Small Dog Gift Ideas:  Choices For the Perfect Gift

by Janice Jones     |Last Updated 04-23-2021

For that special someone who has everything!

Why Choose a Small Dog Gift for that special person on your holiday list?

If you’re a dog lover or know someone, a dog-related gift can be the perfect way of saying, “I truly understand you—I know what is important to you.”  This is a way of validating a person and making them feel appreciated.

They may even have some K-9 help in opening their gift!

Christmas is not the only time a gift is welcomed, consider other holidays and birthdays.  The nice thing about giving a dog or breed related gift is the wide variety of items available and in a price range that will fit anyone’s budget.

Of course, it’s OK to spurge on yourself once in a while.  There are so many different dog related gifts that is often hard to decide which one might be perfect for the one on your list.

Small Dog Gift Ideas

Small Dog Gift Ideas

Home or Office
Don't limit your choices to mouse pads or note cards, get creative.

A dog lover that also happens to like jewelry?  A match made in heaven!

There is always a book lover on your holiday gift list.  Choose one about a special dog.

(Anything from Tees, to socks, to hat—you name it)

Games and Toys
Games are a favorite at any age.

Christmas Ornaments & Stocking Stuffers
(Breed Specific or generic)

Other Ideas: Breed or Generic Dog Puzzles, Calendars, iPhone and iPad covers, Automobile Decals,Specialty dog items (Especially welcomed by dog lovers on a budget)

And the list goes on...

If you have a special breed in mind, why not honor a person with something that we know they will cherish for years to come.  I’ve helped with the process by scanning the internet for you to find the perfect gift for that special dog lover on your list.

Gifts for that special person (and  don't forget yourself)

The more common the breed, the more selection you will have, but even the rarest dog breeds in the world are gaining popularity outside their native country and a gift honoring these dogs is especially cherished. 

You can be sure that if more than one person own a particular dog breed, there will be a breed specific gift waiting for them.

And for the Puppy Buyer to Be?

If you know someone who is looking to adopt or purchase a dog, why not give them a little head start with a puppy basket. 

All the essentials wrapped up in a cute basket.

Or, maybe you prefer to make your own?   Or, maybe you know a child wants a puppy but the time is just not right.  Would a beautiful plush replica work in the interim? 

Don’t forget to add a little item for yourself. 

A Real Live Puppy for Christmas?

Parents are often confronted with a child that has one thing on their Christmas list...a puppy!

There's nothing like a little pressure here. Introducing a new puppy on Christmas Morning may not be the best idea for you or the puppy. 

If you have your heart set on giving a four-legged gift this year, do a little homework.

Before you go out looking for that Christmas puppy, read this article first.

For the Young Small Dog Lover

Peventures for the Youngest Small Dog LoverPeventures for the Youngest Small Dog Lover

Have a young friend, say a child or a grandchild on you gift-giving list?  Here's a unique gift that is sure to please the youngest dog lover, a personalized book all about a pet and his favorite person.  With clever rhymes, colorful illustrations, and a upbeat plot, a toddler, preschooler or early elementary aged child would love a gift all about him and his dog.

And, yes, that little white dog hanging from a balloon is my white Shih Tzu, Obi Wan Tzunobi.  Learn how you can personalize a child's book using your child's name, city, dog's name and pictures.  Read more.

Small Dog Gift Ideas For the Home or Office

I admit, I'm a collector, but this is almost angelic in nature. 

Notice what she is holding in her arms.

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship

For the Jewelry Loving Small Dog Owner

For the Book Lover in All of Us

Here's a book with a new twist.  Written by a dog for a dog!  Human translation required. 

No dog lover should be without this humor.

Children's Books

Picture Books

Beginning Readers

Middle Readers

Clothing Gifts for the Small Dog Lover

Clothing is always a great bet, whether it is Tees, Sweatshirts, Hats or even socks.  Whether you're looking for breed specific wear or specialty items specific for the dog lover,  these gifts are always a great hit.

Games and Toy Ideas for the Small Dog Lover

If you love dogs and the game of monopoly, this could make for a fun family game night.  Instead of purchasing property, you purchase dogs.  A cute game for children 8 and up.


More Game Ideas for all ages.

Stocking Stuffers

Great Stocking Stuffer

For all ages, these cute cards include pictures of 54 breeds, and are fine for all card games, and make a great inexpensive gift for that special dog lover.

Bicycle The Dog Artlist Collection Playing Cards

Cute sayings fill up these note pads. 

There so many different themes, but naturally we picked dogs, because they're top on our list.

Funny Dog Theme Pads - 4 Assorted Note Pads

Everyone needs a thank you card now and again, so why not give these inexpensive small dog gift to that canine lover on your list.

M2979 Hot Dogs: 10 Assorted Thank You Note Cards Feature Vintage Dog Illustrations, w/White Envelopes.

More Ideas

Pick Your Small Dog Breed

There are more breed specific gifts on each of the dog breed profile pages. 

About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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