The best holiday gift ideas for the dogs and dog-lovers in your life

The holidays are upon us, and that means finding gifts for the beloved dogs and dog-lovers in your life. We’ve been scanning great local and national brands to find the best new and well-loved gifts for all the dog people on your list. From pet spa gift certificates to personalized gifts, this is the year for you, dear gift giver, to make your friends, family and furry companions wag their tails with joy.

To make your shopping even brighter, we are offering exclusive NOVADog promotions and giveaways. Read about each gift idea below and look for online discount codes. Then complete our a contest entry to win one of the eight fantastic prizes! The contest starts Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 10. Happy shopping, dog lovers!



Kyjen Hide-a-Squirrel: Kyjen creates durable, engaging and fun toys for dogs that make for great gifts. The Hide-A-Squirrel series are a challenging puzzle toy that exercises a dog’s natural instinct to search, stalk and capture its prey, as well as strengthening eye-paw coordination skills. Kyjen is giving away a free Holiday version of the Hide-A-Squirrel to one lucky NOVADog reader, and all shoppers can save 15% online by using code NOVA15 at

Grooming, Treats & Gifts from Dogma Bakery & Boutique: Dogma Bakery & Boutique, with two locations in Arlington, Va., makes not only tasty and fun homemade pet treats, but they also sell a wide variety of high-quality dog products and offer onsite pet grooming. Dogma is giving away two fantastic prizes to NOVADog fans. Enter below to win a $100 gift certificate for dog grooming or a basket full of great holiday gifts, including a Tagg Pet Tracker ($100 value), Ruffwear Beacon ($25 value), “Wag” picture frame ($17 value) and a $25 Dogma gift card (wow!). In addition, any online shoppers can save 10% of purchase with code DOGMA2014.

Sweaters from Up Country Pet Accessories: Up Country offers stylish and practical pet accessories, from collars and leashes to sweaters and coats, many of them hand-made in their Rhode Island factory. Their new line of hand-knit dog sweaters and quilted jackets make cozy gifts for these blustery days. Up Country is giving away one free dog sweater (the winner picks the style). Be sure to follow their Facebook and Pinterest pages for more pet gift ideas.

Spa Services at Olde Towne Pet Resort: Olde Towne Pet Resort, with locations in Dulles and Springfield, Va., offers luxurious boarding and accommodations for dogs and cats. Beyond their suites, swimming facilities, training classes and other specialties, OTPR offers a full range of pet grooming and spa services. For the lucky dog of one NOVADog fan, they’re giving away a Doggie Spa Package, which includes a spa bath, mud bath treatment and massage (aren’t you jealous?). Gift certificates to Olde Towne Pet Resort make perfect gifts for the pampered pooches on your list.

Scorpion Scooper: OK, so maybe you don’t think about poop when you choose holiday gifts. But this product is a game-changer that will make any dog-owner on your list jump for joy. The Scorpion Scooper scoops up messes and puts them right into a disposal bag – no bending over, no touching, no carrying lots of bags. Watch the entertaining video about it and you’ll want one for yourself. Try your luck winning a free Scorpion Scooper in our contest.

PhotoScribe Jewelry with Personalized Dog Photos: A piece of customized PhotoScribe jewelry makes for a unique gift that will last for years. Upload a special photo of a dog and turn it into a treasured pendant, a money clip, cufflinks, a signet ring, dog tags,tie tacks or a bracelet. NOVADog readers can use code ND10 at to receive 10% off all purchases, as well as free two-day shipping and gift wrap. Additionally, one lucky winner will receive a free personalized sterling silver pendant.

Gift Certificate to Whole Pet Central: Whole Pet Central, located in Rockville, Md., Herndon, Va., and Ashburn, Va., stands out among pet stores. They offer personalized service and expert advice, especially concerning your dog’s diet. The food they sell contains only natural ingredients: no meat by-products, wheat gluten, animal digest, artificial preservatives nor any other inferior ingredients. They also sell treats, supplements and pet-health products. One lucky NOVADog winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to buy plenty of tasty gifts (but we won’t tell if you keep it for your own dogs).

Fresh Dog Products: Do you have a friend with a smelly dog? Give them a not-so-subtle gift that everyone will appreciate. Fresh Dog makes timesaving products borne out of the belief that sometimes even a best friend can use a little freshening up. Their dry shampoo and coat mist make great stocking stuffers. NOVADog readers can visit and receive 25% off all purchases with the code IAMFRESH (valid through Dec. 31).

Billy Wolf Coats from Happy Hound: Happy Hound sells high-quality, often all-natural dog supplies at their lovely boutique in Lansdowne, Va. We’re crazy about their Billy Wolf K-9 Coatery line of gorgeous coats for the most dapper of dogs. Stop by their store from Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 and receive $5 off a purchase of $50 or more when you mention NOVADog at checkout. Plan a day of holiday shopping fun by sittin for Dog Photos with Santa at the store on Dec. 6 from noon – 4pm.
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