With Valentine’s day fast approaching, you may be consumed with finding the perfect gift for that special someone. What will it be? Book a weekend getaway? Or perhaps make reservations for dinner for 2? Or maybe just order in? What about making arrangements to have flowers delivered to the job? Or stopping by the jewelry store to pick up that watch you’ve had your eye on for the longest time?
Regardless of what you may have planned for gift giving, don’t forget yourself! Show yourself some self-love and pampering and treat yourself to something you normally wouldn’t go for. Splurge a little. And if you don’t have money in the budget to splurge, check out these ideas anyway because it’s the perfect time to revamp those essentials.
So, with that in mind, today I bring you 15 gift ideas for pet parents and animal lovers alike. I have both unique fun items designed from some of my art works as well as practical products to choose from. So let’s get started!
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Oh, my do I remember how my kitties loved to hear the sound of “shake shake shake” coming from the treat jar. They would come a running! This makes for an easy inexpensive gift to give any pet parent. There are many different styles, designs and materials to choose from. You can use a treat jar made of plastic or glass or for something different, you can purchase a ceramic jar. Whatever suits your fancy!
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This is definitely one necessity any dog parent (and even some adventurous cat parent) needs- a leash. Again, there are so many options to choose from so consider the functionality and style of the person you are buying for. Are they quite the eclectic artist? Maybe buy a funky colorful leash. Or perhaps they are more reserved? Maybe consider a single-color leash or leather leash. They come in many colors, materials, sizes and even retractable ones. This is the perfect practical present.
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As much as I’d love to say my girls used to be very neat, when it came to meal time all was fair game. Yes, even to the point of nudging and pushing for food. So, with that in mind I decided on buying a meal mat. Best decision ever! If you have never heard of meal mats, think of it as a placemat for your pets. Also depending on the material, it makes spills and cleanups a breeze. You won’t regret it. I personally like the vinyl mats as it makes cleanup a breeze. Check out these options.
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If it’s one thing I can find multiple uses for, it’s a tote bag. Whether it means using it to carry groceries so I don’t have to use plastic and be environmentally conscious or pack my gym clothes, a tote is a girl (and guy’s) best friend. Need to carry those water bottles? Bring a tote. Shopping for odds and ends at the corner store ? Bring a tote. Bringing home some knick knacks from the office? Bring a tote. Going on a day trip with the kids? Bring a tote with their toys and electronic games. Totes are a great gift idea and totally functional. The best part is you can choose designs that are one of a kind.
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Personalized Key Chains
You can never go wrong with a simple and super affordable gift like a key chain. Yes, it’s just a key chain but you know what? The majority of people have one on their key ring. I for one have plenty of key chains, many from cities I’ve traveled to and kept as a small memento. Others I’ve received as gifts as well. So why not get one that suits your style? Get a personalized one. You can have your initials or name engraved or a photo of you and your pet. There are plenty of styles, materials and options to choose from and it does not have to break the bank.
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Coffee Mugs/Travel Mugs
Do you like coffee? Yes, me too. Not a coffee drinker, are you? How about a nice cup of tea? You know what would be great with that cup of joe or English breakfast tea? A lovely artsy mug! (Yes, shameless plug). But seriously, I have 1-2 cups of coffee or tea 5 days a week and aside from loving the taste of a nice coffee blend with cream is having a cool mug to drink out of.
And not to mention, it makes deciphering between coffee mugs easy. His and hers or theirs and mine. Everyone will know which mug belongs to you with these one of a kind designs. This mug pictures above is one of my recent designs however there are many more to choose from. You can view or shop the rest of my mug collection using the link below.
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Oh, I wish I had known about furniture covers years ago! The only furniture covers I knew about many years ago was the clear plastic covers your grandmother uses to put on her furniture! However, today us pet parents have more options and necessity to make an effort to keep our furniture from getting damaged and especially that pet hair!
How many sticky rollers do you own? Yep! At least a couple at all times, right? Well a furniture cover will help keep some of that pet hair off your furniture. Less pet hair means less time with the sticky rollers or vacuum. A furniture cover is yet another very useful and practical gift.
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Who doesn’t like jewelry? Okay truth be known I don’t own a lot of jewelry myself. Did I mention I’m the jeans and T-shirt and sneaker girl? Anyway, what I can tell you is that when it comes to meaningful special occasions or milestones in life, I love a nice thoughtful piece of jewelry.
