The quickest way to melting any discerning person's heart — whether they be stoic bosses, uptight inlaws, picky family members, or high-maintenance SOs — is through their pet. (I say this with confidence as the very particular dog mom of a 15-pound rescue pup who now owns more knitwear than I do.) When the holidays roll in and difficult giftees start to stump you, your safest bet is to buy something special for their four-legged someone instead.
To lend a paw, I put together a shopping guide to the most stylish, surprising, and aww-inducing pet gifts that I would be thrilled to receive — plus, a handful that I already own (IRL model shots of my fur-child, Arlo, included). There's everything from pet-sized Carhart jackets to hot-sauce chew toys, dog DNA-testing kits that give 23andMe a run for its money, and cat-scratch lounges fit for a roped-off corner of Art Basel. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, for feline or canine, the presents ahead are crafted to impress the hands that feed them. Because remember: a gift for a pet is, at the end of the (holi)day, a gift for its human.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Carhartt Dog Chore Coat
Now you and your pup can both live your best #cabincore life. This coat has a durable exterior that protects Arlo's coat from any harsh weather (rain, prickers on hikes, etc.) while also boasting a comfy quilted interior that keeps her warm on chillier days.
Carhartt Chore Dog Coat, $34.32, available at Amazon.
American Eagle Fringe Hot Sauce Toy
Finally, their pups can safely share their love affair with hot sauce.
AE Fringe Hot Sauce Dog Toy, $12.95, available at American Eagle Outfitters.
Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Variety Pack
Give fussy felines what they really want, a variety pack of tasty pates in flavors like salmon, chicken, and tuna. The silky texture is a hit with the kitties and human meowmies like the quality ingredients.
Blue Buffalo Entrées Variety Pack, 3-oz can, case of 12, $10.48, available at Chewy.
Nest Bolstered Dog Bed
Any pet parent would be thrilled to receive this eco-friendly and insanely comfortable bolstered bed (Arlo owns this and I, too, have contemplated curling up inside it). The plus product is crafted from a durable canvas-cotton fabric that's then filled with breathable and non-absorbent 100%-green-waste recycled plastic.
Nest Bedding Bolstered Dog Bed, $69.00, available at Nest Bedding.