Best Gifts for Dog Lovers: The Ultimate Guide A-Z

15 September 2021

It's your favorite dog or dog lovers birthday and you're searching for that furrtastic present that will melt their hearts? Look no further; check out these gifts for dog lovers from A to Z!

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Do you have a special person in your life who also just happens to be a HUGE dog lover? Don’t we all! With the following guide, you’ll learn about some of the best gifts for dog lovers (such as dog trackers) that will be sure to make any four-legged friend’s parent smile. So what are you waiting for? Check ’em out!

These gifts for dog lovers also make excellent gifts for dogs:

Activity trackers for dogs

Nowadays, one of the coolest gifts for dog lovers is the gift of technology – a life-saving device that can monitor a dog’s fitness and activity level. Check out the Tractive GPS Activity Tracker. With it, a dog’s best friend can ensure that their dog gets enough exercise every day and set goals for their furry buddy with the help of the Tractive GPS app.

Average price: $49.99

Bags & backpacks

Do you have an adventure-loving dog parent in your life? A doggy backpack could be the perfect addition to their hiking kit.  

There are a few different types of dog backpacks and bags that make hiking with dogs easier for both the pup and the person. 

  • A dog carrier backpack enables a hiker to carry their dog on their back in a safe and secure carrier. This is perfect for small breeds or older dogs that don’t have the stamina for long-distance hikes. You simply have to select a size that fits the dog in question.
  • A dog backpack is a backpack that enables a canine companion to carry their own gear on the hike! These packs are perfect for medium or large-breed dogs that are athletic enough to handle extra weight while hiking. If your dog-loving friend is a fan of long, multi-day hikes, this piece of gear could be a weight off their shoulders!

For friends with a more lowkey sense of adventure, a dog-inspired tote bag is the perfect way to highlight an affinity for canines while out and about. 

Totes are a practical accessory for shopping, beach days, and travel. There are all kinds of fun prints and embroidered designs to choose from, so you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your pup-loving pal! 

Average price: $20 to $50

Camera

One of the latest inventions in pet tech is the home pet camera which enables dog parents to spy on their furry friends when they’re not home!

Source: Petcube

Boredom is so yesterday. Petcube Play 2 is fitted with a wide-angle camera (180°), microphone, loudspeaker, and laser-pointer toy. With it, dog parents can communicate with their fur-babies while away from home, through their smartphone, to ensure that everything is alright and no wild parties are going on.

Average price: $179

Dog travel bowls

Lightweight, collapsible dog travel bowls are an essential item for every dog owner. Whether headed out on a hike, to the beach, or to a friend’s house, having one of these bowls on hand ensures their dog always has a receptacle to drink from. 

Travel bowls are typically made from silicone and come with a carabiner attached, making it easy to clip them onto a backpack strap, a leash, or harness for easy access.  

Average price: $8 to $12

Elevated pet bed

Elevated pet beds have many benefits. For one, being up higher helps dogs feel more integrated with their humans. At the same time, an elevated bed allows for airflow below the mattress pad. In cold climates, this helps reduce chill, and in warm temperatures, the increased airflow makes it easier to stay cool. 

Best of all, there are all kinds of fun bed designs to choose from. For dog parents who appreciate practicality, a basic cot design is a portable, lightweight option. Aesthetically-minded pet parents might prefer a chic rattan pet bed or a fun bunk-style pet bed with stairs for easy access! 

Average price: $50 and up

Food puzzles & feeders

Puzzle toys and feeders are a great way to keep high-energy pups engaged. Puzzle toys curb boredom and the mischievous tendencies that come with it. Instead of channeling their excess energy into destructive or undesirable behaviors, like barking or chewing things they shouldn’t, dogs can direct their attention to solving puzzles for tasty rewards.

There are many different dog puzzles available, from toys to food dishes, that range in difficulty. Some, like Kong toys, can be stuffed with food and frozen to make extracting the tasty treats even more difficult. Others have secret compartments that can only be accessed when the dog slides the trap door open.  

A puzzle toy is the perfect gift for your friend with a puppy or a high-energy breed such a Border Collie, Labrador, Jack Russel Terrier, or Belgian Malinois.

