The 21 Best Gifts for Dog Parents Who Really Love Their Pup

From doggy portraits to puzzles and treats, these gifts are tail-wagging good.
Dog sweater, dog calendar, dog mug and dog phone case gift ideas
Perri Ormont Blumberg
by Perri Ormont Blumberg
Updated Dec 21, 2022
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If you're currently on the hunt for gift ideas for your own pup or the special dog parents in your life, you've come to the right place. Maybe your maid of honor is a dog mom extraordinaire (when she's not busy planning the perfect bachelorette party for you, that is), or maybe you're looking for a holiday gift that'll make your canine co-parent smile. Whatever the case, we've rounded up the best gifts for dog owners, from things their pet can actually use (like dog bowls and dog beds) to pup-themed fashion essentials that'll showcase the parent's love for their furry BFF. Take our word for it: The 21 ideas in this gift guide are sure to please anybody—whether they have two legs or four.

1. Knitwise Full-Body Custom Dog Photo Knit Sweater

Sweater with two dogs (the pets of the wearer) knit into the fabric

A cuddly sweater is almost as cozy as a cuddly pet. And you can get the best of both worlds with this custom pet portrait sweater. You'll team up with Knitwise to customize the product, choosing the sweater color, text and pet picture (you can also use a picture with more than one furry friend featured). From there, you'll get a proof to approve (or request any revisions you'd like) and a wonderfully soft sweater will be shipped out for the proud pooch parent to enjoy shortly thereafter. They'll truly be wearing their heart on their sleeve.

2. Brooke & Lou Dog Bone Jar

Cream and beige jar with dog bone motif on marble countertop

We can't think of a classier way to display dog treats than this ivory jar with a subtle dog bone detail. Whether styled on a kitchen counter or stashed in the mudroom, it'll add a bit of elegance and charm to any space (and seamlessly blend into any decor style). And most importantly, the secure top will keep their pup's treats fresh—and out of reach—until the next reward.

3. LIKHÂ English Bulldog Planter

Woven planter in shape of English bulldog gift for dog parents

Every pet parent loves to incorporate subtle nods to their favorite pal around their home, making this whimsical planter a great gift. Choose a design that most resembles their pet (or a breed they love, like the sweet English Bulldog) and fill it with a pet-safe plant—it'll definitely level-up their work-from-home desk decor. The artisanal planters are made from coco coir, which helps retain moisture and allows the recipient to water their plant less frequently (which is great, since they already have a pup to take care of).

4. Etsy Custom Dog Ears Outline Mug

Woman holding mug with three dog ear outlines with dog names underneath

If you were "all ears" when we said we had the best gifts for dog lovers here, look no further than this darling custom mug. It features a simple line drawing illustration of the pup-of-choice's ears pulled from a photo—perfect for the minimalist pet parent—with their name below. You can even fit multiple pet siblings on the same mug. And if you're feeling extra thoughtful, pair it with a bag of coffee from Grounds & Hounds, which benefits rescue pups nationwide.

5. STAUD Custom Shirley Leather Bag

brown leather bag with hand-painted dog on front gift for pet parent

Dog owners will adore making this fashionable homage to their furry friend their signature bag for work and play. With colors ranging from cognac to cream, there's a shade that's a great match for every dog parent's aesthetic. Plus, the pet portrait is hand-painted from whatever full-body image you submit through the site. Bonus: There's an inner pouch for organization—or stashing dog treats—while on the move.

6. Meadowlark Premium Hammock Dog Car Seat Cover

Dog lounging in hammock in back seat of car

Help your favorite on-the-go pet parents (and their furry friends) travel in comfort with this hammock car seat cover. It creates a flat surface over the gap between the front and back rows of car seats, so their dog can stretch out during long road trips. Better yet, it protects the upholstery from dog hair. The hammock is a universal size, with adjustable zippers to tailor its fit to their pet (plus it's machine-washable for no-stress cleanup).

7. Iconic Dogs 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Marta Zafra

Puzzle box with illustrated dogs of all different breeds on pink background

Dog parents in the same walking group (or you and your doggy co-parent) can gather around the table to work on this 1,000-piece puzzle, which features dog breeds like the Scottish Terrier, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso and more—all illustrated in gorgeous detail by artist Marta Zafra.

8. OSOTEK Robot Vacuum and Mop Combo

Vacuum with smart phone to show app-operated technology gift for dog parent

We admit it: A vacuum may not be the most fun gift for a dog mom or dog dad, but it's certainly a welcome one, especially if your co-pet parent is sick of sweeping up your dog's fur tumbleweeds. OSOTEK's G6 robot vacuum and mop boasts four high-efficiency suction modes for the easy cleaning of pet hair, along with whatever other daily messes transpire from your fur baby. App connection and voice control make chores even more of a breeze.

9. Frisco Guacamole Hide and Seek Puzzle Plush Dog Toy

Dog playing with guacamole bowl toy

The dog who gets gifted this guacamole-themed chew toy is a lucky pup indeed. The four-piece set comes with a "bowl of guacamole" and three plush squeaker toys shaped like an avocado, a lime and a chip. It's the perfect gift for pet parents who love Chipotle almost as much as they love their pup.

