11 Brilliant Gifts for Your Dog


Don’t limit your shopping list to your human loved ones this holiday season. Here are some gifts that will keep your dog feeling clean, comfortable, and entertained into the new year.

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1. BLUE VELVET COAT; $44-$49

Blue velvet pet coat.
Up Country

Winter is a prime fashion opportunity for pets. This velveteen coat will keep your dog toasty outdoors, while also allowing them to look stylish. The interior is lined with silk and the collar is trimmed with faux fur to provide luxurious comfort. Whether you’re dressing a chihuahua or a German shepherd, the coat comes in whatever size you need.

Find It: Up Country


Dog treats shaped like leaves.

Dogs enjoy seasonal treats just as much as the rest of us. Each of these gourmet dog biscuits is shaped into a colorful maple leaf with a white paw print stamped on the front. The ingredients, which include whole wheat flour, honey, oats, and carob icing, are just as wholesome as what you’d find in human health food.

Find It: Woofables


Dog shampoo.

Make bath time a more pleasant experience for both you and your dog with a 16-ounce bottle of this hydrating shampoo. Blended with natural botanicals and amino acids, it washes away dirt without making skin feel dry or irritated. It leaves your dog’s fur looking as soft and shiny as a trip to the groomers would.

Find It: Amazon


Patch of grass in a cardboard box.

House training a pet is hard—as is taking them out to pee in the middle of a snow storm. If your dog needs to relieve themselves inside, the Fresh Patch is your best option. The disposable cardboard container is filled with real hydroponically-grown grass, allowing your dog to pee indoors without associating the act with your floor or carpet. It's a great alternative for puppies who aren’t housebroken or owners who aren’t able to keep up with their pet’s pee schedule.

Find It: Amazon


Dog wearing an illuminated collar.
Nite Ize

A safe pet is a happy pet. Strap these flexible, LED strips onto your dog’s regular collar before taking them for a walk or letting them outside at night. The glowing red light around their neck lets you keep an eye on them in case they stray too far.

Find It: Nite Ize


Bag for dog treats.
Rad Dog

With this bag, you’ll have no excuse not to take your pet on vacation with you next year. The lightweight Cordura and nylon container consists of one main compartment for storing dry dog food and a smaller one for holding your dog’s accessories. Take up to 6 pounds of kibble with you on your next getaway.

Find It: Rad Dog


Geometric dog toy.

Dogs can get a lot of use out of a good puzzle. This geometric toy comes in two colors, gray and pink, and can hold up to 1 cup of dog treats. As your pet kicks, nudges, and chews the object in an effort to access the food inside, you can finally take the opportunity to sit back and relax.

Find It: Amazon


Hand holding folded dog bowl.
Rad Dog

When taking your dog for a jog or hike, every ounce you carry can slow you down. Keep your load as light as possible with this collapsible dog bowl. The waterproof nylon container weighs less than an ounce and folds down to the size of a camera battery. Whenever you want to give your dog food or water on the go, the pocket bowl makes it easy.

Find It: Rad Dog


Dry shampoo for dogs.

If there’s one thing dogs hate about grooming, it’s getting into the bathtub. With this dry shampoo you can get your pet clean without getting them wet. The lemon drop-scented formula refreshes your dog’s fur while eliminating nasty odors and adding a boost of moisture.

Find It: PetSmart


Bucket of dog balls.

It’s hard to beat the classics, so why not add another ball to your dog’s collection this holiday? These red tennis-style balls come emblazoned with the crest of Harry Barker, a brand known for its luxury pet products.

Find It: Amazon


Life vest for dogs.

Every dog deserves to have fun in the water no matter the level of their swimming skills. Bring your dog to a lake, pool, or beach, strap them into this buoyant foam life vest, and watch them doggy-paddle to their heart’s content. The float coat comes in three colors, blue, red, and yellow, and sizes to fit extra-small to extra-large dogs.

Find It: Amazon

11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Finding a suitable gift for a Secret Santa, Yankee, or white elephant exchange can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the recipient all that well. We wanted to help, so we found 11 items that anyone would be happy to receive.

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1. Bourbon-Infused Coffee

We could all use a little kick in the morning, and this Tennessee-brewed coffee is sure to do the trick. A splash of Kentucky bourbon lends the Arabica beans their unique aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t actually contain alcohol, so it’s plenty safe for sipping at the office.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $20.

2. Bento 3-in-1 Splash Box

A set of containers

Plastic-free is increasingly becoming the new norm. The Splash Box has three non-toxic stainless steel food trays that lock together for easy transport, while simultaneously keeping your peas apart from your mashed potatoes. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, and safe for the dishwasher, oven, and toaster oven on medium heat.

Find It on Amazon for $35.

3. Clinique Mascara and Balm Travel Ornament Set

A makeup set

This travel kit is the perfect accessory for frequent fliers who want to freshen up after touching down in a new city or country. Clinique’s black High Impact mascara and cleansing balm are wrapped up in a convenient—and TSA-approved!—travel ornament.

Find It at Walmart for $16 and also at these other retailers:

4. “Weird & Wacky USA” Jigsaw Puzzle

A U.S. map puzzle
True South

Help someone discover the quirky side of America with this 500-piece puzzle illustrated by an award-winning designer. Colorful icons highlight the odd roadside attractions in each state, and who knows—it might even inspire an unforgettable road trip.

Find It at the True South Puzzle Company for $27.

5. Italian Chesemaking Kit

The cheesemaking kit
Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of good cheese this season with a DIY kit. The box holds enough ingredients to make 10 batches of cheese, including classic varieties such as mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. No prior cheesemaking experience necessary.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $25.

