10 Gift Ideas for Those Who Have Lost a Dog

Gift Ideas for those who have lost a dog or pet. Lolathepitty.com

It’s never an easy time when you personally or someone you know has lost a pet. I went through this not too long ago with a friend and have gone through it with my childhood dogs. I’m still convinced Lola and Rio are living until they’re at least 30 years old, you with me?

So the question that always arises, “What should I get them?”

With my friend, I wanted it to be a thoughtful memorial for her dog without being something that she would’ve likely purchased herself (such as an urn).

Here are several ideas that I hope will help you when you know a pet who has crossed ‘the rainbow bridge’:


stepping-stone-pet-memorial ONE – Pet Memorial Stone

I personally love this idea – it is such a great memorial idea that will work for anyone – male or female. Whether placed in your yard, garden (or anywhere you please) it is something that will last a lifetime.

*Stone pictured from Kindred Spirits Gift Shop

*Check out other pet memorial stones here.


keychainTWO – Dog Memorial Keychain

Simply cute.

Dog Keychain from River Valley Jewelry on Etsy. 




THREE – DIY Pet Pawprints

This is a great project that could be created when you know an animal is close to their time. All you need is a few ingredients that you probably have in your cupboards right now…

View diy pawprint tutorial.


 FOUR – Pet Memorial Necklace

This is actually one of the gifts that I gave a friend. This is a great idea because you can customize the charms and personalize it with their initial. And this necklace is actually something that I would wear on a daily basis.

Necklace from SayWhat Creations on Etsy.


FIVE – Shadow Box Pet Memorial

This is something that you could either create yourself or purchase and have it customized with your choice of poem and features.

Shadow Box from Forever My Memories on Etsy.




SIX – Personalized Photo Frame

Photo Frame from Polished Productions on Etsy. 





SEVEN – Dog Lover Mosaic Stepping Stone

The lady that makes these does an amazing job – you can browse through the photos of her previous mosaic work or request a custom order. She is also very reasonable!

Mosaic Stepping Stones from Doors, Windows, Walls & More on Facebook.


EIGHT – Friendship Glass Balls

These are on the higher end of the price scale, but what a neat idea! The ashes are actually incorporated into the glass – another gift that would last a lifetime.

Friendship Balls from Art from Ashes.

*There is also a ton of cremation glass art on Etsy (gotta love Etsy…).


NINE – Dog Memorial Bracelet on Etsy.




TEN – Plantable paper dog bones made of handmade paper & Chinese Forget-Me-Not seeds (From Pulp Art on Etsy.)

Such a neat idea! Hopefully you have more of a green thumb that I do…




Other Memorial Gift Ideas

  • Plant a tree in your dog’s name – a lasting tribute to your beloved dog.
  • Fill a dog memorial keepsake box with mementos and personalized dog items
  • Create a gift bag with several smaller items. Many dog gifts can be found at stores such as TJ Maxx/HomeGoods and online at Etsy.com.

*A must-read: The Rainbow Bridge Poem

Other goodies that may be of interest:

Blueberry Dog Cookies

Blueberry (Grain Free) Dog Cookies - simple & healthy DIY snack for your dog! Lolathepitty.com


16 Replies to “10 Gift Ideas for Those Who Have Lost a Dog”

  1. Those are all such beautiful suggestions. I’m also convinced that Laika will be around forever, I don’t even want to let the thought enter my mind. It’s hard knowing what to do for someone whose grieving; especially when it comes to pets because a lot of people tend to judge and say things like “it’s just a dog.” It’s lovely to be able to show someone you care and understand by giving them a memento. I absolutely love the idea of planting a tree; it’s an amazing tribute that benefits the environment.

    1. Hi Jen,
      I agree. For people like myself and many others, their dogs are literally one of the biggest parts of their lives and it is like losing a family member! Thanks for stopping by :).

  2. We had Huffle on a 20-year contract but as it turns out, that wasn’t binding enough. What I’ve found is I simply can’t read anything that’s heartfelt about loss, I can only just now bear to look at his pictures, so I’d add just about any kind of photo gift (not disposable things like calendars though) would be good too.

  3. These are absolutely fantastic ideas. I love the idea of a shadow box. I was so distraught when our first dog died that I didn’t want anything of his around. I wish I had had the sense to keep things to remember him by. I have tons of photos, but a shadow box with his things would be beautiful.

    1. Hi there! Yes…it might take time to be able to actually display the shadow box, but I love the idea of it. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks so much for featuring my frame, these are all wonderful recommendations for people who have lost a pet. What a beautiful dogs you have! We have fostered for pittbull rescue and have one ourselves, they are a wonderful breed. Thanks again!

  5. I like the idea of friendship glass balls that can keep the ashes of beloved pets in them. My family has always had great dogs and many of them were cremated. I like the friendship glass balls because they are bright and happy which would remind of the good times I had with my dog. Thanks for the post!

  6. Love the suggestions! I would like to add the idea of naming a star. My neighbor did this for my after my sweet little Yorkie Charlie had to get put down. She named the star after him and put him in the Canis Minor constellation so he could be with all the other little dogs. This meant a lot to me. The company is International Star Registry.

  7. This is so thoughtful gesture! i hope someone gave me those treats wayback then when i had lost my dear bella, and hopefully someone from a pet crematory or pet loss center provides these kind of stuffs to comfort other people who recently lost their beloved pets.

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