In the US, 67% of households have a pet. Dogs, cats, and other companion animals have become integral parts of our families for many years.
Chances are, you have a pet lover in your life, and sometimes you struggle with gift-buying.
Whether it’s national love your pet day, or it’s a birthday or Christmas coming up, and you want to get them something they’ll love, here are some great ideas.
A Comforting Gift For an Anxious Pet
Some pets struggle with separation anxiety. Even clearly-loved pets can have issues, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. They were so used to their owners being around every day that they grew used to the company.
Now, owners are going back to work and going out more, and pets are struggling to cope with the change.
You could buy them something to help both them and their dog with the change.
A Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy, for example, is a stuffed animal with a heat pad and heartbeat that will mimic sleeping with another animal. This is especially effective with young puppies, and can be left with them to snuggle up to.
There are also vests that can be put on dogs and cats to calm their anxiety.
Perhaps it’s the owner who’s anxious to be finally be leaving their baby! In that case, you could buy them a Furbo camera.
Furbo cameras can be viewed from your phone and will reassure them that their baby is fine when they leave the house, as they can check in on them any time. They can even allow the owner to talk to them and toss treats from the camera itself.
A Personalized Gift
Personalized gifts are one of the most touching pet gifts you can gift to an owner. Many are available here.
You can get a custom pet portrait done of your loved one’s dog. Whether it’s for them to hang on the wall or put on another item, they’ll love it.
Other items you could put their pet on include:
- A mug
- A cushion
- A t-shirt or hoodie
- A mobile phone case
- A bag
What you get will depend on what your loved one likes! For example, if they’re a big coffee drinker, the mug would be a great choice.
For someone who’s into home decor and displaying their pet, a cushion is a beautiful choice.
It’s also a really nice thought to get a portrait done for someone who has, sadly, had a pet pass away, but it’s important to consider the timing. Anything too soon might be too upsetting, but you’ll have to judge that situation. After all, you know them best.
A Nice Pet Bed
When it comes to where pets sleep, it often depends on the person. Cats are a little more difficult to control, as they tend to sleep wherever they like, whether they’re meant to be there or not!
Some people crate-train their dogs and don’t really use a dog bed. Others have their dogs sleep in bed with them.
However, if your loved one uses a crate that has a bed inside of it or their dog sleeps in a bed in their room, consider buying them a luxurious new dog bed. There are many choices of great beds, and some of them even have memory foam and other things that can make them great for a dog.
Just be careful to consider the size. If you’re buying a bed for a 3-month old puppy and it’s only just big enough for them, the dog will very quickly outgrow it!
Treats are always a safe bet to buy a pet lover. You can get them a bag of their dog or cat’s regular favorite treats, or get them something extra special.
For example, there are many fresh bakeries that cater specifically to dogs. You can get cupcakes, cookies, donuts, and other things that are made with dog-safe ingredients and taste great to them.
Even some stores, such as PetSmart, have bakeries inside of them.
Always be mindful that the pet lover you’re buying for might have a dog or cat with allergies though, and ask first if possible. Dogs can be allergic to many things — chicken being one of the most common allergies.
Maybe the person you’re buying for is very special to you. They could be a best friend, romantic partner, or family member.
If you really want to go the extra mile, you could get them some jewelry that relates to their pet. For example, a ring with their pet’s name engraved on it, or a necklace that has their face carved on it.
It doesn’t even have to be that specific or customized. A necklace with a paw on it, or something else relating to their pet, is a truly thoughtful gift.
Animal jewelry is fairly easy to find, and some unique pieces can be found on sites like Etsy.
Any of These Is a Great Gift For a Pet Lover
If you’re looking for a great gift for a pet lover, any one of these is a great option. It comes down to knowing the person you’re buying for, and knowing what they’ll get the most use out of or appreciate most.
At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts, and your loved one will appreciate the gesture.
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