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Best Dog Stocking Stuffers 2021


Beagle dog wearing red Santa hat next to a red Christmas stocking on a brown wood background

According to a survey in 2020, nearly 70% of dog owners say their dog has a Christmas stocking. If you’re one of them, you know you’ll need some good dog stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Every year, there are more dog stocking stuffer options available online. But how do you know which ones are safe for your pet? We’ve compiled a list of gifts that have all been reviewed and approved by a veterinarian. Read on to find some unique, practical, and fun stocking stuffers for dogs. Happy howl-idays!

1. Festive Starbucks plush toy

Give them a puppuccino they can have anytime with these dog stocking stuffers from Haute Diggity Dog. Each plush toy is based on a famous Starbucks holiday drink. Our favorite is the “puppermint mocha,” but they also have “pupkin spice latte,” “dog nog,” and many more to fit any coffee lover’s preference.

Other caffeine-free options include this hot chocolate squeaker toy and this set of three Santa’s Helpers toys. As with any new chew or toy, be sure to supervise your pup to make sure he doesn’t ingest any pieces.

2. Bath brush

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Who says bath time can’t be fun? Pups like to be pampered, too. This bath brush from Bodhi Dog has 17,000+ ratings on Amazon and was a winner of the 2020 Family Choice Awards. It scrubs away dirt while giving your dog a gentle massage, making it a fun and practical dog stocking stuffer.

3. Turkey + cranberry dog treats

These turkey and cranberry dog treats from Zuke’s are shaped like holiday trees. They come in a mini size, making them a perfect stocking stuffer for dogs with refined palates. Other festive flavors include turkey and pumpkin and chicken, pumpkin, and apple.

For pups with sensitive stomachs, try the Gentle Snackers dog treats from Purina instead.

Did you know? Embark found that treats are the most common gifts that pup parents give (92%). Other popular gifts include chew toys (82%), beds (74%), squeaky toys (74%), balls (71%), and plush toys (62%).

Veterinarian tip: Remember, treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet. When introducing new food, you should ideally try one new treat at a time to make sure that it does not upset your dog’s stomach.

4. Qwizl treat toy

Everyone loves a good puzzle toy. The Qwizl treat-dispensing toy from West Paw is a great dog stocking stuffer that will keep your pup busy for hours. It’s dishwasher-safe and pairs well with all kinds of treats, including dog biscuits, dental chews, mashed banana, kibble, and more. It’s available in two sizes and three bright colors. And it’s eco-friendly, too! 

5. Embark Vet gift card

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An Embark gift card is a great stocking stuffer for any dog or dog lover in your life. Simply order your eGift card online, print it out, and place it in your dog’s stocking. Gift cards are available in $25 increments, starting at $50.

6. Gingerbread-flavored dental treats

Vet-recommended Greenies now come in a festive gingerbread flavor that your dog is sure to enjoy for the holidays. The unique texture helps slow plaque and tartar accumulation as part of an easy, at-home preventative oral care routine.

7. Lamb Chop plush toy

Who knew that the puppet Lamb Chop would be coming back in a big way? With 23,000+ reviews on Amazon, this Lamb Chop plush squeaker toy is a real sleeper hit that is both nostalgic for you and fun for your dog. The best part? At $5, it’s the perfect price point for a dog stocking stuffer.

8. Festive holiday bandanas

Dog wearing a red and green holiday bandana on white background

This bandana set from Native Pup comes in multiple holiday theme options. Each set is under $10 and includes three bandanas, so you can even gift them to multiple dogs. 

9. Paw protection wax

Cold, dry weather and walking on ice or snow in the winter can lead to dry or cracked paw pads. Musher’s Secret paw protection wax is a great dog stocking stuffer that helps to soothe and heal cracked paws. It contains beeswax and vitamin E and is recommended by vets.

Veterinarian tip: Never use lotions made for humans on your dog. If you’re using a paw wax or balm, use one that has dog-safe ingredients. Be careful not to over-moisturize your dog’s paws, which can cause them to be too soft to handle walking on rough surfaces. And talk to their veterinarian if you think that there could be a true medical issue with their paw pads.

10. Plaid holiday collar

These festive plaid collars from The Foggy Dog are perfect for the winter or any time of year. They have a wide variety of colors to choose from. By purchasing one of these dog collars, you’re doing a good deed for a dog in need, too—every order helps feed dogs in shelters.

For a more budget-friendly dog stocking stuffer, try their bowties.

11. Burt’s Bees multipurpose wipes

This doggy stocking stuffer is a gift for both you and your dog. If you have a pup who loves to run around in the mud and dive into piles of who-knows-what, keep a set of these multipurpose wipes on hand. They’re made with natural ingredients, pH balanced, and infused with honey to help give your dog a soft and shiny coat.

MalAcetic Wet Wipes are another vet-recommended option. They are available in 25-count or 100-count packs.

12. Ice cream for dogs

This ice cream for dogs starts as a dry mix that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, making it a perfect dog stocking stuffer. Just add water and freeze it to give your pup a holiday treat. Flavors include Christmas cookie, maple bacon, vanilla, and carob. 

Frosty Paws offers another frozen dog treat option that is veterinarian-approved. But these have to stay in the freezer, making them less stocking-friendly.

Veterinarian tip: For any pups with underlying medical conditions or a sensitive tummy, we recommend skipping this treat! 

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13. A stocking

With all these dog stocking stuffers, you’ll need a stocking to put them in! You can find plenty of festive patterns on Etsy. Many also offer the option to customize it with your dog’s name or portrait.

Looking for more gift ideas for dogs and dog lovers? Check out our vet-approved gift guide and the best gifts for dog moms. Or see our full list of holiday gifts.

Mimi Padmabandu Contributor

Mimi Padmabandu is a scientific writer and Senior Content Strategist at Embark Veterinary. Her career includes a decade of experience writing about science and genomics for leading biotechnology companies, including Illumina, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and more. She holds a bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA and a master’s degree from King’s College London.

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