8 Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Dog Lovers

Your dog-loving friends will appreciate these puppy-centric presents.

Try your hand at homemade gifts such as DIY dog treats or a snazzy picture frame for your friend’s favorite dog photo. By: cshirvo

Uh-oh, it’s almost Christmas!

Do you need last minute stocking stuffers for dog families you know?

No worries — we’ve got you covered. Check out these fun and practical finds.

1. Grounds for Hounds

Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. founder Jordan Karcher puts his profits where his passion is — animal welfare. The coffee company donates 20% of every purchase to no-kill animal shelters. So while you’re feeding the caffeine habit of the dog lovers on your list, you can help rehome a compatible canine at the same time.

2. Quirky Dog Magnets

Help your dog friends keep track of household chores with dog-inspired dishwasher magnets from RipdNTorn’s Etsy shop. They can help you keep track of things like clean or dirty dishes and also serve as handy reminders for busy dog parents — I Pooped/No Poops and Happy/Hungry are favorites.

3. Gift Certificates to Dog-Friendly Cafes

Give those dog lovers a meal on you, and let them eat out with their favorite companion — their dog.

Smart restaurateurs know the way to a patron’s heart is through his dog’s stomach. Restaurant owners are tapping into the powerful bond between dogs and their people by offering special dog-friendly seating options and entrees.

Bring Fido is an excellent resource to find go-to spots for your dog-loving friends and their pooches. And who knows? Maybe their  favorite cafe made the list of the top 10 dog-friendly restaurants in the world.

4. Books, Calendars and Notepads

Books make great gifts. Many of the dog movies we all love are based on books such as Lassie and Because of Winn Dixie.

Introduce your dog friends to Oogy, a book about a shattered dog who leaps into the life and heart of author Larry Levin. If your friends would love a compilation of shorter vignettes, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul is a delightful compilation of real-life dog stories.

If books aren’t your friends’ thing, then stop at any mall and you’ll find yourself immediately greeted by a variety of gift kiosks chock-full dog calendars, notepads, keychains and personalized ornaments that make great last-minute stocking stuffers for dog people.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to receive a gift certificate to a dog-friendly cafe and bring your pooch along? By: johanl

5. Homemade Gifts

Are you creative? Put your artistic talents to work to make a quick, one-of-a-kind set of dog-lovin’ stationery. Hallmark Card Studio® has amazing graphics and fun dog clipart.

Or pick up some picture frames at the local thrift shop, add a little pizazz with a fresh coat of paint and personalize it further by attaching mini wooden dog bones, hearts or the dog’s name with a hot glue gun. Snag a holiday photo of your friends and their dog and insert it into the frame for a gift that lasts a lifetime.

If crafting isn’t your thing and you’re more comfortable in the kitchen, whip up a batch of yummy, healthy dog biscuits for gifts instead.

6. Movies

Everybody loves a great dog movie.

Give the gift of smiles and quality snuggle time with a dog film. If the dog fans in your life are comedy junkies, movies like The Ugly Dachshund and Beethoven are the perfect cinematic presents.

For the adventurers, offer films like Homeward Bound, Lassie Come Home or Finding Rin Tin Tin. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a heartwarming story about the importance of dogs, so movies like 101 Dalmatians and Big Red are fun films to give to those who love films that tug on the heartstrings.

We’ve got the dog people covered, but what about the dogs? Here’s a great DIY toy you can make at home for your pup:

7. Dog-Themed Clothing and Accessories

Many local shelters sell animal-themed clothing and accessories. Colorful t-shirts, scarves and lanyards are some of the more popular items sold that are both adorable fashion accessories and a way to directly support a local animal shelter.

However, if that’s not an option, push your cyber cart over to The Animal Rescue Site. Dress up your favorite dog lovers with paw print tops and bottoms, sleepwear and warm socks. Dazzle them with funky yet fashionable dog earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings.

8. Make a Donation

No time for shopping or hand-crafting unique gifts? Make a donation on behalf of your dog-loving friends. Then, send them a Christmas card with a note highlighting some of the work being done by the shelter.

Who knows? Your gift may even inspire your friends to volunteer. That way everyone wins!

Karen Doll

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Karen Doll is a freelance writer based in eastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys writing about homeschooling, chicken keeping and pets, gardening, health and wellness, and parenting. She and her husband, David, have 2 grown children — Emily and Jeremy and 3 cats, Kitty, Boo, and The Bean (a.k.a. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

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