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What Should I Get my Friend Who Loves Dogs? Top 5 Gift Ideas for Dog Owners

woman celebrating her birthday with her dog

[Written by Star LaBranche]

We all know a dog lover... and if you’re lucky, you know more than one! When it comes time to get them a gift for their birthday, a holiday, or even just because they’re awesome, it can be difficult to know which direction to go. 

You don’t want to give them something your grandma would put in her curio cabinet, but you (probably) also don’t want to invest in an Etsy sculpture of their dog’s personality made out of toothpicks and gum wrappers. And while coffee mugs with paw prints and their dog’s name is cute, honestly, does anybody really needs more coffee mugs these days?!

Let’s take a look at some fantastic gift ideas for dog owners and future dog owners alike. See which one sparks your interest and sounds like the perfect present for the dog lover in your life!

happy couple and their dog

1. A Gift the Dog Made

This gift idea might be difficult to execute if you don’t have ready access to the dog, however, if you work with the dog owner's significant other, a member of their family, or even their roommates, you could craft a work of art in just a few minutes.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is often a paw print kit. It could be one made of ink or quick-dry clay. You simply follow the instructions, press the animal’s paw into the pad or clay and ta-dah! You could put the paw print in a frame, create a paperweight, or even make it a holiday ornament. 

If you have more time with the dog, you could also use animal-friendly paint to capture their print and then continue the artwork. People turn paw prints into flowers or abstract patterns. Be aware, however, that this can get messy quickly, so we recommend only trying this with an even-tempered dog who likes you. This gift idea is a great way to show off your artistic side and incorporate the pup as well.

black dog paws

2. An Experience with their Dog

An experience gift is a great way to help someone bond with their dog. Perhaps your dog lover has always wanted to take their dog to a formal training class, but has never been able to get there. You could purchase the class for them or a series of one-on-one lessons. If the dog already has some basic training, there are always advanced classes or even training to become a therapy dog.

While not all dogs are meant to be therapy dogs, the training would be beneficial to the animal. Not to mention the bond between dog and owner could become that much stronger, and no dog was ever too well-trained!

If training isn’t the right gift for your dog lover, there’s always tickets to doggie events. Consider getting them a gift like tickets to a dog-friendly day at local water parks or a gift card to a local restaurant with a dog patio. See what businesses in your area are dog-friendly and what kind of events they host for dog lovers. If it gels with your friend’s personality and their dog’s personality, it could be a great way for them to spend time together and get out of the dog park.

 a young puppy doing treat training

3. Donate to an Animal Charity in their Name 

This is a great option for all dog lovers, even those who don't currently have a dog. Whether they recently lost a beloved pet or aren’t in a stage in their life where they can take care of an animal, a donation in their name will give them a chance to support a cause close to their heart. If they do have a dog, it's a great way for them to get them thinking about giving back and to help them stay informed of animal welfare issues in their community.

It’s a good idea to think small when considering where to donate. Although a lot of animal welfare groups are overwhelmed by the care needed to rescue and foster dogs, many of the smaller organizations desperately need help, including donations. You could donate to the rescue where your friend got their dog, or to an organization that they have been considering adopting from.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Sole Flops donates to animal rescues and other causes that you care about? It’s true! Learn more about our charitable giving on our About Us page.

a puppy up for adoption

4. Pet Supplies and Grooming Appointments are Always in Fashion

Owning a dog can be expensive, so most dog owners will appreciate a gift of the tools and toys they need to make sure their pet is happy and healthy. If your friend has a dog that has to be groomed in order to stay clean and active, consider a gift card to their favorite pet salon. Dog grooming can get pricey, so helping them cover even part of the cost of a regular grooming session could be a wonderful gift.

Other simple gifts, such as their dog’s favorite food or treats, will be appreciated. Only do this, however, if you know the exact brand and flavor of dog food or treats they use. Dogs have sensitive stomachs and getting them an entirely different brand of dog food could be disastrous for their tummy. If you’re not sure what food your friend uses, grab a gift card to a local pet supply store so they can pick out their own. It’s a practical gift that anyone would be happy to receive.

shih tzu with a hair tie

5. Give Them Something Fun They Will Love

When it comes to fun, dog-related gifts, there is a never ending supply! A quick Amazon search will yield everything from dog-themed shower curtains to dog wine glass charms, and everything in between. A fun dog-themed gift that’s useful and maybe a little silly is a great way to show your appreciation for your dog-loving friend.

One awesome gift idea is a pair of custom Sole Flops – one-of-a-kind flip flops with their dog's face on them. All you need is a photo of your friend’s dog and you can put their sweet face on one of our dozens of styles. Sole Flops are a unique gift that your friend will adore, and they're almost guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Not only is this a cute and personalized gift idea, but they’re also practical and comfortable! Learn more about Sole Flops and start customizing your pair today.

 

shih tzu dog next to a pair of custom aloha beach dog face flip flops from SoleFlops.com

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