Deck the halls with chew toys and biscuits! Is Santa Paws coming to spoil your lucky pooch this year? To help share your festive spirit with your pet, we put together a list of the best dog Christmas gifts.
Your doggo did his best to stay off Santa's naughty list this year, even if he did inspect the bathroom garbage can once or twice. He deserves a special treat on Christmas morning, just like the rest of us.
Tis the season of giving, after all, and there is no one more appreciative than your dog.
As dog owners, we understand your desire to express your love for them amid the holiday season. Let us help you find the perfect stocking stuffer for your furry friend this year.
Best Dog Toys For Christmas
Let’s start the list off with the fun stuff - Toys! If your dog is toy crazy, this list will be helpful. Every dog is different, so find the toy that best suits your dog’s personality and play style.
For the Destroyer of Toys
...and furniture, shoes, or whatever else they can sink their teeth into!
West Paw Hurley Bone
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If your dog can demolish most toys in minutes, then the West Paw Hurley Bone is just what you need when shopping for Christmas pet gifts for dogs. The Hurley is made from 100% recyclable materials and is part of West Paws' ultra-durable line but can still stand up to the most aggressive chewers.
It’s latex, BPA, and phthalate-free and is FDA-compliant, meaning it is non-toxic and safe. Three sizes are available, x-small to large, because little dogs can be powerful chewers too. It’s also dishwasher safe, so you can keep this toy clean and fun for longer.
The best part? It’s guaranteed. West Paw offers a one-time, hassle-free replacement if your dog manages to destroy it. This might just be the one toy that your dog can’t kill, making it one of the best Christmas gifts for dogs.
Planet Dog Guru Ball
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Dogs need a variety of toys and games to keep them stimulated, which is why it's a good idea to look for dog toys that can be used in a variety of ways. The Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Guru Ball is perfect for large breeds who love to fetch and chew.
The Guru Ball is more than just a ball. It's also a bully stick holder, a treat dispenser and a puzzle toy all in one. This is one toy that is sure to keep your dog occupied, stimulated, and satisfied.
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When it comes to tough dog toys, RuffDawg has you covered. The RuffDawg Dawg-Nut is one of the toughest dog chew toys out there.
This toy bounces, floats and rolls for maximum fun and versatility and is made from recyclable, non-toxic, FDA-approved rubber. It's perfect for tough chewers who love to play ruff and gentle enough on their teeth to be a safe and tough chew toy for dogs of all ages.
Lots of dog toys say they are "indestructible," but RuffDawg really means it. They are so sure this toy will stand up to tough chewers that this toy comes with a lifetime indestructible guarantee.
For the Tug-of-War Champion
Because you totally let them win… right?
Beco Pets Ball with Rope
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Challenge your dog to a friendly game of tug-of-war with the Beco Ball with Rope Toy. The durable ball is made from 100% rice husk rubber and gives your dog a good grip. Grab onto the natural cotton rope and hold on for dear life.
This is a great way to exercise your dog mentally and physically and an excellent bonding game. The soft materials are gentle on your hands and their mouth, so it’s suitable for dogs of any age.
When you are done playing tug, which means when your dog inevitably shames you by winning, this toy also makes an excellent throw toy. The rope helps you get more distance from your throw and will give your dog a high-intensity workout.
Ruffwear Pacific Loop
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This rugged toy is made for dogs that won’t give up. The ballistic nylon finish covers sturdy nylon webbing so your dog can tug to their heart’s content. This double-ended toy gives both you and your dog a comfortable grip.
Designed for medium to large breeds, the Pacific Loop is over 20 inches long, keeping your fingers safe and out of the way of your dog's over-eager teeth. The bright colours and reflective stitching make the toy easy to spot, even when tossed around at the dog park.
For the Cuddle Bug
The cutest stuffies for the cutest dogs.
Multi-Pet Lamb Chops
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This is the song that never ends; it just goes on and on, my friend! That’s right, folks, Lamb Chops is back and softer than ever. Your pet can now cuddle with one of your favourite childhood characters.
Toys aren’t just for roughhousing. Some dogs treat their toys like their best friend, so give them something soft and comfy to snuggle up to, like Lamb Chops!
Lamb Chops comes in three sizes, so no matter how big or small your dog is, he can find a friend in our favourite TV lamb. Any dog would be thrilled to wake up Christmas morning to find a brand new Lamb Chops under the tree.
Kong Comfort Kiddos Elephant
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Finding a plush toy without a squeaker is tough. The squeaker is fine for playtime, but sometimes you just need some peace and quiet. The Kong Kiddos Elephant is just the toy you need for your pup and will quickly become one of your pup’s favourite dog Christmas presents.
