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Subscription Gifts for Your Dog (Don’t Forget Your Best Friend This Holiday)

Jeanne Sager
ByJeanne SagerNov 16, 2021 | 0 comments

Small yellow dog wearing antlers sitting on the sofa by the Christmas tree

I have a confession to make. I'm one of THOSE dog people. You know, the kind who has holiday stockings for her dogs and buys them special treats at Thanksgiving just so they feel included in the goings-on? Yup, that's me. I love my dogs like they're part of the family because to me they are... and that means I buy gifts for my dogs every holiday season.

Oh, and I'm not alone — a survey that looked at Americans who planned to buy holiday gifts for their pets back in 2020, broke things down by generation and even Baby Boomers, the generation that was least likely to spoil Fido with a special something, still saw 42 percent making the purchase. Gen Z was the highest with 60 percent buying a gift for their four-legged friend!

Thinking your best friend deserves something special this holiday season? Here are some of my very favorite subscription boxes to spoil your pooch!

1. BarkBox — For Playful Pups

barkbox treat bag

If your dog is all about toys, toys, and more toys, you can't go wrong with a subscription box that arrives every month with something new to play with. BarkBox is one of the best known doggie subscription boxes out there, and there's good reason for that. The brand goes all out to make sure everything has a special touch, from funny dog-themed jokes on the back of their treat bags to inventive themes for their collections of toys.

The Box: BarkBox has two main versions of its subscription box service — a standard box or a SuperChewer for dogs who can tear through anything in no-time. Delivered monthly, the toys and treats inside are based on information you provide about your dog's size, breed, and more.

The Cost: BarkBox starts at $45 with discounts for longer commitments.

2. PetPlate — For Their Tummies

pet plate containers stacked in a pyramid

They say the way to someone's heart is through their tummy, and that includes man's (and woman's) best friend! Treat your buddy to human-grade food that's been freshly made with their needs in mid with a PetPlate subscription that delivers ready-to-eat fresh eats every week!

The Box: PetPlate offers healthy meals that are designed around your dog's breed, weight, activity style and more with their veterinary nutritionist directing it all. The food arrives frozen so you can thaw it immediately to feed your pooch or pop in the freezer for dinner at a later date. You can opt for a full meal plan that covers everything your dog needs to eat at each meal or a "topper plan" of fresh food that can be combined with your current dog food.

The Cost: Starts at $2.85 per day for PetPlate’s Full Meal Plan, and $1.11 per day for their Topper Plan.

ACTIVE DEAL: 50% off your first order.

3. Doggie Lawn — For Dogs Who Hate the Cold

dog on a doggie lawn mat

Tell me if this sounds familiar. It's winter, and your dog doesn't want to go for a walk because it's cooooold out there. This is where Doggie Lawn comes in — fresh grass for going potty, all winter long!

The Box: Doggie Lawn sends an environmentally-friendly potty grass mat to you so they can stay warm, and let's face it — you can too! Pick the size you want based on the size of your dog, and pick how often you want fresh deliveries; they'll even do once a week!

The Cost: Doggie Lawn deliveries start at $26 for the smallest mat with free shipping.

4. PupBox — For Older Dogs

Pupbox Adult August 2020 Box open

Don't let the name deceive you! PupBox was initially just for the youngest pooches, but the PetCo-backed subscription box recently expanded to supply subscription boxes for older dogs, and we are here for it!

The Box: The senior version of PupBox is aimed at dogs 7 to 11 with not just toys and treats aimed at older dogs but also educational content on caring for (ahem, spoiling) your older buddy.

The Cost: PupBox starts at $39 a month with discounts for longer commitments.

5. Spot and Tango — For a Fresh Twist on Kibble

Spot and Tango Labor Day

Want to stick to dry food but still want something special for your pooch? Spot and Tango's subscription box sends you fresh food in kibble form — they call it the "unkibble!"

The Box: Like PetPlate, Spot and Tango's unkibble food is all made from human-grade ingredients, but since it's dry, you don't need to worry about thawing something frozen or refrigerating it at all. Boxes of food are sent on a recurring basis that works for you, and what's in the kibble is all based on your dog's needs. Note: The brand also has a wet food.

The Cost: Unkibble plans start at $1 per day.

6. RescueDog — For Giving Back

Rescue Box Review March 2019 - All Products Group Shot Top

Want to feel even better about spoiling your dog this holiday? RescueDog is a subscription box that sends you five premium pooch products every month but also helps feed 142 shelter animals with the profits of each box sale!

The Box: Sent to dog lovers on a monthly basis (there's a cat version too), the RescueBox guarantees at least $40 of goodies in each box, and selections are curated based on your dog's weight. As part of their Subscribe 2 Good™ program, profits are then put back into feeding animals in shelters around the US.

The Cost: Each RescueDog box costs $29.95.

7. VetPet Box — For Their Health

Father and son outside the vet's office with their dog and the VetPetBox.

Image via VetPet Box.

Most dog subscription boxes are focused on play, which is a pretty important part of keeping your pup healthy. But the VetPet Box takes health even further into consideration with a box that's got healthcare products from toothpastes to ear flushes along with the toys!

The Box: Just as the name indicates, VetPet Box is full of products that have been "vetted by vets," so you'll get expert-supported preventative care for your pup without having to visit your own vet. Deliveries come monthly, but you can also restock on your favorites right on their site!

The Cost: Prices range from $35 to $44 per month.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $15 off your first box!

8. BoxDog — For Something Handmade

dog and box of toys

Handmade gifts can be extra special, and there's a subscription box for that ... for your dog! BoxDog sends you handmade goodies like treats and cool doggie items like wearable blankets and vegan skincare items!

The Box: You can sign up for a monthly box from BoxDog or stick to a quarterly delivery, plus each box allows you to make your own selections so you find something perfect for Fido.

The Cost: Plans start at $35 a month.

How do you spoil your pup? What's catching your eye for your dog this holiday? Let us know in the comments!

Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.

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