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The Best Holiday Gifts for Dog Dads in 2021



With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's time to start searching for the "ultimutt" gift for the dog dad in your life! After all, there's no better gift for a dog dad than something that reminds him of his barking best buddy. We've compiled a list of the best dog dad gifts in 2021 to make picking the "pawfect" present a little easier.

A Wag! gift card

Looking for a gift every pet parent will find helpful? Wag! gift cards are redeemable for walks, overnight care, drop-ins, training, digital vet care, and more! A Wag! gift card helps keep the dog dad in your life prepared for whatever life throws at him and his pooch.

Just head to the gift card page, enter the dog dad's details, hit "submit", and the gift card will be sent to their email for a quick and easy present.

Custom PokéPet cards

Pokémon has been all the rage this year, and getting a dog dad a custom card of his canine compadre is sure to be a home run. Just upload a pic of his pup, customize everything from the card's color to the attack description, and you'll get a hand-drawn, custom metal PokéPet Card to give as the "pawfect" nerdy gift for the holidays.

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A stylish yet durable dog leash

For the practical pet parent in your life, consider "pawchasing" a stylish yet durable leash as a present. A durable leash is a great present for any dog dad whose pup is a budding escape artist with a habit of getting loose from their leash. It can also be a fitting present for anyone with a dog walking side hustle. "Pawpular" brands to check out on Amazon include Leashboss and MayPaw.

A state park pass

Consider getting an annual state park pass for the dog dad who loves nothing more than to go on adventures with his fur-baby. While most state parks are free to enter, you'll need to pay for parking. State park passes cover all expenses, so dog dads and their woofers can take every opportunity to explore their stunning state. You can find the state park pass for California here.

Custom pet-themed face masks

Make wearing a face mask less of a chore for the responsible dog dad in your life with a customized pet-themed face mask. Companies like Cuddle Clones will let you upload a pic of your pup to plaster all over a face mask! You can even choose the background pattern and color for extra customization.

A doggy DNA test

Ever wondered whether your dog is part Chihuahua? Or maybe you want to learn more about your pedigree lineage? With a doggy DNA test, you can find out everything about Fido's ancestry. Depending on the kit, you can even determine if a dog is prone to hereditary health conditions, like hip dysplasia. Many people consider Embark DNA kits to be among the best kits on the market.

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A dog hamper subscription

Please pup and parent with a dog hamper subscription. Companies like PupJoy offer customizable subscription boxes, letting you choose from treats, toys, walking supplies, and more to send a dad and his doggo. Set it up so the first box comes in time for the holidays, and let the dog dad know the delivery schedule for future boxes. It's the gift that keeps giving!

A cheesy dog t-shirt

Another simple gift idea that is sure to get a giggle is a cheesy dog t-shirt. There's no shortage of options online, and it'll be something fun for the dog dad to wear on walks or around the house. Personal favorite slogans include "sit happens" and "feliz navidog".

Smart collar with GPS

A gift for a dog dad whose pup thinks they're in The Great Escape is a smart collar. Smart collars come fitted with GPS trackers that'll alert your phone if your dog strays too far from home. Popular products like the Link AKC Smart Collar even come with Bluetooth beacons so you can set the limits of where your pup can roam.

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Homemade holiday treats

Nothing says you care quite like homemade gifts, so rustle up some pup-friendly holiday treats. Bonus points if your favorite dog dad can also enjoy them with his fur-baby!

Just ensure you speak to the pet parents first to ensure their pup doesn't have any allergies. You'll also want to check if all the ingredients are safe for dogs. Check out these holiday muffin recipes and peanut butter treat recipes for inspiration!

What gift are you giving your favorite dog dad this year? Share your ideas and stories with us in the comments!

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