We have the best gift ideas for your animal lover! My daughter has been a dog lover ever since she was old enough to talk! Every year for her birthday and Christmas I search out the best dog themed gifts. Whatever I buy that has a dog on it, turns out to be her favorite gift. As she grows older the gifts get bigger and more expensive, but still revolve around dogs.
So if you have a dog loving kid, make sure to look though my list of gift ideas below. From toys, games and crafts to magazine subscriptions… I am certain you can find at least one that your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild will absolutely love.
I didn't list any video games. This is a personal decision, as I have always tried to stay away from electronic gaming gifts for my kids. I prefer educational or things to get them outside. But with that said, Amazon has a ton of choices when it comes to dog related video games.
[Updated for Christmas 2020]
This year I got a bit carried away in searching for new dog-themed legos, board games and toys for kids... so I have a list of over 100 dog-loving gifts for your toddler, school-age, preteen, teenager children... all nicely organized in a Amazon Shopping list. Click here to see what you want to give to your dog-loving child this Christmas >>
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Dog-themed Board Games
Mudpuppy Dog-Gonnit Board Game. Ages 8+. Teaches Real-Life Dog Caring Skills. Fun and Engaging Game for Families to Play Together
Sequence Dogs Game We don't have the dog version, but we do have the standard Sequence game and love it. Even though the manufactures recommend it is for Ages 7 to Adult, my daughter played it as young as 5 years old. It's basically a matching game, the goal is to match the dog on the card to the dog on the game board.
Grandpa Beck's Nuts About Mutts Card Game. This games looks like so much fun, this is one I am adding to my own list to buy as a gift. Recommended ages: 5+.
Educational Insights Diggity Dogs Game. We found this game a couple of years ago, so I'd guess my daughter was about 8 years old at the time. It's a go fish style game, cute but simple so younger kids could enjoy playing too.
Brainwright Dog Pile The Pup Packing Puzzle. This is a unique way to have fun while challenging your mind all with these cute dog characters! Recommend for ages 10+.
Agility. We have this game, and found it a little confusing to follow. But since my daughter really loves dog agility so it was still fun and we sometimes will create our own rules. Recommended age is 10 and up, but I'd say 12 and up.
Peaceable Kingdom Cats vs. Dogs Checkers Game for Kids with Magnetic Stackable Pieces. Classic game with a twist. Be careful, we all know that dogs rule and cats drool!
Crafts for Dog Lovers
Adorable Puppy Dog Latch Hook Craft for Kids or Adults. Easy to make and fun for even younger children. I remember making these as a kid.
Pom-Pom Puppies: Make Your Own Adorable Dogs. My daughter loves anything dogs and any craft, mix the two together and you have a recipe for the perfect gift!
I Love Dogs! Activity Book: Pup-tacular stickers, trivia, step-by-step drawing projects, and more for the dog lover in your child. Really, what kid doesn't love stickers!
Learn to Draw Dogs & Puppies: Step-by-step instructions for more than 25 different breeds. If you have an inspiring little artist, then you've got to get this book!
Fun & Unique Dog Themed Toys for Toddlers
Dalmatian Baby Toddler Tricycle Bike No Pedals Balance Bike. Seriously the cutest little puppy bike for little ones. Recommended for 10-36 Month olds.
Plush Dog House -Five (5) Stuffed Animal Dogs (Dalmation, Yellow Lab, Rottweiler, Poodle, Cocker Spaniel) in Play Dog House Carrying House - Every young dog lover is going to love this toy. Playing with all of these adorable puppies will keep your toddler busy for hours!
Kids Backpack w Stuffed Animal Dog Plush. Dang, why didn't they have all these cute gifts when I was a kid? I really want this it is practical and stylish at the same time.
LED Stuffed Puppy Creative Night Light is available in blue, pink and white making it perfect for any kid that loves puppies!
WisToyz Bubble Machine Dog Bubble Blower. This is a cute little bubble machine! Fun and easy to play and create bubbles.