Average price: $15 to $30

GPS dog tracker

Not only do GPS dog trackers enable pet parents to know where their pet is at all times, but they also offer valuable insights into a pet’s health. 

The Tractive GPS Dog Tracker monitors a dog’s fitness and activity levels so dog lovers can see how their pet compares to similar dogs. The tracker also displays a history of everywhere the dog has been while wearing the tracker. It can also be programmed to send alerts if the dog wanders too far from home. 

two dogs outside near water wearing harnesses and Tractive GPS dog trackers
Pictured: Tractive GPS Dog Tracker

With an unlimited range and live updates, this device offers incomparable peace of mind, especially for pet parents with dogs that love to wander! 

Average price: $49.99

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Hoodie (with a pouch for the dog)

Who doesn’t want more puppy snuggles? A hoodie with a pet pouch is a great way for the dog lover in your life to squeeze in more quality time with their furry friend. These hoodies are constructed with a generous front pocket designed to tuck a dog into. There’s room for the pup to poke their head out the top and look around. We can all agree that dogs are a timeless fashion accessory! 

Average price: $20 to $50

Interactive toys

Fetch is so last season! Interactive toys are a great way to level up playtime. From treat or toy dispensing toys to responsive toys, interactive tech devices, and beyond, there is sure to be an interactive toy that appeals to the dog lover in your life. 

The iFetch dog ball launcher can be programmed to launch balls to a predetermined distance, and, unlike a human, it won’t get tired after a few pitches. Meanwhile, the Blinky Babble Ball by Pet Qwerks makes movements and sounds that engage dogs and ease their anxiety even when their humans are nowhere to be found. 

Average price: $30 to $40

Jackets

Does your dog-loving friend love to dress their pup up? Why not add some new threads to their wardrobe? You can find everything from practical rain jackets and winter coats to stylish dog pea coats and beyond. There’s a jacket out there to suit every dog’s personality and lifestyle!  

Average price: $50 to $125

Keychains

A dog-themed keychain is the perfect way for the dog lover in your life to show the world how much they love dogs! Whether you go for a generic dog-inspired style (paw prints are a popular option) or opt for something custom, there are countless styles out there. A quick Etsy search will reveal multitudes of options ranging from photo keychains to elaborate custom engravings and fun dog-related shapes. 

Average price: $10 to $30

LED lights

LED lights can be attached to a dog’s collar or harness to make them more easily visible during evening walks. There are even LED halos that fit around a dog’s neck like a collar and nylon collars with LED lights integrated into the band.  

Whether a dog is on or off-leash, one of these LEDs helps handlers, cyclists, drivers, and other pets see them better in the dark. An LED light should be a staple in any dog owners’ gear kit. If your dog-owning friend doesn’t already have one, they’re sure to appreciate the thoughtful gift.

Average price: $15 – $30

Masks

Unique gifts for dog lovers these days also include customized face masks, with the dog’s face on it! Cuddle Clones (pictured below) is just one of many companies that make custom face masks. If custom masks aren’t up their alley, you can always opt for a dog-inspired print instead. The options are endless! 

Average price: $5 to $20

Source: Cuddle Clones

Necklaces & neckerchiefs

Do you have a dog lover in your life who is just a little extra (in the best way possible)? Spoil them (and their pup) with a dog necklace. There are various options out there, from a classic chain to monogrammed necklaces, engraved pendants, and beyond. Who says dogs can’t wear bling?! You can even get necklace sets with matching pendants for humans and dogs! 

For someone who prefers more subtle accessories, a neckerchief is a wonderful option! You can choose from any print under the sun, whether it be a classic tartan, a holiday-themed, or something else.

Average price: $10 to $100

Outdoor gear / shoes

Adventurous dog lovers surely enjoy taking their canine companions everywhere they go. With the right outdoor gear, even the most inclement conditions can be dog-friendly. These days, you can find all kinds of specialized outdoor gear for dogs. From snowsuits and snow boots to doggy life jackets and beyond, you should have no trouble tracking down the appropriate doggy gear to match your friend’s hobbies. 

Average price: $50 and up 

Pet portraits

Pet portraits are a thoughtful way to immortalize your favorite dog lover’s best canine friend.  Rose Owen of Taylored Roses is a talented, UK-based portrait artist who creates beautiful, custom dog paintings for clients.