Time for bed, or do you just need a break from the shrill noises of your pet playing? Take the squeaker out, and you have a perfectly quiet cuddle toy for your pup instead. This can be soothing if your dog is feeling overwhelmed by the noise and excitement of holiday festivities.
Fabdog Box of Doughnuts
Mmmm, doughnuts. What better gift for your spoiled pooch than a fresh 6-pack of doughnuts? Well, okay, not fresh... and not edible, but totally adorable.
The Fabdog Box of Doughnuts is perfect for dogs that love soft, plushy, and squeaky toys. They are great for tossing and fetching, especially indoors, keeping your pet's teeth safe and your house too!
For the Brainiac
Some dogs are too smart for their own good!
Flipo Busy Bone
Puzzles are great for mental stimulation. A bored dog can develop some annoying and destructive behaviours, so keep them occupied with the Flipo Busy Bone. The Busy Bone is perfect for dogs that are new to puzzle games and toys.
The puzzle features eight chambers to hold treats, kibble, or snacks to grab your dog’s attention. Puzzles allow your dog to learn how to play by using their nose, mouth, and paws. Pieces need to be either lifted or slid side-to-side to uncover the goodies.
Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Multi Puzzle
Get ready for the ultimate dog puzzle. If you think your dog is a smart cookie, then this toy will test just how smart. The Outward Hound Nina Ottosson MultiPuzzle combines several challenging puzzle formats to keep your dog guessing and learning.
This puzzle is made for only the smartest of dogs. Just kidding, it is tough, but if you stuff it full of high-value treats, your dog will stop at nothing to get those tasty rewards.
Looking for even more toys? This was just the tip of the iceberg! We have many more to choose from.
Best Christmas Dog Treat & Chews
Christmas is the time of year when we indulge in all sorts of delectable goodies, many of which can’t be shared with our pets. Instead, fill their stocking with snacks and treats that are both delicious and healthy -Treats make awesome dog gifts for your favourite little buddy, and it's a great time to try out something new!
For the Show Off
Sit? Down? - Ha! Too easy. Try literally jumping through hoops!
Benny Bully's Beef Liver Plus Apples
Your dog trains hard, and they deserve a tasty reward. Benny Bully’s Beef Liver Plus Apples are a versatile high-value reward to keep your dog focused and engaged. With only two ingredients, these healthy snacks are loaded with rich meaty flavour and essential vitamins.
These freeze-dried beef liver squares are easy to snap into smaller pieces for longer training sessions. At less than 4 calories per treat, these meaty snacks can motivate your dog to master their next trick.
Tilted Barn Bacon Treats (Formerly Farm Fresh)
What dog doesn’t love bacon? If you are looking for a way to get your dog excited about training, then Tilted Barn Bacon treats are exactly what you need. These soft, chewy sticks are loaded with flavour and are great for any type of training.
For extended sessions, tear or cut the sticks into small pieces. The smell is enough to make you salivate, no less your dog. Even dogs that aren’t enthusiastic about training will sniff out these treats in a heartbeat and stand (or sit) at attention.
For the Home Wrecker
Idle paws and all...
Eldon's Free-Range Bully Sticks
It should be no surprise to see bully sticks on your dog’s Christmas wishlist. We can’t speak highly enough of bully sticks and their benefits. They are low in fat, easy to digest, and great for dental health.
For dogs that love to chew, offering them a safe and delicious natural chew can’t prevent them from destroying more expensive items like shoes and furniture. Eldon's Free-Range Bully Sticks are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate your dog’s chewing habits.
Want to learn more about bully sticks? Check out What are Bully Sticks: The Facts, Myths, and Nutrition.
Himalayan Dog Chews
Looking for something a little tougher? Dog lovers praise Himalayan Dog Chews. They are made from only 4 ingredients: yak and cow cheese, lime juice, and salt. This long-lasting chew is excellent for dogs that need a harder chew to keep them busy.
Yak cheese is low in fat and high in protein, making them ideal for dogs with weight issues, sensitive digestion, and even food allergies. Yak cheese chews are not recommended for puppies and dogs with compromised dental health due to their hard nature.
For the Husky Pooch
and no, we don’t mean the breed…
Zukes Mini Naturals
Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. Short training sessions are a great way to encourage activity, and Zukes Mini Naturals are the perfect low-calorie training treat to keep your dog excited. Plus, they are available in so many flavours, like pork, salmon, chicken, and the ever-popular peanut butter!
Remember, they are on a diet, so be stingy with the treats. Cut them in half or even quarters to extend training and activity.
If your dog is food motivated (they didn't pack on those extra pounds by not loving food), then they will do whatever it takes to get that scrumptious morsel, no matter how small it is or low calorie it is.