6. Jam Hang Up Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A portable speaker
Best Buy

Music lovers will appreciate this durable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in suction and stick pad. They can slap it on a shower wall, mirror, or other smooth surface around the house or backyard and get their groove on. It can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Find It at these retailers:

7. SmartKlear Carbon Smartphone Cleaner

A smartphone cleaner
The Grommet

NASA uses SmartKlear’s carbon cleaning technology in its space station, and it can now be used to scrub the germs and grime from any smartphone or electronic screen. Simply swipe the device across a screen, and the carbon substance it contains will get to work repelling any dirt or oil it encounters.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

8. The Tile Mate

The Tile Mate and Slim Combo Pack

We all know that one person who’s constantly misplacing their things. The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker will help jog their memory. It hooks onto keychains, suitcases, purses, bikes, and more to help the user find their items via a companion app. It also works in reverse: Pressing a button on the Tile Mate makes the user’s phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

Find It on Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

9. Homesick Books Candle

The Books candle
Homesick Candles

The Books candle from Homesick would make a thoughtful gift for any bibliophile who already has a stack of unread novels at home. Top notes of orange and nutmeg are rounded out by earthy fragrances like sandalwood and cedarwood. Splashes of vanilla, balsam, and amber form the base and help recreate the unmistakable scent of a good book.

Find It at Homesick Candles for $30 and also at these other retailers:

10. Chocolate-Covered Snowman Oreos

A box of chocolate-covered Oreos

Who doesn’t love holiday-themed chocolates? These milk chocolate-drizzled Oreos from Philadelphia Candies come with candy snowmen on top. There’s also a dark chocolate version, as well as a milk chocolate version with winter snowflakes on top.

Find It on Amazon for $15.

11. Ulla Hydration Reminder Bottle

The water bottle on a desk
The Grommet

We often forget to stay hydrated, but this water bottle accessory from Ulla makes it easy to foster healthy habits. The silicone band fits over most bottles and sends out reminders to take a swig any time the user has gone too long without water. Get one for a health-conscious coworker, or perhaps that one person you know who seems to be subsisting solely on coffee.

Find It at The Grommet for $25 or on Amazon for $29.

11 Brilliant Gifts $10 and Up


This year, rock Secret Santa with ease. These 11 budget-friendly ideas are ideal for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges, and last-minute presents.

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1. Bomioli Rocco Selecta Decanter

whiskey decanter

Even those with the most discerning taste will appreciate this affordable, Italian-made decanter with matching stopper. Its elaborate cut-glass pattern gives an air of sophistication to any whiskey of choice and it's even dishwasher-safe.

Find It at Amazon for $13 and also at these other retailers:

2. Square Jellyfish Micro Tripod

Banish blurry photos and shaky video with this foldable tripod. The lightweight gadget is compatible with smartphones, mini tablets, and small cameras—and is perfect for the person who's constantly capturing moments on the go.

Find It at Amazon for $10 at also at these other retailers:

3. Craft Beer Pretzel Mix Trio

craft beer pretzel mix
Uncommon Goods

An appetizing plan: Just add beer to this mix to create soft, salty pretzels in less than an hour. Include a beloved brew alongside this gift to really show you care. According to the markers, darker beers will create a heartier dough while lighter beers will add more of a citrus taste.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $25.

4. Tree In A Box

This tree kit includes everything your loved one will need to show off their green thumb, including a packet of tree seeds, a biodegradable peat pot, nutrient soil pellet, and a how-to guide packed with simple-to-follow steps. There are plenty of tree options available from sycamore to ponderosa pine.

Find It at Tree In A Box for $6.

5. Oliver Champagne Cork Appetizer Plate

Serve up festive appetizer plates to your favorite holiday hostess. Each microwave-safe dish features a mixed-media illustration, like the one above which shows a stick figure marching with a champagne cork hat and toothpick baton.

Find It at CB2 for $3.

6. Sakura Blossom Bar Soap

Give the gift of relaxation. Apple, citrus, and heliotrope create a calming combination, and best of all, this soap is vegan and cruelty-free.

Find It at Soap & Paper for $8.

7. "French Picnic" Salt Blend

Ocean salt combined with mustard, garlic, and herbs makes this artisanal blend a must-have in any foodie’s kitchen. Sprinkle the homemade mix over veggies or chicken to transport taste buds to France. Other available options include the Magic Unicorn blend (salt, paprika, rosemary, and garlic) and Hot Steve (salt, cayenne, chipotle, orange, garlic, and smoked paprika).

Find It at Etsy for $8.

8. The Tocca Try-It Kit

Shopping for a fickle fashionista can be tricky, so hedge your bets and give them four perfume options in this sampler kit from TOCCA. Each scent has its own signature mix with personality, from Emelia’s fruity zest of clementine and fig to Florence’s sophisticated florals of jasmine and iris.

Find It at Birchbox for $7.

9. BB-8 Droid Coin Bank

Perfect for the Star Wars fan in your life, this ceramic bank is shaped like the BB-8 droid from The Force Awakens. The slot in the back makes saving for a rainy day easy, and all the painted details turn this bank into a fantastic addition to any Star Wars collection.

Find It at Amazon for $10.

10. Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags

College kids and cheese sandwich-enthusiasts can up their grilled cheese game with these toaster bags. Slide a sandwich or leftover pizza slice into one of these bags and pop it in the toaster. The gooey contents are protected from becoming a burnt mess, thanks to the bags’ Teflon coating. Each bag is dishwasher-safe and lasts for 50 grilled cheese sandwiches.

Find It at UncommonGoods or $10.

11. Funko's Pop! TV Figures

Help a friend or family member honor another year of standout television with these mini figurines. The collection includes characters from The Flash, The Walking Dead, Golden Girls, Game of Thrones (like Daenerys Targaryen, pictured above), and more.

Find It at Amazon for $7 and up and also at these other retailers: