12 Best Christmas Gifts for Dogs and Dog-lovers 2020!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, and we’ve hardly had a chance to stop and think about Christmas gifts.
What a year 2020 has been…we’ve all felt the weight of a global pandemic upon our shoulders, and continue to feel its wrath; but amongst the really tough times, we have had also had the chance to spend extra special times with our pets. Indeed, our dogs and other furry friends have truly come into their own during the Covid19 crisis, providing love, loyalty and companionship throughout, so what better way to spoil them than with a little treat this Christmas?
We’ve had a think about all the options for gifting to your dog this year, something to suit all budgets, from treats to luxury items, and included a few items for you dog Mums and Dads too. We always choose products we’d be happy to have ourselves, and we hope you like our ideas this year!
Here are our 12 gifts of Christmas:
Dog Christmas Presents
1. Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar
I’m a big kid at heart, and I still love a chocolate advent calendar – why should the kids have all the fun and excitement of a Christmas Countdown?! Well, there’s no reason to exclude the furriest of family members with a doggy advent calendar.
Filled with Lily’s Kitchen (one of our favourite dog food brands) naturally made treats, using no fillers and only freshly prepared meat, this calendar is sure to appeal.
2. Dogbox Boutique Hamper
We love a hamper – especially a foodie one! This hamper from Dogbox boutique is an exciting mix of tasty treats and boredom busting toys that will keep your pooch happy for the festive period and beyond.
Each dog box contains 3 fun toys, 2 delicious treats, 1 homemade treat, and 1 surprise item! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a few surprises. The Dogbox comes highly rated, and there are other hampers to choose from too. They’re also a great idea for doggy birthdays!
3. Picture and Pawprint frame
What a lovely way to make memories of your beloved pet. Having used similar kits for our human babies, we were inspired when we saw the same idea for our furry friends. A fantastic way to commemorate the arrival of a new puppy or in fact, any new pooch into your home, or just use Christmas as an opportunity to make a beautiful keepsake of your pet.
The solid wood frame is stained in a rich espresso finish, and the kit contains everything you need to make a lasting memory.
Making the imprint is very simple, and the beauty of the clay is if it does go wrong, simply roll it out again! The clay is fully pet safe too, and once framed makes a wonderful keepsake to hang on the wall or place on a shelf.
4. Portable Outdoor Dog Water Bottle
Sometimes at Christmas we get those stocking fillers which are not necessarily ‘exciting’ yet are really practical items which last. This we think, is one of those. Looking back at 2020, if there is one thing we have always been able to do, it has been to get out for a walk. It is just as important to keep your pet hydrated as it is you, particularly on a long hot summers day. Whilst out walking, this dog water bottle is a simple, space saving option for allowing your dog to stop for a drink.
Made from durable and safe BPA free plastic, with a slide lock to open and close, you can easily release water into the drinking cup and keep him happy while walking or out for the day.
The bottle is easily portable in your bag or clipped using the provided strap.
5. Weatherbeeta Tweed Jacket
If walking in the winter weather is your thing, then consider a dog jacket! We know our dogs love their daily exercise, and they are generally less put off by the weather than we are, but when it gets really chilly, keep them cosy in a nice hardy coat.
Weatherbeeta have featured in our top best dog jackets from the start, we knew about the brand from our equine days and their dog coats are no less hardy than their equestrian equivalents. We couldn’t help but be swayed by their smart looking tweed jacket and hope you like it too.
It has a warm fleece lining, with full wrap chest and belly closure, and a hole for the leash. If you are looking for something really hardwearing and more water resistant, Weatherbeeta have some very durable options too, such as the 1200D Parka.
7. Dolphin and Dog – Dog Towel
In keeping with the theme of walkies with your pooch – at the end of a long and wet/muddy hike your dog may well be in need of a dry off before he jumps in the car or heads through the front door!
This microfibre dog drying towel is one of the best we’ve seen. With an ultra absorbent microfibre noodle design, it helps remove water, mud and sand, with two hand pockets which make it really easy to use. What’s more, the super soft towel can be machine washed and dried, or hung on the drying hook it dries very quickly.
It comes in a choice of blue or grey with red trim and embroidered pockets. It’s a towel that is not only functional but looks great too and hence why we think it makes a really good gift at this time of year.
