The Best Holiday Gifts for Dog Owners and Their Dog
The gift giving season is upon us and we cannot forget our four-legged, furry family members! In our home each human and each animal has their own stocking hanging from the fireplace mantle. Seeing as we now have four cats, two dogs, and three of us humans, the fireplace mantle is pretty crowded!
I always love getting gifts for our pets! I believe they truly enjoy getting them as well!
There are a bajillion different dog toys, gadgets, and treats out there to choose from when looking for something to give your very special pupper for Christmas. That is why Maui, Emma, and I sat down and put together this list of some of our favorite gifts to give your (or a friends) dog this pawliday!
Here are 10 toys and treats sure to get tails wagging!
Don't forget to make it down to number 10; I think it's the cutest one of all!
Rope Toys for Aggressive Chewers
Maui absolutely loves the rope toys she has! She saw these and wants them so bad (okay, maybe she didn’t see them but I know she would love them ... I might need to get them for her stocking!)
413 customer reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars
These rope toys are XL and come in a package of three with a bonus ball! These toys can be used for fetching, tug-of-war, chewing, retrieving, catching, and shaking. They are certainly not completely indestructible but are designed with aggressive chewers in mind!
There ropes are a really nice long size as well! One Amazon reviewer indicates the ropes range from 1 ½ feet to 2 feet long!
What’s also great about purchasing these particular rope toys is that each purchase helps support Pacific Pups Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue located in Southern California! What better way to celebrate the holiday than getting your dog some super durable fun new rope toys and help feed and shelter dogs in need!
Chuckit! Dog Ball Launcher
If you’re not sure what to get a family or friend’s dog for Christmas, this one is a sure bet!
If you don’t have one for your own dog yet the two of you are missing out on some incredibly fun human, dog, ball bonding time!
These ingenious gadgets are amazing! A cleverly designed yet so simple ball holder that lets you launch your dog’s ball farther and faster than you ever could with just your arm! Once the ball is covered in slobber or dirt you can just pick it up with the ball launcher and not have to get any of that on your hands either! That is a definite plus at times!
There are several different Chuckits and balls to accommodate different sized dogs and their varied abilities!
You can get Chuckit balls that bounce, float, glow in the dark, whistle, and are soft so they make for a great variety of fun activities!
Furbo Dog Camera and Treat Tossing Smart Device
This device is so fun and so cool, I can hardly stand it! It gets a big seal of approval from Ellen DeGeneres as well!
When you are away from home this insanely awesome little device lets you:
- see your dog with the 1080p full HD camera
- talk to your dog with the two-way audio
- toss your dog treats
- check in at night with the camera's night vision capabilities
- know if your dog is barking with the programmable barking alert
4 out of 5 stars
This device has a wide angle, HD, Wi-Fi enabled camera so you can tune in and see your dog anytime you are away, day or night (full HD night vision capabilities).
It has two-way audio so you can talk to your dog and you can hear each other!
Want to give your dog a little treat? Fill the device with your dog’s favorite goodies and toss little treats by using the Furbo app! If you will be busy and unable to tune-in to toss your dog treats, you can program it into the app and Furbo will toss your dog a treat at the scheduled time.
Not only is it fun, Furbo can help relieve separation anxiety when you’re not able to be together.
The two-way audio chat has a barking alert. Furbo will send an alert to your smart phone when it detects barking at home. You can then check in to see what’s going on and calm your dog down.
Furbo provides you with the most useful information about your dog.” - POPSUGAR
"I'm convinced Furbo has improved my mental health as a dog parent.” - TODAY
“Gorgeous. Simple & easy to use.” - WIRED
“Why didn’t I buy this sooner?” - BUZZFEED
"Furbo is the #1 best-selling dog camera in 10 countries!" -FORBES
Kong Low Stuffing Squeaker Dog Toys
The famous Kong brand makes squeaky toys for dogs with minimal stuffing! This means if your dog likes to de-stuff plush toys like our Emma does, there won’t be much for them to pull out of these!
Chewy.com has several super cute Kong plush, tug, and/or tough toys to choose from ranging in size from extra small to large so you’re sure to find something to fit the pupper in your family!
You can visit Chewy.com to see their great selection by clicking on any one of the super cute plush toys!
Prices start at $1.99
Some of these toys have a removable squeaker! That means if you’d like to actually hear the TV show you’re watching while your dog plays, you can take the squeaker out then put it back at a later time.
Some come with two squeakers for twice the squeaky fun!
Squeakers in many of the Kong toys are replaceable, which is a great plus - I know squeakers get broken or punctured a lot around our house!
