December 15, 2021

The best pet gifts of 2021

With the holidays coming up, you can't forget your animal friends when buying gifts. We've rounded up the best pet gifts of 2021, including a huge variety of gifts your furry friends will love, alongside some presents suitable for the animal-loving humans in your life.

Whatever your budget, we have an option for you. Read on for gift ideas that will simplify your shopping.

For the doting dog parent

furbo dog camera

Furbo Dog Camera

Users can see and hear their dogs in real-time from anywhere using a smartphone app, so it's the ideal present for a dog parent who's anxious about leaving their canine companion home alone. Since it dispenses treats, it could also make a great gift from you to your dog.

For the feline who likes to stay warm

K&H pet pad

K&H Gray and Black Self Warming Pet Pad

This self-warming bed is ideal for your feline friends. It contains a reflective layer that bounces the user's own body heat back at them for additional warmth. The perfect present for cats who love to stay cozy. 

For stress-free pet cleanup

iRobot Roomba

iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum

Another great gift for pet owners, this robot vacuum takes some of the stress out of cleaning up after furry family members. Without daily vacuuming, it's easy for pet hair and dirt from paws to build up, but not everyone has time for such regular cleaning. The Roomba does it all for you, leaving more free time for pet parents.

For the anxious pup

Pet Acoustics

Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes - Canine

This canine speaker is the gift for the dog who has everything. It comes preloaded with frequency-modulated musically clinically proven to calm dogs. It's perfect for dogs who suffer from mild separation anxiety when you're out and about. 


A tasty treat for your best friend

good lovin dog chew

Good Lovin' Hickory Smoked Rib Bone Dog Chew

You'll be your dog's best friend forever if you buy them these tasty hickory-smoked bones. They're safe for dogs to gnaw on and ideal for heavy chewers. 


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For the playful kitty

leaps & bounds crinkle cat tunnel

Leaps & Bounds Crinkle Cat Tunnel

Cats tunnels are great for felines who enjoy hiding and leaping out at their humans. The crinkle material inside adds an extra degree of enjoyment, and excitable cats often love zooming through from one end to the other. 


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To keep your companion warm and toasty this winter


KOOLTAIL Basic Dog Hoodie

Dogs will feel cozy and look adorable in one of these hoodies. They're available in six colors and a range of sizes from x-small to xx-large to fit most dogs. An ideal option for a canine companion who feels the cold.

For the dog owner who wants to keep Fido healthy and happy

Embark DNA Test

Embark Vet Breed & Health Dog DNA Test

This canine DNA test checks for 170+ genetic markers for hereditary diseases and searches a database of more than 250 breeds. This is an excellent gift for a dog owner who doesn't know their dog's mix of breeds or who is worried about genetic diseases. Also available at Amazon.

For the perfect pet pic

Poochie Selfie Stick

Pooch Selfie The Original Dog Selfie Stick Smartphone Attachment

Humans who are far more interested in taking selfies with their dogs than their dogs are in appearing in these selfies will enjoy receiving this dog selfie stick attachment as a gift. The ball catches dogs' attention, resulting in better selfies.

For the dog who likes to play fetch

Chuckit Launcher

Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball + Classic Launcher Dog Toy

If your dog is a fan of fetching balls, you can't beat this ball launcher as a gift. The launcher allows you to throw the ball further than you'd be able to by hand, while the two rubber balls included are highly durable.

For the dog lover

365 Puppies

365 Puppies-A-Year Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar

If 12 monthly puppies just aren't enough, this calendar features 365 puppies — one for every day! The ultimate budget gift for any dog-obsessed person.

For the pets that love to snuggle

furhaven pet blanket

Furhaven Self-Warming Pet Blanket

Dogs and cats who love snuggling will adore this cozy pet blanket with a reflective internal layer that reflects pets' body heat back at them for even more warmth. It's a lovely gift for your pets or for a pet owner who wants to keep their soft furnishings free of pet hair. 

For the dog who needs a little TLC

Honest Paws CBD Oil

Honest Paws CBD Oils

Honest Paws CBD treats and oils will be greatly appreciated by the chillest pets around — or those who need more chill. The company makes products for both dogs and cats, though your options for cats are more limited. It can help with pain, mobility issues, and anxiety. 

For the senior canine


RestoraPet Supplement

If you're buying for someone with a beloved senior pet, consider RestoraPet as a gift. This powerful blend of antioxidants, EPA/DHA, vitamins, and minerals can help reduce pain and stiffness in older pets, boost energy levels, and support overall wellbeing. It's suitable for all pets aside from fish and cold-blooded animals.

