11 Thoughtful Gifts For People Who Love Dogs

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Reward your favorite four-legged friend for being a good boy all year with these pup-friendly purchases.

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1. WHIMZEES Holiday Tree & Snowman Variety Pack Dental Dog Treats

Whimzees holiday treats
Chewy's

From eggnog to the classic Christmas ham, some foods help get us into the season. Help your dog do the same with these festive treats that not only come in snowman and holiday tree shapes, but are also GMO-, gluten-, and grain-free.

Find It at Chewy for $14.

2. Personalized Dog Treats


The bone identity: Spoil a special four-legged friend with these handmade, 3.5-inch grain-free, peanut butter treats. Each set contains 10 and a personalized name or message.

Find It at Etsy for $15.

3. Wellness Holiday Gingerbread Dog Treats


Give Fido the same warm feeling you get from the crunch of oven-baked gingerbread treats. These biscuits boast ingredients that are all "whole veggies and real herbs" and are packed with plenty of antioxidants.

Find It at Chewy for $5.

4. Dog Treat Jar


Convenient, durable, and stylish, this jar keeps dog snacks fresh and ready. And when it gets dirty, your loved one can remove the lid and put it in the dishwasher.

Find It at Chewy for $18.

5. Pug Hand Warmers

pug-shaped hand warmers
Kohl's

Stuff their stocking with something warm. Perfect for the pug-obsessed, these 7.5" x 4.7" x .8" cold weather staples can keep hands heated for at least 30 minutes.

Find It at Kohl’s for $15.

6. Wagz Smart Feeder

Wag Smartfeeder
Amazon

Splurge on the Wagz Smart Feeder, which can dispense food at any time or even allows pet owners to set a schedule right from their phone. It also make restocking easy, with built-in options to reorder food when supplies get low.

Find It at Amazon for $200 and also at these other retailers:

7. Blueberry Pet Holiday Sweaters


We all love a good Ugly Christmas Sweater party, so why shouldn’t dogs get in on the fun? These festive, machine-washable options are available in a variety of sizes and can even be paired with a matching one for the human in their life.

Find It at Amazon for $16.

8. Precision Pet Petmate Extreme Weather-Resistant Log Cabin Dog House


Animal shelter: The Precision Pet Log Cabin Dog House is durable and resistant to the elements and also comes in three different sizes.

Find It at Amazon for $72 and also at these other retailers:

9. WIGZI Dual Doggie 2 Dog Retractable Leash


Know someone who needs to keep up with more than one pup? This WIGZI retractable leash has two leashes, is designed to resist tangling, and also features reflective material for late-night walks.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and also at these other retailers:

10. noxgear Illuminated and Reflective Harness


Compared to other options, most harnesses cause less stress on a dog’s neck during walks. But this adjustable noxgear harness goes the extra mile, adding light and reflection for night walks.

Find It at Amazon for $50 and also at these other retailers:

11. FurHaven Pet Dog Bed


Let sleeping dog lay in luxury: FurHaven's dog bed is soft to the touch and comfortable for dogs of any size. Plus, its cover is machine washable for easy clean up.

Find It at Amazon for $46.

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can get your copy from Amazon now for $20.

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