10. West & Willow Custom Pet Portrait Phone Case

Custom dog pet phone case gift

It's always hard being away from your dog, but this custom phone case lets pup parents take their pet's sweet furry face everywhere they go. The charming design from West & Willow is made of durable plastic and silicone and features a one-of-a-kind digital illustration of their dog on the back. Too cute!

11. Walkee Paws Easy-On Boot Leggings

White dog wearing boot leggings out for a walk

Think about how much use you get out of your own tried-and-true pair of leggings—from running errands to long walks with your pup. Now your pet can have the same experience: Walkee Paws are designed to protect a dog's paws from the "ruff" stuff they encounter outside. Waterproof rubber soles protect from snowmelt chemicals, mud, hot pavement and more, while four-way stretch fabric keeps your pooch comfy and cozy. They're the perfect gift for the pet parent who's a city dweller.

12. HoMedics TotalClean PetPlus 5-in-1 Tower Air Purifier

White air purifier gift for dog parents

This air purifier helps dog owners breathe easier, providing 360-degree HEPA filtration. It works to reduce household allergens and other airborne irritants. It also boasts a powerful odor filter that reduces any unwanted pet scents in the home, creating a healthier overall environment (especially for any house guests who are allergic to dogs).

13. Newton Baby Washable Orthopedic Pet Bed

Gray dog bed gift for pet parent

Dog lovers will be so grateful you got them this dog bed, which is billed to be 100% breathable and super comfy thanks to the same Wovenaire technology that's used in Newton's fan-favorite baby mattresses. There's also a soft removable cover, just in case their pet hops in while messy or has an accident at night. Your only task? Choose the right size for their pup and wrap it up nice—easy as that.

14. Minted Without You Photo Art by Sara Hicks Malone

Woman holding up pet canvas

If a loved one is grieving the loss of a dog, this print is the ideal way to pay tribute to man's best friend. This custom Minted print displays a favorite picture of the dog and the words, "The world is not the same without you, sweet [their name]." You can also add dates or a phrase of choice to the text in addition to, or in lieu of, the signature wording. Warning: This gift may cause a few tears.

15. Gentle Creatures Poo Buddy

Poo Buddy hook attached to dog leash holding bag

If you're looking to give your partner or a dog lover a practical stocking stuffer they'll use and appreciate, the Poo Buddy from Amazon is well-worth buying. It attaches to a leash with silicone bands so that it remains out of the way and doesn't swing during walks. It's ideal for longer hikes with dogs or dog-walking routes without too many garbage cans along the way. Plus, it'll keep the walker's hands free to give their pal some pets.

16. Wilderdog Dog Sleeping Bag

Dog lounging in sleeping bag outside gift idea for pet parents

Have a friend who loves nothing more than hitting the trails with their pup? Adventure-driven pet parents will really appreciate this sleeping bag for dogs, which is made from durable ripstop fabric to keep their pup happy in outdoor dreamland.

17. MalsiPree Dog Water Bottle

Dog drinking water on the go out of the water bottle's trough area

This two-in-one dog gift is genius. Whether it's during a walk in your neighborhood or a day-long adventure, it's important to keep your pup hydrated. That's where this durable and leakproof growler with an attached water bowl comes in handy. The one-hand dispenser button and removable parts make it really easy to use and clean.

18. Puppy Love Keepsake Memory Book by Blue Star Press

Puppy keepsake book on table gift idea for dog parents

Commemorate the best dog's cherished moments in this sweet journal that's perfect for recording puppy milestones. There's plenty of space for "pup-a-razzi photos," too. If you're not giving this to your own dog co-parent, we think it's an especially thoughtful gift for new puppy parents, so they can keep track of special moments as their pup grows up.

19. Minted Love for Nature Custom Heart Puzzle by Letterfix

Heart-shaped puzzle with central dog photo gift for pet parent

For dog parents, their fur baby is their whole heart, so they'll adore this heart-shaped puzzle that features a custom pet photo. It's available in 12-, 60- and 252-piece counts. You can also choose from three different color themes.

20. The Foggy Dog Climbing Rope Dog Leash

Coiled up bright pink rope leash gift for dog parent

Add some color and style to a daily dog walk with this durable rope dog leash. It's made from sturdy nylon, which is resistant to fraying, lightweight and waterproof (so no worries if it's raining). Each color is super saturated and matches with other dog-walking accessories available on the site. And the solid brass hardware is the epitome of canine elegance. We might just buy one for every pet parent on our list (and ourselves).

21. The Dog Parents Personalized Pet Art Vertical Desk Calendar

Desk calendar with dog illustrations and wooden block base

A photo calendar is a sweet and practical gift idea, since it can showcase a selection of favorite pet photos. This sleek vertical desk option is a lovely choice, with a modern matte finish and gorgeous illustration style. Showcase a different photo of the recipient's four-legged friend for every month. Bonus points if you add some sweet seasonally themed captures.

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