themed Dog Toys
Of course, nothing beats some good ol’ Christmas squeaky toys!
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DOG LOVERS
I don’t know what I would do without my robot vacuum. She cleans the floors throughout my entire house every day and makes my life so much easier! Okay … I know every day may seem a little excessive. But this robot vacuum is great with picking up dog hair, dander, grass brought inside by the pups, and any dust that may be hanging around. Honestly, I cannot say enough great things about the Shark Ion Robot!
I was first introduced to this amazing company a little more than a year ago when I received custom pet pillows of Diego and Gigi as a present. My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on them! Today, I keep them displayed on my bed and cherish them every time I glance over to them.
Aure Space also makes custom pet ornaments, which would make an amazing holiday present. This personalized gift is bound to put a smile on your dog-loving family members’ and friends’ faces.
These sherpa-lined slipper socks from iHeartDogs feature the cutest puppy face and will keep your feet toasty, even on the coldest of days! Features non-slip silicone rubber grips on the soles. Another plus? Every purchase provides several meals for shelter dogs!
Know someone who loves wine and has adopted a precious pup from the nearby shelter? Well, I’ve got the perfect gift idea: Grab a high-end bottle of wine and one of these reusable bags that says:
“Rescue wine from bottles and dogs from shelters”
How stinking adorable is that?!
Everyone loves photos of themselves with their dogs. If you’re looking for a super affordable gift idea that will make your loved one say, “awwwww” then have their favorite family photo professionally printed and put it in a cute frame. There are tons of dog-themed frames online, but I think this Woof Pack one is just too cute!
For all the book worms out there, there are plenty of dog-related reads to choose from. On my Amazon store, I have an entire section dedicated to books for dog-loving adults and children! They make the perfect gift.
Have a great gift idea and want to share it with us? Drop a line in the comment section below!