December 12, 2016
DogWatch’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3: 15 Gifts For Pet-Obsessed People!
So you’ve finished shopping for your pets – what about picking up a little something for yourself and your fellow pet-obsessed friends and family? Part 3 of our Annual Holiday Gift Guide is devoted to awesome gifts for dog and cat lovers of all ages. Whether you love silly French Bulldogs or prefer stylish black cats, you’ll find something to make you smile this holiday season!
Click on the images below to find out more about our suggestions, and feel free to add your own gift ideas in the comments! And check out Part One of our Holiday Gift Guide, featuring gifts for dogs, and Part Two, featuring gifts for cats!
Mini Corgi Planter Pots
Just one look at that smiling puppy face and you’ll want to buy one of Home and Wild’s Mini Corgi Planter Pots for every dog lover on your list! This pint-sized planter is perfect for herbs, succulents and small flowers, and would make a joyful addition to your cubicle, home office, kitchen window or anywhere you like. If one planter is not enough, pick up one of their other three breed varieties: Shiba Inu, Husky and Dachshund. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Home And Wild products are donated to the World Wildlife Fund and other animal-focused charities. Corgi smiles all around!
$12.99, Available at homeandwild.com.
Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States
Last month, DogWatch had an opportunity to speak with best-selling author Maria Goodavage about her new book Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States. (Click here to read our interview.) Goodavage focuses her new book on the relatively unknown lives of the dogs and handlers who spend the days patrolling the White House lawn, searching for explosives at campaign events and sniffing passersby along Pennsylvania Avenue. The book is a fascinating read, and a great gift idea for dog lovers this holiday season!
$19.93 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle, Available on Amazon and your local independent bookstore.
Embark Dog DNA Kit
If you have a mixed breed dog, you get used to being stopped regularly by passers-by who ask, “What kind of dog is that?” Now, thanks to Dog DNA testing services like Embark, you can finally have an answer to that question, along with other important genetic information that can help with training, exercise, nutrition plans and veterinary care. Embark stands out from the pack as it tests over 200,000 genetic markers and builds your breed mix chromosome by chromosome for greater accuracy. Be prepared for a fascinating glimpse into your dog’s family tree!
$199, Available at embarkvet.com.
Frenchie Dog Salt or Pepper Shaker
Looking for a small doggie-themed gift for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa? We love these porcelain French Bulldog salt and pepper shakers from Target. They’re so cute, and so affordable, that you can grab a set for all your dog-loving friends! Pass the Frenchies, s’il vous plaît!
$2.99 each, Available at Target (in stores only).
Dog Paw LED Lamp
The Dog Paw Print 3D LED Illusion Lamp is a cool way to display your love of dogs in 3D! From afar, you will see the paw print design, but as you get up close, you see a thin acrylic glass sheet that’s completely flat. It’ll look cool in your home office or bedroom, or even in the living room for all to see. The lamp has 8 changeable color modes, so you can turn it red or green or blue for the holidays!
$59.99, Available at lampeez.com.
Personalized Dog Name Necklace
Jewelry is also a popular holiday gift, and the dog-themed options are seemingly endless. One of our favorite designs we found on Etsy this year is this personalized dog charm necklace from ZoeRiverElegance from Melbourne, Australia. Available in Gold, Silver or trendy Rose Gold (our favorite), the design is simple, elegant and personal. It’ll make a great tribute to your friend’s four-legged best friend.
$26, Available at Etsy.com.
Cat Trinket Dish
We didn’t forget about you, cat lovers! We found this delightful cat-inspired ceramic piece from Polish ceramicist Marta Turowska via Anthropologie. This dish is a perfect place for a cat lady to store all her fabulous cat-themed jewelry, or whatever else tickles her whiskers!
$22, Available at Anthropologie (in store and online).
DooHickey® Pet Tool
Got a friend who loves hiking with their dog? Pick up this pet tool that’ll be sure to come in handy on the trail. This versatile stainless steel 4-in-1 multi tool features four integrated tools: a nail file, a tick remover, a burr comb, and a bottle opener for the hiker and the other two-legged members of his or her party. It also comes with a locking carabiner clip to attach to keys or a backpack for easy access.
$7.99, Available at niteize.com.
Petaggio Pet Silhouette
Does your pet have a signature pose? The Petaggio Pet Silhouette from Davies Decor is a striking and creative way to capture your pet’s unique spirit. Each Petaggio piece is made of solid birch wood and depicts a pet’s silhouette based on a photograph that you upload to their site. The final product can be displayed on a desk or mantle with the stand, or displayed on the wall (stand and hanging hardware included). Petaggio comes in two sizes, Small (4 inches tall) and Large (6 inches tall), and two shades of stain, light and dark.
$49 Small, $59 Large, Available at daviesdecor.com.
Fair Isle Ski Hat
BarkShop, the online store of pet subscription service BarkBox, has a bunch of adorable gifts perfect for dog lovers. One of our favorites is the Fair Isle Ski Hat. The classic pattern is updated with cute dogs playin’ (and sniffin’ butts), so even if you’re distracted by how crazy-cold it is outside, you’ll always have puppies on your mind.
$18, Available at BarkShop.
Cooking for Sugar: Spoiling Your Pup With Doglicious Homemade Treats
This new book of homemade treat recipes is the perfect gift for the pet lover who also loves to cook! We were lucky enough to meet Sugar the Golden Retriever and her mom Rosalyn Acero, author of the popular blog Golden Woofs, at the BlogPaws 2016 conference, and we can report that both are wonderful. Inspired by her amazing dog and looking for ways to keep her healthy and happy, Acero compiled over 30 recipes with detailed nutritional facts. These treats are a great way to spoil your dog, without the guilt!
$14.33, Available at Amazon.com.
Sheepdog Logo Sweater
You’re never too young to love dogs! For the tiny dog lovers on your list, check out this adorable baby sweater from British clothing company Boden. This classic knitwear design has long stripy sleeves, two cute Sheepdogs and sweet 3D scarf detailing to delight curious tiny fingers. Even better? It’s machine washable, because everybody knows babies and dogs like to get messy!
$33.95, Available at bodenusa.com.
Monogrammed Dog Pillow Cover
No dog lovers’ home is complete with a personalized ode to their furry best friend. We love these monogrammed dog pillow covers from West Elm, which make great gifts for the dog moms and dads on your list. Available in 14 popular breeds, the design also includes the dog’s name. The durable, machine washable cotton canvas material means they’ll be a gift to treasure, just like their beloved pups.
$19, Available at WestElm.com (online only).
Lovely and Lush Velvet Bag
For the stylish cat ladies on your list, we’ve found this super cute evening bag from retro clothing site ModCloth. This black velvet purse with a simple gold chain strap is a ‘purr’-fect way to add a touch of whimsy to any ensemble. This bag is a keeper, because black cats never go out of style!
$29.99, Available at ModCloth.
The SideWalker® Leash Trainer
Lots of dogs pull on the leash, and it makes walking them a stressful experience. The SideWalker® Leash Trainer’s easy-to-use, “self-teaching” design gently corrects overly enthusiastic leash pulling and helps your dog learn appropriate on-leash behavior. Instead of dreading your next walk, you’ll be looking forward to it. And more walks means more time for your dog to explore, exercise and enjoy time with his best bud.
Available at dogwatch.com or via your local DogWatch Dealer.
Happy Holidays to you and your pets!