For the outdoorsy cat

K&H Outdoor Cat House

K&H Outdoor Heated Cat House

It's natural to worry about cats who spend a significant chunk of their day outdoors, but give the gift of this outdoor heated cat house and at least you won't need to worry about them getting cold. It has two exits so cats can't get trapped by predators or other neighborhood cats. Also available at Amazon


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A little extra stimulation for Rover

KONG Wobbler Toy

KONG Wobbler Dog Toy

Dogs who are food-motivated or need extra activities for mental stimulation will love this toy. They can knock it with their paws and snouts to get treats out, but it never falls over. Also available at Amazon.

For the cat that loves treats


PureBites Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Cat Treats

Even the fussiest of felines will do anything for these scrumptious treats made of 100% freeze-dried chicken breast. They're too pricey for everyday feeding, but the perfect treat for a special occasion. Also available at Amazon.


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A tempting treat for pearly whites


Whimzees Large Variety Dog Chews Container

We've covered treats for feline friends, but these are great for the dog in your life. Not only do they taste good, but they'll clean your dog's teeth as they chew, so these are really a gift for both you and your canine companion. You can also buy them in smaller sizes for little dogs. Also available at Amazon.

For the dog who loves playtime

petsafe dog toy

PetSafe Ricochet Electronic Dog Toy

These two paired ball-like toys move around and make noise independently, engaging your dog in play. They're perfect for dogs who need a little encouragement to be active. Also available at Amazon.

For a soft, cozy naptime

chanaysa throw

Chanasya Shaggy Longfur Faux Fur Throw Blanket

A super plush blanket that makes a great gift for dogs and cats who love to get cozy. You can set it on the floor or on your couch for your pets to lie on top of, or they can snuggle underneath it. It's available in a range of colors and sizes.

For the fussy drinker

petsafe pet fountain

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain

If your dog or cat hates drinking water from the bowl, they might prefer drinking from this pet fountain. Cats are especially fussy about water and are often more likely to drink from a moving source than a bowl. This fountain also filters the water, so it doesn't get full of drool or pieces of food.

 For the cat who likes to stretch, scratch, and nap

Trixie cat post

Trixie DreamWorld Baza Cat Scratching Post

Another great option to meet your cat's scratching needs. It features two sisal-wrapped scratching posts with a hammock-style bed stretched between them. It's a thoughtful gift for any cat who loves scratching just as much as they love snoozing. 


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For little ones who love to hide

pineapple hideaway

Multipet Medium Yellow Pineapple House Small Animal Hideaway

Don't leave your small pet off your holiday gift list. This cozy little hideaway is suitable for a range of small animals, such as hamsters, rats, and even birds. You can either hang it in your pet's enclosure or place it on the floor. 


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For an odor-free, allergen-free home

dyson air purifier

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool HP01 HEPA Air Purifier

Do you have a loved one who adores their pets but struggles with odors or allergens? This air purifier from Dyson traps 99.97% of allergens and detects and neutralizes airborne particles and gases for cleaner, fresher air in the home.


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For the canine who’s a little rough on toys

KONG whale

KONG Cuteseas Whale

With its corduroy construction, this plush whale toy lasts longer than some. It's a suitable gift for dogs who make quick work of flimsier plush toys. Also available at Amazon.


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For small pets that love sweet treats

oxbow banana sweet treats

Oxbow Simple Rewards Banana Small Animal Treats

Made from nothing but banana, these sweet treats will excite any small mammal. You do need to watch how many you give to your pet in one go because of their naturally high sugar content, but they're all-natural, so there's no need to worry about artificial additives. Also available at Amazon.

For your catnip-loving friend

catnip banana

Our Pet's Cosmic Catnip A-peeling Catnip Filled Banana Cat Toy

Not all cats react to catnip, but if your feline friend is among the 70 to 80% that do, they'll love this catnip-filled toy. 

For the dog that likes to chew


Nylabone Dura Chew Souper Bacon Dog Bone

Dogs who love to chew will thank you for buying this tough Nylabone. It's perfect for pups who shred or gnaw their way through less sturdy toys, plus the chewing action can help clean teeth. Also available at  Amazon.

For the pooch who loves to be groomed

KONG zoom groom brush

KONG Zoom Groom Brush

We love the Zoom Groom as a gift for dogs who enjoy being groomed and fussed over. The flexible rubber bristles massage your dog's skin as you brush. It can also be used wet for bathing animals, though your canine companion might not like that idea so much. Also available at Amazon.

For the pet who likes to stay warm

pet space heater

Cozy Pet Warmer Safe Pet Space Heater

If your cat curls up on your laptop for warmth or your dog is usually found in front of a radiator or the stove, they'll love this freestanding pet warmer. It's effectively a low-power heater that produces enough warmth to satisfy your pets, but not enough to scald them or cause them to overheat. 


Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

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