Dog lovers enjoy their dogs and often include them in family time around the Christmas tree. Some dog lovers go out of their way to find the perfect gift for their pooch, while others have no idea how to go about finding that special canine gift. Here are some Christmas gift giving ideas for dogs or for the people who love them.
Gifts for Dogs
A bone makes a great gift for a dog. You will find bones sold as singles or multiples made of rawhide, beefhide, pighide, and even chicken skin. Pet owners usually consider the animal hide bones healthier, but dogs will entertain just about anything called a bone. Make sure to match the size of the dog to the size of the bone.
Having a place for the dog to sleep comfortably is important to dog owners. Some owners allow pets to sleep on the sofa or the bed, but many do not. Pets need a place to curl up that is their own spot and that does not leave pet hair or odor on good furniture. A dog’s bed of stuffed batting, fake lamb’s wool, or even cedar chips, makes a great gift idea for puppy or dog.
What about a month’s supply of dog food? You can buy canned or dry food, doggie biscuits, or jerky treats. If the owner has more than one dog, the cost to him or her for monthly pet care can sometimes pinch. This sort of gift may seem odd at first thought, but it is a gift that will be appreciated by both the receiver and the pet.
Dog toys come in a variety of sizes and styles for both indoor and outdoor play. A large dog will need a larger toy and a small dog, a smaller one. Terriers like to shake their toys and will need one that holds together well. Finding one that squeaks makes the toy more fun for some dogs. But for the dog with attitude, you might need to find a toy that’s solid enough to survive even the sharpest teeth.
Gifts for Dog Lovers
For the pet lover, consider a Christmas tree ornament with the pet’s name and photo, one appropriate for hanging on the tree. Every year when the ornaments are hung, you will be remembered for the giving of that special ornament.
Believe it or not, you can purchase gift certificates for a grooming studio or other pet services, such as bathing, checkups, and lodging. For the pet lover who travels much, this sort of gift is a real service. It can free up the pet owner to travel, perhaps to come for a visit to your home.
Every pooch has a name, so why not label the dog’s bowls with its name. You can purchase new bowls or borrow the dog’s own bowls long enough to write the name. And if you are a creative writer, consider writing a poem about the dog, appropriate for a card or framing. These are personal touches of endearment that declare how much the pooch means to its owner.
Consider making a family photo album of the dog’s pictures. Take photos of the dog at play, sleeping, or performing antics. This can make an amusing gift and will be certain to be one of a kind. Or you might like to use one of those pictures for the front of a mug or use a dozen of them and have a calendar created for the dog’s owner and other friends and family who also adore the special canine.
Some owners need a little help with keeping the dog contained or keeping the dog from barking and disturbing the neighborhood. The gift of a fence or a barking silencer can make a well-appreciated gift for the dog lover.
Finally, many owners like their pets to be able to get indoors and outdoors without assistance, and a pet entrance helps make that possible. Pet doors come in a small, medium, and large sizes. Get one that fits the size of the dog that will need to use it. If you are handy, you might also offer to help install the pet door.
Christmas is a great time to give a loved dog something special, and it’s the perfect time to give a dog lover a helpful or thoughtful gift. These ten gift ideas will get you thinking about the perfect gift for the dog or dog lover on your Christmas list.