These Kong toys are also available on Amazon.com but in general I found Amazon's prices to be higher on these items than they are on Chewy.com. If you'd like to see what Amazon has to offer for Kong plush dog toys click HERE!
Adopting a new puppy or dog for the holidays? Need to stock up on a lot of toys really easily or want to give a nice gift pack to a new puppy parent?
Here are a couple highly rated toys multi-packs that are sure to be a ton of fun!
12 or 5 Toy Pack for Puppies and Small Dogs
The 12 pack include multiple chew toys, squeaky toys, a flying disc, a treat ball, and rope toys!
The 5 pack includes three rope toys, a rope ball, and a flying disc!
These two multi-toy packs are designed for puppies, small dogs, or maybe even medium dogs.
It’s difficult to find quality toys especially when shopping on the Internet. You never know really what you’re going to get. I like to read reviews when I’m purchasing online and these two packs have high customer ratings and satisfaction. A definite plus when you're shopping!
$20.95 for the 12 toy pack
$11.99 for the 5 toy pack
4.4 out of 5 stars!
10 Toy Multi-Pack for Small Dogs and Puppies
This multi-pack was also designed with small dogs and puppies in mind!
The photo in description indicates it comes with 10 toys plus a carrying bag:
- 3 rope balls
- 2 long rope toys
- 2 rope shapes
- 2 plush toys
- 1 rubber squeaky toy
4.4 out of 5 stars
The plush toys are super cute but do not indicate their durability. I would definitely stick to small dogs and puppies for this multi-pack. Love the rope carrot and the rope teddy bear!
Rope toys are great for teething puppies and for keeping teeth clean and gums healthy!
This is a nice little multi-pack of toys! I think if you were to go to a pet store and buy all of these individually the price tag would likely be much higher than this pack so it definitely seems like a good deal to me!
Holiday Freshmint Greenies Dental Chews
Greenies are an incredibly popular dog treat and for good reason! Greenies are fantastic at cleaning your dog’s teeth and this holiday freshmint flavor will help them have even fresher breath!
Greenies are low-fat, made with natural ingredients including added minerals, vitamins, and nutrients and are easy to digest.
The freshmint Greenies are made with dried spearmint - ahhhh fresh!
Maui and I did a review of the pumpkin spice flavored Greenies - both Maui and Emma go bonkers for them! I suspect that the fresh mint flavor will be no different. I’m going to grab a bag of these for a stocking stuffer!
Freshmint is seasonal so there are only 20 reviews for this flavor but they have 5 out of 5 stars!
There are several other Greenie flavors if the fresh mint doesn’t interest you or think your dog will not like it. If you’d like to check out the other flavors you can click on the red button!
Kong Wubba Extra-Large!
If you want awesome toys for your extra-large dog check out the Kong Wubbas!
These toys are designed for interactive tugging, tossing, and shaking play.
There are a few varieties ranging from solid colored to cute characters but all are made tough to withstand play by your extra-large dog.
Chewy starting at $10.99 for XL
Amazon starting at $15.99 for XL
They are made with durable ballistic nylon with reinforced fabric and stitching for extra toughness!
And ... they can be machine washed!
Amazon.com prices vary on the Wubba toys depending on the vendor you choose. Chewy.com seems to generally have lower prices on these toys.
Zuke's Mini Naturals
A Christmas stocking just wouldn’t be right without some delicious little treats in it!
Zuke’s Mini Naturals are small chewy treats that are suitable for all dog sizes ranging from extra small to large (they work great as a training treat for the bigger dogs).
Zuke's are made in the USA with all natural, wholesome ingredients and no wheat, corn, or soy!
They come in a variety of drool worthy flavors:
- Peanut butter & oats
Each flavor is really highly rated with 4.7 to 4.9 out of 5 stars on Chewy.com and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com!
Some of the flavors are on super-sale right now at Chewy.com so I'm giving you that link below!
4.7 - 4.9 out of 5 stars
$8.94 - $12.74 on sale
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys
I just couldn’t resist this one because it’s so darn cute ... and has such unbelievable reviews!
Little squeaking plush squirrels hide inside a plush tree trunk.
Place the trunk on the floor and watch your dog search, sniff, and hunt out the little squirrels.
Perfect for the hide-and-squeak game or playing fetch with just the squirrels.
$9.99 - $12.24!
4.3 out of 5 stars!
This one comes in four sizes:
- Small - includes 3 squirrels
- Medium - includes 3 squirrels
- Large - includes 3 squirrels
- Ginormous - includes 6 squirrels
If that’s not enough squirrels; you can buy additional squeaking animals to add to the collection!
I literally took a break from writing this to buy the ginormous one for Maui and Emma!
There’s no way you can beat this price for such a highly rated toy!
HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING
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