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The Best Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs – Top 10 Must-Have Toys

Check out this list of must-have toys, treats, and other necessary pet items that are sure to be the best gifts for dog lovers and their pups as Christmas or Birthday presents! Here’s a gift guide for dogs with lots of creative ideas for “Man’s Best Friend”.

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It’s that time of year when you start thinking about your holiday gift list…and I want to be sure you don’t forget one of the most overlooked recipients…

SO that means it’s time to see the Best Holiday gift guide for dogs that we made just for you and your pet (maybe ours too).

No, not Aunt Mildred.

Nope, not YOURSELF either (but I HIGHLY recommend being your own Santa, and will share more about that later in an upcoming post!)

I’m talking about your four-legged furry friend…yes, your ‘ole pal, your pooch!

Our dog Harper is almost 6 years old, and we have found some tried and true, top-notch toys for her over the years that many people might not know about, but we know their puppies would love!!

So, if you have a canine on your shopping list this Holiday Season, here is our best Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs!

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Red Kong Dog Toy

If your dog gets bored easily, like ours does, then this interactive treat-dispensing toy may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Our dog has one very similar (that they no longer make) and she LOVES It.

Essentially you just put some small treats or kibble inside and your dog has to push it around to make it “wobble” for the toy to dispense the treat.

It’s a favorite in our house and surely will be in yours too!

Here’s a photo of Harper in action with her Wobble Toy.

Dog playing with wobble toy


Brown dog pillow pet stuffed animal

This gift recommendation is a bit outside of the traditional dog toy “box”.

As a fluke, a Pillow Pet was sitting in one of my children’s rooms and Harper immediately fell in love (not in a creepy way, but in the sweet “snuggle” way).

The Pillow Pet is now BY FAR her favorite possession even though it’s not really made for pets. She snuggles with it for hours every day!

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Harper & Her “Bestie” AKA Pillow Pet


Frozen feeders for dogs

For those dogs who are OBSESSED with eating, like ours, these frozen feeders are a great way to keep your pup occupied for a while!

We have similar ones (that are also no longer available) that we fill with a combination of yogurt, applesauce, and kibble and then we freeze it.

Since it is frozen, it takes her a while to chew and get the goodies inside. I’ve also seen people add peanut butter and other treats inside, so it’s a very versatile “boredom buster”!


Dash Dog Biscuit Maker

If your dog has allergies or food sensitivities like ours does, then buying commercially made treats can be challenging cause you don’t know exactly what ingredients they are putting in them.

We are so cautious of what Harper eats that we even make her homemade dog food! (and you can read all about that here)

White crockpot with dog food cooking

One way to get around this dietary dilemma is to make your own dog biscuits!

This biscuit maker made by Dash has all sorts of suggested recipes, so you’ll know exactly what is going into your dog’s treats!


Doggie Tail toy

I don’t know about your pooch, but our dog loves anything that looks like a “critter”, and this interactive critter-looking gadget definitely keeps her attention!


Wobble wag giggle ball dog toy

Seriously friends, the promo people who made the “Wobble Wag Giggle Ball” are geniuses…don’t you just want one solely on the fun name?

With over 46, 000 positive reviews on Amazon it clearly lives up to the HYPE!


Earth-friendly compostable dog waste bags

I know it’s not the most glamorous item to put on a gift guide, but every SMALL step we can each do to help the Earth, makes a BIG difference, even if that means buying compostable doggy-doo bags!

These biodegradable waste bags are just a little more in price than the traditional ones, so make the switch and help Mother Earth!


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Most dogs instinctually like to find “burrowed” things, and this hide-a-squirrel toy helps simulate that primal canine activity.

Our dog loves this toy so much that we have one downstairs and a holiday one upstairs. (the squirrels are wearing Santa hats like the one below).

Needless to say, this is a “Fido fan favorite” in our house!

Christmas squirrel hide and seek toy for dogs


interactive game puzzle for dogs

Any veterinarian, or pet psychologist (yes that’s a real job) will tell you that dogs need intellectual stimulation not only to beat boredom but also to help their intellectual development.

This interactive puzzle toy does just that! We hide small pieces of kibble in each of the compartments and our dog loves trying to “solve” the puzzle! It’s a toy that is used DAILY in our house cause our girl Harper loves it that much!

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Boredom Buster in Action!


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The last but certainly not least item on our gift guide is the Furbo dog camera treat tossing gadget.

This is the ONLY item on our list that we don’t personally own because honestly, we are with our dog 24/7, so there’s no need to have a virtual way of interacting with her. #spoliedpup

But if you work away from home or travel a lot, this is the PERFECT gift to stay connected with your pooch even when you are gone. If you want to see how it works, check it out here (As Seen On Ellen)

So, that rounds out our top 10 MUST-HAVE Mutt-Minded gifts.

Best toys for dogs

What is your dog’s favorite toy?

Was it on our list?

If you want to see our pup’s reactions in real life, check out the video we made below highlighting many of the must-have items on our list!


Until next time, cheers to purchasing the perfect puppy present, and cheers to you!!



Magan Weber

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