Gift Edit 2022

36 Thoughtful Gifts for the Pet Lover (or Fur Baby) in Your Life

updated Nov 22, 2022
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Calling all pet parents and friends: Come, sit, and stay! Now is the perfect time to pamper yourself, your pet-obsessed loved ones, and all of your four-legged companions. From doggy water bottles and leashes to cat mugs and plush beds, we’ve gathered our favorite tail-wagging, purr-inducing gifts for pets and their owners.

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Whether you know a cat person, a dog person, or lots of both, this list is full of products that will point you in the right gifting direction, no leash required. Sure, canine and feline friends are simple to please — food, water, a warm bed, playtime, and lots of snuggles usually do the trick — but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate (and deserve!) the finer things in life. Maybe you’re looking for stocking stuffers, or maybe your fur baby is celebrating a milestone birthday or a friend is adopting a new bestie and you want to mark the occasion — no matter the reason, everyone (humans and animals alike!) is sure to love these picks. Keep reading for our favorite gifts for pets and the people who love them.

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Plain-old food and water bowls are so boring! That's why this super-stylish tiled bistro bowl is the perfect gift for the pet owner who values a chic-looking home. It's made from strong stoneware and available in a smaller size, too, if that's more appropriate for your giftee's four-legged friend.

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Pet parents will appreciate the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In with Pan-Tilt Mount for two big reasons: 1. It helps them keep an eye on their pet, and 2. It lets them see their fur baby any time they want! The serotonin boost from peeking in on a sleepy kitty or snoozing dog is the next best thing to having them on your lap. For pets who play hide and seek, the Pan-Tilt Mount upgrade, sold separately, lets your giftee move the camera around for a 360º view. There they are!

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What do you get the pet owner who has everything? A miniature stuffed version of their beloved sidekick, of course! Just send in some pics (or a link to the dog or cat's Instagram account, perhaps?), and Etsy seller DaNangCraft will work their magic to create a likeness that your giftee is guaranteed to adore. After giving one to a friend, AT's commerce director, Mark, calls this toy "the ultimate gift for doting dog parents."

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Tuft & Paw

If you have a feline-loving friend or family member who lives in a small space, this Tuft & Paw window hammock is a winning present — just take it from AT managing editor Tamara, whose kitties are obsessed with it. It sticks to the window via super-strong suction cups, staying out of the way while giving cats a perfect perch from which to watch the world go by.

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was $40.00

Rowan's In-Between Bath Bundle will be a godsend if your loved one has a dog who loves running around outside... and rolling around in the foulest-smelling mess they can find. It includes The Coat Refresh and The Dry Shampoo, both of which can be used without water to give pups a refresh until it's time for their next bath. AT assistant editor Britt (and her dog, Leo) is a big fan.

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July Luggage

If you know a traveler who hates leaving their pet behind, July's personalized luggage tag will be a surefire hit. Just submit a photo of your loved one's animal, and the company will print an illustration of their likeness right onto the leather. You'll be giving a one-of-a-kind gift that'll make them smile on the road.

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $19.99

The Pawslife Cooling Pad is a godsend for pooches who tend to overheat easily. It's lightweight and portable (aka perfect for the park), and it's filled with a non-toxic gel that keeps cool even on hot, humid days. It's available in multiple sizes, so you can choose the right one for the dog you're buying for.

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Say goodbye to stinky breath with this comprehensive dental kit that will help your loved one keep their pet's oral health on point. It's formulated for both dogs and cats, using ingredients that are safe and non-toxic. The bundle includes Dental Water Additive, Dental Gel Toothpaste, and three gentle finger toothbrushes.

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Ever wonder how the Zodiac influences a pup's behavior? This clever book delves into the nitty-gritty details and personality traits based on a dog's birthday. Gift it to your favorite dog person so that they can better understand their four-legged friends. (And yes, there's one for cats, too.)

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was $18.85

Your feline-loving friend will adore this cat-inspired vase, which has tons of rave reviews and looks lovely when the light hits it just right. They can fill it with gorgeous succulents or place it near a window in the kitchen, bathroom, or home office. In fact, since these beautiful planters are so affordable, why not buy two that your giftee can use as bookends?

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was $210.00

Out for the day? No problem! If you’re a dog-obsessed parent, you can interact with your pup at home by tossing them treats at your command. This incredible gadget is easy to set up and features a two-way audio system, barking sensor, and live-streaming video capabilities, so you can monitor your pet at all hours of the day and night.

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Uncommon Goods

With intricate weaves and brightly colored yarns, this beautiful, bone-shaped mat is exactly what your mudroom’s been missing. Made with upcycled fabric scraps curated from Fair Trade-certified female artisans, it’s just as sturdy as it is stunning — let's just hope your precious pup doesn’t mistake it for a giant treat!

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Dog parents love that this collapsible dog crate was developed with human-level standards in mind. Featuring premium, toxin-free materials that don’t rust, it makes road trips and safety easier than ever with ergonomic doors and a puppy divider. It’s also a cinch to transport, so you can bring and store it anywhere.

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This bestselling harness comes with adjustable neck and chest straps to feel comfortable, snug, and lightweight when placed on over 100 dog breeds, from Chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. If you aren’t familiar with Awoo, the brand helps repurpose the equivalent of five plastic bottles for each purchase made. This harness is made with planet-friendly materials like 100 percent GRS-certified recycled polyester.

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was $199.00

Figure out where Fido is from with this handy doggy DNA test from Embark. A simple swab will grant you all sorts of useful information, like your pup's breed breakdown, health risks, personality traits, and even nearby relatives (really!).

