31 Most Unique Gift Ideas for Pet Parents (and Their Fur Babies)
If you're on the hunt for a gift for your friends and family who prefer the company of four-legged friends over those with two, you're in the right spot. From all-natural grooming sets and vet-approved wellness regimens, to travel-friendly pet accessories, we've compiled a list of purr-fect presents from brands like Skout's Honor, Cat Person, Wild One, and more. Below, 30 gifts for pet lovers sure to make them happier than a dog with two tails.
The best gifts for pet lovers
Gifts for dog lovers
Quite possibly the trendiest leash and collar a pup could ever own. Made by Wild One, this three-piece kit includes a collar, leash, and poop bag holder in a stylish, monochromatic color palette. Choose classic neutrals, pretty pastels, and bold brights—something to match the personality of your friend’s fur baby.
Merry and bright starts with healthy and clean. That’s why you should give your doggy friends this all-natural grooming set from Skout’s Honor. Both the 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and the deodorizer are formulated with probiotics to naturally support your dog’s microbiome (just like humans!). It’ll leave them fresh, sparkly clean, and smelling like a Christmas tree.
In a sea of DTC dog food brands, give your friend (and Fido) PetPlate. The company sends freshly-cooked meals straight to your door using vet-backed recipes and human-grade ingredients. Plans start at $2.85/day and are curated based on each pup’s personalized needs, so a $100 gift card can get them a full meal plan or the Topper Plan, which ships smaller portions to be mixed in with kibble.
Wearables have come for our pets, and for good reason. This smart device allows owners to track their pet’s health right from their smart phones. From healthy habits, like hydration or abnormal licking, to fitness regimens, the device is effectively a FitBit for dogs, giving owners the insights and access to veterinary support when they need it.
Puppy parents and puppies alike will love this hi-luxe crate that doubles as an end table. It’s handcrafted to mimic a natural den that makes dogs feel safe and calm. The wood finish blends seamlessly into home design, so you and guests won’t even know it’s a crate.
Why should humans get all the fun of a good night’s sleep? Now, Lucky can sleep in luxury on his or her very own legendary Purple mattress. It’s the same grid technology used in the the brands mattresses, making it antimicrobial and soft on dog’s bones and joints. Available in small, medium, and large sizes.
Yes, one more crate. Because as dog parents know, crate training can be one of the most vital, life-changing things when first adopting your pup—and the ones at the regular pet store can be an eyesore. Since many dogs may end up not wanting to part with their crate even after they grow out of puppyhood, this means you’re stuck with a big ‘ole doggy house in the living room (or wherever you store it). We like this sleek option from Diggs, which comes in small, medium, and large. It’s collapsible, easy to transport, uses high-quality materials, and it blends in with your home decor.
Gifts for cat lovers
Does your friend have a cat or kitten who’s constantly lurking around the faucet to lap up drips? This is the gift for them. It’s a cute water fountain that quietly and seamlessly cycles water through a dual-filtration system. It also uses an LED light that changes from blue to red when it needs a refill, so kitty will stay hydrated.
Cat Person is a DTC cat food delivery service that customizes meals based on your cats needs. The Wet Starter Kit includes four packs of wet food that you can choose from 19 different natural flavors, plus a free Store & Store Set. It’s an easy way to let the cat owner in your life check it out and see what flavors kitty likes best before subscribing to a whole plan.
You’ll want to cuddle up in this bean bag yourself. It’s covered in a snuggly sherpa that’s warm and wool-like, guaranteed to give cats an excellent catnap. It’s also removable and washable, making cleaning a breeze.
Gone are the days of the traditional scratching post. Now, kitty can claw in style with this chalet-shaped scratch house from Target that doubles as holiday decor. When they’re not hitting the slopes, they can cuddle up inside for a quick nap.
Cat owner gets to grow their own catnip, while kitty gets to indulge in some home-grown green goodness—everybody wins.
This 4-pack of sushi-shaped cat toys will keep your cat lover and their fluffy friend entertained. Plus, they’re made from all-natural materials, including sheep’s wool and azo-free dyes that’ll keep kitty safe while they play.
