36 Must-Have Gifts for Dog-Loving Kids

36 Must-Have Gifts for Dog-Loving Kids

[Updated for Christmas 2019]

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.

So if you have a dog loving kid, make sure to look though my list of gift ideas for your dog lover. From magazine subscriptions to blankets to games to T-shirts… I am certain you can find at least one that your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild will absolutely love. And if you are anything like me, most of the gifts for my daughter this year will be dog stuff!

One great gift idea, not pictured below, is a gift certificate for a dog or pet themed summer camp. Our local human society hosts summer camps each year, my daughter attended one a couple years ago and it was her favorite. We'd certainly do this yearly if it was closer to our home.

I also didn't picture below any video games. This is a personal decision, as I have been trying to stay away from electronic gaming gifts for my daughter. I prefer to promote educational things for her to get involved. But with that said, Amazon has a ton of choices when it comes to dog related video games, just make sure to choose the right gaming platform... if you don't know as the parents before buying. 

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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Books and such...

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. When I was a kid, this was my 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. This is one I am definitely adding to my list this year.

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.

Puppy Training for Kids: Teaching Children the Responsibilities and Joys of Puppy Care, Training, and Companionship. This is a great book if your kids have been begging for a puppy. Puppies are definitely adorable, but they are so much more work than you think and preparing your kids is a great way to start them off on the right foot!

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. 

365 Dogs Page-A-Day Calendar 2020. Just look at those eyes! Really, 365 photos of dogs will bring a smile to your face every day of the year. Cute dogs staring back at you as you turn each page.

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".

If you want more books, check out my book gift guide:

Best Fiction Books with Dogs for Dog Lovers of All Ages

Board Games

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 (recommend for ages 10+). This is a unique way to have fun while challenging your mind all with these cute dog characters!

Dog-Opoly - Okay who doesn't love a game of monopoly and didn't you always want to to be the dog piece? Recommended age is 8+. There is also a Pup-Opoly version for kids 5-8 years old.

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 and Activities

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!

Toys for the Young Dog Lover

KD Kids Rescue Runts Plush DogRescue Runts are adoptable pets that you rescue, groom & love! Choose from 4 breeds. 

Electronic Pet Dog Interactive Puppy -  Play toy puppy interactive games as Harry responds to your touch. It is a touch sensitive pet dog for girls and boys. A truly Smart Robot Dog!

Melissa & Doug Canine Companions Pretend Play Figures - 12 Collectible Dog Breeds. Seriously any boy or girl will love this set for a gift. 

Sophia's 18" Doll Pet, Golden Puppy & Accessories. Soft and adorable for any little girl that loves dogs!

LED Stuffed Puppy Creative Night Light is available in blue, pink and white making it perfect for any kid that loves puppies! 

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie, Toy Pet Playset, recommended for kids age 3-6 years old. Kids have fun coloring, then giving the puppies a bath, then coloring again. You choose which pet to receive. 

True confession, 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!

Other Dog and Paw Print Gifts for Boys and Girls

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.

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! 

Paw Print Pet Dog In-Ear Earbud Headphones. How cute would it be to see your kids wearing these earbuds with doggy paw prints! 

Super Soft and Fluffy Premium Flannel Fleece Dog Throw Blanket. Who doesn't love to curl up in a soft fleece blanket. If you don't buy this as a gift, buy one for yourself!

I Love My Dog Throw Pillow. This cute throw pillow would look great on any girls bed no matter what color her room is!

Dalmatian Bed Comforter Set I'm loving this bed, it's bright and colorful and so fun!

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.

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!

Remote Control Robot Dog Toy for kids. If you are looking for some tech entertainment, this dog is the gift to give!

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 Duvet Bed Cover would be great for a boy or girls room.  With so many choices for bedding, this is one of my favorite dog designs.

Snowman Paw Print Ornament. My mom gives an ornament to my kids every Christmas, it's such a heartwarming tradition. I am certain this beautiful paw print ornament would be my daughter's favorite of all time!

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About the Author Debi@RescueDogs101

Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, two dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... were she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.

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