A Christmas gift guide for dog lovers

We’ve all got this one friend who is totally nuts about dogs right? So what should you get this crazy dog lover for Christmas?

Yes, they may appreciate a present for their dog, but we also have some great gift ideas that will hit the mark for dog lovers themselves.

These items don’t just make great presents, they will do well in any dog lover’s home!


Dog Lady Christmas


1) Jewellery

The perfect present for the dog crazy fashionista amongst us – a doggy pendant, lapel or finger ring to show your love and dedication to your favourite breed! Etsy has a good selection of rings for all sorts of breeds. Some of our picks are:

French bulldog pendant

From French Bulldog pendants to lapel pins to cuff links – this shop has plenty of options.
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Chihuahua Finger Ring

Chihuahua Finger Ring
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Great Dane Finger Ring

Great Dane Finger Ring
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2) Doog Walkie Belt

Doog Walkie Belt

Which dog owner hasn’t experienced this situation…you’re out walking your dog and he does his business. You reach in your pocket only to find that you’ve left your poo bags in the other jacket at home, along with dog treats and cash for your coffee!

This fantastic belt solves all these problems: It’s a stylish bum bag for you to store all items that you need on your doggy walks. Leave at your front door with your keys and the leash and you will never forget a thing! Comes in a wide range of great colours.

(around AUD $40)

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3) My Dog – The Paradox Poster & Book

Another very cute one that any dog lover can relate to is this poster by Matthew Inman and The Oatmeal. A pawfect give away to your dog loving friends, it aptly describes the personality of dogs and their relationship with us. We have one in our office, in the bathroom (true!), in the kids’ room… we just couldn’t resist because its so funny and heart-warming. Originally it was just a poster, now also available as book. Yay!

(around US $10 – 20)

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My dog the paradox poster


4) For the bookworm

Does your dog-loving friend have a passion for books? Then one of the following books will surely hit the mark:

Underwater Dogs

Book Underwater Dogs

A beautiful photo book capturing amazing images of dogs under water. From leaping Labs to diving Dachshunds, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through.

(around AUD $35)

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Dogs by Tim Flach

Book Dogs by Tim Flach

Since the wolf first snuck into the caves of our ancestors to get warmth from the fire, dogs have been man’s constant companion. ‘Dogs’, multi-award-winning photographer Tim Flach’s stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Equus’, delves deep into the psyche of this enduring bond with Canis familiaris to present an exquisite study of “man’s best friend.”

(around AUD $85)

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Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs

Book Devoted

This book is where “Unlikely Friendships” and “Marley and Me” meet. In this heart-warming gift book, author Rebecca Ascher-Walsh presents a collection of inspiring dog stories and touching photos of devoted dogs who comfort veterans, dogs who learn to surf, dogs who detect cancer, and dogs who save the day. These 38 uplifting dog stories showcase the most amazing dog rescues, accomplishments, and abilities that fascinate us and touch our hearts.

(around AUD $30)

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Wine Dogs

Book Wine Dogs

Wherever good wine is made, you’re likely to find a dog scouting the tasting room or winery. ‘Wine Dogs Australia 4’ features over 150 wineries across Australia with stunning photos of their loyal live-in pooches. Along the way, the mutts and purebreds are interspersed with short essays by Nick Stock, Nick Ryan, Tyson Stelzer, Ben Canaider, Tory Shepherd and many more.

(around AUD $30)

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5) Peter Alexander’s “It’s raining Cats & Dogs” collection

Peter Alexander dog PJs

Peter Alexander’s latest cats and dogs collection features custom prints from illustrator Karen Mabon. Be it for ourselves, our partners or the kids, there is something for every dog lover … and you may even find your favourite breed, with Frenchies, Dalmatians and Golden Retrievers featuring prominently. Warning – some of it is just too cute to only wear in bed!

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6) Pearhead Pet Pawprint Christmas DIY Keepsake

Pearhead Pet Pawprint

This is a truly special gift that creates precious memories of your pet. No mixing, no baking and no mess required to make this special custom pawprint ornament. This set includes air drying clay, ribbon, shape cutter, hole punch and rolling pin.  It is non-toxic and a safe activity to do with your pet. Decorate your Christmas tree with this unique ornament!

(around AUD $19)

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7) ‘I’M A DOG PERSON’ mug & dog bowl set


Enjoy your hot cup of brew while your pooch tucks into to his favourite dish and enjoy spending time with your favourite creature on earth. This adorable best friend breakfast set contains a matching mug and dog bowl. They are so cute together that we couldn’t resist getting one ourselves.

(around AUD $45)

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8) Bulldog Oodie

Bulldog Oodie

When you cross a hoodie with a blanket, you get … an Oodie! And this one is adorable, featuring some of the cutest bulldogs we can think off. Gift this present to your bulldog loving friend and it will keep them warm for many winters. Oodies are so spacious that your friend will even be able to fit their bulldog in for a snuggle together!  The Oodie is completely machine washable, vegan and cruelty-free.

Oodies make the perfect present and comes wrapped in a bow, ready to gift.

(around AUD $100)

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9) Personalised socks – from the dog

socks from the dog

This is the ultimate Christmas present FROM the dog – a pair of quirky personalised Christmas socks! These socks are the perfect gift this Christmas for any household with a furry four legged member.

Dogs are notorious for getting lots of fun from laundry and socks in particular – this pair is a lovely way to celebrate our cheeky pups and get them to give something back.

This product is individually printed with a personalised message and the name of the dog.

(around AUD $40)

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10) The dog and me pillow cases

dog and me pillow case

This very stylish set of pillowcases designed by Ellie Ellie in Sussex UK, is the perfect present for any dog lover sharing the bed with their pooch. It won’t guarantee that the dog won’t take over the entire bed (as they like to do) but labelling the side where the pooch should rest his head is definitely worth a try!

(around AUD$ 70)

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Always a great idea: Donate the gift of life to dogs in Australian rescues and animal shelters

While you’re enjoying the festivities of the Christmas Season with your fur family, why not consider helping animal shelters and rescue organisations look after and find homes for other less fortunate dogs?

Many dog lovers would be more than happy to take the time out to volunteer or for donations to be made on their behalf to animal charities. There’s no better gift to give or receive than knowing that you’ve helped contribute to Australia’s efforts to give all adoptable and rescue dogs a forever home.

Here are some of the many rescue organisations out there desperately needing assistance and donations.

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Sydney & NSW

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Melbourne & VIC

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Brisbane & QLD

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Canberra & ACT

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Perth & WA

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Adelaide & SA

Top Shelters for Rescue Dogs – Hobart & TAS

Happy Christmas Shopping!

We hope this guide has helped you to find the perfect gift for your family and dog crazy friends. Please share it with other like-minded pet people! ?

This article is written by

Kerstin Keimling

Kerstin is our Digital Manager at Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance. Kerstin dreams, talks and breathes dogs … and cats, and runs her own dog training business. She shares her life with a ginger trio of two cats and one dog.

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