8. KOPEKS Deluxe Orthopaedic Memory Foam Sofa Lounge Dog Bed -Grey
So at the end of that long festive walk, all you feel like doing is eating a huge dinner and lounging around on the sofa, right? When I saw this Kopeks sofa lounge bed for dogs I knew it would feature here. The brand already features amongst our top dog beds, though I felt that the sofa bed really had an air of extra luxuriousness that was required at Christmastime.
Kopeks beds are made from thick 100% orthopaedic memory foam, with a soft plush suede cover and anti-slip bottom. In fact, it has double layered protection over the memory foam, with a waterproof liner covering the memory foam, and the plush exterior for comfort and style. The zipped covers are easily removable for washing.
Memory foam is great for dogs who may have joint and mobility problems, perhaps who are senior, or maybe who just deserve the most comfortable night’s sleep in superior comfort!
9. Personalised Oak Wooden Dog Christmas Tree Decoration
Here’s a little stocking-filler idea for that dog loving friend or family member in your life – a sweet, personalised Christmas tree decoration which can be used year on year.
Personalise by choosing from a huge range of dog breeds, add a name, and create a gift which lasts, but doesn’t have to cost the earth.
10. Posh Pooch Wine for Dogs
I just love this. Pure indulgence for your pet! A completely unnecessary (and therefore a total treat!) but altogether healthy herbal blend of non-alcoholic, grape free ‘wine’ which is suitable for all cat and dog breeds.
Manufactured by Woof and Brew, a pet drinks company, it has been developed with veterinary experts so you can rest assured that it is safe for your pet. The herbal infusion is actually full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants!
A great fun gift for your pooch.
11. Christmas Dinner Wet Food Pouches Turkey, Parsnip and Cranberry
Forthglade produce hypoallergenic grain free wet dog food, with no sugars, animal derivatives, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
This limited edition Christmas flavour contains 75% turkey alongside carbohydrate and fibre rich vegetables such as parsnip. It provides a complete nutritionally balanced meal for your furry friend, and those Christmas flavours are sure to entice. Gently cooked to retain natural goodness.
This 7 pack (395g/pack – see feeding guide) should provide even the biggest pooch enough for at least Christmas dinner and leftovers!
12. 3 Pack Small Christmas Dog Toys for Interactive Dogs
There are so many dog toys you can buy your dog these days, I mean hundreds if not thousands! It’s getting as difficult to choose as it is for a child..but we saw these squeaky latex rubber Christmas themed toys and thought, yes! Simple, cute and fun festive designs.
More importantly safe for your pooch, non toxic with no stuffing, natural rubber latex and easy to wipe clean. Suitable for smaller dogs, and not suitable for really heavy chewers, but fun, noisy interactive toys to keep a lively pup happy for hours. Great for indoor or outdoor playtime.
I had so many ideas for doggie Christmas gifts but I really wanted to narrow it down to 12, because I know when I read a product review which has more than that, I still leave feeling baffled about what I’m going to buy!
Having said that, if none of the above inspire you to make a festive purchase, here are a few of my alternative ideas;
- Dog Tracker – a device worn on the collar, many trackers use GPS technology to allow you to keep tabs on your dog when they are ranging far and wide. Many allow you to set virtual ‘fences’ and alarms altering you when pup is out of his safe zone, and many will work anywhere in the world!
- Collar and lead – every now and again it’s nice to treat your pet to a new collar. I used to find that after a while I just could no longer remove that very ‘doggy’ smell despite washing her collar. There are so many dog collars to choose from it isn’t easy but we’ve written a review to help guide you to some of our favourites.
- Personalised dog bowl – Dog bowls aren’t the most exciting of gifts, I admit. But a personalised dog bowl adds a special touch, and if you really want Fido to be included in the Christmas dinner then a personalised Christmas themed dog bowl would be just the ticket!
- Dog Camera – A dog camera is essentially like having a baby monitor but for your dog. The difference? Many of them are designed to throw out treats! They are generally two-way interactive, allowing you to keep an eye on and reassure a dog when you are away from home. A great idea for dogs who suffer with separation anxiety, via an app on your phone a camera can alert you to when he may be barking or moving around. They don’t generally come cheap but for some they are a real game changer.
- Festive dog treats/stocking – finally, and probably one of the most popular choices – festive flavoured dog treats or even a treat stocking. Honestly speaking – what more does your dog really want, than to be curled up chewing on a bone!