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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.
Gifts Found on Amazon
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!
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 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".
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+.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Kids Dog Night Light 7 Colors Change with Remote Baby Rest Night Light If you are looking for some technology and dog stuff than look no further. What a great idea!
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!
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!
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