Discover the best Christmas gifts for dog lovers this year as chosen by dog lovers themselves, as well as dog owners, vets and experts on pooches and pets of all kinds.
Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for dog lovers includes plenty of presents for both those who are lucky enough to have a pet pooch and those who really, really wish they did.
From personalised homeware where they can declare their love loud and proud, to practical purchases and amusing novelty pieces, we’ve rounded up the top gifts every dog parent (or wannabe dog parent) will love almost as much as pet pups.
Best Christmas gifts for dog lovers 2021
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Custom Pet & Parent Illustration
"An illustration of them with their furry friend will not only strengthen the bond between pet and owner, but also provide them with something they can treasure forever," says Julie Butcher, pet expert at leading pet care brand Webbox.
This illustration is a lovely Christmas gift for couples with dogs or solo pet parents who can't get enough of their pooch.
Chilly's Emma Bridgewater Dogs water bottle
If you're looking sustainable Christmas gifts to give any dog lovers in your life, this reusable water bottle will keep drinks cold or hot during dog walks and save them having to snap up a drink in single-use plastic when they get thirsty.
"Being eco-friendly is really important to me but so is keeping up my water intake—especially on busy days," says Michelle Gemski, proud pup owner of Labrador Coco and a Pug called Doug. "I never go anywhere without this water bottle because not only does it keep my water cold, but it reminds me of my babies while I'm out and about."
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Furbo Dog Camera
“If you're leaving your pet at home alone, a camera is ideal for dog lovers who like checking on their dog when they’re out of the house," says says Dr Scott Miller, veterinary expert and spokesperson for Dogtastic. "Whether you’re out for the day, or just an hour or two, you won’t need to worry about your dog as you’ll have access to your camera via an app and can even toss a treat to your furry friend if you choose one with a treat dispenser."
Furbo ticks both of those boxes so anyone with little pooches at home will be sure to appreciate it.
Abrams & Chronicle Dog Lover's 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
“The perfect gift for dog lovers looking for a challenge," says Dr Scott Miller. "A 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is a great way to spend time with the family and discover new breeds that you’ve never heard of before."
A great Christmas gift for grandparents with dogs who love to spend their time on this challenging hobby.
Custom Pet Portrait
"I am completely in love with our little angel," says Jess Ransom, mum to Bumble the Cockapoo, who even has her own Instagram page. "I started her Instagram page because I just couldn't stop taking photos of her, so to see one of her snaps turned into a painting that I could frame on my wall would be so special."
A gorgeous piece of art that they can display in their home, this custom-made portrait will be appreciated by any dog owner who loves their pooch.
Pet Paw Print Necklace
"I would suggest gifting something meaningful and timeless," says Julie. "A personalised gift for dog owners could include something engraved with their pet's name."
This lovely personalized jewellery gift focusses on the pet's initial, rather than their full name, but is still a sentimental token that they can carry close to their heart to remind them of their precious pooch all the time.
Maxbone Abigail leather poop bag holder
A handy Christmas gift for moms and dads of dogs that they can take out on their walks with them to hold the all-essential poop bags. It can even be used as a treat pouch too, as Dr Miller says a treat bag "is a must have for dog lovers who like having their dog constantly by their side," advising that anything "small and handy" is ideal.
Hunter Women's Original Tall Rain Boots
A pair of the best walking boots can be perfect for any dog owners who are out walking their pup everyday.
"I go on really long dog walks after work everyday in the woods near my house," says Kirin Puri, owner of a chocolate Labrador named Shya, "so these boots are a must for me—especially during the winter months when the ground is wet and muddy."
These classic Hunter boots are perfect for all weather conditions and the high-quality material means they'll last for years.
Paikka Visibility reflective shell raincoat
For dog owners who often go for a stroll at nighttime, this is one of the best parkas to wear as it's waterproof but also reflective so any cars can see them in the dark.
"I work pretty long hours so a lot of the time I can only take my dog out after dark," says Matt Little, owner of a Black Labrador named Baxter. "Having a reflective layer is useful, especially as I live around a lot of dark country roads. And anything waterproof is a plus!"
