Your dog sitter does so much while you are gone, from going on walks, cleaning up after her, giving her medications and giving you peace of mind. So you want to give her a gift, but what is an appropriate gift for a dog sitter? Being a dog sitter myself, I can give you some great ideas!
Gift for Dog Sitter: Something From the Area You Traveled To
Whether it be food, drink or a souvenir, it is neat for a dog sitter to get a gift from the area you were traveling to. It can be a harder gift to actually give to your dog sitter since she is already done watching your house, but it is a nice gesture. You can always bring it by the office or leave it out for her to pick up when she has a moment.
Gift for Dog Sitter: Specialized Etsy Items
Custom items from Etsy are cute and show you thought about your sitter in advance. It can be hard to get these going while you are in the midst of planning for your trip, but if you have the time, browse through Gift for Dog Sitter items Etsy suggests. Steer clear of jewelry and clothing, unless you know your sitter well and can pick out items you know the sitter will like. Many dog sitters do not wear a lot of jewelry during their normal workday and they may have to wear uniforms.
Gift for Dog Sitter: Local Gift Cards
Gift cards for local shops in your area are always appreciated. Consider getting one to a local coffee shop, gift shop or entertainment, so your sitter will have to get something for herself. If it is in your neighborhood them you know your sitter travels to the area anyway since she was coming to your home. A gift card to the movies provides a nice night out!
Gift for Dog Sitter: A Present for Their Pets
Most pet sitters have pets of their own, and we all know how much we love to dote on our pets. If you know what kind of pets they have (you can always ask the manager) then consider a gift for their pet. Treats, toys or a custom item with their pet’s name on it is a very thoughtful present.
Gift for Dog Sitter: Practical Gifts
There are many items that can make a dog sitter’s day much nicer, especially in changing weather.
- Hand and foot warmers. They are nice for those cold dog walks!
- Snacks that transport easily in the car. Think trail mix, jerky, crackers, etc.
- Coffee, tea or other drinks. Pair this with a cute mug!
- Nice refillable water bottles or travel coffee mugs for when she is on the go.
- This little cooler has a car adapter and allows sitters to keep their food cool on long days.
- High-quality dog treats. Most sitters carry dog treats to all their visits, just in case. Even if your sitter does not have a dog of her own, she can use these to make friends with another client’s dog.
In the end, it is the thought that counts. Dog sitters are not often given gifts, so anything you give is going to be greatly appreciated by your sitter. Thanks for thinking of them!