11 Thoughtful Gifts For People Who Love Dogs

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Reward your favorite four-legged friend for being a good boy all year with these pup-friendly purchases.

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1. WHIMZEES Holiday Tree & Snowman Variety Pack Dental Dog Treats

Whimzees holiday treats
Chewy's

From eggnog to the classic Christmas ham, some foods help get us into the season. Help your dog do the same with these festive treats that not only come in snowman and holiday tree shapes, but are also GMO-, gluten-, and grain-free.

Find It at Chewy for $14.

2. Personalized Dog Treats


The bone identity: Spoil a special four-legged friend with these handmade, 3.5-inch grain-free, peanut butter treats. Each set contains 10 and a personalized name or message.

Find It at Etsy for $15.

3. Wellness Holiday Gingerbread Dog Treats


Give Fido the same warm feeling you get from the crunch of oven-baked gingerbread treats. These biscuits boast ingredients that are all "whole veggies and real herbs" and are packed with plenty of antioxidants.

Find It at Chewy for $5.

4. Dog Treat Jar


Convenient, durable, and stylish, this jar keeps dog snacks fresh and ready. And when it gets dirty, your loved one can remove the lid and put it in the dishwasher.

Find It at Chewy for $18.

5. Pug Hand Warmers

pug-shaped hand warmers
Kohl's

Stuff their stocking with something warm. Perfect for the pug-obsessed, these 7.5" x 4.7" x .8" cold weather staples can keep hands heated for at least 30 minutes.

Find It at Kohl’s for $15.

6. Wagz Smart Feeder

Wag Smartfeeder
Amazon

Splurge on the Wagz Smart Feeder, which can dispense food at any time or even allows pet owners to set a schedule right from their phone. It also make restocking easy, with built-in options to reorder food when supplies get low.

Find It at Amazon for $200 and also at these other retailers:

7. Blueberry Pet Holiday Sweaters


We all love a good Ugly Christmas Sweater party, so why shouldn’t dogs get in on the fun? These festive, machine-washable options are available in a variety of sizes and can even be paired with a matching one for the human in their life.

Find It at Amazon for $16.

8. Precision Pet Petmate Extreme Weather-Resistant Log Cabin Dog House


Animal shelter: The Precision Pet Log Cabin Dog House is durable and resistant to the elements and also comes in three different sizes.

Find It at Amazon for $72 and also at these other retailers:

9. WIGZI Dual Doggie 2 Dog Retractable Leash


Know someone who needs to keep up with more than one pup? This WIGZI retractable leash has two leashes, is designed to resist tangling, and also features reflective material for late-night walks.

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

10. noxgear Illuminated and Reflective Harness


Compared to other options, most harnesses cause less stress on a dog’s neck during walks. But this adjustable noxgear harness goes the extra mile, adding light and reflection for night walks.

Find It at Amazon for $50 and also at these other retailers:

11. FurHaven Pet Dog Bed


Let sleeping dog lay in luxury: FurHaven's dog bed is soft to the touch and comfortable for dogs of any size. Plus, its cover is machine washable for easy clean up.

Find It at Amazon for $46.

22 Whimsical Clear Phone Cases That Let You Show Off Your Favorite Art

Society6
Society6

It seems like Society6 is constantly coming up with more and more products that you can get emblazoned with your favorite artists' work. From notebooks to shower curtains, we're getting to a point where an entire apartment can be covered in artful sloths. And so can your phone.

The art print site's clear iPhone cases are transparent and incorporate the look of the phone underneath into the design. Often, the patterns look like stickers, but with the advantage of never peeling. The protective cases come in two versions: slim (a frosted plastic case) or tough (a two-piece, impact resistant case) and are available for $36 for iPhone 6 and later.

We collected all our favorite designs to give you a quick look at what's available.

1. WITCHCRAFT

2. BANANA!!

3. MY SLEEPY PET

4. FRIDA KAHLO

5. PUG YOGA

6. UNICORN LAND

7. NATURE WALKS

8. SNEAKY CAT

9. CACTUS OUTFIT

10. FLY ME TO THE MOON

11. GOLDEN CELESTIAL BUGS

12. HAMMERHEADS

13. I SHOW YOU THE STARS

14. FOR THE TREES

15. SKELETON

16. GREEN AND BLACK GARDEN WITH RED FLOWERS

17. CAT'S EYES

18. BABY AXOLOTL

19. SOLAR SYSTEM

20. BEAR GARDEN

21. TRICKSTERS

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A version of this story first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availabilty.

This Indoor Garden Grows Up to 30 Fruits and Vegetables With Little Maintenance Required

IGWorks
IGWorks

If you want to always have fresh tomatoes and basil on hand without having to visit your nearest farmers' market or devote multiple hours each week to gardening, there's an easier option—no green thumb required!

The iHarvest is a hydroponic gardening system that lets you grow up to 30 varieties of fruits and veggies—including tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, watermelon, and various herbs—right in your kitchen. Powered by 72 watts of low-energy LEDs, the system's lighting and watering functions are fully automated, which keeps maintenance to a minimum.

All you have to do is plant a seed in an apparatus called the media, place the media in a pod, and add water to the iHarvest. The built-in timers do the rest of the work, ensuring that your plants are adequately fed and nourished each day, regardless of the season. After water is pumped to the plant's roots, it runs through a filter and returns to the bottom reservoir of the iHarvest device. The water and nutrients only need replenished once every two weeks, on average.

It's quick, too. Tomatoes are estimated to reach their full size in 10 days, and everything that you harvest will be free of herbicides and pesticides. Hanging plants and fruits like squash and cucumber can be suspended from the iHarvest's trellis, and the vertical design also makes it ideal for people in tight living quarters. The entire system takes up just 2.5 square feet of space, measuring 2 feet, 8 inches wide.

Order the iHarvest now on Kickstarter to get 35 percent off the retail price, which lowers the total cost to $549. And if you want to do some comparison shopping, you may also like the OGarden Smart—an indoor garden that lets you grow up to 90 fruits and vegetables.

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