Today’s Extra: 9 Gifts for the Dog Lovers in Your Life

9 Gifts for the Dog Lovers in Your Life

Dogs are easy to shop for. Toys, treats, a comfy bed — and they’re happy. But what about dog lovers? If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a dog lover, check out these nine options.


As a dog parent, you might eye those collars, leashes, toys, beds, etc. that you can personalize with your dog’s name. But you just can’t justify the cost when you already have perfectly fine gear at home. That’s where gifting comes in. Treat the dog lover in your life with personalized canine gear. This company, PrideBites, even puts your pup’s image on its products. Dog lovers already swoon over their furry friends, so they’re bound to love something personalized just for their animal.


For the crafty dog lover, consider a clay paw print impression kit, so they can create a cherished keepsake. The kits — such as this one that forms an ornament — typically include nontoxic clay, which you roll out and press your dog’s paw into. Then, you either bake or air-dry the clay, depending on the product. And you can paint your creation to truly customize it. Plus, if you don’t want to gift a ready-made kit, you can easily create your own for a more personal touch.


Your dog-loving friend probably thinks their animal is the most adorable pooch ever to walk the Earth. So why not spoil them with custom artwork of their fur kid? There are many business options out there that can turn a dog’s photo into a lifelike piece of art. And though you aren’t the one who created it, handmade gifts like this are always appreciated.


If the dog lover in your life happens to have a mixed-breed pup, consider gifting them a canine DNA test kit. It’s a fun way for them to learn a little more about their animal, and it might actually be a gift in disguise for the dog, too. “Once predominant breeds are established, owners can take their results to their veterinarian to discuss potential health issues associated with specific breeds,” according to WebMD. For instance, you might find out your dog’s dominant breed is prone to arthritis, so you can take steps to protect its joints. Regardless, the kit makes a fun gift and conversation piece for dog lovers.


If you share your home with a dog, odds are you’ve uttered something along the lines of: “I could make a sweater with all the fur you lose!” Well, you actually can. There are companies that will spin your dog’s fur into yarn, which you then can turn into any sort of knitted garment. According to the American Kennel Club, dog-fur yarn — or chiengora — is soft like angora wool and even warmer than sheep’s wool. (And don’t worry — you won’t smell like a dog once it’s cleaned and spun.) You need about a grocery bag of fur to create small items, such as mittens. So as a gift, you can do the legwork (i.e., brushing) and gather that fur if you’re able. But if you can’t, you still can offer to fund the process for a truly original present.


If wearable dog fur isn’t quite what you’re looking for, how about a custom item with the image of your gift recipient’s animal? Just like with the custom artwork, there are many businesses that specialize in turning a pet’s image into apparel for humans. For instance, this company will put your dog’s face onto a vibrant pair of socks, so you can always feel like you’re taking your dog for a walk. And this business features a necklace to which you can add charms stamped with your dog’s name — perfect for people with multiple animals. There’s definitely something out there for any dog lover’s taste.


Another product many dog parents eye but haven’t tried is a monthly subscription box of dog gear. For you, it’s an easy gift option that’s sure to please the recipient — and more importantly, their dog. Yes, this is really a gift for the canine companion, but a true dog lover will find joy in it, as well. And many of the subscription companies have gift options that essentially are just trials of the service. For instance, BarkBox allows you to give a subscription for one, three, six or 12 months. For the gift recipient, it’s a great way to try a service that’s probably already piqued their interest.


For the dog lovers who love to cook, consider gifting them some dog-themed bakeware. There are many kitchen items with paws prints and funny sayings about dogs. (And odds are the dog lover you’re shopping for has some of them.) Check out these silicone baking molds with both paws and bones. They’re fine for making human food. But they’re even better if you bake homemade dog treats for your pup. Plus, you can use them to mold frozen treats, as well.


Regardless of whether the dog lover in your life has a pup of their own, they still clearly care about dogs. Honor their passion by donating in their name to an organization that helps dogs. Try to learn whether your gift recipient has a favorite animal charity, as many dog lovers do. Or do your research, and choose a worthy cause. Some groups even allow you to sponsor a specific dog, which can add some fun to your gift. Or you can gift a membership to an animal organization, which usually comes with several perks for the recipient. No matter what, you’re showing your dog lover friend that you love dogs, too.


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