43 Holiday Dog Gifts to Spoil Woman’s BFF
Okay, Fido put up with you and your adorable dog costume at Halloween, and he was such a good boy for posing for the Christmas card pictures. And now it’s time to make it up to him. This holiday season, make sure to add (wo)man’s best friend to the gift-giving list, whether you treat them to a new chew toy, dog pajamas, or completely spoil them rotten.
2. Muttropolis Crocodile Felted Wool Toy ($22): Look at those chompers.
3. Multipet Mr. Bill and Gumby Retro Dog Toy Pack ($15): Fetch and play with toys that evoke nostalgia.
4. BarkShop Pumpkin Pie Twist Me Treat Can ($15): You’re not the only one with a pumpkin obsession this time of year. These treats don’t come with guilt — they are soy-free, corn-free, wheat-free, and gluten-free.
5. CuteBone Banana Pajamas ($10): We love onesies, and this one is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
6. Humunga Stache ($12): When your dog picks up this ball just right, it gives him a giant handlebar mustache and you all the LOLs.
7. Starbarks Frenchie Roast Latte Toy ($14): One grande toasted s’mores latte with extra whip and biscuits, please.
8. Jax and Bones Woolie and Rope Toys ($17): Even your dog can get into the holiday spirit with some Christmas-themed squeaker toys. These are made with non-toxic vegetable dyes, so they’re safe for hours of gnawing.
9. BaubleBar Jiff Pet Collar ($28): This pyramid crystal-studded leather accessory is a chic alternative to wearing a spiked dog collar.
11. Pawstruck Peanut Butter Filled Natural Cow Hooves ($20 for five): Dogs LOVE peanut butter (and loudly licking their chops after a spoonful), so give them the good stuff.
12. Nite Ize LED Dog Ball ($15): The days are getting shorter, but your pooch still wants to play. A glow-in-the-dark ball lets him get in his exercise, even at night.
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13. BarkBox Monthly Subscription ($19+/month): BarkBox is the gift that keeps on giving, delivering new toys and treats every month. It’s perfect for the dog that loves to chew the stuffing out of everything.
14. DUKEandFOX Embroidered Dog Collar ($15+): Yep, your pooch needs this. As IF a dog of yours would ever wear anything other than a fabulous, floral collar.
15. Zee.Dog Polka Shock Absorbent Dog Leash ($30): Have a dog that loves to lead on walks, AKA pulls your arm out of its socket? This brightly colored leash has a shock-absorbent spring to save your shoulder from further pain.
16. Georgiana Paraschiv Gold Triangles Pet Bowl and Tray ($23): If she’s gonna make a mess of the kibble, at least make it a cute, gold triangle mess.
17. Wildebeest All-Weather Dog Jacket ($45+): A wet dog is a smelly disaster waiting to happen to your living room, so protect your pooch this winter. Keep her dry and toasty warm with this water- and wind-resistant shell, which also has a hood and microfleece lining.
18. Moshiqa Dog Bathrobe ($40): Speaking of wet dogs, yours will loooove snuggling up in this robe post-bath time.
19. Vanderpump Pets Designer Diamond and Bone Leatherette Collar ($25): This is not a drill: Lisa Vanderpump has a line of pet accessories, and they are just as glam as you’d expect.
20. The Paw Wash ($29): Like a manicure for their paws, this manual washer scrubs off all the dirt, mud, and other muck in one fell swoop.
21. The Varsity Ball ($25+): Think your mutt can chew through anything? The indestructible Varsity Ball is what they give to LIONS at the zoo. So yeah, challenge accepted.
22. Thundershirt Dog Jacket ($40): It’ll break any good dog owner’s heart to see their little buddy freaking out in the middle of a thunderstorm. Pop on this anti-anxiety jacket, which swaddles the pup in gentle pressure, calming him down in stressful situations.
23. Harry Barker Leopard Dog Balls ($24 for 15): Your dog will react to this bucket of 15 tennis balls the same way you’d react to a wine and cheese gift basket — gimmeeeee! (Bonus: You can personalize it.)
24. Grreat Choice Chevron Pillow Dog Bed ($20): Who says pet beds won’t match your home decor?
25. Bowser Beer for Dogs ($27): Your best bud is totally one of the guys, so why can’t he crack open some brewskis with you too? Don’t worry, this beer for dogs is totally non-alcoholic; it’s flavored with beef and chicken instead.
26. Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. Candy Cane Box ($20): You never know what you’re gonna get in a box of chocolates, but you know you’re NOT going to get any actual chocolate in this one. These “truffles” are instead made with free-range chicken.
27. Waggo Too Hot Two Handle Dog Bowl ($20): Why shouldn’t your dog’s decor match the rest of your stylish home?
28. PawNosh Fire Hose Bowl ($34): Never let your hound go thirsty. This travel-friendly bowl has been upcycled from actual American fire hoses, making it collapsible, durable and totally leak-free.
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29. CozyCama Modern Pet Bed ($235): This isn’t your average dog bed. It may even be more grown-up than your human-sized bed frame.
30. Pendleton National Park Dog Coat ($49): Fur baby becomes SUPER fur baby in this polar fleece outerwear.
31. Whistle Activity Monitor ($80): This is basically a Fitbit for dogs, keeping you informed about their exercise, health, and nutrition trends so they’ll be hiking along with your family for years to come.
32. Pipolli Striped Dog Tent ($85): Not all dogs are social creatures — some really value their alone time. This tent provides the perfect zen space for a nap before their next big playdate.
33. Leah Flores Snuggle Buddy II Pet Bed ($129): Awwww, it’s a snuggle buddy for your snuggle buddy!
34. Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed ($180): You’re not the only one who wants to travel in style. This three-in-one pod is an everyday pet bed, carrier, and car seat, so you can both jet-set in comfort. It’s a serious upgrade from the standard plastic travel crate.
35. Ware of the Dogacquard Dog Sweater ($72): Listen, you’re gonna have to step up your own fashion game if you’re out walking your dog in this. Don’t embarrass her, okay?
36. Petcube Camera ($199): You’re best friends, so you can never really be apart. Watch, talk to and play with your mutt via your smartphone and this compact camera.
37. Snoozer Lookout Car Seat ($90): They can barely stand up on the backseat of a moving car anyway, so why force them to? It’s neither safe nor comfortable. A basket like this can be buckled in, cutting down on motion sickness as well as danger for your pup. And with over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, you know this is the best one.
38. Ruffwear Summit Trex Dog Boots ($50): As the sidewalks get icier and the trails get wilder, your hiking bud can still keep up, thanks to a set of boots like these.
39. Harry Barker Classic Stripe Rectangle Dog Bed ($150+): There’s something very Princess and the Pea about this thick, durable dog bed, making it perfect for your princess.
40. NapsDesign Personalized Dog Bed ($171+): This Etsy seller will customize your dog’s name onto the felt-needle wool basket. Now if only the cat would learn to read and stop stealing the dog’s favorite sleep spot.
41. Wildebeest Meadow Dog Bed ($79): The loose, frilly texture of this fleece pillow is going to make it a top spot for dogs that love to roll.
42. Love Thy Beast Canvas Pet Tote ($160): A busy gal like you needs a stylish carry bag that’s fast to pack. Just plop your furry friend in, attach the inner leash to their collar, and away you both go.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com