December 12, 2014
DogWatch’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – 12 Gift Ideas For Dog Lovers
Christmas is less than two weeks away – and chances are you still have a bit of shopping left to do. Or if you are one of those Christmas Eve shoppers, maybe a lot left to do! Last week, we shared 10 gift ideas for your dog. Today, we present Part Two of our 2014 DogWatch Gift Guide. We’ve found 12 more creative gift ideas, this time focusing on dog lovers. Need a present for a niece that loves taking and sharing pictures of her French Bulldog? How about a gift for your friend who loves teaching tricks to his Border Collie? Or what about your mom, who loves her Corgi so much she gave her your old bedroom? Check out our finds, and cross some gifts off your list!
Claudia Pearson Bulldog Plate
Have a friend who’s a dog lover and a foodie? Why not get him or her this striking plate, pretty enough to display and cute enough to charm any party guest. Designed by Brooklyn-based illustrator (and New Yorker contributor) Claudia Pearson, this 9″ square plate features an adorable color design of a French bulldog, complete with fashionable sweater and backpack. Because who doesn’t love a Frenchie, especially one that doubles as a hors d’oeuvres server? Regular $19.99, On Sale for $9.99 Available at West Elm.
Boden Dog Pattern Sweater
Buying clothes as gifts is hard, but this cute sweater from British clothier Boden is a safe bet. The pale gray color is chic and timeless, and the whimsical dog print in red and black adds personality to the look. Dress it up with a pencil skirt or dress it down with dark blue jeans, the sweater will be great addition to a dog lovers’ wardrobe. $118, Available at www.bodenusa.com.
Pug Pint Glasses
If you’re looking for a gift for a guy who loves dogs, check out this pair of “Sad Dog” Pug pint glasses we found on Etsy. Designed by Portland, OR artist Amanda Siska, these glasses are the perfect vessel for your friend’s home brew (named after his dog, of course) or his favorite craft beer. Even the most serious fella will smile when he sees that adorable, big-eyed, smushy-faced Pug mug. Set of 2 Pint Glasses $34, Available at Etsy.
Animal Print Umbrella
Rain or shine, most dogs need their daily walks. So we thought a dog-themed umbrella would make a practical and eye-catching gift for dog lovers. This umbrella from Frontgate comes in 7 different breed designs and many bright colors, and it’s sturdy enough for those windy days. There’s even a design for cat lovers! Of course, your cat-loving grandma will have to use it without her beloved cat who, chances are, prefers to stay indoors and dry. $39.50, Available at Frontgate.
Dog Refrigerator Magnets
Looking for a Secret Santa gift for your office mate? These colorful magnets, designed and made in Park City, UT, come in a variety of breeds and highlight what makes each special and lovable. Examples include the “Einstein” Border Collie magnet (shown at left), perfect for anyone who lives with and loves these fast-thinking herders. Other fun designs include Basset Hound (“Go ahead, I’m all ears”), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (“kiss. snuggle. repeat.”), Dachshund (“Life is short, so are my legs”), Beagle (“World’s #1 Foodie”) and Labrador Retriever (“I ate it”). These things are so cute, you don’t even need an excuse to buy one (or two)! $5.99 each, Available at Etsy.
This iron terrier doorstop from clothing and home store Anthropologie is probably the heaviest thing on our gift guide, but it’s also one of the most charming. The alert tail and perked ears bring life to a utilitarian object. Wouldn’t you love to see this little guy holding open your door every day? This is a good gift for Terrier lovers, and it’s sturdy enough that their actual terrier can’t wreak it! $24, Available at Anthropologie.
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
Books are always a great gift, because there are so many fantastic options to choose from. A book sure to please dog lovers – as well as fans of American history, cinema and TV history and great non-fiction writing – is Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend, written by best-selling author Susan Orlean. Baby boomers may remember the loyal and lovable German Shepherd dog from the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, but before that, Rin Tin Tin was a real dog, rescued by an American solider named Lee Duncan during WWI. The first Rin Tin Tin went on to star in silent films and become a worldwide celebrity. Orlean tells the story of Rin Tin Tin, Duncan and the legacy they created. It’s an unforgettable story told by one of the best, most engaging non-fiction writers working today. $12.05, Available at Amazon or your local independent bookstore.
