At the start of the new decade the winter gift-giving season might be over... But you're not off the hook yet!
No, in fact—look at the gift-giving holidays in just the first few months of the year!
- Valentine's Day in February
- Holi in March
- Easter and the start of Ramadan in April
And those are just the holidays listed on my calendar. You might also need to add in other holidays, birthdays, engagement and bachelor/ette parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceñeras, graduations, promotions, retirements... Well, you get the picture!
Trying to figure out what to get for so many events is hard, and it can be tempting to resort to a lot of gift cards—searching all around the web or driving from store to store is a pain... Who has time for that these days?
But broad gift cards are so impersonal. You want special presents to give loved ones on their special days!
Nothing's more special than presents personalized with the one thing everybody is guaranteed to love: their dogs.
Here's a list of 15 doggone thoughtful gifts for dog lovers that are guaranteed to be a hit at any occasion—dogs are never out of season.
Gifts for the Fashionable Dog Lover
Following big personalities, looks lead us to our pups. It's no wonder that dogs make great companions for fashion lovers. Poodles and chihuahuas might be best known for this, but there's a dog for every look.
Let’s not waste time deciding which are the most stylish—it's not why you came here. Check out these personalized gifts for the best dressed on your list, instead.
1. Personalized Dog Shirts
What's better than a fashionista stylishly proclaiming your relationship while strutting the sidewalk? Not much!
Tank tops are forever popular among the fashion elite as a flattering, versatile shirt.
But you don't need a supermodel's income to buy a tank to knock it out of the dog park with your fashionable friends, no matter their gender. Customize a tank top with their furry buddy and your gift will catch eyes in public before you know it.
2. Dog Socks
Socks are sometimes joked about as a boring, unwanted present. With quality socks, that couldn't be further from the truth!
If they have dogs, even your most style-savvy friends are probably out of interesting socks. Our good dogs double as sock thieves, and it's less expensive to replace plain ones.
Here's how to knock those sad socks off: Make socks they won't risk losing. Warm your dear one's person paws with attractive, personalized dog socks!
White socks would be boring and probably unwanted by someone passionate about fashion. The uniqueness of these socks is what makes them the ideal present.
3. Pet Hoodies
Hoodies are casual wear for any season, making them a great gift all year round.
This is why they stay in fashion, too. Dogs are similarly perfect… Combine them!
Give the fashion-conscious dog owners you know stylish hoodies featuring their dogs.
Gifts for the Creative People in Your Life
Gifts for animal lovers are personal presents by nature: You're showing the recipient you know their interests.
Personalized products are so easy to find online… That's the problem.
Custom gifts are everywhere! How do you make something to wow your artistic friends?
Here’s how: Give these meaningful, creative gifts.
4. Pop Art Dog Portraits
Most everyone knows someone crazy about famous pop artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein. But if a person likes them, they usually have merchandise already.
Plus, they're so well-known that a print might seem like an afterthought. If you want to impress, you should try something new.
Nothing's more personal than a dog portrait painting. But there are plenty of dog portraits available, so how is this special?
Well, you shouldn’t buy any old drawings of dog faces! The key is how well you know your loved ones' taste.
Even a smaller pop art pet canvas (a pup art pet canvas?) shows you’re thoughtful enough to immortalize Rover in their favorite art style.
5. Pop Art Pet Tags
Your choices for dog artwork aren't limited to a pet picture on canvas. Instead, try custom art to put on the dog!
Quality pet tags give dog owners peace of mind. There's no reason this essential can't be an aesthetic statement, too.
6. Custom Dog Towels
Your creative loved ones are trendsetters, soaking up the spotlight. They'll get good at soaking up the sun, too, when they bring a customized pet towel that shows off their puppy to the beach.
Jump on this chance to impress with your creativity! You might suggest some of America's most dog-friendly beaches, also.
Gifts for Dog Lovers in Love
7. Soft Puppy Sweaters
Sweater weather isn't over yet! Snuggle up with your sweetheart and your pup until it gets warm again in a couple's set you make of these super-soft, customizable dog sweaters, which you might also consider dog sweatshirts—if that's more your style.
8. Personal Pet Ornaments
Dog memorial ornaments are a common way to commemorate a lost pet, but your loved ones can just as well celebrate their living dogs on their Christmas trees with artful, high-quality customized porcelain pet ornaments. Regardless of circumstance, it will give lovebirds a heartfelt opportunity to bond as they think of their dogs in the warm, romantic glow of twinkle lights.
