The quickest way to melting any discerning person's heart — whether they be stoic bosses, uptight inlaws, picky family members, or high-maintenance SOs — is through their pet. (I say this with confidence as the very particular dog mom of a 15-pound rescue pup who now owns more knitwear than I do.) When the holidays roll in and difficult giftees start to stump you, your safest bet is to buy something special for their four-legged someone instead.
To lend a paw, we put together a shopping guide to the best pet gifts that I would be thrilled to receive — plus, a handful that I already own (IRL model shots of my fur-child, Arlo, included). There's everything from pet-sized Carhartt jackets to hot-sauce chew toys, dog DNA-testing kits that give 23andMe a run for its money, and cat-scratch lounges fit for a roped-off corner of Art Basel. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, for feline or canine, the presents ahead are crafted to impress the hands that feed them. Because remember: a gift for a pet is, at the end of the (holi)day, a gift for its human.
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