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10 Gift Ideas for Rescue Dog Owners

By November 29, 2021June 28th, 2022No Comments
Gift ideas for rescue dog owners

Are you trying to figure out what to gift a friend or relative who is crazy about their rescue dog? Maybe you’re Secret Santa for a rescue dog-obsessed colleague, and you’re trying to find a gift that’s personal and useful. You might even know someone who has just welcomed a rescue dog into their lives, and you want to gift them something special that will commemorate their first Christmas together.

Well you’ve come to the right place! With these 10 gift ideas for rescue dog owners, you’ll have your Christmas shopping sorted in no time.

From Christmassy dog-themed homeware to memory-making activity books, the gift ideas below are high-quality, fun and totally unique, all sold by incredible small businesses who deserve lots of support. We’re thrilled to be able to highlight their brands and products.

Gift a rescue dog owner a truly special and meaningful gift this Christmas. Scroll down for all the gift inspiration you need!

1. Barking Bags Dog Walking Bag

Constantly forget your poop bags, travel water bottle or favourite squeaky toy? Sounds like you need an award-winning Barking Bag! With outer mesh pockets for treats or a water bottle, a poo bag dispenser, and room for all your other essentials, it’s a must for any day trip or even just for your daily dog walk. Barking Bags are available in a range of different colours, but we love this Christmassy red design!

Price: from £35
Company: Barking Bags

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2. Woof Wag Wishes Bond Building Game

Woof Wag Wishes is an activity and memory book with a difference, guaranteed to appeal to dog owners who enjoy doing fun activities with their family dog. This gift is so much more than a book – it’s a unique concept, not seen anywhere else in the dog world!

The adventure starts each week when the dog owner opens their Woof Wag Wishes book and selects a wish from a section of their choice. Next, the surprise is revealed! Each wish has a QR code assigned to it – simply scan the code and be taken to a web page that contains information and instructions for that week’s activity.

The QR codes will reveal 52 hands-on activities to help dog lovers strengthen their doggie relationship while also allowing them to create a memory book. Woof Wag Wishes has lots of space to write in, meaning special memories and moments can be recorded and treasured forever.

To make this the perfect gift, you will receive a complimentary greeting card designed by Dogs Are Family, with the card left blank inside for your own personal message. Woof Wag Wishes is delivered in a cotton bag which can be used on the adventures that lie ahead.

Price: £19.99
Discount: Get 15% off when entering thecode XMASWISHES. Valid until 31st Dec ’21
Company: Dogs Are Family

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3. Book recommendations for adults and children

For adults: My Rescue Pet Rescued Me by Sharon Ward Keeble

This heartwarming narrative is full of stories of hope and tenderness, making it the perfect book for any animal lover, as well as those who deal with mental health issues or other life struggles. All of the animals featured in My Rescue Pet Rescued Me went from being the rescued to becoming the rescuer in these incredible true stories, whether by helping their owner to recover from mental illness, relationship breakdown or bereavement. Lisette and her dog Beautie are featured in the book!

Price: £8.25

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For children: I Can Be a Dog Detective! by Stephanie Zikmann

I Can Be A Dog Detective! is a fun, educational and interactive children’s picture book that highlights the importance of child and dog safety. Written by mother of two and multi-award-winning holistic dog groomer and certified canine behaviourist, Stephanie Zikmann.

Price: from £8.99

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4. ‘You Had Me At Merry Woofmas!’ Christmas Mug

Get into the festive spirit this Christmas with these lovely two-tone colour mugs in either ‘Christmas Red’ or ‘Christmas Green’. We know that every dog lover will just fall in love with these mugs and they will be the pawfect Christmas gift too!

Also available: the ‘Eat Sleep Christmas Treats Repeat’ mug!

These festive, Christmassy mugs are designed by Scruffy Little Terrier and printed in the UK using vegan-friendly inks. The coloured inner and handle match the writing on the mug. The mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and sent to you in biodegradable/recyclable packaging.

