Summer Gifts for Dog People

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When I threw my first party at our house, I remember my friend Sandra brought a housewarming gift for both us AND our pug. Zoey got her own small bag of treats and bones (which she throughly enjoyed) and I thought it was so sweet to include our fur kid.

I love the idea of including the most important member of the family in a summer fun gift basket, especially for couples who don't have kids; So I put together a dog-approved gift basket you'll want to give for every occasion. BBQ. Picnic. House Warming Party. A picnic basket full of goodies for humans and dogs could be the perfect companion for an afternoon trip to the dog park. As a bonus, I've included an opportunity to win $100 to Walmart and get $$$ off all of these items at the bottom of this post!

Here's what you'll need for the basket:

Grab the biggest bag of M&M's® you can find, because duh. Starburst® Minis, because they're UNWRAPPED and so much easier to eat in one sitting. The ice cream cookie sandwiches are so clutch, because somehow the cookies stay soft and it's delicious and wonderful.  Dr Pepper® Cherry - the drink of the summer, and some fun party wares so they're ready to go everywhere. For the pups, Pedigree Dentastix®. Zoey LOVES these things, and they're super affordable to get a large amount. You'll find them in the dog food section at Walmart with the treats and rawhide. 

I also put together this adorable jar if you want to do something smaller scale just for the pup. This could be great for a dog birthday party (trust me, they happen!) or play date. Just fill a jar with tissue paper, tennis balls, and Pedigree Dentastix® for a fun AND functional gift!

To wrap the whole thing up, I made these dog-inspired gift tags you can tie on to a basket or jar and sign on the back. You can find the full size version for printing here.

Don't worry, we took all of these snacks for a spin to make sure they brought the appropriate amount of summer fun and family happiness. Our own family fun picnic went off without a hitch...until Zoey finished her treat and went after my ice cream.

Now here's the fun part. Mars is offering you the chance to win $100 worth of Summer Fun! Not only can you download special coupons for the goodies I included in the basket, you can enter to win a $100 giftcard to Walmart. You can also download the Blippar app from the Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content. Endless summer, here we come.

BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.

BB's Shirt: Fur & Collar. Shorts, Express. // My Overalls: Current/Elliot. Tee: The Limited.