‘Tis better to give than to receive, the traditional saying goes. That especially applies to gifts from the heart during the holiday season. And who better to be on the receiving end of your most generous gestures than your loyal dog?
Sure, your pooch would appreciate a new squeaky toy or chewy bone. But why not go all out and indulge your best furry friend with something truly spectacular? To help, we found 10 presents that top the charts when it comes to extravagant spending. Some are highly functional, others are purely entertaining, but all are for the pet parent with a sense of humor and plenty of discretionary income.
Elegant yet understated, this ivory canvas carrier has an eye-catching red leather trim, sturdy snaps, zippers, straps, and silver-lined openings for easy breathing. Posh pet parents can travel in style during and after the holidays with a classic designer Hermès look.
$1,295 at 1stdibs.com
Faux fur (phew!) is in season, and even already-furry friends could use some plush threads to keep warm on wintry days (right?). With Velcro closures and an opening for your pooch’s leash, this fitted coat will help your mutt strut the city streets or country roads with flair.
$80 to $100 at neimanmarcus.com
This isn’t your average backyard doghouse made of scrap wood and spare nails. The Scandinavian design has weatherproof paint, a removable roof, and real glass windows. In fact, you may never get Fido to come inside again once you give him a comfy, cozy place of his own.
$6,800 at doggiecoutureshop.com
A masculine yet utterly refined neck adornment, this alligator dog collar would do well on just about any manly mutt or purebred. Plus, it can be personalized so everyone knows just who’s wearing such sophisticated neck gear.
$250 to $360 at neimanmarcus.com
At the other end of the spectrum, the Frida pink-jeweled collar with chain lead is a little piece of Italian-made luxury, perfect for fiercely feminine canines. Taking the glam factor up a notch, the coordinating Frida waste-bag carrier elevates the act of cleaning up after your four-legged friend.
You don’t have to be a wine snob to appreciate the clever design of this handcrafted oak wine barrel turned dog bed. Made with reclaimed wood and steel bands, the effect is both rustic and industrial. Let your pooch pick from brown mahogany, burnt sienna, and light golden oak.
$299 at petplay.com
Whether or not your dog loves being groomed, investing in a Home Pet Spa means your furry friend can be preened with precision. The rectangular contraption doesn’t look very luxurious, but once Sprinkles steps inside, she’ll be treated to the cleansing and massaging effects of six mist jets, a shower wand, and pet-safe restraints.
$799 at homepetspa.com
Even irritating allergies can’t keep us from opening our hearts and homes to a pet family member, especially when air purifiers can make everyone a little more comfortable. This “True-HEPA” filtration device has an anti-microbial, hair-collecting pre-filter and promises to keep dander and odors in check with four different fan speeds.
$329.99 at winixamerica.com
Rover deserves to be included in your next family getaway, so why not find a hotel that makes special accommodations for him? The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has a special two-night INNcredible Pets Package that includes a 30-minute in-room doggie massage, a gourmet pet menu for nightly selections, a personalized L.L.Bean dog bed, and nightly turndown service with a locally made treat.
$645 and up at innbythesea.com
If your dog seems to be carrying a few extra pounds after the holidays, a treadmill just for pups is one way to help keep his health in check. This portable version touts a manual flip-bar to ramp up the intensity and even a 30-day exercise program to get Bruiser in shape before Valentine’s Day.
$599 at dogtread.com
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About the author: Whitney C. Harris is a New York-based freelance writer for websites including StrollerTraffic, Birchbox, and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by).