You can find a plethora of options with animal themes online. From rings, to necklaces, simple studs and bracelets. There is something for everyone. You don’t have to break the bank to buy a thoughtful gift. Don’t forget to check out my blog shop for affordable pieces under $10!
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A collar is a necessity especially for dogs and cats that venture outside. Sure, you may have your pet microchipped however a personalized collar is a nice practical gift to consider. You can get creative and not only have your pet’s name etched on the collar or a nickname you have for them. You can also have your contact name, number or phrase etched on it too.
There are different styles and material options as well, including LED collars. It helps for making your pet more visible to others at night on the road. Nothing wrong with having extra safety measures to help keep them safe. Here are just a few samples to give you ideas.
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Show off your love of pets with funky fun apparel! Whether you are shopping for sweatshirts to keep you warm in the winter months or looking for T-shirts for the Spring and Summer months, you have options. Shop these one of a kind animal lover theme designs from yours truly on my Redbubble shop. Shipping worldwide.
Look out for discounts on merchandise on the home page every week. You can shop or browse for sweatshirts and T-shirts using the links below to my RedBubble shop!
Pet themed water bottle
Accomplish that new year’s resolution to drink more water this year and get healthy by getting your own water bottle. If there is one thing we absolutely need to survive is plenty of H2O. Why not get a quality water bottle to keep with you at all times on the go? Whether you keep it at your bedside night table like I do or bring it with you to work or the gym, investing in a water bottle you cannot go wrong. Gift yourself the gift of good health with a quality water bottle. This is a great practical and healthy gift idea for yourself or a friend.
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Portable Pet Bed
If you read my prior post 14 Lessons I learned after 18 months of blogging, you also know I mentioned that I have learned a lot regarding products and issues in the pet industry. One of the products I’ve seen time and time again is is travel friendly pet beds and luggage. For example, this Sleepypod pet bed pictured above is a great portable pet bed for cats (and I suppose toy dogs could use this too) which allows for great comfort and mobility.
What makes it unique is you can keep the bed in your home and use as your pet’s bed. Then when it’s time to travel on the road or to the vet, you can zip the top on and carry and go. Because your pet is already familiar and used to this pet bed they are less anxious when it’s time to visit the vet. They come in a few colors, very contemporary design and makes for a very thoughtful practical gift. I know when I adopt my next furry feline family member, this item will be on my must have list!
Pet first aid kit
You know when I first adopted my first cat, this is something I never even thought about! However, what a great practical gift idea. It’s better to be prepared and have these essentials in a first aid kit than nothing at all right? Check out these different first aid options for your pet.
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Who doesn’t own a cell phone these days? Well that’s just another reason why a cell phone case can make for a great gift idea. I know there are thousands upon thousands of phone cases available to choose from however only a few dozen by yours truly! 😊
Where else can you find clever original art designs by your cat loving Jersey girl Kamira? Where else but my Redbubble shop! Yes, my art designs are available on phone cases too. I have designs ranging from afro inspired and love of animals to words to live by. If you are not sure what type of style to gift a friend, you can buy a RedBubble gift certificate and let them choose what suits their fancy from any artist on Redbubble. Shipping is worldwide!
Note: Redbubble often features discount codes week to week on their home page so you can save some money. Feel free to browse and shop my selection of artful phone cases here!
Pet Perennials Healing Hearts Candle
As much as I’d love to say all these gifts would work for everyone, that’s just not the case. Considering those that may have recently suffered the loss of a beloved pet, I’d recommend gifting them the Pet Perennials Healing Hearts Candle. The premise behind this candle is that while burning the lavender and chamomile candle, a gemstone is revealed at the base. It is in this gemstone that a message is revealed for you from your deceased pet. It comes with a guide and instructions too.
You can read my personal post, experience and review of the healing hearts candle in detail here. Having spent my own money, I can say this makes a wonderful thoughtful heartfelt gift for a grieving pet parent any time of year. You can find it on the Pet Perennials website or by using the Amazon link below.
Those are my top 15 Gift ideas for Pet Parents and animal lovers! Let me know which one is your favorite! Is there anything else you would add to this list? Have you tried any of these ideas already? Comment and share your thoughts and experiences below.
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