‘Tis the season, dog lovers! If you have a dog parent on your list this year then you won’t want to miss this ultimate gift guide!
I remember one year when I received a Christmas ornament with my childhood dog’s picture on it. She had passed and the ornament had the dates of her lifespan on it. That ornament is one of my favorite treasures to this day.
Finding the perfect gift for your dog and dog-obsessed friends and family can be tricky. But it’s so worth it to see their huge smile when they unwrap that pawsome present!
If you’re on the hunt for dog-riffic gifts, look no further. You’re sure to find something outrageously fun, quirky, adorable or practical for the dog-loving people and dogs in your life below.
This guide features local small businesses. It is so important to support small, local businesses during the holiday. You are not only getting a great gift, but also helping support someone’s dream!
Furthermore, most of the businesses mentioned in this guide are small businesses that give back to the rescue community in big ways!
For the Coffee Loving Dog Parent
I love a warm mug of coffee in the morning! If you have a coffee lover in your life I know they would be so happy to get get a festive dog mug. Check out Oakley Bear Designs. They carry customized dog mugs, ornaments, sweatshirts, and more!
A Handmade, Custom Portrait
Imagine if you received a custom portrait of your dear dog. There are several local artists that specialize in customized pet paintings. A few that give back to pet rescues include:Victoria Lowry Art, Pet paintings by Nicole, and CassidyMadeCo.
These artists take a photo of your pet and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece. Pet art makes a difference because it adds personality to your home and can also serve as a conversation piece.
I mean who wouldn’t want to talk endlessly about their dog with guests? You can also have a portrait made of a dog that has passed so that you can share their amazing legacy with others.
Pictured above: festive stickers from Cassidy Made Co
Pictured above: stickers of my Marley and Sophie!
Pictured above: Left: Victoria Lowry in action. Right: I think every dog needs a cookie jar with their face on it. Created by Victoria Lowry.
Check out the blog I wrote a while back featuring Pet Portraits by Nicole here.
A Gift Certificate Always Fits
Everyone loves pet-related gifts, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what a dog-parent wants or needs. A gift certificate to a local pet specialty store, a groomer or pet sitter, or a gift card to choose whatever they like online, is always a favorite.
Did you know Paws Fur Joy Photography is now offering gift cards? You can gift a 45 minute portrait session and two 5×7 prints to any dog lover in your life! Check it out HERE.
For the Dog Parent Who Loves to Give Back
What dog parent wouldn’t love a gift that helps more dogs? Check out this 2023 Best Friend Pet Adoption calendar. The dogs featured in this calendar were the winners of last year’s calendar contest benefiting Best Friend Pet Adoption. Winner received a feature in the calendar and a portrait session with Paws Fur Joy Photography.
A portion of each sale supports the nonprofit Best Friend Pet Adoption. I’d love to have this because it would be a visual reminder everyday of how fantastic this rescue is! Best Friend Pet Adoption is a great organization, providing care for dogs and cats no matter their medical need or age! Purchase your calendar HERE.
Another product that supports rescues is this amazing coloring book created by Binky and Bell. If you know the dog parents in your life love to color then the new Yappy Howlidays coloring book is a must-have! it make a great gift for children as well!
photo credit: from Binkyandbell.com
For the Dog Parent Who Loves Pampering
If the dog parent in you life loves to pamper their pooch and themselves, then check out Honey Paw Living. They carry so many amazing items from dog shampoo bars to candles. There is definitely something for everyone on you list!
What’s the best dog-inspired gift you’ve ever gotten? Send me a pic at firstname.lastname@example.org.