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.

Making Your Bed Is Easier Than Ever With These Amazing Sheets

The Button Sheet Collection, Kickstarter
The Button Sheet Collection, Kickstarter

Do you wake up every morning in a stifling cocoon of tangled bedclothes that 1) makes it hard to get out of bed in the first place, and 2) makes it impossible to fathom making your bed more often than whenever you wash your sheets?

The Button Sheet Collection is here to save you. The set contains a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a blanket, which all fasten neatly together with four buttons that sit along the bottom edge of your bed.

The buttons ensure that your blanket will never slide off your flat sheet, your flat sheet will never slide off your fitted sheet, and you will never slide off the edge of sanity.

But that’s not the only way the Button Sheet Collection simplifies the sleeping process. Slits in the bottom two corners of the flat sheet and blanket guarantee that both items lie perfectly flat—there’s no need to fold and tuck them underneath the mattress. Also, there are extra inches added to the flat sheet and blanket, so you have an optimal amount of wiggle room no matter what your go-to sleeping position is.

In the morning, all you have to do is give the flat sheet and blanket a quick fluff and walk away from your now perfectly-made bed.

The long-staple cotton, 400 thread count, and sateen weave make the sheets just as comfortable as they are functional, and here’s yet another reason you can (literally) rest easy with the collection: it’s Oeko-Tex certified and free from any harmful chemicals.

Prices for the Button Sheet Collection—which includes one pillowcase, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a blanket—start at $239; you can check out more buying options on Kickstarter, and estimated delivery is in November.

Since you’re going to spend around one third of your day asleep, it’s worth maximizing your experience in whatever ways you can, from buying Button Sheets, to ending the covers tug-of-war, to finding the perfect mattress, and beyond.

This Adjustable Bag Mate Makes Traveling Anywhere Much More Convenient

NEX
NEX

Carrying a backpack for a long period of time can lead to aching in your neck, back, or shoulders. Plus, keeping essentials in your bag, like a passport or phone, can make them a hassle to retrieve when necessary. NEX, now raising money on Kickstarter, is a three-in-one bag mate that makes traveling with a backpack pain-free and convenient.

This new "bag mate" is designed with air cushions that evenly distribute the weight of your backpack across your shoulders. Since it makes your bag feel 30 percent lighter, it also helps improve your posture.

NEX features functional and hidden pockets to not only make it easier to grab your essentials when on the go, but also keep them secured—since they are much safer on your shoulders than in your bag where people can easily steal them. Each strap is designed with three inner pockets as well as a hidden pocket to store everyday valuables such as your keys or cash.

Cash and keys going in a pocket on a NEX bag mate
NEX

Sometimes a backpack isn't necessary for quick outings, so NEX can act as a cross-body bag as well. Easily clip it on and adjust the fit to your liking, and now NEX can be used when you're simply going out for a run or grabbing groceries. Plus, it's designed with recycled waterproof material, meaning you don't have to worry about your valuables getting damaged due to the weather.

guy walking with blue cross body bag
NEX

With over a week left in its campaign, NEX has already surpassed its goal of $1000, raising over $47,000 as of June 25. By pledging $19 or more, you can get your own bag mate on KickStarter. Shipping is scheduled for August.

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