At a loss for what to get the dogs and dog lovers on your holiday shopping list? Etsy is a go-to for me when I have a stocking to fill or need a gift to tuck under a tree. I’ve been an Etsy seller myself for nine years, and I love everything about the site, from the fact that items are handmade to the way I can customize a present.
Here are 10 of my favorite finds for the 2015 holiday shopping season, and while you’re picking up gifts for friends and family, find some items for yourself and your own furry friends.
What could be more festive than wearing red plaid during the holidays? This too-cute custom-made coat can be fitted for dogs and cats of all sizes, and it features a bow for girls or comes without one for boys. It also doubles as a harness for easy walks, making it perfect for chilly trips around the neighborhood to view lights and sing carols, or for just being festive at home.
$24.95 at Rockin Dogs Cool Cats
Moo Tugs are toys I love to love. The dogs do, too. I grew up on a dairy farm, so the recycled milker tube is a fun reminder of my younger years. While cleaned and sanitized, it still retains a bit of the bovine scent, making dogs “udderly” happy. The handle on the end encourages a game of tug-of-war; but don’t be deceived by the rubber — this is an incredibly durable toy!
$12 at Moo Tugs
What dog owner doesn’t buy treats to dole out to good dogs? Having a stylish way to store those treats is a must. I love this one because of its simple design, clean look, and the fact that it can be personalized. It’ll coordinate with most decor styles, and you can choose both the breed as well as the pooch’s name. The dog will love this just as much as the human once he learns that the clink of the ceramic lid means treats. I’m guessing it’ll only take one treat to get there.
$45.99 at Lulu and Luckys
I love tote bags and have a strong suspicion others do as well. I discovered Tote Tails earlier this year and am in love with my bag, pictured below with our French Bulldog Louie. I carry it everywhere and can attest to the durability and quality of the bag and design. If you can’t find the breed (or animal) of your choice, you can upload a photo of the pet, and Tote Tails will make a silhouette based on the profile. You can add multiple pets and even a logo. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind gift that will be much appreciated by anyone who receives it.
$24.95 at Tote Tails
We have a son with Down syndrome, so when I discovered an Etsy shop featuring treats made from scratch by chefs with special needs, I knew I needed to include these in my dog’s stocking. The North Carolina-based company is devoted to enriching the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and in turn, pays it forward to dogs with peanut butter treats. It’s a win for everyone.
$10 for two 7-oz. boxes at arcBARKS
When not snuggling on laps, dogs love their own space. What could be more adorable than a tiny teepee to call their own? This fun dog bed has a removable, washable pillow, and it folds up neatly to store in an included bag for travel. This is the perfect gift for both dogs and their people.
$85 at Pipolli
I love, love, love these ornaments! I’m always looking for unique mementos of my pets to decorate the tree, and this one is a win in many ways. You can put a photo on each side as well as a pet’s name at no extra charge. The image is printed directly onto the resin oval, so the photo won’t come off or wear with age, but will forever be a way to feature beloved pets in holiday decor.
$12.95 at Bloomwood Originals
Why do dog dishes need to be stainless steel and boring? They don’t, and I love adding fun to our home in unexpected places. These whimsical bowls can be customized with 25 different backgrounds in a choice of 27 colors, and you have many choices in the name font and style as well. No other dog will have a dish quite like the one you design as a gift for such a lucky pup.
$19.99 and up at Cherry Tree Lane Design
This super-cute oversized scarf can also be used as a shawl. It measures 37 by 73 inches and features black-and-white dogs on a lightweight polyester fabric. The gray background is a great neutral color to coordinate with so many outfits, no matter the recipient’s style.
$10.89 at We Find The Gifts
All of the cold evenings ahead — to be spent in front of a roaring fire, sipping hot chocolate, and snuggling with a four-legged bestie — will require some seriously adorable lounge pants. Whether the person you give these to uses these for pajamas, yoga, or hanging around the house, the dog lover will be both comfortable and stylish. Many breeds are available.
$32 at Nic and the Newfie
One final note: Shipping times vary by Etsy store, so be sure to confirm that whatever you order will arrive in time.
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About the author: Karen Dibert is a wife, mom, and dog lover living in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. She has five kids, three French Bulldogs, and a flock of useless chickens. Karen authors a pet column for her local newspaper, advocates for her son with Down syndrome, manages Louie the French Dog’s Instagram accounts, compulsively photographs everything, and lives in the sewing room, filling orders for her Etsy shops, The French Dog, The French Dog Home, and Collar The Dog. A snapshot of her life can be seen on Facebook.