Sexy Beast Perfume, The Furcedes & 8 Other Lavish Dog Gifts

Dog perfume is seen on sale at a luxury hotel for dogs and cats.
Dog perfume is seen on sale at a luxury hotel for dogs and cats.
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Dogs are generally easy creatures to shop for, but what do you get the dog that has everything? Consider this list your guide—or a reality check—as you put the finishing touches on your holiday shopping this week. For the record, I know that my dog will be perfectly content with a large bag of Beggin' Strips and a new bone.

1. Sexy Beast Dog Fragrance

perfume If you're thinking about spending $65 on a 3.4 ounce bottle of Sexy Beast's signature dog fragrance, a "highly addictive, classic blend of bergamot, vanilla, mandarin, and nutmeg oils," you should at least consider spending a little more for a limited edition version encrusted in Swarovski crystals. The sparkly bottle is hand-numbered, engraved with your dog's name, and costs a cool $850. Why dog perfume? Because, like it says on Sexy Beast's website, giving your dog a bone is so 80s.

2. Jog A Dog Treadmill

dog-treadmillYour pooch might need a few spritzes of Sexy Beast after a workout on the Jog A Dog, the gold standard of canine treadmills. The Jog A Dog, which has been refined over more than 30 years since company founder George Hyland developed the first model in the 1970s, is the perfect gift for the pooch who's hoping to shed his paunch in the new year and the owner who's too lazy to walk him. Among its many benefits, the Jog A Dog helps pups develop muscle strength and stamina, exercise in adverse weather, and maintain a vibrant coat year-round. The Jog A Dog comes in four sizes, with an adjustable incline setting up to 11 degrees. The DC4, for the smallest dogs, weighs 84 pounds and costs $1,195. The DC7, for the largest dogs, weighs 261 pounds and costs $2,995.

3. Brick Estate Dog House

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There's no word on whether Obama's first-time home buyer tax credit applies to this monstrosity, which was created for a celebrity through Beyond the Crate for the low, low price of $25,000. This particular house includes running water, lighting, air conditioning, and heat. Designers can create a house for your dog that is perfectly scaled to match your own house, or something completely different. It's up to you and your dog. But mainly you.

4. Cape Cod Kennel

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Doowaggle, which specializes in dog houses, offers two luxury models, including the Cape Cod Kennel shown here. The house costs $2,695 and comes as a kit with all of the necessary hardware for assembly. Rain gutters, however, are not included. The Cape Code Kennel includes a 4-foot by 8-foot enclosed area for your dog and two working windows with screens. If the Cape Cod model isn't your style, Doowaggle also offers a Victorian luxury house kit.

5. Helmutt House

helmuttThere's finally a way to shelter your dog and let the neighbors know where your college football loyalties lie. The Helmutt House is heavy duty and weather resistant, and promises to keep your dog warm or cool in style. The standard size Helmutt House retails for $399, and even if you don't have a dog, it makes one heck of a lawn ornament. Company headquarters are in Osage Beach, Mo., which explains why the Missouri State Bears are one of 15 NCAA teams—along with the Georgia and Mississippi State Bulldogs—currently available. According to the company's website, NFL teams will be available soon.

6. Designer Clothes

designer-dog You could get lost for hours browsing the selection of dog clothes on sites such as Bling Bling Poochies, if canine apparel inspired by luxury designers is your thing. From Aberpup & Fido to Burbaby and Christian Dioggie, Bling Bling Poochies has you—and your dog—covered. The all-inclusive outlet has apparel for big and small dogs, a size chart, and a scrapbook of customer-submitted photos. The Posh Puppy Boutique's collection includes a pair of $32 pink leopard hot pants.

7. Armoire

armoire-dog Your dog is going to need a place to keep all his designer duds and the PL Bon Armoire, available for $200 from Uptown Poochie, is the perfect solution. From the site's description, this piece of furniture "neatly organizes and protects your pet's apparel while keeping outfits within convenient reach." No one likes a dog who leaves his clothes all over the floor.

8. Furcedes

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While less privileged dogs wake up on towels or traditional padded dog beds, your dog will be ready to tackle the day after a great night's sleep in the luxurious Furcedes. Features of the Furcedes include a removable, machine-washable ultra-soft plush cover, plump poly-fill interior cushion, and an "LA Dog" license plate. The Furcedes retails for $250-$350.

9. Diamond Collars

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He went to Jared? No, he went to I Love Dogs. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to produce one of their diamond collars, which were featured on Dogtime.com's list of the top 10 luxury dog gifts. You'll have to call for a price, but the Amour Amour, the most exquisite collar in La Collection de Bijoux, features over 1,600 hand-set diamonds, 52 carats, and crocodile leather. From the website: "'Amour' means 'love' in French, and Amour Amour represents the love you have for your dog, and the love your dog has for you. Its striking design is inspired by this special bond that lasts forever." Perhaps a better name would be Cher Cher.

10. Luxury Travel Kit

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The Global Gallivanter Trunk by Lila Paws is the perfect gift for the doggie on the go. The handcrafted trunk, which doubles as a bed, includes a pet passport holder, water bowl, bone-shaped cushion, leash and collar holders, and plenty of room for towels and puppy apparel. The Scandinavian leather case with damask fabric interior costs about $2,300.

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

Amazon

The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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LEGO and IKEA Have Designed a New Line of Storage Boxes With the Help of Child Psychologists

IKEA
IKEA

Putting together IKEA furniture can remind grownups of their days playing with LEGO bricks. The two brands serve very different demographics, and now they've joined forces to create these ready-to-assemble products designed to appeal to both kids and adults.

As ThomasNet reports, BYGGLEK (Swedish for “to build and play") puts IKEA's practical, minimalist spin on the traditional LEGO toy. The key is a plastic storage bin featuring LEGO-compatible studs on its interior and exterior. Instead of using the floor as their play place and making rooms minefields for barefooted parents, kids can contain their creations within the box. When playtime is over, adults simply pick up the box holding the LEGO masterpiece and move it out of the way. The BYGGLEK boxes come in clean, neutral tones, so parents can show off their kids' handiwork on a canvas that fits the style of their home.

Opportunities for artistic expression for children often lead to headaches for the grownups who clean up after them. In order to make play a more organized experience without inhibiting creativity, LEGO and IKEA collaborated with child psychologists. The resulting product is a win for everyone: It allows parents to organize messes without deconstructing their child's work-in-progress.

IKEA and LEGO's BYGGLEK collection includes four products: A large box, a medium box, a set of three small boxes, and a basic 201-piece LEGO set for kids 5 and up. Prices range from $10 to $15; you can order yours today from IKEA.

[h/t ThomasNet]