22 Pawsome Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover in Your Life

And for their goodest boys, of course

July 10, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten

When it comes to picking a gift for someone who loves dogs, your options are truly endless—and that rings true for dog owners and admirers alike. I should know: I was obsessed with dogs for the first 28 years of my life before I (finally) got my own pup, and have been the happy recipient of many canine-related presents on various birthdays.

Now, I’m one of those dog owners who has a lot of stuff (I blame it on Joey—my rescue mutt has a penchant for eating his toys), and I in turn love gifting my favorite doggie essentials and accessories to other puppy parents. While it’s safe to assume that your dog-owner friends already have their own “life’s better with a bichon frise” magnet, there are plenty of other things you can gift that they may not have already bought for themselves.

Here are 22 ideas ranging from dog-themed home decor that they'll (actually) want in their homes to lush treats that are for the doggies themselves.

For your friend who loves dogs, but doesn’t have one:

1. A donation to a rescue.

Find a dog rescue group in your friend’s area, or linked to a city or country they love, or perhaps a senior dog rescue. If they have a sweet spot for a certain breed, find a reputable, breed-specific rescue to donate to—like East Coast Corgi Rescue, Save A Lab, or Husky House.

2. Coconut Fiber Dog Planter, $60 (Uncommon Goods)

These “so-cute-we-can’t-stand-it” handmade planters are perfect for housing smaller plants, like the succulents we can’t get enough of.

Photo by Uncommon Goods

3. Dog Person Packable Bag, $12.95 (Fishs Eddy)

Perfect for grocery runs and trips to the farmer’s market. Plus, now everyone will know you’re a dog person.

Photo by Fishs Eddy

4. Fred Winer Dogs Wine Charms, $10 (Sur La Table)

So you’ll always remember which wine glass is yours. And because everyone loves a wiener dog.

5. Dachshund Ring Dish, $16.99 (Etsy)

This sleek and minimal ceramic dish is perfect for stashing rings and other delicates. Plus, you can add a vinyl monogram in colors of your choice!

For the dog parent who has everything:

6. Nordic Ware Dog Treat Pan, $26 (Food52)

Because any dog lover would be thrilled to whip up doggie treats from scratch for their canine best friend.

Photo by Food52

7. Elevated Slow Feeder Dog Bowl and Stand, from $30 (Food52)

Bowl stands prevent dogs from craning their necks while they eat, and these bowls are specially designed to promote slow eating (according to the American Kennel Club, this can prevent choking and reduce the risk of serious conditions like canine bloat).

8. Leather Pet Frame, $49 (Mark & Graham)

This gorgeous photo frame with gold foil paw prints can be personalized with a dog’s name—and it’s super chic.

9. The Ophie Bandana, $20 (Lucy & Co)

A popsicle-print bandana that’s the perfect gift for dogs of every size—it’s sure to get them plenty of compliments at the dog park.

Photo by Lucy & Co

10. Sherpa Pet Puff Ball, from $79 (Pottery Barn)

This pet bed could not possibly be any cozier. Plus, the sherpa cover zips off for easy cleaning.

11. Recycled Waterhog Dog Mat, $24.95 (LL Bean)

This functional-yet-stylish present will keep dog kibble and water dribbles off your friend’s floor, and save them all that clean-up time. Who doesn't love that!

Photo by LL Bean

12. Felt Toy Bin, $30 (BarkShop)

This is minimalist enough to look good in any style of room, but also functional enough for dogs to access their beloved toys when they need to.

13. Single-Ingredient Canine Treats, from $24 (Food52)

Most dog owners have plenty of treats on hand for everyday training and rewards, but these totally luxury treats will be perfect for special occasions.

For dog-obsessed kids:

14. Dog Breeds Poster, from $19.99 (Society6)

This poster is a super-cute addition to any kid’s room. It comes as an art print, canvas print, or framed, depending on your preferences.

15. Best Friends Puppy, $38 (Maileg)

This linen toy is made to last, and will match basically any nursery decor.

Photo by Maileg USA

16. Labradoodle Fur Critter Backpack, from $31.99 (Pottery Barn Kids)

Two things to note: It can be personalized with names or a monogram, and there’s a larger version that would probably be suitable for adults.

17. Children’s Puzzle, $34.99 (Etsy)

This 7-piece puzzle is a great choice for little-r kids, and the finished product looks great on a bookshelf or desk.

Photo by Etsy

For dogs (and owners) on the go:

18. Canvas Dog Carrier, $180 (Food52)

This gorgeous carrier is great for smaller dogs, allowing them to ride around in style.

Photo by Food52

19. Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl, $11.99 (Chewy)

These collapsible bowls come in pleasant, muted colors. Plus, they’re made with food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic.

20. Muddy Dog Travel Shower, $10 (Orvis)

This handy gadget turns any standard water bottle into a simple dog shower—ideal for camping or road trips.

Photo by Orvis

21. Harry Barker Travel Dog Food Storage, $39.50 (Pottery Barn)

This is much more durable than plastic storage bags for transporting kibble and treats.

Photo by Pottery Barn

22. Dog Life Jacket, $86 (Max-Bone)

A great gift for dogs with upcoming boat trips on their schedules—keeping them safe and stylish.

What's your favorite gift to give a dog lover? Tell us in the comments!

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Nina is a writer, editor, and enthusiastic home cook in New York City.