The Budget-Friendly Dog Person Gift Guide Under $20

Diehard dog lovers know it’s not out of the ordinary to spoil their pups more than themselves, and we work hard to do more than give a dog a bone, as it were. You’ll have no problem keeping your wallet intact this year browsing for the best of the best gifts for dogs and their people. Besides, a smile and a tail wag make just about everything worth it.

LEATHER PADDED DOG COLLAR

For Dapper Dogs

Why we love it:

  • Buffalo hide leather lasts a lifetime
  • Durable brass hardware
  • Adjustable fit

Amazon: Leather Padded Dog Collar

Made with vegetable-tanned buffalo hide and durable brass hardware, this collar is designed to last a lifetime and look great doing it. The large D-ring leaves plenty of room to attach ID and rabies tags and your dog’s leash clip, and the adjustable buckle ensures a perfect fit. Just be sure to get an accurate neck measurement first with a soft tape!

HYPER PET K-9 KANNON BALL LAUNCHER

For High-Energy Pups

Why we love it:

  • Super fun to use
  • Never touch a slobbery ball again
  • Great for long distance fetch

Amazon: Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon Ball Launcher

No more touching slimy tennis balls or wearing your arm out playing extended games of fetch! The K-9 Kannon does all the work for you, and it’s ridiculously fun for both humans and dogs. It works like a super-powered slingshot—and you bet it will totally make all the other dogs at the park jealous.

WINER DOGS DACHSHUND DRINK MARKERS

For Wine-Lovers

Why we love it:

  • Ridiculously cute
  • BPA-free silicone
  • Available in a 6-pack

Amazon: Winer Dogs Dachshund Drink Markers

Um, this is fantastic. WINE-r dogs? I mean c’mon, people, you can’t find a more amusing gift than this. These snoozing Doxie drink markers come in a set of 6 different colors to help you mark your territory without, you know, peeing on stuff. They’re made of food-safe silicone and are not dishwasher-safe.

FAIR ISLE SKI HAT

For Long Winter Walks

Why we love it:

  • BarkShop exclusive item
  • THERE ARE DOGS ON IT
  • Comfy and warm when temperatures drop

BarkShop: Fair Isle Ski Hat

When I refer to clothes as my “dog walking (insert apparel here)” it pretty much means they’re my comfiest, most beloved items. And 9 times out of 10 they have dogs on them, which remains accurate here. You can’t go wrong with a good, warm hat, especially when it’s decked out with a pom-pom.

PUPPY SCOOPS PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM MIX

For Super Sweet-Tooths

Why we love it:

  • Add water & freeze
  • Serving sizes: 1 scoop for small dogs, 1-2 scoops for medium dogs, half pint for large dogs, whole pint for giant dogs
  • Made with lactose-free whole milk

Amazon: Puppy Scoops Peanut Butter Ice Cream Mix

Next time you curl up with a gallon of Neapolitan and a spoon, don’t leave your dog hanging! Puppy Scoops ice cream arrives at your door as a powder, and all you need to do is dissolve it with hot water, freeze for at least 5 hours, and serve. Some reviewers suggest leaving the pint out for 10-15 minutes before serving to make scooping easier, but 10/10 dogs would take it either way.

KURGO MUD DOG TRAVEL SHOWER

For Adventurous Pups & Parents

Why we love it:

  • Perfect for travel
  • Dishwasher safe (made of food grade silicone)
  • Lifetime warranty

Amazon: Kurgo Mud Dog Travel Shower

This little green cap is as useful as it is ingenious. Bring along a 2-liter soda bottle filled with water on your dog’s next outdoor excursion, pop this “shower head” on in place of the lid, and squeeze. You’ll get about 2 minutes of constant water to rinse away dirt, mud, and sand before permitting them to hop back in the car.

OUTWARD HOUND SLO-BOWL

For Exuberant Eaters

Why we love it:

  • Small and large sizes
  • Helps control portions & prevent bloat
  • Top rack dishwasher-safe

Amazon: Outward Hound Slo-Bowl

Dogs who scarf down their meals before the bowl even hits the floor are at risk of tummy aches, gas, and bloat (a condition in which the stomach fills with food, fluid, or gas and puts pressure on other organs; it can become life-threatening very quickly). Slow-feeder bowls provide mental stimulation while also preventing pups from swallowing so much air when they eat.

DACHSHUND NOTEBOOK

For Writers & Doodlers

Why we love it:

  • Unlined pages perfect for thoughts & sketches
  • Wraparound Dachshund design
  • Medium-weight paper stock

Amazon: Dachshund Notebook

There’s a bit of Doxie-lover in all of us, and these weens are just long enough to stretch around your new favorite notebook (and your heart). Budding writers, daydreaming doodlers, and expert artists alike deserve a place their mind can call its own.

BAKE & FREEZE SILICONE DOG TREAT MAKER

For Pseudo-Chefs

Why we love it:

  • Oven, microwave, freezer, & dishwasher safe
  • FDA-approved silicone
  • Make treats yourself with your dog’s favorite ingredients

Amazon: Bake & Freeze Silicone Dog Treat Maker

Does your dog go bananas for blueberries? Or bonkers for bananas? You can throw in a variety of healthy treats and bake or freeze these bones to perfection.

Give this grain-free recipe a shot: 1/2 cup of dog-safe peanut butter (no xylitol), 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup of plain pumpkin purée, 3 eggs, and 1 1/2 cups of coconut flour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients together in a bowl, fill the bone molds, and bake for 13-15 min or until bones are slightly brown around the edges. Viola!

WAG 'N RIDE DOGGIE CAR SEAT ORGANIZER

For Superior Organizers

Why we love it:

  • Tons of storage space
  • Convenient poop bag dispenser
  • Fits nicely over car seat headrest

Amazon: Wag 'N Ride Doggie Car Seat Organizer

Stop digging for poop bags under car seats and leashes in the trunk! This organizer has a main compartment for stowing toys, treats, or food, and a spring closure to keep prying noses out, plus 3 roomy outside pockets for anything from water bottles to poop bags. Staying organized is pretty effortless, eh?

IKEA BäSTIS DOG TAIL HOOK

For A Dog-ified Entryway

Why we love it:

  • The best leash hook EVER
  • Super easy to install
  • Comes in a 2-pack

Amazon: Ikea Bästis Dog Tail Hook

One screw is all you need to secure these adorable tail hooks to the wall. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even mount to a small plaque or rustic wood board and purchase letters from your local craft store to personalize with your dog’s name!

PET QWERKS FLAVORIT NYLON BARKBONE

For Lickers & Chewers

Why we love it:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Curved for a better grip by paws
  • Flavor cells can be filled with any spreadable treat

Amazon: Pet Qwerks Flavorit Nylon BarkBone

I rarely see such an indestructible chew, and that’s probably because dogs are just too occupied with licking it. The Flavorit bone is curved with a double-sided surface of flavor cells; it’s your job as Awesome Human to then spread some peanut butter or other spreadable deliciousness over the cells and watch your dog go to town. Just pop it in the dishwasher when they’re done peanut butter wasted.

Meet Lauren and Chester

I had to learn a lot and I had to learn it fast in order to give my dog, Chester the best care he could possibly get as a senior dog with a smattering of quirks. The experience and know-how I’ve gained from being Chester’s dog parent has helped me help other humans in similar situations, so if you need some extra insight for your large senior pup/s, you’ve come to the right place.

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