Sure, you have a lot of people you need to shop for this holiday season — but let's be honest. The most important person on your list isn't a person at all. For many of us, our pets have been the only force keeping us sane in 2020 — through lockdown, political upheaval, and an above-average dose of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
So if there was ever a time to go over-the-top with gifting for your favorite WFH associate, it would be now. It's been a hard year for them too, guys. Just think how often they've had to be stuck inside with their stressed-out humans.
For "uptown dogs" (or just dogs who really exude that energy).
It has not gone unnoticed by your dog that you have been eating a lot of snacks lately. She would like to get in on that action, please.
Perennial Brooklyn-based fave Slash Objects has teamed up with Studio Proba for their new collection, which includes this recycled rubber pet mat in an appealingly organic shape. Your pet will appreciate its no-slip properties; you'll appreciate its eco-conscious ones.
An ingeniously designed, magnetic-closure case for "clean-up" bags that's probably nicer than your handbag.
Finally, a practical reason to make your dog wear a bandana. And it's festive for the holidays, too!
For a pet so beloved, you think his you-know-what smells like roses.
These handmade, splatter-effect dog bowls come in black or white, so you can mix and match sizes and colors for your favorite companion.
We've seen a lot of elevated bowls in our day, but this one has a unique design that is extra-appealing ... thanks in part to its trendy terrazzo motif. The easy-to-clean stainless bowl nestles down inside for better alignment when feeding.
With a subtle, desert-chic ombré motif, these handmade stoneware bowls are pretty irresistible ... for pet and owner alike.
These bowls are an Insta-fave, and with good reason. Not only do they look striking, but their non-slip silicone base makes for easy feeding and cleaning. Oh, and they're now able to be monogrammed with up to 26 characters and 10 emojis. Just in case you need to maximize the cute-factor.
A quick warning: These are not ceramic bowls that look like marble. They are actually carved from white Danby marble extracted from Vermont. Are they absurdly expensive? Yes. Do they keep your pup's water at a naturally refreshing 67 degrees? Also yes. Sometimes, you've gotta treat your pup to the best. No judgment. (They also come in black.)
You're not the only one who could use a little CBD after the year we've had. This collab with buzzy CBD beverage Recess is perfect for calming down stressed-out puppers.
Don't tell our waggy-tailed friends, but this bowl and mat set is actually designed for (shh) cats. We think the design is so enticing, though, that we might scoop it up for a small dog.
The prints are great, but we're partial to the easy-carry handle as the winning detail.
A painterly palette for your favorite pooch.
Want to give your pup a little variety in his meals? These new "meal toppers" from Max Bone feature yummy freeze-dried ingredients so you can mix things up.
German designer Prunkhund's covetable designs do it again, this time in a femme floral print.
Not all pet beds are created equal — and that's even more true when it comes to "nest beds." BackUpDesign's options are incredibly well-made, with removable covers, heavy-duty hardware, and soft down alternative inserts that are channel-sewn so the fluff doesn't migrate to one side.
21. Fable Game, $55
This new game-meets-dog-bowl is a revolutionary way to feed and exercise your dog that provides an interactive distraction for over thirty minutes. Simply fill it up with dry food — it can hold up to two cups — and let your dog freely play with it while food is slowly distributed. Your pup will be entertained and fed, all while you finish up that important Zoom call.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.