The way to a pet owner’s heart is through their animals and none are more susceptible to a little furry consideration than dog owners. If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to buy the canine connoisseur in your life, we’ve got seven suggestions that they’re guaranteed to love.
You don’t need to look at Feefo reviews of ACME whistles to know that they are widely considered to be the best and most classic whistles out there. But did you know that they also supply silent dog training varieties? Moreover, they offer to personalise and engrave them too, making them ideal as a thoughtful, enduring and useful present. You can make them even more special by opting for a gold-plated design that would rival a gift of jewellery for real dog lovers.
Humans might wear our hearts on our sleeves, but dogs get to wear their names on their necks! Collar bandanas are fun, won’t blow your budget and can be simply personalised with names, nicknames or patterns. They are also super comfortable for dogs, if you choose a design that allows a collar to slide though, for easy wearing. If you want to accrue extra brownie points, try to gift a dog bandana with a matching human scarf, so the owner and companion can twin as they trot.
Commission new bowls
There are some incredible independent potters who are happy to make bespoke food and water bowls for treasured pooches. Whether you ask for a message to be engraved on the bottom or names painted along the side, you can be sure that nobody else will think to go the extra mile to this extent. Don’t forget to include a business card of your chosen clay artist, just in case of breakages and necessary replacements, otherwise you’ll have to organise them every time!
If you’re feeling more crafty and creative, how about sitting down with a sewing machine and whipping something up yourself? A simple fleece dog jumper is an easy project that most seamstresses will be able to master and there are so many free online tutorials and patterns to take advantage of too. The only snag will be measuring the canine in question, as you’ll need an idea of which size to make and though most patterns include a rough breed guide, these are very loose and no two dogs are ever the same size. We’d add some applique initials as the finishing flourish, perhaps on the bottom edge, to emulate the Burberry’s monogrammed ponchos.
Stylish poo bag carriers
All dog owners carry them, so why not make more of a style statement? Poo bag carriers tend to be a little perfunctory, but there are plenty of designer chic styles available, which can clip to a lead or onto a belt loop, while also being personalised with the pooch’s name or initials. This really is the ideal gift for the owner who has everything, because we all know that a pocket full of poo bags will absolutely suffice. But where’s the elegance in that? You can even get charming little doggie backpacks that can be used to carry them too, with embossing being no issue. We can picture a chihuahua in a satchel with its initials on it. Can’t you?
Monogrammed car blankets
As much as everyone loves their dogs, nobody seems crazy about the hair shedding they bring with them. Especially in a luxury car. Honestly, even a messy family car doesn’t need the addition of impossible-to-vacuum white hairs, which is why a gorgeous monogrammed car blanket is just the ticket. Don’t go too overboard here, as it will get covered in mud, hair and all sorts, while needing to be easy to pop in the washing machine, so why not add in some real thoughtfulness and buy two? So that when one is in the wash, there’s another ready to use in the car. That’s the kind of thinking that dog lovers will really appreciate.
Finally, an idea for the really committed and devoted dog owners out there. Did you know that you can buy 3D-printed dog biscuit cutters with names included in the design? So when your giftee next makes a batch of healthy peanut butter biccies for their four-legged companion, they can make bone-shaped ones with the name of the pooch embossed on the top. If you’re not obsessed with your dog it probably sounds a little over the top, but for anyone taking the time to make their dog healthy treats, this is a great and really sweet gift.
Dedicated dog owners are always looking for new and fun ways to show their commitment to their companions and all of these would make very gratefully received presents. Trust us, we really do want them all.