My dog is my best friend, and anyone who knows me, knows that my dog comes first in many aspects of my life. As such, I often receive gifts not aimed at me, but for my dog, and it’s perhaps the sweetest gesture a person can make for a dog lover come birthdays and holidays. Here are some great gift ideas for a dog lover that will tickle them come Christmas.
From my previous job one year, my boss gave me a gift basket with dog shampoo, squeaky toys (like a rubber rolled up newspaper, a ball with a rope tied to it, and a rubber hamburger) and a picture frame with paw prints on it for my birthday. It was extremely thoughtful. Creating a gift basket of similar items (most of which, if not all, can be purchased at dollar stores) are excellent gifts for a dog lover for Christmas.
Giving a gift certificate to a dog lover that you make yourself that is redeemable for one free dog brushing, dog walking, or pet sitting when the owner is out of town is another sweet gesture, particularly if you are close to the dog yourself. My best friend gave me a gift certificate one year for Christmas for “unlimited car rides” for my dog, as my dog loves to pal around in her van. How cute is that?! Of course, you have to be willing to follow through with the gift certificate to make it genuine, so if you aren’t fond of the particular dog yourself, give a gift certificate that says “free head scratches when I come over” that will make the dog lover just smile from ear to ear.
Give them an ornament, figurine, candle, or calendar that has pictures on it that looks like the dog lover’s own dog, or if their dog is a mutt, something with paw prints on it, like the aforementioned picture frame. A book of dog breeds will not go unnoticed (a Christmas gift from my sister one year, greatly appreciated).
Make a stocking (or buy one) and place the dog’s name on it and fill it full of doggy toys as a gift for the dog lover. They can appreciate the stocking for years to come, and the dog will love the goodies. Try to refrain from giving edible treats though, as some dog owners are picky about the snacks their dogs get (not me, I gave my dog a box of Oreos for Christmas one year- ha ha).
Take pictures of your dog lover friend with their dog, then surprise them with a photo album with the pictures tucked inside. Any dog lover would love it.
Collars and leashes are a bit touchy. Some dogs are allergic to nylon, and it’s hard to know what size neck the dog has. If this is the route you want to take, give a gift card to Petsmart or Petco and let the dog owner choose their own doggy accessories.
Dog owners like nothing more than when their dog takes the spotlight on Christmas, so if you really want to please your dog owner friends, get their mutts a gift instead and everyone will be pleased!