Top 10 Etsy Dog-Inspired Gift Giving Guide 2014
I don’t know about you, but I can spend many an hour perusing the eclectic items found on Etsy.com. If you’ve never experienced the joy of this quirky, one-of-a-kind website, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s an online store that connects crafty and creative people from around the world with people who want to support smaller-scale artisans and shop for the coolest stuff. There’s something for everyone at Etsy – including dogs and dog lovers. Here is my Top 10 Etsy Dog-Inspired Gift Giving Guide for 2014 (although, I could have quite easily turned this Top 10 into a Top 100!).
Pop Doggie Art Prints: You can never have too much dog art on the walls – which is why there’s a Pop Doggie Art Print for every room in your home. These prints are available in three sizes, include the white border for easy framing in standard frame sizes and are printed on heavy acid-free matte art paper with museum quality archival inks. Two of my faves have to be the Pitbulls ($12.49) are “A Woman’s Best Friend” and the innocent-looking Boxer ($14.60) saying “Somebody Farted.” ( Pop Doggie)
Mootug: Dogs “udderly” love to tug, so embrace this natural desire with the Mootug ($14.50). This upcycled tug toy is made from rubber milking tubes used on Minnesota dairy farms – the ones farmers’ attach to a real cow’s udder. The tubes are washed and sanitized, but they still retain that “eau de cow” that dogs’ go crazy for. Mootugs measure 10″ long and come in your choice of rope color. The toy is handmade in Minnesota and 25 percent of proceeds are donated to deserving rescues. ( MOOTUGS)
Nicola and the Newfoundlander Sweaters: Soft, comfy and flirty (LOVE the wide, raw-edge neck), Nicola and the Newfoundlander Sweaters are the perfect shirt to wear on your next jaunt to the dog park. The sweatshirt is from the Alternative Apparel line and made with organic cotton, recycled poly and rayon, and artist Nicola adds her adorable designs to them. I want the Tea Time Chihuahua Sweater and the Let Me Think On It Corgi Sweater. And do yourself a favor – check out the line of yoga pants. Totally adorbs! ( Nicola and the Newfoundlander)
SewDogsDesign Moose Collar: I have a thing for moose (or is it mooses? Moosi?) Maybe it’s a Canadian thing. Whatever it is, as soon as I saw the SewDogsDesign Moose Collar ($20.45), I knew Oscar would rock it, eh?! The moose ribbon, which comes from Germany, is sewn onto either 3/4 or 1 inch width red webbing, making it look even more Canadian. (BTW, SewDogsDesign is based out of Virginia, not from the Great White North). But if moose aren’t your thing, this Etsy store has plenty of other design options. ( SewDogsDesign)
Bacon Square Farm Mustache Dog Feeder: I wish I could eat out of the Bacon Square Farm Mustache Dog Feeder ($65). This elevated dog feeder is totally customized for your pooch, so you pick the color, style of finish and bowl size. It measures 12″ long by 6″ wide by 6.5″ tall, is constructed using internal screws nails and constructed from number one grade pine – and features one huge moustache on the front. ( Bacon Square Farm)
Sweethoots Shark and Unicorn Hats: In the winter, dogs need to stay warm, while still giving us something to chuckle about. Thank dog for Sweethoots’ custom-made dog hats! Crocheted with love, these hats are made to your dog’s exact measurements, ensuring a perfect fit. On Oscar’s wish list (that I wrote up for him), there’s the Shark ($25) and Unicorn ($22) Dog Hats. Because they’re custom made, you can choose from a range of colors to match your dog’s personality. Take a look through the shop – there’s a cooked turkey hat, a skunk hat and a Christmas tree hat… just to name a few. ( Sweethoots)
The Loyal Pup Reclaimed Salvaged Rustic Wood Dog Bed: Maybe your dog keeps hopping up on your bed because he doesn’t know where to sleep. Perhaps if his bed had his name on it, he wouldn’t be so confused. And with The Loyal Pup’s Reclaimed Salvaged Rustic Wood Dog Bed ($49.99), he’ll know exactly where to lay his weary head. Made from reclaimed wood, this rustic wood bed is hand painted, and comes with your pet’s name announced in white on the front. I love the rustic look and the fact that it’s made out of reclaimed wood. ( The Loyal Pup)
Bauble’s Dog Pug Mug Clock: What time is it? It’s time to get a Bauble’s Dog Pug Mug Clock ($63)! When it’s time for a walk or for a meal, just look up at this fetching clock for an adorable reminder. Made from black acrylic, it keeps track of the time with a Quartz Sweep (non-ticking) clock mechanism. There are various breeds to choose from, or you can ask for a custom-made dog of your choice. ( Bauble’s Dog)
Pink Baby Mouse Cone Collection Pillows: The cone of shame doesn’t seem as bad when it’s on a decorative pillow. And Pink Baby Mouse’s Cone Collection ($40) of throw pillows helps celebrate our imperfections that require one’s wearing of a cylindrical force field of plastic. Adorned with a hand screen-printed Dachshund or felt-applique Beagle on a heavy cotton canvas, you can give most any piece of furniture a perk with these colorful cushions. ( Pink Baby Mouse)
Reggieana Personalized Stuffed Christmas Ornaments: Deck out your Christmas tree with Reggieana’s Personalized Stuffed Christmas Ornaments ($10). I think they’re too cute… especially the Chihuahua with the oversized head. Appliquéd on red kona cotton, these ornaments are sewn and stuffed, while the back features a coordinating holiday print. And don’t forget to finish it off with your pooch’s name! Custom order, colors and styles are also available. ( Reggieana)
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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