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was $159.00

If you’ve always wondered about your kitty’s family history, this DNA kit could give you the answers you’re looking for. It provides reports on dental health, breed health, and DNA test results with complete genome sequencing delivered straight to your email. If you have an older cat, this could also be a great way to start learning about preventative health measures, since you can tell a lot about a cat based on its family history — and the results could spark some helpful conversations with the vet, too.

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was $32.99

A leak-proof doggy water bottle is a must for anyone who brings their pup with them on the go. Right now, we’re eyeing this one with a special function that lets unused water drop back into the container with the click of a button. It's available in pink and blue, and it's perfect for your next hiking trip with your four-legged friend.

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West & Willow

Bring your beloved pet everywhere you go with this custom phone case that protects a variety of iPhone models. Now is the time to get one for yourself and stock up on perfect holiday gifts for your dog park crew.

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was $29.99

Tangles, be gone! This top-rated self-cleaning brush gently removes the toughest mats from your pet’s fur while increasing blood circulation, so grooming time is both effective and enjoyable. Once you’re done using it, simply press the button at the back and watch the bristles retract as unwanted fur and dirt fall straight into the trash.

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was $169.00

Ever watched your dog when they sleep? The surface of this bed accommodates canine behavior by mimicking that funny sensation of pawing at the air, and its edging provides a pillow-like place to rest their head as they drift off into a peaceful, dream-like state. Casper mattresses are renowned for their support and breathability, and this one for pets comes with the same extra-special properties, like pressure-relieving memory foam and sink-free construction.

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was $26.99

Treats? Not so fast! Make your dog work for them with this interactive and energy-expending toy that's meant to spark curiosity and challenge your pup to problem-solve. Each box leads to tasty rewards you can hide inside lids, flaps, drawers, and more.

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Uncommon Goods

Wine and cheese night just got an upgrade with this stylish cheese board. It’s made with layers of solid maple that's crafted to (ahem) paw-fection, and it can be cut to look like almost every breed, from Cocker Spaniels to German Shepherds.

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Uncommon Goods

Let's face it: There's a good chance your cat is an enigma. Attempt to understand your furry pal a bit better with this helpful deck of cards. While we can't promise your salty tabby will suddenly become a people pet, you'll at least be able to tell when she wants scratchies and when she wants to be left alone.

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Found My Animal

This ombre dog leash is about way more than good looks — though it does look really good. Found My Animal, the Brooklyn-based company behind this woven marvel, supports animal adoption resources with every purchase, so it's a buy you and Fido can feel good about.

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Mark & Graham
was $45.00

If your fur baby tends to get chilly come winter, you know a pet sweater is a must. This adorable collection from Mark and Graham features everything from holiday-themed knits to a personalized skull and bones sweater, so your pooch will undoubtedly be the coolest on the block.

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was $38.00

How sweet is this handmade tote bag? Its long, strong, comfortable straps mean that you can fill it up at the pet store, bring it to vet appointments, or use it for your pup’s essentials when they go to stay with grandma. The possibilities are endless.

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Pride + Groom

Your prized pooch deserves the best, and this luxurious grooming set will keep their coat looking and smelling good enough to attract every dog at the park. Developed with all-natural ingredients for dogs that shed, the kit includes a shampoo that nourishes and a conditioner that locks in moisture.

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If you or someone you know is a fan of mugs, go the personalized route with this microwave- and dishwasher-safe custom-illustrated option. Just share a favorite pet photo, and the artist will reimagine the image. Seriously, how cute would this lookalike mug be on your morning walk?

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Tuft & Paw

Your fabulous feline deserves this ultra-chic cat bed that’ll make them feel super secure. It boasts a breathable sphere shape and custom-fit faux fur blanket, and its striking design could even double as a stylish piece of décor. Let's be honest, you both need this one!

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Every pet lover's favorite palindrome comes to life in this "taco cat" toy for felines. It's stuffed with certified organic catnip, and you can even choose whether you want yours to look like a hard corn or soft flour tortilla! It's sure to provide hours of entertainment and never-ending Insta-worthy cuteness.

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Wild Earth

The team at Wild Earth spent over a year curating these sustainable, plant-based treats that feature koji protein, an ancient fungi superfood. Your dog will love them because they’re delicious, and you’ll love them because they’re nutritious. Win-win!

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Getting through security will be a breeze with this durable, sporty, and portable pet carrier that makes it easier than ever to travel with your companion at your side. It’s airline compliant, accommodates most pets up to 20 pounds, and even comes with a bonus leash.

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was $149.95

Let your dog roam free without worry with this GPS pet tracker, which uses location tracking to alert you to wherever they are. Not only does the device connect to a collar that’ll track your dog’s location within 15 seconds, it also measures things like health, nutrition, and activity level. You can even email 30-day activity reports to your vet so that they’re aware of your pup’s health between checkups.

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The Sill

If your dog or cat is always sticking their head into your planters, then you'll both love this pet-friendly, easy-to-care-for, air-purifying plant duo. Place these beauties in a spot where they’ll see direct or indirect light throughout the day, and give them a healthy splash of water every one to two weeks to keep them healthy and looking great.

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ChomChom Roller

Forget the vacuum — this eco-friendly tool is renowned for its hair-removal skills and is useful just about everywhere in your home. Its relatively small size will even help you get into those dreaded nooks and crannies of your furniture. Simply roll it back and forth across your sofa, bed, or any other area where furry friends love to lounge.

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No, they aren’t filled with actual raw fish, but your cat will still love these fleece toys that look exactly like the real deal and are brimming with catnip. They’re available in a set of four to provide hours of entertainment and neverending Insta-worthy cuteness.