Leonard is a former teacher and principal who has also been a writer for the past two decades. Writing and animals are his true loves.
The odds are very likely that you or some of your friends and family have a pet. Indeed, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 44% of households in the United States have a dog and 35% have a cat. This is a significant fact that provides a wonderful opportunity for the struggling shopper.
Instead of going to the typical tie rack or perfume aisle at your local mall, you can explore the wonderful world of gift shopping for your pet or pet lovers instead. Not only is this loads of fun, but you will also be able to see the faces of those same people who are impossible to buy for light up with glee when they discovered you bought a gift for their pet.
So, what are some great gift ideas? Follow along to discover awesome gift ideas for pets and pet lovers!
1. Personalized Pet Gifts
Buying a personalized gift for your own pet or the pet of another is sure to bring smiles along with it. There are so many options to choose from. In fact, the list of gifts and places to purchase them is impressive:
- Personalized food bowels
- Treat jars
- Christmas tree ornaments
All of these are just some suggestions. You can emblazon the items with the name and photograph of the pet. This is personalization at its best. In fact, you can even buy ringtones which have your dog’s bark on them!
All these gifts can be easily purchased at pet stores, gift shops, and at a multitude of online retailers such as Etsy. The bottom line is that anything which is personalized is sure to garner an excited and elated reaction from the pet-loving recipient.
2. Edible Pet Treats
What pet doesn’t like edible treats? It does not matter if it is a cat, dog, bird, or leopard gecko! All pets love edible gifts. As such, pet owners are continually searching for new and creative food items which their pet will love. Once again, the list of treats to purchase is quite extensive:
- Homemade biscuits
- Doggie donuts
- Foraging shishkabobs for birds
- Homemade yogurt drops for rats
- Variety of kitty treats
- Appropriate fruits and vegetables
All of these are just some typical examples. These are also very easy gifts to acquire or make as the Internet is virtually loaded with pet treat items and recipes (of course, when getting information from the internet, one should always check that it is safe and reliable). Local craft shops and pet stores will have ample selections of treats as well. There can be little doubt that edible treats are awesome gift ideas for pets and pet lovers.
3. Pet Toys
Almost everyone enjoys receiving a toy as a gift. Let’s face it . . . would you rather receive a sweater or a toy for a present? If we conducted a poll on this question, I am reasonably certain that the latter would come out on top.
This point is also quite true when considering our pets. They love receiving new toys and eagerly start playing with them almost instantly. Not only do pets love toys, but they are great fun to find and purchase as well. The list of toys which can be bought for pets is beyond extensive:
- Squeaky stuffed toys
- Balls and Chuckit systems
- Catnip mouse toys
- Plush toys
- Foraging bird toys
- Cat tunnels
- Shredding bird toys
- Tug toys
- Lookout tower toys for mice, rats, gerbils, or hamsters
Essentially, the list is virtually infinite. There are a large number of DIY pet toys which can be created or found on websites such as Etsy. There can be little doubt that toys are awesome gifts for pets and pet lovers alike!
4. Pet Comfort Items
Most pets are excellent companions for human beings. They are loyal, affectionate, and provide the unconditional love which many of us crave. Likewise, human beings are essential to the welfare of pets. So much so in fact that many pets become highly stressed and anxious when their human owner is not with them. This can lead to serious problems such as separation anxiety which is particularly difficult to treat.
Considering all of this, some very thoughtful gifts to get for pets and pet owners alike are comfort items. The following is a list of such gifts which will help ease and calm a very stressed and anxious pet:
- Scented comfort pillows
- Scented comfort blankets
- Food dispensing toys such as Kongs
- Anxiety-relieving music C.D.s
- Anti-anxiety weighted vests
- Therapeutic vests which deliver vibrations and tones
- Pet cams to watch over pets when away
5. Pet Furniture, Gear and Equipment
Make no mistake about it; getting equipped to properly care for any pet is a huge undertaking. Whether your pet is a hamster, lizard or dog, there is a variety of furniture, equipment and habitat items which must be purchased to take care of them.
Animals kept as pets will have absolute dependence upon their human owner to provide the necessities of life to them. If you have a friend or family member who owns a pet, contributing to this significant investment with a gift will be greatly appreciated.
As there are so many actual types of pets, the list of potential gift ideas is huge. Nevertheless, the following list is a good place to start when considering giving pet furniture or equipment as a gift:
- Pet beds
- Cages and hutches
- Gates to put at stairs
- Scratching posts
- Exercise equipment
- Leashes and collars
- Grooming materials
- Pet playpens
- Hamster modular habitat environments
While many of these items will tend to be somewhat on the “pricier” side, they will be deeply appreciated as gifts for pets and pet owners.
6. Sponsor a Homeless Pet
There are many people who absolutely love animals but realize that they are in no realistic position to care for them. Everyone is at different life stages, and such a realization is both mature and responsible. It will also help reduce the number of poor animals which end up in shelters.
However, it does not mean that these individuals cannot enjoy having a pet. Indeed, there is perhaps no easier way to care for a pet than by sponsoring them. There are many programs, groups and organizations which will allow people to monetarily sponsor pets at shelters and even in the wild. The sponsor will even get updates in regards to the animal’s progress and well-being. Listed below are some top organizations which allow and encourage people to sponsor a pet:
- Blue Cross for Pets
- WWF Global
- Best Friends
- Born Free Foundation
Sponsoring a pet in the name of someone else is both a kind and awesome gift to give to a pet and animal lover.
What Do You Think?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
ocfireflies aka Kim on November 28, 2018:
As a pet owner, pet lover and friend of other pet lovers, I found this hub to be both helpful and interesting.
ocfireflies aka Kim
Robin Carretti from Hightstown on December 14, 2017:
Just fascinated by so many animals they are amazing to me you brought them out in a very inviting way thanks a good read
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2017:
I like the fact that you've described gifts for both pets and pet lovers. You have some good ideas for presents. The final idea about sponsoring a pet is excellent!