10 fun gift ideas for dog and cat lovers

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Have yourself a meowy little Christmas with these great gift ideas for pet owners.

Want to know a secret? The easiest way to a dog lover’s heart at the holidays is through her beloved animal. Get a great gift for—or inspired by—her baby, and she’ll throw her arms around you and cry, “You totally get me!” And as for you? Well, if there’s a dog or cat at the center of your world, you know that the most fun shopping involves spoiling your pet.

To make things even more enjoyable for you, we scoured the Internet for awesome pet-adjacent gifts you haven’t seen before—we have something to delight anyone who shares a home with a cheerful dog or an imperious cat. Scroll for sweetness—and have yourself a meowy little Christmas, with these ideas for great gifts for cat or dog lovers.

Rifle Paper Co. x The Foggy Dog Squeaky Bone Dog Toy

A pretty print hides the drool! (Photo: Anthropologie)

For pup and pattern play, this upholstered bone will only add to your decor scheme no matter where it lands. Plus, the squeak will provide your pal with high-octave moments of delight. 

Shop it: Rifle Paper Co. x The Foggy Dog Squeaky Bone Dog Toy, $16, anthropologie.com

Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit

Discover your cat's true identity. What secrets lie beneath her steely gaze? (Photo: Basepaws)

Adopting a shelter animal is one of the sweetest things you can do. And the mystery of their origin is always an interesting topic of conversation. (“She looks like she’s got some Maine Coon in her. Or maybe some Persian...”) Suspect your friend’s kitty has got some bengal in him? Gift her this DNA kit, so she can find out!

Shop it: Basepaws Cat DNA Test Kit, $89 (was $99), walmart.com

If You're Reading This Pet Shirt

Understated and hilarious, with a high cool factor. (Photo: Nordstrom)

On its own, this doggy tee has high comic value. But when you get the reference, it’s even better. It’s a play on the cover art of a 2015 album by the rapper Drake. Which is to say, it’s perfect for the younger dog lover who will instantly appreciate the joke (the album is called “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”) and the iconic typeface. Soft, cozy lightweight jersey.

Shop it: If You're Reading This Pet Shirt, $30, nordstrom.com

Dog Biography Canape Plate

Dog Biography Canape Plate (Photo: Anthropologie)

Get the party—and the conversation—started with these pet profiles on plates. Perfect gift for the cat or dog lover who loves people (and hosting) as much as pets. These can be wall-mounted as art or used to serve apps. Bone appetit!

Shop it: Dog Biography Canape Plate, $12, anthropologie.com

Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for Your Dog

This canine cookbook is worth gifting for the charming illustrations alone! (Photo: Amazon)

We all have that friend who’s, like, cooking lamb chops for her delicate dog. Show her you don’t think she’s crazy and, in fact, you support how seriously she takes her parenting duties, with this beautifully illustrated cookbook (the puppy painting will totally slay you).

Shop it: Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for Your Dog, $16, amazon.com

Pet Shop by Fringe Studio Happy German Shepherd Coffee Mug

Get a pair of mugs—say a Golden and a German Shepherd—for someone who's dog is a mix. (Photo: Chewy)

Help a proud (dog) parent drink to her baby everyday, with this ceramic mug. We fell for the eyes on this sweet German Shepherd, but it’s also available in Yorkie, Pug, Pointer, Golden Retriever, and Beagle. Each rendering is graphic, cool, and insanely cute.

Shop it: Pet Shop by Fringe Studio Happy German Shepherd Coffee Mug, $12 (Was $13), chewy.com

Haflinger Doggy Slipper

These slippers are sure to leave your feet toasty warm. (Photo: Zappos)

Dachsund fans are a special breed (har, har, but they are!). They’re the kind of pet owners who are rabid (sorry!) about their beasts. You can’t go wrong with a gift emblazoned with the image of their sweet low-to-the-ground pups. These slippers—with one continuous image of the hot-dog dog—will be their favorite gift of the year. Pricey for slippers, but the warm-wool footbed makes them quite luxurious.

Shop it: Haflinger Doggy Slipper, $86, zappos.com

Rescue Pet Custom Photo Pillow

A whole nother way to cuddle up with a sweet pet. (Photo: Uncommon Goods)

More playful than a painting (and less “dearly beloved, we are gathered here today...”), a pet pillow says “I know you love your creature and wish you could have two of him, so here’s one for the couch.” This one is meant for rescue animals, and celebrates “gotcha” day—the date on which the sweet one was adopted—with a date on the front and a poem on back. The illustrated frame keeps the mood light. A sweet gift for your own family.

Shop it: Rescue Pet Custom Photo Pillow, $100, uncommongoods.com

Party Animal Pet Deodorizing Soy Wax Candle

Walk in the Park Pet Deodorizing Soy Wax Candle (Photo: Nordstrom)

Maybe more of a gift for your own home, this gorgeously minimalist candle cleans the air of pet odor and infuses a space with the scent of crisp air and freshly-cut grass. Possibly passive-aggressive when you give it to someone else, so think of if as a gift-to-self for that room the dog has totally taken over (or the one where the litter box lives).

Shop it: Walk in the Park Pet Deodorizing Soy Wax Candle, $20nordstrom.com

Custom Pet Illustration

Her royal portrait. (Photo: Uncommon Goods)

A Vancouver artist makes these custom portraits with a crisp coat-of-arms quality—just the thing for that super-spare stylish friend. You get to choose what surrounds the portrait. Here we learn a little about Leona’s love of feathers and butterflies. This might also make a nice tribute for a furry friend who’s crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  

Shop it: Custom Pet Illustration, $180, uncommongoods.com

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