Editor’s Note: In a three-part series featuring the best stocking stuffers for your pets this season, content writer and founder of It's Dog or Nothing, Kelsie McKenzie, shares her favorite dog gifts.
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about your holiday shopping. Do you have gifts for your family? Your friends? What about your dog? If you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas for your four-legged family member, here are 15 of my favorite stocking stuffers for dogs in 2016:
1. Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Treats.
These bite-sized, crunchy dog treats are made with real snowflakes from the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado. If you want to give your dog a taste of winter (literally), especially if you live in a place that doesn’t get snow, these treats will do the trick. Retails for under $3 at Petsmart.
2. Up Country Collar and Leash Set.
When is the last time you purchased a new collar and leash for your dog? Whether you go festive, traditional, or a bit more creative, your pooch will appreciate the upgrade. Retails around $22 and sizes range from XS to XXL.
3. Blue Fox Personalized ID Tag.
Time to swap out that plain ID tag for one that showcases your dog’s personality. Don’t worry - you can still put the important information on the tag, just with a little more flair! Many varieties are available on Etsy for $8.99.
4. Jones Natural Chews Windees.
With various treat lengths available, Windees are a great chew for any size dog. These natural treats are full of glucosamine and chondroitin to give your dog’s joints an extra boost. A 4-pack retails for $6.99 at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
5. Susabellas Christmas Ornament.
Have a tradition of giving ornaments as gifts? Don’t forget your dog! There are many great options for dog Christmas ornaments, so you can really get creative. Customization options are available—sold through Etsy for between $19.95–$21.95.
6. BrooklynBowtied Bowtie For Dogs.
Having guests over for Christmas or just want your dog to look a bit more sophisticated? Add a bowtie! BrooklynBowtied has the perfect bowtie for every style pooch. Sold for $18 on Etsy.
7. Tipsy Elves Ugly Sweater.
Don’t let your dog miss out on the fun holiday festivities! Throw on your own ugly sweater and take a silly family photo with your pet for next year’s holiday card. A variety of ugly dog sweaters are available and sell for $30.
8. Musher’s Secret, Paw Wax.
Winter weather can be hard on your dog’s paws, so gift him with a high-quality paw wax. Say hello to soft, healthy, and strong paw pads. Retails for under $24 at Walmart.
9. PAW5 Puzzle Toy.
Your dog will love the entertainment a puzzle toy provides. Great for feeding meals or treats, you’ll keep your dog’s brain busy and happy. Various toys available for between $29.95–$39.95.
10. ReliqPet Lavender Shampoo.
Eliminate your dog's holiday stress with a soothing bath utilizing a lavender shampoo. The lavender scent will help calm your dog and make him smell good, too! A 16.9oz bottle sells for $14.95.
11. Ruffwear Quencher On-the-Go Water Bowl.
Collapsible and perfect for keeping in the car, an on-the-go water bowl with ensure hydration no matter the circumstance. After a fun adventure, your dog will certainly thank you. Sells for $14.95.
12. Best Bully Sticks.
For the chew-driven dog, bully sticks are a great pet stocking stuffer. Bully sticks come in various lengths, thicknesses, and shapes to satisfy every chewing strength. Various types, lengths and quantities are available.
13. Time for Joy Holiday-Themed Toy.
Rudolph, Frosty, or a traditional Santa—a simple stuffed toy with a squeaker will please most dogs. Or, mix it up with a crinkle or other textured toy. Various toys are available at Petco and sell for between $3–$11.
14. KONG Classic Toy.
Stuff a Kong toy with your dog’s favorite treats for an extra special Christmas gift. For added enjoyment, pop it in the freezer to make it last longer! Ranges in size from X-small to XX-large, and sells for between $7–$23.
15. The Best Gingerbread Dog Treat (DIY recipe).
Nothing says “I love you” more than a homemade dog treat. Even if you’re not an expert in the kitchen, your dog will still appreciate the delicious snack.
What will you be putting in your dog’s stocking this year?
For more pet gift ideas, check out Cecily's Picks for the season's best pet stocking stuffers, or Figo's picks for the season's best stocking stuffers.
Kelsie McKenzie is the owner and fur-covered girl behind the scenes of It's Dog or Nothing, a resource for ‘all things Pyrenees.’ She currently lives near Seattle with her Air Force husband and two Great Pyrenees, Mauja and Atka. Kelsie is also a content creator, social media manager, and an avid animal lover.