My kids always loved to play with the biggest boxes after all the Christmas presents were open! Now you can get this ALEX Toys Craft Color a Dog House Children's Kit and let them create and use their imaginations!
Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set. Every dog loving child I know has said they wanted to grow up to be a vet. One of the best toys for young children to pretend and learn about taking care of animals.
Animal Adventures Dog Chair. This is so adorable! Can you just picture your child sitting in this huggable puppy chair! Ages 18 months and up.
Constructive Playthings Dog Academy 51 pc. Playset. This is going to be the absolute favorite present ever! Let your toddlers imagination run wild with the life-like dogs, agility equipment and more. I wish my daughter was 3 again, just so I could buy this for her.
More Dog and Paw Print Gifts for Boys and Girls
Be Good Company My Little Sandbox - Doggie Day Camp Play Set. These sensory toys are targeted for younger kids, but I am in love with this dog version. I think I may want one for my desk!
Cute Golden Retriever Mousepad. If your kid is on the computer for any amount of time, then this is a perfect mousepad! Who wouldn't love to look at this cute puppy when playing on the computer!
Puppy Paw Print Pendant and Necklace. I couldn't pass up on this super cute necklace, any girl would love to wear this! Plus it's available in several colors.
Girls 5 Pack of Multi-colored Fashion Cartoon Dog Animals Cute Socks, I totally want these puppy socks and I'm not a kid!
Make Your Own Homemade Dog Treats Kit - Dog Bone Cookie Cutters, Gift Bags and Tags, Dog Biscuit Roller, and 3 All Natural Dog Treat Recipes. What a great way to get the kids involved in cooking. I love this so much.
Dog Lamp with 7 Colors Adjustable Timer Remote & Smart Touch. Something fun and unique for sure! This 3-D night light would look great in any kids bedroom.
This Paw Print Backpack is not only practical for school but so perfect for any dog loving kid. Available in several different colors too!
Dog Puppy Comforter Bedding Set Pet Themed Animal Lover. This set would be great for a boy or girls room. With so many choices for bedding, this is one of my favorite dog designs.
Best Dog Books for Kids and More...
My daughter is obsessed with reading any book that is about dogs. Giving a dog book as a gift is a great way to make reading fun for your kids. Here are several that are on our top list. If you prefer just to browse for dog books for kids, here is a shortcut right to Amazon search results.
Dogster Dog Magazine formerly known as Dog Fancy. This is my daughter's favorite magazine... it's filled with dog stuff. You can order the subscription now and simply print out a photo of the cover. Place the photo in a nicely wrapped box with a handwritten note explaining that your child will be receiving in the mail their very own copy of Dogster for the next 12 months.
The Puppy Place Books is a series, so you can buy one or several of these puppy books. I don't think my daughter read all of them, but I'd say at least half! Each book features a different adorable dog, so you can choose your favorite. Recommended for ages 7-10 years old.
365 Puppies-A-Year Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2021. You have to see this to appreciate the cuteness. It's like having a large poster of puppies on your wall all year long.
Dog World Quote Modern Animal Decorative Art Poster Print. This poster is so dang cute, I couldn't resist including it in this guide. Really love this message and design: It reads "In a perfect world, every dog has a home".
National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! You can never go wrong with NatGeo... not only do we love watching the TV channel but every National Geographic book I've ever purchased as always been awesome.
101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition: Fun and Easy Activities, Games, and Crafts. This is a great way to get your kids involved with the family dog. You kid will learn to teach your dog tricks, keeping your dog and kid entertained at the same time!
Dog Disc Reading Light - LED Book Light with Chrome Neck for Books, E-Reader and E-Book Light. My daughter reads every night before bed and loves her reading light so she doesn't need to get out of bed to turn the light off.
Wondering what to get a kid who wants a dog? Obviously getting an actual dog is a big commitment. Read The Best Way to Surprise Someone with a Puppy for Christmas... it's not what you think!
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