The Best Gifts for Dogs & What's On Animal Shelter Wish Lists

by Hannah Roundy

Looking for a gift for your dog, but they already have everything? Here's some fresh ideas.

The holidays are approaching and it’s time to find some paw-some gifts for the dogs on your list! Read our dog gift guide on the best presents for our furry friends and animal shelters in need.

Dog Gift Guide

We’ve rounded up gifts for dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities. From the couch potatoes to the all-star athletes, your pup will love the items on our dog gift guide!
The classic travel bottle from Springer Pet makes it easy to keep your dog hydrated on the go. These bottles make great gifts for dogs and pet parents who love to hike or go on long walks. 

You don’t even need to open this bottle to give your dog fresh water! All you have to do is squeeze the bottle and water will pool into the bowl-shaped bottlecap for your dog to drink.

The bottle is just as cute as it is useful and comes in six different colors. Springer also offers the travel bottle in three sizes to fit your dog’s hydration needs: mini (15 oz), classic (22 oz) and growler (44 oz). It even comes with a carabiner that you can easily clip onto a belt, leash, or bag. 

Do you have an anxious pup? Give your dog the gift of comfort and peace with Stress Releaf Edibites. 

These yummy chews are infused with CBD to promote calm behavior and general wellness in your dog. Pet Releaf developed their organic hemp oil with a team of veterinarians and botanists to make CBD specifically for dogs. 

Edibites are available in small, medium and large breed sizes so that you don’t have to worry about giving your dog the right dosage. These chews even have a 4.9 star rating out of 579 dog parent reviews!

The concept of CBD for dogs seems stressful, but it’s perfectly safe and beneficial when done correctly. You can learn more about CBD for dogs on our blog
Keep your dog warm this winter with an adorable puffer vest from Modern Beast. It’s reversible – so your dog gets two adorable outfits in one! 

The vest is water-repellant and filled with vegan-friendly cellucotton to keep your pup dry and toasty. It also has a leash opening on the back for winter walks.

Modern Beast is a wonderful place to buy gifts for dogs because they give back 100% of their profits to animals in need. Their catalog is a dog gift guide in itself with clothing, toys, beds, collars, leashes, and more.

UnHide Floof Dog Bed
- Starting at $125

Looking a lazy dog gift guide? The UnHide Floof dog bed is made with vegan, cruelty-free faux fur to give your pup the ultimate nap spot. 

The Floof is an orthopedic dog bed to provide extra support for your pup's bones and joints. It has raised edges so your dog can burrow and get cozy. Every dog can find the perfect fit since he bed comes in small, medium, and large sizes.
Make your winter walks more festive with the Holly Jolly set from The Foggy Dog. The set includes a collar, leash, and poop dispenser in a Christmas tree evergreen color. 

If you want to personalize this gift, you can even add a buckle engraving on the collar for an additional $13. 

The set comes in extra small, small, medium, and large sizes. You can also choose from a lighter, petite leash for smaller dogs or a thicker standard leash for bigger dogs. 

From tug toys to tennis balls, it can be overwhelming to decide which toys to get your dog. There’s no need to scout multiple dog gift guides because the Toy Kit from Wild One bundles three types of toys into one tail-wagging present. 

The kit includes their Triangle Tug, Twist Toss, and Bolt Bite toys (which you can also buy separately). Each toy is sturdy and made with natural, pet-safe rubber – so they are perfect for tough chewers. The Toy Kit comes in small or standard sizes and you can choose from a variety of colors. 

Is there anything cuter than Wellington boots for dogs? 

The WagWellies aren’t just adorable – they are sturdy and made to last. They are made with 100% rubber to keep your pup’s paws dry and warm. Velcro straps will keep the boots secure even on walks and runs. 

Choose your color from orange, navy, green, red, or black. WagWellies are a great gift for any dog because they come in sizes XXS to XXL. The boots come in a complete set of 4. 
We can’t make a dog gift guide without the best present of all – Sundays! Premium nutrition for your dog is the gift that keeps on giving.

Sundays for Dogs is an air-dried, fresh dog food made with all-natural ingredients. It was founded and formulated by a veterinarian to provide complete and balanced nutrition for every dog. Dogs love to eat it and pet parents love to feed it. 

You can gift your dog a subscription to Sundays to make them feel spoiled during mealtimes. Cancel your subscription anytime with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Not ready to commit to a Sundays subscription yet? Our mini samples make the perfect stocking stuffer and are only $2.95!

Animal Shelter Wish Lists

It’s fun to give gifts to our dogs, but it’s even better to give back to animals in need. You can donate food, supplies, money, or even time to help dogs find their forever homes over the holidays.

How Do I Find Animal Shelter Wish Lists?

Shelters and rescues will often post their lists of what they need on their websites or social media platforms. 

For example, Best Friends Animal Society has year-round animal shelter wish lists for each of their sanctuaries. You can order items online to donate to their locations in Utah, California, New York, and more. 

If you don’t have a specific shelter you’d like to donate to, try searching for an animal shelter wish list on Amazon. Most of the items shelters need are available to purchase online and will be sent directly to their shelters. 

What Can I Donate?

It’s best to look at the animal shelter wish list before deciding what to donate. You’ll typically find items like food, toys, bedding, and cleaning supplies. 

Try your best to donate the exact item the shelter needs – especially if they are asking for food. Some dogs need special diets and cannot eat the same food as other pups in the shelter.

Pay attention to the priority of the items on animal shelter wish lists. There may be some things they are in desperate need of and other items they are merely accepting donations of. 

Should I Donate New or Used Items?

New and unused products are the most helpful donations on an animal shelter wish list. This means they don’t need to be worried about any sanitary issues that can harm the animals. 

Don’t fret if you are unable to donate new items – most shelters and rescues will still accept lightly used items in good condition. Crates, food bowls, leashes/collars, and grooming tools are perfectly fine to donate when lightly used. 

Are There Other Ways to Help Shelters Over the Holidays?

You can absolutely give to shelters and rescues in other meaningful ways. If you have no items to donate, many shelters will accept monetary donations to buy supplies or sponsor adoption fees. 

Donating your time is another way to help your local animal sanctuary. Shelters and rescues are always looking for volunteers to assist with events, training, and fostering. Contact your local shelter to see if there are any upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

A simple way to help animals in need is to spread the word. Even if you can’t donate, you can post an animal shelter wish list on social media and encourage others to help out. 

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