Price: £12.95 + P&P
Discount: Get 10% off using the code Christmas10
Company: Scruffy Little Terrier
Cool fact: For every purchase made, Scruffy Little Terrier donates a percentage from the sale to their Charity of the Year, Winston’s Wheels, a small charity that helps to keep dogs mobile.

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5. Pawfect Scents Electric Wax Warmer

Each individual wax paw holds powerful therapeutic properties that can help rescue dogs in so many positive ways this Christmas and all year round. Humans can enjoy them too, making it the perfect gift for rescue dog owners.

The pack includes the tried and trusted lavender wax melt. This wax melt is particularly effective in helping to calm dogs that are stressed or suffer from anxiety.

All of the melts are totally natural and free from chemicals, toxins and dyes. They do NOT contain paraffin or refined paraffin wax as these can be harmful to dogs and their owners.

Price: £20.10 (including 15% discount)
Company: Pawfect Scents
Cool fact: £2 from every pack sold will be donated to the DoggyLottery charity fund.

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6. Personalised Hand-Drawn Digital Dog Portrait

Gift a rescue dog owner a very special personalised, hand-drawn digital portrait of their beloved dog. Place your order with Gee.draws and receive a stunning digital download portrait of a dog (can include other animals or even humans!) Gee combines elements from different photos to make the portrait absolutely pawfect, making this the ideal gift for any dog-doting friend or relative.

Price: Prices range from £30 to £60 per subject
Discount: Get £10 off by mentioning the code DOGLOTTERRY10 when placing your order
Company: Gee.draws

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7. Lovable Dogs Adult Colouring Book

Colouring is scientifically proven to reduce stress and boost mindfulness, making this the perfect gift for a rescue dog owner who needs a bit of ‘me time’ this Christmas.

Inside this relaxing colouring book, you’ll discover 25 stunning zen dog designs, featuring adorable breeds including corgis, bulldogs, poodles, pugs and more!

Every illustration is carefully crafted with geometric designs and beautiful patterns, offering hours of enjoyment as you breathe life and colour into these images.

Price: £5.99

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8. Personalised Dog Apron

Do you have someone on your Christmas shopping list who loves cooking just as much as they love their rescue dog? This is the ideal gift for them!

Create a personalised dog apron for a dog-mad friend or relative featuring their rescue dog’s face! Simply upload a photo and select an apron colour for a gift that’s sure to bring joy and laughter into someone’s life. You can even upload images of two different dogs so that nobody is left out!

Price: £21.99
Company: Dogsy
Cool fact: 15% of the net sale price is donated to Dogs Trust!

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9. Dog Walker’s Notebook

Sweet William is all about celebrating people’s love of dogs, and that’s what makes this brand a wonderful choice when gifting a rescue dog owner this Christmas.

The special someone who receives the gorgeous Dog Walker’s notebook as a Christmas gift this year will be reminded of their most cherished canine companion every time they put pen to paper. This is a great gift for someone who likes to jot down their thoughts, make lists or doodle. In an A5 size, the notebook is perfect for taking on the go and using whenever inspiration strikes!

Price: £12.50
Company: Sweet William

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10. Original DoggyWarriors Tote Bag

Who doesn’t love a tote bag? And this bag does more than just carry your things. By buying this bag, you directly contribute to helping dogs in need. 10% of each sale goes straight to the charity fund of DoggyLottery.

Whether you’re off out for the day or doing some local shopping, this high-quality canvas bag has plenty of space to hold all of your things and is made to last for years.

Plus, the tote bag is made from 100% sustainable cotton!

Price: £12.99
Discount: 15% off with code DOGLAUNCH (valid until the 10th of December)
Cool fact: 10% of all sales is donated to dogs in need.

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Before you go, have a browse of our 10 gift ideas for rescue dogs!

Whether you’re buying a gift for your own rescue dog or a friend or family member’s beloved pet, our pick of original gifts created by wonderful small businesses will help any dog to feel part of the family this Christmas.