Vintage and retro items related to dogs make unusual and interesting gifts. Here are ideas of collectibles that dog lovers should appreciate.
Old paper pertaining to dogs makes a unique gift. Online auctions and antiques and collectibles sites offer a huge variety of dog ephemera to choose from. Antique prints of canines make a special gift. If your friend or loved one is especially interested in one breed, you may be able to find vintage prints of that dog for sale. You can give the gift unframed, frame it yourself, or create a collage from a group of old dog pictures. Local antique stores may also have vintage dog paper items from which to choose.
Another unusual gift idea is ephemera related to dog shows. Though harder to find than vintage prints, these old paper items can sometimes be found online and would be especially interesting to those involved in showing dogs.
Retro Dog Pins
Vintage dog motif jewelry makes a special gift. Older dog-shaped pins are abundant, with some breeds especially popular. Retro dog pins, from the 60s and 70s might feature almost any type of dog, while poodles were extremely popular in the 1950s; Scotties in the 30s and 40s, etc. You will find collectible dog pins ranging from inexpensive plastic, wood, and pot metal pieces to fine silver, gold and gemstone antique brooches.
Dog Motif Vintage Clothing
Vintage scarves decorated with dog motifs make unusual gifts for dog lovers. Collectible printed scarves sometimes are artist-signed, or pieces may even be hand-painted. Prices vary considerably, depending on the scarf’s fabric and uniqueness of design. For the fashion conscious, a retro or antique scarf featuring dogs makes a colorful and attractive gift.
Another gift idea for those who enjoy vintage clothing is a purse decorated with dog motifs. Many of these are from the 1950s, such as the wooden purses decorated with poodles. A more rare find, and sensational gift, would be a beautiful beaded deco bag from the 1920s or turn of the century, featuring dog designs.
Antique Dresser Sets
Vintage dresser sets and pieces, featuring dog decorations are offered for sale at online auctions and antiques sites, as well as local shops and shows. These can be made of porcelain, glass, or metals such as sterling silver, and range from pieces such as an inexpensive small painted ceramic dish from the 1970s to an exquisite antique sterling dresser set from the late 1800s. Pieces such as hand-painted pin dishes, glass powder boxes, and sterling handled combs and mirrors may all be found with dog motif decorations; and make unusual, welcome gifts for dog lovers.