Are you thinking of surprising someone close to you with a puppy for Christmas? We’ve all seen the videos or TV commercials where someone surprises their kids, wife or boyfriend with a cute little puppy for Christmas or Birthday. It’s adorable; screaming, crying, laughing, all over a 10lb. little ball of fur!
Okay, so I’m guessing you’ve been trying to figure out how you can surprise your special someone with a puppy. I’ve got the perfect idea on how to surprise someone with a puppy. But before I reveal my idea, let’s think about why a puppy is the all-time perfect gift.
If you answered yes to all four statements above, then let’s move on. Another great resource you should read is our 7 Important Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Dog
You may be wondering how can you adopt a puppy and have it ready on Christmas morning, ready to jump out and surprise your kids, husband or girlfriend. I mean really, it’s not easy to hide a puppy! They bark, yelp, need to eat, pee and poop… how are you going to do all of this and not let the others in your house know?
I don’t have the answer to that one, but I do have a better idea. Since the process of adopting a puppy can be just as exciting as receiving a puppy, why not give the gift of the entire experience. The experience of searching for the perfect puppy, adopting the cute puppy, and bringing the puppy home.
This is true for adults and kids. So even if you are looking to give your kids a puppy for Christmas, the gift of the experience is a much better idea. Your kids will become much more involved in the process, making them more likely to be involved after the new puppy excitement wears off.
Create a gift box or basket full of puppy items and gift certificates. Include a small stuffed puppy to add to the cuteness and awe of the present. I know it’s not the same as the real thing, but I promise you, this idea will be much more appreciated. Don’t rob your special someone of the experience of adopting a dog. It’s really magical when you get to search and meet the perfect puppy, kind of like love at first sight!
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So let’s start to think about what the gift basket should include… some of the puppy items a first time dog owner will need include:
Find a really nice basket or gift box and fill it up with all of these puppy products. Place a cute stuffed puppy with a note inside and put it under the Christmas tree!
I found a few items on Amazon that would be a perfect fit, like this canvas Dog Toy Basket, which can double as the gift basket, then a toy basket after you adopt the puppy! And you can find a ton of puppy toys too.
Another great resource is our stocking stuffer gift guide, it has some great ideas for your puppy basket!
If you need help with writing the note, here is an example you can use to make your own:
Because I love you, I wanted to surprise you with the best Christmas gift ever! There is a cute little puppy (or dog) out there waiting for you to find him or her. There are lots of puppies that need a home and I know we can find the perfect one together. My present to you is the entire experience of adopting your own puppy!
The prefect time to adopt a new dog is after the holiday hustle and bustle is over, but you can start planning right away. Decide whether you will be adopting from a shelter, rescue, or finding a breeder. Also consider adopting an older dog, puppies are cute but a ton of work. Senior dogs are a great way to save a dog and ease into dog ownership.
And there you have it, the perfect way to surprise someone with a puppy for Christmas. I really want to hear your stories after you give the present, so please comment below and share your “puppy for Christmas” story!
P.S. If you are still adamant on giving a puppy as a gift as a surprise, then please read these articles to help the process:
Debi McKee is a life-long dog lover and owner, volunteers for Fetch WI, fostering rescue dogs, performing home visits and more. She also attends every dog training seminar available to her, and is continually looking for ways to build her knowledge of dog adoption, health and training. Her goal is to guide you through every step of your dog journey. Read her story and learn about the dogs behind Rescue Dogs 101.
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