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!
1) Finger rings
The perfect present for the dog crazy fashionista amongst us – a doggy 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:
From Pug Bracelets over Frenchie rings to Pit Bull Rings – this shop has it all.
Chihuahua Finger Ring
Great Dane Finger Ring
2) 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)
3) My Dog – The Paradox Poster & Book
Another very cute one that any dog lover can relate to is this poster by The Oatmeal. A pawfect give away to your dog loving friends, it 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 heartwarming. Original it was just a poster, now also available as book. Yay!
(around US $10 – 20)
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:
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)
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)
Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs
This book is where “Unlikely Friendships” and “Marley and Me” meet. In this heartwarming 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)
The Wisdom of Dog
Murray Ball is New Zealand’s famous cartoonist and his ‘Dog’ the central character in the Footrot Flats cartoon strips that was recently voted New Zealand’s best-loved fictional character. ‘The Wisdom of Dog’ features over 300 single, stand-alone cartoons, all with Dog as the main focus. The majority of these stand-alone cartoons have never before been published in book form.
(around AUD $25)
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)
5) Peter Alexander’s 101 Dalmatians collection
Peter Alexander’s latest collaboration with Disney adds spots and spots and even more spots to your bedroom. Be it for ourselves, our partners or the kids, we can’t get enough of this 101 Dalmatian themed spotty sleepwear. Some of it is just too cute to only wear in bed!
And if you are a cat lover too, there is also an AristoCats collection to spark the Meoooowww in you!
6) Companion Gear Christmas DIY Pawprint Keepsake
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 $12)
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 $36)
8) 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)
9) Personalised 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 $40)
10) The dog and me pillow cases
This very stylish set of pillowcases designed by Ellie Ellie in Sussex UK, is the perfect present for any dog lover sharing the bed with their pooch. It won’t guarantee that the dog won’t take over the entire bed (as they like to do) but labelling the side where the pooch should rest his head is definitely worth a try!
(around AUD$ 70)
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!