Gifts for animal adventurers
No animal-loving gift guide would be complete without a cat backpack. This space-inspired one has over 6,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. So if the cat person in your life travels frequently, this pack is a sure bet.
For the friend with an anxious pup, Pet Releaf makes premium CBD treats, chews, and more for cats and dogs. These peanut butter and carob flavored bites are specifically designed to deliver a calming sensation—whether that’s on the road or at home, they’re soothing in stressful situations.
For the jet-setting pup and human alike, Roverlund’s trendy airline compliant dog-carrier is a must. Every pet tote can also be used as a pet car seat or a mobile bed and includes a bonus leash. It’s a no-brainer for those with furry travel companions.
Outdoorsy pups can skip sharing a sleeping bag and have their very own thanks to Wilderdog. Between the durable materials, spacious design, and packability factor, this is the perfect gift for dog owners who camp with their pups.
This travel bowl has not one, not two, but three compartments to store kibble, water, and treats in one convenient spot. No need to worry about spills—the latch locks everything in place, so you or your favorite pet owner can throw it in their travel bag and go.
Whether the adventure is a backcountry mountain trail or a stroll down a city street, this doggy rain jacket is a must-have for outdoor excursions. The water-resistant shell keeps pups dry from rain, sleet, and snow, while the fleece lining keeps them toasty warm along the way.
Pets deserve a wellness routine, too. This four-piece set from grooming store The Bark Shoppe in NYC has everything you (or your friend) need to start your own pet wellness regimen, including supplements, wipes, and a water additive for strong teeth.
For the friend who is always vacuuming or fighting off dog hair, this shampoo and conditioner bundle is formulated specifically for shedding dogs. It’s so good, it landed itself on Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2020, so add to cart ASAP.
Similarly, this set is formulated for pets with sensitive skin. Made by trendy natural pet beauty brand Kin+Kind, it includes a charcoal shampoo that purifies fur, while organic conditioner soothes and softens coats.
Is a dog bathrobe cute? Totally. But it’s also very practical, as towel drying doesn’t always absorb up all the moisture post-bath and can leave skin yeasty and yucky. This robe soaks up moisture, especially underneath whether the belly band sucks up water in hard-to-reach places.
Pet supplements are in, baby. This bundle from Finn is formulated to leave your dog’s coat shiny and clean. The Skin & Coat supplement is loaded with fur-loving fatty omegas that help support cell rejuvenation and hair health, while the multi-vitamin packs in the probiotics and other goodness that’ll leave Fido lookin’ fine.
Whether your cat got into the dust bunnies again or your pup traipsed through a mud puddle, these convenient wipes can gently handle it all. It doesn’t hurt they smell like a pina colada either…
Gifts for humans
Get in the holiday spirit with a candle that’s as healthy for you as it is your four-legged friend. Not only are they poured with the safest, cruelty-free ingredients—each purchase donates a portion of proceeds to animal welfare organizations, so it’s as much as a gift for your friend as it is pets in need.
Surprise your favorite pet lover with a gift their going to squeal over—a custom pet portrait. Simply send in a photo of your friends beloved companion, and West & Willow will turn it into a minimalist design piece that looks good in gallery walls, on bookshelves—wherever they want to add some purr-sonalized decor.
For the friend who’s obsessed with her weiner dog. Or husky. Or French bulldog. Papier is a goldmine for breed-specific journals, stationary, and more. Scour its online shelves for a pup-themed gift they’re sure to love and use next year.
Published in 2019, Girls and Their Cats features stunning portraits of, well, girls and their cats. Willis photographed 50 different woman to redefine the “cat lady” stereotype. The result? This gorgeous photography book that looks good on coffee tables, in offices, and on bookshelves alike.
This gift might take some legwork since it requires an image of your recipient’s dog’s or cat’s paw print. But the result is worth it—who wouldn’t swoon over a necklace with an engraving of their pet’s actual paw print?!
These cute books make an adorable stocking stuffer your astrologically-inclined friends are sure to love. Between the cosmic-inspired graphics, spot-on descriptions, and overall trendy design, Pet Astrology is the gift that keeps on giving.
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