This safe and practical raincoat is a good Christmas gift for husbands who, like Matt, tend to do the night walks for the family dogs.
Meri Meri Sausage Dog Hair Slides
These cute and dainty hair slides are good, cheap Christmas gifts to get any dog lovers you know if you don't want to splash out too much this year. Mum Hannah loves them as Christmas gifts for kids like her daughter Ava, who loves hair accessories as much as she loves their family pug, Jax.
Zuny Teckel Dog Faux-Leather Doorstop
For a gift that they can use way past the festive season, this doorstop will add a touch of individuality to the home of any dog lover—a fun Christmas gift that they'll be sure to appreciate. Just maybe don't buy it for any of your friends who already have a pet sausage dog, as we don't want any mixups!
Personalized Pet Doormat
If they love to be welcomed home from work by their four-legged-friend every day, this doormat will put a smile on their face before they've even stepped through the front door. A lovely Christmas gift for friends who have pups.
Laser Etched Pet Portrait Wall Clock
Add a unique touch to your loved one's living room with this decorative clock that can be personalized with an etching of their dog. Choose from a full body sketch or simply a head sketch and pop their pup's name underneath too.
Sid Sausage Dog Gold Plated Stud Earrings
"I love my Shya but have to admit I'm kind of obsessed with all dogs," says dog owner Kirin, "I can't help running up to every dog I see in public! So I do like little dog-themed trinkets—nothing ostentatious or gaudy but just cute little tokens I can wear."
These adorable sausage dog earrings will encourage anyone's love of dogs and are that perfect accessory that says 'I love dogs' – but subtly.
Abrams & Chronicle Ridley’s Games 100 Dog Jokes
One for the friends who can't get enough of family board games, these cards will keep them and the whole family entertained for the whole of the Christmas period and further. A great Christmas gift for dads whose own jokes live up to the stereotype!
Personalized My Dog And Puppy Photo Journal Memory Book
"I've loved making scrapbooks of all my important memories ever since I was a teenager," says Michelle, dog mum to Coco and Doug, "so a special scrapbook where I could record my best times with Doug and Coco would be a lovely gift."
The perfect Christmas gift for parents with a creative streak like Michelle, this journal is something they can constantly add to and that they will cherish for years to come.
The Alkemistry Ruifier Scintilla Hybrid Year Of The Dog Bracelet
This pretty bracelet is a lovely little token that will remind any dog lover of their passion as they make their way through the day—and if they were born in the year of the dog on the Chinese zodiac, it's a bonus.
Toff London Ladies Black Dachshund Head Dog Watch
A thoughtful and useful Christmas gift for women who love dogs, this watch is fully customizable so you can choose the breed of dog you want on the face, the color of the face and the color of the strap. And there's even a male version if you're looking for Christmas gifts for men who love their pup too.
Personalized Dog Tag And Keyring Set With Photo
"I work really long hours as a nurse so am away from my pup a lot of the time," says Miranda Lewis, who has a Fox Red Labrador named Nala, "so a cute keyring or locket where I could keep a photo of her would be really nice to keep with me."
Grey Tweed Dog Carrier
If your gift recipient is a parent to a small pup, then this dog carrier can be a really useful gift for them to use when they head away on their travels or even for long dog walks.
"Doug gets really worn out whenever we're out on a long walk, especially on hotter days," says Michelle, "a dog carrier that one of us can carry on our shoulders would definitely help as a lot of time we're left with aching arms after carrying him all the way back to the car."
If you know a dog lover who's also a bit of an interiors nut, they'll love this elegant coffee table book that is full of snaps of adorable pups in their various grand homes around the world. The neutral shades on the cover are a plus as they'll likely fit well in most homes, no matter what type of theme the decor is.
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Previously, she was Deputy Editor and Beauty & Fashion Editor for My Imperfect Life, where she headed up the beauty, fashion and eCommerce pages. In the past, she has worked as Shopping Writer at woman&home, gained an AOP awards nomination after working on their news team, contributed to Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto and earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London.