Gifts for Pet Owners: What to buy someone who loves their furry friend

The vast majority of people who have pets love their pets. But most of us also know that person who really loves their pet. It’s the type of love that many people often attribute to being reserved for parents and their human children, but their furry children are just as important! 

If you’re really wracking your brain, trying to come up with that perfect gift for the person on your list who really loves their furry friend, Crown & Paw is here with assistance for you! We’ve got a list of great gift ideas that will hopefully help you find the most “wow” worthy gift out there.

Gifts Specifically For Cat Lovers

When people think of pet lovers, most of them immediately picture dog lovers. They’re by far the most visible of the pet owners out there since many people don’t walk their cats out in public spaces (although some do!). That’s why we wanted to start with some gift ideas for cat lovers, as they often get left out of the picture.

The obvious choice is to buy them a gift that has cats on it. There are plenty of options in today’s gift market, especially only, so you can really customize it to be unique for the person that you’re gifting to. Wallets, shoes, notebooks, pens—anything can be made with a cat on it. Not only are these gifts adorable, but they’re also often inexpensive and make great stocking stuffers during the holiday season.

However, we’ve found that there are plenty of cat owners out there that would rather you give a gift to their cat than to them. These selfless individuals enjoy seeing their cat comfortable and happy, and that means much more to them than getting the gift themselves. 

If that sounds like the cat lover on your list, there are definitely ways to buy gifts that honor that desire. For instance, both cats and their owners love warm, comfortable blankets. Why not get them one with their cat on it? Everyone wins, and the snuggles will multiply. We think that’s one of the best parts of having a pet anyway.

If you want to get them a gift that really focuses on the health and wellbeing of their cat, consider buying them a water fountain. It’s an unfortunate fact that most cats don’t drink enough water, and dehydration can be very serious business in such a small animal. Water fountains can help encourage them to drink more water, plus they add a fun, calm aesthetic to the home. Everyone wins. 

Gifts For Dog Lovers

For whatever reason, there are far more gifts for dog lovers out there than there are gifts for any other type of pet owner. That may be due to the fact that there are simply more dog owners out there than cat owners or that dog owners just tend to be more visible and vocal. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for a unique gift for that dog lover in your life… look no further!

One of our favorite gift ideas, which is particularly good for the dog moms on your shopping list, is matching jewelry that both owner and pet can wear together. We love the idea of creating jewelry that not only looks beautiful but also keeps their dog safe. 

In fact, the AKC recommends that every dog wear a tag (even those that don’t go anywhere other than their own backyard) to keep them safe just in case they are able to slip out the door and go on an adventure. It helps them get home much quicker, which any pet owner will appreciate. Matching jewelry comes in a variety of different styles, like bracelets and necklaces, that are crafted to match the tag that their dog can proudly wear on their collar.

If you’re shopping more for a “dog dad,” there are also plenty of options. Many dog dads are typical dudes who love getting together with the guys and throwing back a beer or two. While these men may not be as obvious about wanting to show off their dog, who can usually be found right next to them no matter where they go, they love their dogs just as much. 

A great way for them to be able to show them off is with a custom beer glass with their pet’s face etched on it. They’ll be able to subtly drink their favorite beer with their best friend, even if they’re not at home. 

Gifts For “Non-Traditional” Pet Owners

If you’re shopping for someone that isn’t a cat or a dog lover, you may be worried that you’ll never be able to find the perfect, customized gift. But never fear… we promised to help, and we’ve got ideas!

The first place to start is by looking at the type of pet they have. There are plenty of different non-traditional pets, like chinchillas, birds, fish, and even turtles! In fact, rabbits are nearly as popular as cats and dogs now. Take some time to learn a little bit about what the pet is and what its needs are. For instance, did you know that you can actually take a rabbit for a walk? What you learn may surprise you, and it will definitely help you get a better idea of the gift category you should be looking into. 

For the non-traditional pet owners on your list, we love the idea of creating a phone case. Many of these pet owners can’t show their pet off the same way that dog and cat owners can, and having a phone case with their photo on it gives them a way to showcase how much they love their pet without having to take them out of their home environment. Pet owners love to brag, and this is the perfect way for them to do it without them needing to be so obvious about it. 

Just because their pet is “non-traditional” doesn’t mean that they don’t also like the more traditional gifts out there, too. Even non-furry pets are worthy of being showered with gifts and attention, so consider getting gifts that add to their habitat and make their owner smile. Pet ownership is an often selfless act, so they’ll love the thought you put into making sure their pet, whether covered in fur, feathers, or scales, feels that love too.

Gifts For Any Pet Owner

No matter what their pet is, custom pet portraits are the perfect gift for any pet owner and lover. When you go out of your way to have a personalized pet portrait created, whether that is for their favorite fluffy puppy or their brilliantly colored macaw, you’re really giving them a gift that lasts for a lifetime. 

Unfortunately, as anyone who has owned a pet knows, pets don’t live forever. It’s just part of pet ownership. When you give them a picture that they can hang on their wall and enjoy with their pet when he or she is alive, you also give them something that can help them fondly remember their pet long after they are gone. It’s one of the most permanent, artistic ways to really honor the special bond that pet owners have in a way that they’ll be proud of.

We’re also big fans of customized coffee mugs for any pet owner. Coffee mugs can be used with nearly any beverage, hot or cold, so those who don’t drink caffeine don’t have to miss out. Just find a clear picture of their pet, taken from the front, and upload it to our site. Choose from one of our many styles, and we’ll do the rest of the work. 

We recommend giving the mug to them in a gift basket that you’ve put together yourself, with local coffees and teas or even hot chocolate mixes. It makes for a great visual, it’s fun to give, and they’ll appreciate all the thought you put into it.

If you’re really unsure of what to get them, or they’re the type of person who seems to already have everything, there really is no shame in buying them gift cards! You can even buy them a selection of gift cards that you know they’ll use or be unlikely to buy for themselves, like those that allow them to create their own pet artwork or just buy more pet supplies. It’s far more fun than just giving them a card with money! Again, gift baskets are the perfect option here. Customize them with other small gifts like pet-specific treats, toys, and gifts for their humans as well. Everyone wins!

In Conclusion…

Giving gifts can be an incredibly stressful situation. You want to get it right, to really wow your giftee with something that is heartfelt and well-thought-out. If the person you’re buying for really loves their pet, honor their bond by buying them something that showcases that. 

Crown & Paw would love to help, which is why we offer custom pet portraits that can be created with any species of pet in mind. From turtles to cats and even chinchillas, we can make a piece of artwork that they’ll cherish for years to come.

Sources:

https://www.purina.com/articles/cat/health/guide-to-cat-hydration 

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-tags-for-pets/ 

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-care/rabbit-care/rabbit-leash-walking/ 

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