I love looking for gifts. But I hate shopping.
That’s why I spend weeks trying to think of just the right gifts before stepping foot in a store. And sometimes I make gifts so I don’t need to shop.
If you’re a thoughtful gift giver, check out my list of unusual gift ideas for dogs and the people who love them. And because it’s Cyber-Monday, you can find all of them online.
Framed Dog Blueprint – Who wouldn’t want one? Even though, as my architect husband likes to point out, you couldn’t possibly build a dog from these drawings.
Pawprint Nail Decals – Adorable. Plus they’re non-toxic and made in the U.S.
Quick-Stitch Bolster Dog Bed – Have you seen those bolstered dog beds that cost over $100? Why not get out the sewing machine and make one for a fraction of the price of buying one? (F)
Garnet dangle earrings, ‘Pampered Puppy Dog’ – Sterling silver, made in Mexico, and Fair Trade. They’d be pretty wonderful even if they weren’t so cute. (affiliate)
DIY “Grippy” Dog Walking Gloves – You know how when you’re walking your dog in the winter, he stops to leave a little present and you have to take off your gloves to scoop? Oh, and by the time you’ve finished, you’ve dropped one glove and can’t find it? Yeah, I hate it too. I hope someone makes me a pair of these grippy dog walking gloves from Kol’s Notes. Hint, hint. (F)
I Like Big Mutts T-Shirt – I like big mutts and I cannot lie. And I’m not lying when I tell you a portion of every sale helps animal rescue.
Dieting With My Dog – Too many holiday parties? Maybe you should pick up a copy for yourself. And for help the entire year, check out The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance. (affiliate)
Zen Dog Garden Sculpture – Maybe the sight of a zen dog in the garden will keep Honey from digging?
Set of 4 Dog Soup Bowls – If these precious bowls with dog faces in the bottoms don’t get your kids to finish their pea soup, I don’t know what will.
Hand-Stamped Bronze Dog Tag – Your dog is special. Shouldn’t his tags reflect that he’s one of a kind?
Make a Dog Leash – Did you finally manage to teach your dog to walk without pulling? Why not celebrate with a fancy, homemade leash. Easy step-by-step instructions mean you can make one to coordinate with all your dog-walking outfits. (F)
It’s All Fun and Games T-Shirt – It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.
Fair Trade Cotton Dog Bow Tie – Bow tie slips over leash and lets your dog look like the classy gentleman he is. (affiliate)No longer available.
Carpeted Dog Steps – Is your pup finding it tough to get up on the bed or couch? These steps make climbing easy. Made in the U.S.
Colorful Fused Glass Dog Pendant – Made by Chilean artisans under Fair Trade standards and raising money for Animal Rescue. Everyone is a winner.
You Got Your New Dog Kit – Normally I’d think of this as a gimmicky gift. But they packed a clicker right in the box. A clicker! I would definitely get this for someone adopting a new dog.
10 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – Something for every pup, no matter what kind of diet she’s on. (F)
Wild Soap Bar Shampoo Bar, Woof Wild Dog – Made in the U.S. from gentle ingredients for even the most sensitive pup. (affiliate)
Sugar’s Furry Friend – Is there anyone who didn’t love Sugar the Golden Retriever? If there is, I don’t want to know him. Beautiful children’s story by one of the bloggers we all know and love. (affiliate)
What the Dog Ate – Once the kids are tucked in, it’s time for some grown-up time. And if What the Dog Ate is too adult, check out Rescue Me, Maybe, both by the writer who brings us Pooch Smooches. (affiliate)
Hand-Knit Dog Ornaments – I’m always on the look out for unbreakable ornaments with Miss Floofie Tail around. Aren’t these adorable?
Ceramic Pawprint Bracelet – Made in Peru under Fair Trade standards and proceeds benefit Animal Rescue. How can you not get one for everyone you know?
Mutt Malt Liquor Coasters – As the coaster says, never drink alone. And you don’t have to with this handsome boy under your pint.
Organic Bamboo Collar – Its purchase funds green projects. And when it wears out, the collar biodegrades. No longer available.
Custom, Clay Dog Ornament – Get a hand crafted ornament that looks like your dog. Wouldn’t you rather see a replica of your dog in the tree than the dog?
Ceramic Buttons – Dogs Style – Hand made in South Africa, these unique buttons will make a special outfit stand out even more. (affiliate)
Old Sock Dog Toy – What else will you do with the socks that have a hole too big to patch or the orphan that came out of the dryer alone? You’ll never have to buy a tug toy again. (F) No longer available. Woof Woof Bandana – Even dogs who hate dressing up don’t mind wearing a bandana, especially when it’s as cute as this one. No longer available.
Giant Mustache or Tongue Dog Toys – Your dog will love chewing on the hard rubber. You’ll love posting the silly pictures online.
Pup Pies – Looking to share a special holiday treat? These yummies are made in New York from human-grade ingredients.
Fair Trade Pet Feeding Mat – One side is batik, the other is plastic to keep water from soaking your floors. (affiliate) No longer available. Dog is Good Ceramic Bowl – Will the halo on the dog inspire your pup to good behavior? Who cares? It’s just adorable. No longer available. Terra Cotta Dog Ornaments – Made by women artisans in Bangladesh and cute as can be. No longer available.
ORE Pet Recycled Rubber Pet Placemat Big Bone – Made from recycled rubber, protects your floor from sloppy eaters, and looks sweet too. (affiliate)
Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew – I’ve bought this book as a gift and I had my library buy a copy. It’s the first time I laughed out loud reading a dog owner’s guide and still managed to learn something. Frankie, who inspired Edie to write the book, is no longer with us. But I still love to see his bemused expression in the book’s video. (Affiliate)
Make the Most of Your Gift Giving
Some of my gifts are fair trade, meaning the artisans who make them earn a living wage. Others are made from recycled materials. Many are made in the U.S. A few of them benefit charitable causes. And others are free to cheap things you can make yourself (they’re marked with an F for free or frugal).
If you care enough about someone to buy them a gift, share that care with your community by letting your values drive your shopping.
And always remember that the best gift are usually those that don’t cost a dime.
Your Turn: Do you enjoy giving gifts? Or do you find it a nuisance? Does your pet give gifts to you?