Are you having trouble coming up with gift ideas for the German Shepherd lover in your life? Here are some possibilities:
Gifts for the dog.
Love me, love my dog. When people buy my dog Milo presents, I find it adorable. What to get though?
Dog treats and chews! Just remember that GSD’s can have finicky stomachs, so it’s a good idea to snoop around and see what your friend usually gives her dog. Or, you can ask for her advice on good treats and chews, and she’ll likely tell you all you need to know.
- Bully Sticks are great chews but can be pricey, so they make a great gift.
Toys! My dog is a pretty typical GSD in that he goes through toys like a wood chipper and so new toys are always appreciated. If you like the person, avoid squeakers!
- Kong toys are expensive, but hold up to GSD wear and tear, and are worth the price. Milo has an XL Wubba Weave, three XL Kong Classics, and a Classic Flyer. He loves them all.
Admittedly these gifts are utilitarian instead of romantic. But a dog lover can always use things like:
- Compostable poop bags
- Paw Wax
- Nature’s Miracle
- lint rollers
Coupon book for dog chores.
To have a German Shepherd is to love a German Shepherd, but these dogs are a lot of work. One gift idea is to make a coupon book for dog chores that you’re willing to help out with. Warning, this only works if you have zero responsibility for the dog. It’s not a gift if it is something that, in all fairness, you should be doing already. Here are some ideas for the coupons:
- Walk dog on a cold day
- Walk dog on a rainy day
- Clean up poop in the yard
- Bathe dog
- Dremel dog’s nails
- Vacuum furniture
- Vacuum house
- Vacuum the car
German Shepherd themed stuff.
German Shepherds are the second most common dog breed in North America, and our make-a-lot-of-junk industrial complex has capitalized on this fact. You can buy German Shepherd themed everything–seriously you can find pictures of German Shepherds on everything from pot holders, salt shakers, and coffee mugs, to leggings, hats, and hoodies, to keychains, mousepads, and Christmas tree ornaments. Type “German Shepherd” into the search fields on etsy.com or amazon.com and you’ll have more ideas than you can throw a stick at.
Why not get a cute German Shepherd tote bag, and fill it up with all sorts of fun doggy things?
Walking in a winter wonderland.
German Shepherds take their people on long walks in all sorts of weather. Anything that takes the sting out of cold winter walks will be appreciated: gloves, hats, scarves, socks, insulated coffee mugs, you get the picture.
It is easy to find all sorts of GSD themed jewelry. Most of it is cute, but much of it is of questionable quality. Remember that you get what you pay for.
What about a locket with a picture of your friend’s dog in it? eBay always has an excellent selection of lockets that won’t break the bank. And if you have money to burn, you can’t go wrong with Tiffany’s!
Photos from the heart.
Do you have a great shot of your friend and their dog? If you do, put it in a frame and wrap it up! You could also find a high-quality pet photographer in your area and treat your friend to a professional photo shoot.
Worst Present EVER.
Are you a risk taker? Some people call German Shepherds “German Shedders.” These dogs leave clouds of fur, all over the house, all year long. If you’re brave and have zero romantic hopes about the dog lover in your life, you might consider giving them a vacuum.
What items would you add to this gift list?
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Good to know there is GS paraphernalia. When I adopted rats I became aware of how few retailers cater to rodent lovers. Luckily I found a few great sites when I need to wear my rat love on my sleeves. (ratsratsrats.co.uk being a fave).
great list!! some of my favorite gifts over the years have been ones that increase the ease at which to do fun stuff with the dogs. for example for my birthday this year my husband got me interlocking foam floor mats for the basement so the dogs and I didn’t have to train on concrete, my mum had gifted me some last year but not enough to fully mat the area, so he got me enough to finish the matting. Or one year I was given snow shoes as a gift so I could more easily get outside in the snow for walks with the dogs. Or a new agility tunnel. Or a gift certificate for trial entries or towards a seminar or class I really wanted to take.