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.

This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images
Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

Check out some other ways to make flying more comfortable here.

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