The ornaments are flat, too, so the recipients of your gifts can hang them on their walls or pretty much anywhere else since they're flat. This is great if they don't celebrate Christmas, or if they do, but it's any other time of year and they still want to display it.
That versatility makes this a great gift for anyone in any part of 2020, not just the wagging tail end of the year.
9. Custom Dog Blankets
Picture this: A frosty (or not so frosty) Valentine's Day morning, cozied up in bed next to your darling. Your dog sleeps under the covers at your feet, and a custom plush fleece blanket with a picture of him printed on it lies over you, keeping you all nice and toasty.
Sound nice? Of course it does. If you're not getting one for your own bed, you should do a favor for another couple you're shopping for. You never know, they might end up thanking you when they're still together going into 2030!
Gifts for Dog(-Loving) Parents
Parenting might be the most difficult work out there, and who’s caring for all the exhausted parents? But tiny changes can make a big difference, and that's where you come in!
Check out these essentials for the dog-loving parents in your life.
10. Dog Mugs
Raising a child is incredibly rewarding, but demanding work, so many parents are always tired. Keep their energy up with coffee or tea in a unique mug: one personalized with their pup.
11. Personalized Phone Cases
Another surprisingly simple thing that can prove crucial to staying sane through years of parental stress is simply investing in a quality phone case.
You take your kid to the store and give her your smartphone to look at while you shop. You've done it a million times before—so has everyone. Keeping kids engaged keeps them safe!
It's almost her birthday and she demands a stuffed dog toy that looks like the family pet. You already got her a birthday present you know she'll love (keep reading for ideas on that, by the way), so you say no. But she won't hear it... and throws the phone to the ground.
Well, so much for your new iPhone.
Stories like that are too common. Kids WILL be kids—that's why every parent needs a good phone case.
Tantrum-proof your loved one's cell with a cute dog photo phone case.
And hey... Maybe kiddo's puppy on your phone will stop her from throwing it in the first place!
12. Custom Tote Bags
Parents never have enough arms! Parents lug things around for their families every day, so recognize their work with a helpful present.
You can't gift extra limbs, and you can't always be there to help. Offer a personalized pet art tote bag and have Fido pick up the slack!
Gifts for Human Puppies, Also Known as Children
Maybe you've always lived with a dog, but if you haven't, do you remember how badly you wanted one growing up?
If you were one of the lucky kids whose parents gave in to your begging, do you remember how good it felt to finally get one?
Now you can give the kids you know presents they can look back to for years to come and reflect on the memories they made throughout their childhood dog-owning journey.
13. Custom Dog Art Pillows
This might sound silly, but: You'll likely never love pillows more than you did when you were little. No, not even when you're old and sore. Hear me out. As a kid, you have naps, pillow forts, pillow fights, and can comfortably sleep on a throw pillow.
That means that all you have to do to wow any kid you know is put a pet picture on a pillow. And what adult wouldn't want to remember their childhood dog that way? This is a gift that's sure to last.
14. Children's Clothes
Gifts of clothes for kids are often actually aimed at their parents. It's time for that to change. For your next gift, make custom funny dog T-shirts that will be a hit with both kids on the playground and the toddlers at daycare.
Supporting kids’ interests when you shop for them is a great way to support their creativity and become a positive figure in their lives. This might seem like a small gesture, but it could be the start of big things!
15. Personalized Pet Books
What better way to teach a child to read or encourage a love of reading than by creating a special book about the dog your young learner loves? With many opportunities to put your personal touches on the story, these children's personalized books will make kids feel like they and their pets are stars.
Now Go Fetch Some Presents!
I know you’re left reeling from this last set of holidays. You feel like you could go the entire rest of your life without giving or receiving another present, right? I think we all know the feeling, whether we want to admit it or not. It's an exhausting time of year!
But could you really? You just read not five, not ten, but 15 great personal gift ideas to start the new decade on the right foot. And all of them are so cool.
You’re a great friend, a trusted family member, a perfect partner and an all-around awesome person to know, and that’s because you like to make the people you care about happy.
You have a proven gift-giving track record—you just wanted some fresh suggestions. Well, now that you’ve seen all these great gifts for dog lovers, you have no excuse not to get shopping! You have to start at some point, so why stall?
But you can do what you want… Just keep in mind that using the gift-buying resources available to you now means you won’t panic next time you’re expected to give a gift. Don’t forget that your next big occasion is right around the corner!
And if generosity isn’t your goal, well… Giving great gifts does mean you’ll get great gifts back!
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The people you love and dogs they care about thank you!