Pet portrait by Rose Owen
Source: Taylored Roses

Before you hire a portrait artist, consider what style of art your friend is a fan of. Whether it be watercolor, pop art, or anything else you can imagine, a pet portrait is a timeless, one-of-a-kind gift that will undoubtedly be cherished forever.   

Average price: $100 and up

Rolls of poo bags

Every dog owner should have a generous supply of poo bags. After all, nature will always call! These make a great stocking stuffer and can be purchased in any manner of size, color, and even different scents. If you want to get really creative, consider having poo bags custom printed or gift them in a quirky poo bag dispenser to make this commonplace item more inspired. 

Average price: $5 to $20 

Subscription boxes

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, so why not spoil the dog lover in your life by gifting them a fun dog-themed box? There are subscription boxes filled with toys, treats, food, and other boxes that mix all three items together. There’s nothing generic about these boxes either; you can typically customize subscriptions based on your friend’s dog’s breed, age, size, and temperament. 

Average price: $25 to $50 per month

Towels

Towels are a practical gift for any dog owner. It’s always just a matter of time before Fido claims the guest towels. Help your dog-loving friend stick to their boundaries by gifting them a set of designated dog towels. Add personality to this gift by having the towels embroidered with their dog’s name. Alternatively, choose a playful dog-themed print or a custom photo to adorn them with. That way, there will never be any question as to who they belong to. 

Average price: $25 to $100

Unscented pet soaps

Luxurious pet soap is sure to make bathing dogs at home more rewarding. After lathering up with a high-quality pet soap, dog lovers won’t be able to resist snuggling up with their canine bestie. Unscented pet soaps are the safest choice, as they are less likely to cause skin irritation or aggravate human allergies.

Average price: $5 to $15

Vouchers

Is there a local pet boutique in your city? What about a brand you know your dog-loving friend can’t get enough of? A dog-friendly experience you’re sure they’d enjoy? Spoil your favorite dog lover with a voucher or gift certificate to a pet-friendly brand or attraction you think they’d love! 

Average price: Whatever you want, but we suggest spending at least $30

Wood chews

Many dogs love to chew on wood because it’s firm yet has a satisfying give to it. While sticks can be dangerous because some wood splinters and cracks and can harm dogs, you can source safe wood chews from pet companies. 

If you know a dog owner with a pet that loves to chew on wood, opt for an all-natural wood chew, like the Ware Gorilla Chew. This toy is made from java wood which is odorless and safe for dogs. It will even help keep their teeth and gums in good shape!

Average price: $10 

XDOG weight vest 

The XDOG weight and fitness vest is the ultimate gift for high-energy dogs. This weighted vest is designed to help build muscle strength and tone, combat obesity, and reduce anxiety for active dogs. It could be an excellent item for breeds like a Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Staffordshire Terriers, Dobermans, and other athletic dogs, especially if they have athletic humans to take them on runs with it.    

Average price: $120

Source: XDOG

Yoga mat

Do you know a dog lover who loves doga? Or perhaps someone who might like to give it a try? Gift them a dog-themed yoga mat so they can share their daily practice with their pup. Yoga can help decrease anxiety, depression, and stress in dogs while spending quality time with the one they love! Whether or not doga becomes a ritual, regular yoga will be even more fun with a pup-themed mat to work out on! 

Average price: $50 – $75

Zip up bags

These come in handy for dog lovers to carry their pet’s accessories with them on day trips and overnights. Whether they need to pack some food, treats, or extra pet gear, a zippered tote bag is a practical and stylish carryall for whatever they need to bring along. These make great gifts as they come in all shapes, sizes, and prints, so choose one that compliments your dog-loving friend’s personality and style. 

Average price: $30 and up

What are your favorite gifts for dog lovers?

This A to Z guide is really just the beginning of all the dog-themed gifts out there these days. While many of our suggestions are very practical, they can be made to feel custom with a little creativity. Perhaps you can find a way to incorporate your friend’s personality into the gift or feature their pet somehow. 

Ultimately, the dog lover in your life is sure to feel touched that you’ve taken the time to purchase something that they can enjoy with their canine pal.

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