11 Thoughtful Gifts For People Who Love Dogs

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Reward your favorite four-legged friend for being a good boy all year with these pup-friendly purchases.

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1. WHIMZEES Holiday Tree & Snowman Variety Pack Dental Dog Treats

Whimzees holiday treats
Chewy's

From eggnog to the classic Christmas ham, some foods help get us into the season. Help your dog do the same with these festive treats that not only come in snowman and holiday tree shapes, but are also GMO-, gluten-, and grain-free.

Find It at Chewy for $14.

2. Personalized Dog Treats


The bone identity: Spoil a special four-legged friend with these handmade, 3.5-inch grain-free, peanut butter treats. Each set contains 10 and a personalized name or message.

Find It at Etsy for $15.

3. Wellness Holiday Gingerbread Dog Treats


Give Fido the same warm feeling you get from the crunch of oven-baked gingerbread treats. These biscuits boast ingredients that are all "whole veggies and real herbs" and are packed with plenty of antioxidants.

Find It at Chewy for $5.

4. Dog Treat Jar


Convenient, durable, and stylish, this jar keeps dog snacks fresh and ready. And when it gets dirty, your loved one can remove the lid and put it in the dishwasher.

Find It at Chewy for $18.

5. Pug Hand Warmers

pug-shaped hand warmers
Kohl's

Stuff their stocking with something warm. Perfect for the pug-obsessed, these 7.5" x 4.7" x .8" cold weather staples can keep hands heated for at least 30 minutes.

Find It at Kohl’s for $15.

6. Wagz Smart Feeder

Wag Smartfeeder
Amazon

Splurge on the Wagz Smart Feeder, which can dispense food at any time or even allows pet owners to set a schedule right from their phone. It also make restocking easy, with built-in options to reorder food when supplies get low.

Find It at Amazon for $200 and also at these other retailers:

7. Blueberry Pet Holiday Sweaters


We all love a good Ugly Christmas Sweater party, so why shouldn’t dogs get in on the fun? These festive, machine-washable options are available in a variety of sizes and can even be paired with a matching one for the human in their life.

Find It at Amazon for $16.

8. Precision Pet Petmate Extreme Weather-Resistant Log Cabin Dog House


Animal shelter: The Precision Pet Log Cabin Dog House is durable and resistant to the elements and also comes in three different sizes.

Find It at Amazon for $72 and also at these other retailers:

9. WIGZI Dual Doggie 2 Dog Retractable Leash


Know someone who needs to keep up with more than one pup? This WIGZI retractable leash has two leashes, is designed to resist tangling, and also features reflective material for late-night walks.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and also at these other retailers:

10. noxgear Illuminated and Reflective Harness


Compared to other options, most harnesses cause less stress on a dog’s neck during walks. But this adjustable noxgear harness goes the extra mile, adding light and reflection for night walks.

Find It at Amazon for $50 and also at these other retailers:

11. FurHaven Pet Dog Bed


Let sleeping dog lay in luxury: FurHaven's dog bed is soft to the touch and comfortable for dogs of any size. Plus, its cover is machine washable for easy clean up.

Find It at Amazon for $46.

All-Marshmallow Boxes of Lucky Charms Are Back, But Not Everyone Will Be Able to Get One

Lucky Charms
Lucky Charms

Hot on the heels of a Virginia brewery's cereal-inspired marshmallow beer, another way for grown adults to feel like kids again has emerged. Marshmallow-only Lucky Charms are back—this time with unicorn and rainbow shapes. Unfortunately, only 15,000 boxes of the sweet stuff are up for grabs.

If you were already planning on treating yourself by picking up some regular Lucky Charms from your local supermarket, be on the lookout for promotional boxes that say “You could win a box of only marshmallows” on the front. The inside panels of those boxes contain codes that can be entered at MarshmallowOnly.com for your chance to win one of the rare pure-marshmallow boxes. The promotion will run through the summer, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter up to 30 codes. Here's a list of participating retailers carrying the coded boxes [PDF].

This isn’t the first time that General Mills, the maker of Lucky Charms, has held this sweepstakes. In 2015, the company gave away 10 boxes of marshmallow-only cereal (or, as it calls the sugary shapes, “marbits”). Based on the popularity of that promotion, it handed out 10,000 boxes in 2017.

"It's no secret that Lucky Charms fans love the marshmallows," Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for cereal at General Mills, said in a statement. "Consumers have flooded our inboxes and swept our social feeds begging for Lucky Charms Marshmallow Only to return. You asked, and we listened!"

If you’re not feeling especially lucky, you can buy similar versions of the marshmallows on Amazon. Retailers like Medley Hills Farm and Hoosier Hill Farm (which are apparently unrelated companies) sell one-pound bags of cereal marshmallows for $11 and $10, respectively. You can also order an 8-pound bag, or, if you’re feeling especially peckish, a 40-pound case of dehydrated marshmallows for $228. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, it's “just the right amount."

Start Your Morning Right With the Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

For those who can't function in the morning, a cup of coffee is key. For those who can't even function enough to make that cup of coffee, there's the Barisieur. This innovative alarm clock (now available at Urban Outfitters) awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils.

Take sugar or milk? There's a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The whole tray can even be removed for easy cleaning.

Not a coffee fan? The Barisieur also brews loose-leaf tea.

The milk vessel of the coffee alarm clock
Barisieur, Urban Outfitters

The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process. 

This invention was thought up by product designer Joshua Renouf as part of his studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Though the idea started as just a prototype for class back in 2015, Renouf managed to make it a reality, and you can now buy one of your very own.

At $445, the alarm clock is quite an investment, but for coffee lovers who have trouble forcing themselves out of bed, it might be more than worth it. Go ahead, picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up in bed and enjoy.

Buy it at one of the retailers below:

[h/t: Design-Milk.com]

A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the product's current availability.

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