DogWatch Indoor Hidden Boundaries
We all love our pets like family, but dogs will be dogs, sometimes at the expense of that new couch or this week’s groceries. DogWatch’s indoor pet containment systems can effectively keep pets off the couch, away from the trash, out of the dining room, and off of the kitchen counters. Our indoor pet fences work wherever you need them, safely, effectively, and discreetly. Plus, our indoor systems work with the same DogWatch receiver collar as our outdoor hidden fences, so it is a great gift for a family who already uses the DogWatch Hidden Fence! Our indoor systems include: the IB-100, a wireless boundary that can protect an area up to 8 feet in diameter and is equipped with a rechargeable battery; the IB-200, which can be used either with a boundary wire to protect a large defined indoor area or wirelessly for greater flexibility to protect smaller areas up to 10 feet in diameter; and the Scoot!®, our smallest transmitter, which uses a boundary wire and can be used to protect small areas such as a piece of furniture or a kitchen counter. Give your friends and family the gift of living comfortably with their pets in their home. For more information, visit our website. To purchase an Indoor Hidden Boundary system, contact your local DogWatch Dealer.
Square Photo Prints
Do you have a friend or relative who loves to take pictures of their pup on their phone? Encourage them to make these digital images into tangible works of art by purchasing a set of photo prints from Printstud.io. These 4″ x 4″ square photos are printed on beautiful, thick matte cardstock. They are archival quality, so they won’t fade with time like traditional prints, and are water resistant, so they are safe from humidity or accidental spills. And each square is printed with a 3mm white border around your photo, so they are super on-trend. Although initially designed for printing photos from Instagram, these prints work for a wide variety of digital images. Now he can share and display pictures of his beloved dog the old-fashioned way – on paper! $12 for a set of 24 prints, Available at Printstud.io.
“All You Need is Love and a Dog” Print
The Beatles were almost right when sang “All You Need Is Love.” In our humble opinion, a better motto is “All you need is love & a dog.” Pet-friendly style blog Pretty Fluffy knows this, and they’ve created this gorgeous print just in time for the holidays. This print is one of a collection of prints available for sale on Pretty Fluffy, including “Dogs are a girl’s best friend”, “Crazy dog lady” and “Must Love Dogs.” If you are looking for a cool, stylish home decor gift for a dog-loving lady, look no further. Note: the print is sold without the frame. $35 AUD (Australian dollars) or approximately $29 USD, Available at Pretty Fluffy.
J.Crew Girls’ and Boys’ Long-Sleeve Snow Dog Tees
What about the kids, don’t they love dogs too? What to buy them? We like these two long-sleeve tees from J.Crew, featuring fun designs of dogs wearing ski glasses. (The girls’ design is on the left, the boys’ on the right). The tees are also supersoft, so they have a lived-in feel that’s both comfortable and cool. He or she can wear the shirt to the ski slopes, the classroom or at home hanging around with their favorite dog. The only bad thing about them is that they don’t come in adult sizes! Girls’ Tee: $38, Available here. Boys’ Tee: $32.50, Available here. Both from J.Crew.
In this season of giving, let’s not forget cats and the people who love them. And what to get the cat person in your life this holiday season? Why, the classic Kit-Cat Clock, that’s what! Created by designer Earl Arnault in a small town in Oregon during the height of the Great Depression in 1932, the Kit-Cat Clock has remained a staple timepiece in American kitchens every since. The cat’s sly smile, dapper bowtie and signature wagging tail have captured many of heart – just ask anyone who grew up in the 1950s, when Kit-Cat Clocks were at the height of their popularity. Sure, it may be almost 2015, but this timeless little tuxedo cat will always be in style. $50 for non-members, $40 for members, Available at MoMA Store.
Click to find out more about any of our suggestions, and feel free to add your own gift ideas in the comments. And from all of us at DogWatch, we wish you (and your pets) a very merry holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!