Eldon's Angus Beef Strips
Chubby dogs love to chew too. Unfortunately, many natural chews are too calorie-dense to feed often. You’ll find the best of both worlds in Eldon’s Angus Strips. This 12” long strip of beef esophagus is low fat, high protein, and full of flavour.
Your dog’s food obsession shouldn’t keep them from getting the health benefits of natural chews. This chew is small enough to give weekly and tough enough to offer dental benefits and relief from boredom.
Did our list leave you wanting more? Click the link below to check out our full line of popular dog treats.
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Dogs
We love to spoil our friends and family at Christmas, but all these gifts can get expensive. Though you may want to be able to buy your dog all of the toys and treats at the pet store, a great way to avoid breaking the bank during the holidays is to supplement with some DIY Christmas gifts for dogs.
More than likely, your pet is just happy to have their whole family around for Christmas. Extra days off and cheery humans are probably enough to make your doggo super excited and happy. They don’t necessarily need to have fancy toys. While they are nice, there is no reason not to also give your pup some nice homemade Christmas dog gifts.
Homemade Dog Treats
One of the best parts of the holidays is the treats. Most treats humans enjoy are not suitable or healthy for furry friends. If money is tight or you just want a fun kitchen project, you can make your own homemade Christmas holiday gifts for dogs with these delicious treats!
Homemade treats are super healthy; you’ll feel good knowing exactly what ingredients go into each treat. You can google recipes, incorporate your furry friend’s favourite foods, and get creative with what you make.
You can decorate them to be festive and holiday-themed. Your pup will love getting to eat your homemade treats. Check out some Homemade Dog Treat Recipes!
Easy DIY Ball and Sock Dog Toy
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If you’re looking for some of the best- and cheapest- personalized Christmas gifts for dogs, consider making ball and sock toys. You can easily personalize them to what your dog likes, and they are super fun! The toy is super fun as it allows all the fun bounce of a tennis ball and the tug-of-war abilities that a rope toy offers.
Simply place the tennis ball inside the sock. Tie a knot up. You can also get creative with this. You can substitute an old T-shirt for the sock to make it festive and fun. You can also use a water bottle instead of a ball, which makes a “crunch” noise your dog will love. Endless fun for your dog and an entertaining show for you :)
Keep in mind your dog may not be able to tell the difference between your repurposed socks and the ones you currently use. If your dog has a bad habit of stealing your socks already, this DIY dog toy might not be the best option.
Instead, check out these 4 Easy DIY Dog Toys instructions to help keep your Christmas budget under control.
DIY Dog Rope Toy
Does your dog love rope toys? These are some of the best homemade Christmas dog gifts.
This rope toy is the perfect gift for your dog! All you need is some super strong rope, a lighter and a few zip ties. Simply follow the directions provided, and you can make a ton of different-shaped rope toys that are strong enough for even the toughest of chewers!
DIY Sweatshirt Dog Bed
Does your pet need a cozy new dog bed? One of the best homemade Christmas dog gifts is this super fun project from Handimania. This also works as a personalized dog gift, as you can make it custom to the fabrics your dog likes and even add his or her name!
It’s also great for the environment- you just use an old sweatshirt that you no longer need, making it the perfect upcycle. Plus, you can wear it for a bit to get your smell in it, making your dog super happy. This will quickly become your dog’s favourite place to sleep when you aren’t home!
While this project does require basic sewing skills, it is super easy. Most people will be able to get it done in just a couple of hours or less!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some popular Christmas gift ideas for dogs?
Popular Christmas gift ideas for dogs include toys, treats, cozy blankets, dog beds, grooming kits, and interactive puzzles or games.
Are there any special considerations when choosing Christmas gifts for dogs?
When selecting gifts, consider your dog's size, age, and preferences. Some dogs may prefer toys they can chew, while others might enjoy interactive toys that challenge their minds.
Can I give my dog a special Christmas meal or treat?
You can give your dog a special Christmas treat, but be cautious with human holiday foods, as some can be harmful. Stick to dog-safe treats or make homemade dog-friendly holiday treats.
What are some DIY gift ideas for dogs?
DIY gift ideas for dogs include homemade treats, a cozy hand-knit blanket, a personalized collar or leash, or even a doggy advent calendar filled with treats.
Should I wrap the gifts for my dog or leave them unwrapped?
Some pet owners enjoy wrapping their dog's gifts and letting them unwrap them, which can be a fun holiday activity. Others may choose to give gifts unwrapped for immediate enjoyment.
Are there any safety precautions I should take with dog Christmas gifts?
Watch your dog when they first play with or use their new gifts to ensure they don't ingest any small parts or materials. Always remove any packaging or tags that could be a choking hazard.