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5 gift ideas for the dog enthusiast in your life

Nov 22, 2023 11:06AM ● By Marti Benson

Our holiday gifts (both given and received) are often dog-centric. As bona-fide dog-lovers, we are surrounded by people who are also nuts about dogs.  

I always think of my friend Tina when I see (and then buy) socks adorned with French bulldogs. The Jordans tell us they look forward to their annual Just Goldens calendar, even though we both have mixed-breed puppers that defy a pedigree.

We chuckle good-naturedly when yet another “Dog Mom” or “Everything Tastes Better with Dog Hair in It” coffee mug, tea towel or kitchen accessory makes its way to us. Judging from the surplus of merchandise embellished with paw prints that grace thrift stores every January, it seems we might collectively possess an abundance of these “pawsome” knick-knacks.

Are you stuck in a rut about what to get the dog lovers in your life? Hark! Here are five ideas under $40 that just might give them the zoomies this year.

1. Photo Gallery Pet Playing Cards 

52 standard cards and two jokers personalized with a pet’s photo. They arrive in a sturdy case.

2. Photo Gallery Pet Puzzle 

A favorite pet photo turned into a puzzle. Choose between 60, 252, 520 or 1014 pieces.

3. Customized Pet Pillow 

Turn a photo of a pet (entire pooch or their head only) into a throw pillow. There are many vendors on Etsy that create these pillows in a variety of sizes and styles. 

4. Customized Cooking Mitts 

Personalized oven mitts with your dog’s face on them. Again, there are many sellers with many styles. Choose the one that hits your “hot” button!

5. Pooch Selfie: The Original Dog Selfie Stick Smartphone Attachment

Attach this device—with the squeaky tennis ball included—to a smartphone. The photos of your friend and their four-legged buddy will be a hit.

Other great holiday gifts for your loved ones might include a dog walk or play date for someone unable to get out with their pooch, a payment on an unexpected veterinary bill or a credit to their favorite kennel or pet sitter. Hopefully they’ll use you as their dog sitter, knowing their fur kiddo is in good hands while they’re away. 

To you and your beloved furry, finned, feathered, scaly—and human—family members, I wish you a peaceful, safe and blessed holiday! 

Send your questions to Marti in care of the BEACON or email her at [email protected].

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