The Ultimate Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers & Pet Parents

by Hannah Roundy

Personalized, thoughtful and a step above the rest, shop these dog-lover approved gifts.

Your pups aren’t the only ones who should be spoiled this year. Treat your pet parent loved ones (and yourself) to our favorite holiday gift ideas for dog lovers. 

Gifts for Dog Parents

There’s an endless list of exceptional gifts for dog parents. From matching clothes to doggy DNA tests, the dog parent in your life will love these presents. 

Hanna Anderson Matching PJs
- Starting at $20

We all love a matching pajamas Christmas card and now dogs can join in on the fun! Hanna Anderson offers dog pajamas in 20 different holiday patterns. But they aren’t just for the pups… you can get the same exact PJs in human sizes, too!

These adorably festive dog pajamas are made from organic cotton to keep you and your dog cozy. With dog sizes ranging from XS to XL, every pup can sport a pair of these adorable PJs. 

- Starting at $14.99

Dog parenting isn’t always glamorous and it can be difficult to keep your house from smelling like a kennel. Lucky for us, the makers of Poo~Pourri launched Pet~Pourri just in time for the holidays. 

Pet~Pourri is plant-based and eliminates 99% of pet odor naturally, so it’s perfectly safe to use around your dogs. All you have to do is spray Pet~Pourri 3-5 times on dog odor-affected areas like crates, couches, beds, and more. 

Did we mention the Pawsitively Fresh scent smells delightful? It’s available as a spray in 16 oz or 1.4 oz sizes or a 7.5 oz scented candle. They are perfect stocking stuffer gifts for dog parents!
Walk the dogs in style with the Doggy Dash Pack. This fanny pack fits all the dog walk essentials and even comes with a silicone treat bag and poop bags. It’s three gifts for dog people all in one fashionable bag!

The Doggy Dash Pack is cute and functional, with adjustable straps, an interior key clip, and exterior zip pockets on both sides. The poop bags are also biodegradable, so you can do your part to clean up after your pup while being eco-friendly. 

If you want more festive gift ideas for dog lovers, try a breed ornament by Old World Christmas. From Doodles to Dachshunds, the pet parent in your life will love the ornament version of their pup. 

The ornaments are made of glass and are mouth-blown to create adorable doggy designs. Hot liquid silver is added for vibrance and then they are hand-painted and glittered. 

Once purchased, the ornaments will ship in a keepsake box to protect it from damage. They are delicate – so keep the glass dogs away from the real dogs! You can choose from over 100 different dog-themed ornaments
These are memorable gifts for dog parents with adopted or mixed breed dogs. The Embark kit tests your dog’s DNA through their saliva to see their breed mix breakdown and ancestry. You can even find your dog’s relatives through Embark if they’ve taken the test!

All you have to do is gently wipe the provided swab inside your dog’s cheek pouch to collect saliva. The kit includes a pouch for you to send back the saliva sample for testing. Once you activate your kit online and send back the sample, results will be sent to you in 2-4 weeks. 

Embark offers the breed ID test kit, but you can also add on a health test to screen for genetic health risks and traits. The tests are available for mixed breed and purebred dogs. 

Gifts for dog parents don’t always need to be clothes and accessories. You can give your fellow pet parent the best gift of all: premium nutrition for their pup! 

Sundays for Dogs is a fresh-dried dog food that was created by a veterinarian. Dogs love Sundays because it’s an air-dried jerky that tastes and feels like a treat. Dog parents love to feed their dogs Sundays because it’s all-natural, shelf-stable, and easy to serve. 

You can gift a mini sample of Sundays for Dogs to any of your dog parent friends. The sample is free and you only need to pay a flat fee of $2.95 for shipping and handling.

Consider treating your own dog to a full-size box of Sundays, too!

Personalized Gifts for Dog People

If you want to go the extra mile, try custom or personalized gifts for dog people. It’s hard not to love a present when it has your dog’s face on it!
A no-fail gift for dog people is a portrait of their furry best friend. West & Willow offers minimalist custom pet portraits that deserve a place on your wall. 

All you have to do is send in a picture of your dog. Artists at West & Willow will hand-draw a portrait based on the photo. Once the illustration is done, you can customize the style, background color, frame, and size.

Since the portraits are hand-illustrated, they take a bit more time to curate. West & Willow recommends ordering 2-3 weeks ahead so it will arrive in time for when you need it. 

Sadly, you can’t take dogs everywhere you go. But you can sport a sweatshirt with a customized patch of your dog’s face everywhere instead!

Pupsentials will hand-draw a portrait of your pet once you upload a picture. The portrait is then printed onto a cozy hoodie that’s available in 10 colors and sizes S to XXL. You can even fit 2 dog portraits onto one sweater if you have multiple pups. 

These custom sweatshirts are hit gifts for dog people. Pupsentials recommends ordering them as soon as you can before the holidays since drawing the portrait and printing the design can take a few weeks.

You can spice up mealtimes with personalized dog bowls by Wild One. The kit comes with two dog bowls for water and food. The bowls come in four different colors in standard and small sizes. 

These bowls are made with food-grade stainless steel so they are easy to clean and dishwasher safe. A silicone ring sits on the bottom of the bowl to keep it from slipping during feedings. 

The bowls are great gift ideas for dog lovers because Wild One lets you customize the bowls with the dog’s name (up to 26 characters). You can even add in a selection of emojis! 

Who doesn’t love a warm batch of Christmas cookies? Dog parents will love holiday baking even more with a custom cookie cutter of their dog! 

Bakers Street is a shop on Etsy that 3D prints custom cookie cutters. All you have to do is send them a photo of your dog after purchasing. They will send a proof of the cookie cutter design for you to approve before it’s printed. 

The cookie cutters are beloved gift ideas for dog lovers with over 1500 five-star reviews. It takes about 10-14 days for the cutters to ship, so order ahead for the holidays!

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