10 Best Dog Christmas Gifts
by Jessi Larson
Christmas gifts for dogs are one of the most fun things you can shop for this holiday season – or at least that’s how we feel here at My Dog’s Name.
Dogs are so full of excitement and joy already, and seeing them enjoy a special new toy or treat is such a magnificent moment of bliss.
As the holidays near, we’ve gathered inspiration as you shop for that special dog your life.
10 Best Christmas Gifts for Dogs
Our list of the 10 best Christmas gifts for dogs includes a variety of ideas for dogs of all sizes. Some challenge your dog mentally, physically or both, while others appeal to your dog’s ever-present appetite.
As the clock counts down to Christmas, you don’t want to delay finding the perfect give for pups.
This interactive plush puzzle toy challenges your dog mentally and physically, all while being one of the most adorable things we’ve ever seen.
How it works is that you put the plush, squeaky reindeer toys in the Christmas-themed container and task your dog with finding a way to pull them out. Dogs love to bury their noses in the burrow to dig out the super-cute critters. You can also drop in a few treats for added fun.
When it comes to dog Christmas gifts, it doesn’t get more charming than this.
The only downside about this cute Christmas dog toy is that it’s geared toward small and medium dogs only, leaving out the big guys. Any pup parent with a large dog who is reading this right now can anticipate the destruction that would take place if they gave their dog this cute, delicate toy! But don’t worry, we have lots of other dog Christmas gifts on the list that are great for the big boys and girls.
You’ve probably heard of BarkBox before. If not, here’s the lowdown: It’s a subscription service where every month a box full of cool dog treats and toys is delivered to your doorstep. The box includes 4-6 items curated from their current collection.
When you get started, you can pick your dog’s size so all the treats and toys fit your pup just right.
What we love about this is that it’s a fun surprise for dogs and pup parents alike. Getting a delivery every month is exciting! And it’s also a convenient way to try out new treats and toys that you probably never would have heard of.
Bacon-flavored bubbles? This might just be one of the coolest Christmas gifts for dogs we’ve come across.
Dogs just love to chase and chomp bubbles, and let’s be honest, it’s a whole lot of fun to watch. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
To get started, you load up the Bubbletastic Bacon Bubble Machine with the safe, 100% non-toxic solution, turn it on and sit back and watch your dog go crazy trying to catch the yummy bubbles.
This is an awesome gift that’s very different from the standard array of bones, balls and plush toys.
KONG Wubba Ballistic Friends, $6.28
A list of the best Christmas gifts for dogs isn’t complete without something from KONG, the creator of innovative, durable dog toys that we at My Dog’s Name absolutely adore.
The KONG Wubba Ballistic Friends are a cute and tough interactive squeak toy that challenges your pup physically. Each toy is covered with durable, reinforced nylon for added toughness, which is great for the vigorous chewers.
Versatile and strong, the Wubba is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. And this is a toy that you can play with, too! Their floppy tails make them easy to pick up and throw, making it perfect for a game of fetch and/or tug-of-war.
Looking for a fun toy and lots of laughs? Check out the Rogz Grinz Dog Ball Treat.
First off, this is actually a pretty practical gift. The durable ball bounces and floats, making it perfect for games of fetch on land or in the water.
But, as you can see in the photo below, this is no ordinary ball. When it lands in their mouth just right, your dog will look like it has a big, cheesy grin. Fetch has never been funnier!
iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower for Dogs, starts at $114.99
Speaking of fetch, have you ever had a dog that just won’t stop? You’ll throw the ball time after time, and they just can’t get enough.
If this describes your pup, the iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower is the perfect solution. Your pup drops a tennis ball into the top and a second later, the ball shoots out for a game of fetch. The contraption does require a bit of training on your part, but once your dog gets a hang of it, they can entertain themselves for hours. Here’s a demo video of how it works.
iFetch offers small, medium and large versions so you can find a size that fits your pup appropriately.
For Christmas gifts for dogs, this is a little bit on the expensive side. But when you calculate how much time this will save you, not to mention the joy it brings to your dog, it may well be worth it.
Homemade Christmas gifts for dogs are unique and personalized. But who has time, or skill, to create one?
Luckily, Etsy has a solution. Lots of them actually. But this is our favorite.
The dog gift basket from TreatWorthyPet includes five biscuits wrapped ribbons, 1 oz. freeze dried beef liver, six honey and oat dog cookies, a plush squeak toy and a tennis ball. All of the treats are all-natural with no artificial colors or preservatives.
As an added bonus, you can personalize the basket with the dog’s name for no extra charge.
Star Wars Stuffed Toys, prices vary
Since the first film came out in 1977, Star Wars has been incredibly popular. And these days it is more popular than ever thanks to the reboot by J. J. Abrams.
So, if you have a Star Wars lover in your life, or are a fan yourself, these stuffed toys are perfect for dog Christmas gifts.
Stores are full of Star Wars dog toys, but what really sticks out for us are the Chewbacca, Yoda and Ewok plush toys. They’re simply adorable, not to mention some of the most iconic characters.
Dogs need mental stimulation, otherwise this can lead to unwanted behavior. With the Outward Hound Kyjen Puzzle Training Toy, pups get that needed stimulation while having fun in the process and getting a yummy reward for their work.
The puzzle includes six hiding cups where you place treats and encourage your dog to find them. By pawing and nuzzling, dogs learn how to seek out and retrieve the goodies.
Planet Dog Snowball or Lump of Coal, starting at $10.54
Has your dog been naughty or nice this year? If they’ve been nice, then a Planet Dog snowball is right for them. But if they’re naughty, a lump of coal might be more fitting.
Most dogs, however, are a little bit of both, so why not get both balls?
Strong and durable, the balls hold up for the toughest chewers. They may be a little bit too big for tiny tots, but for medium and large dogs, these are perfectly sized.
As if these toys couldn’t get any cooler, we were delighted to find out they were made in the United States and 100% recyclable.
What do you think? Will you be adding any of these to your Christmas shopping list?