With the holidays just a few months away, it’s time to start thinking of gifts to give your friends and loved ones. Finding unique gifts can present a challenge. You may never have considered giving pet-related gifts. Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that your recipient will treasure? Here are five great, high value gift ideas to get you started:
1. Fine Art Animal Prints
Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all its own. One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed. You can see many prints on our walls at Pet Keepers. One of our favorite artists is Mr. Killian, originally from Jackson, MN. He has a great presence at the Wildlife Expo in downtown Charleston every year. His limited edition animal prints are sure to be treasured, as each comes with a consecutively numbered dog tag to match the tag in the print.
2. Crystal Animal Statues
Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue. Typically made from 24 percent lead crystal, hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical. Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets, from a sitting cat to a dog with a bone; from a turtle to a frog; from a horse to a mouse; and from a duck to a dove. We don’t advise bringing this to a kennel!
3. Stone Animal Statues
Who wouldn’t love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office. While some statues – like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund – make you feel warm inside, others – like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird – make you chuckle. Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished. We stocked a line of figurines in the past, but they were so individual, we found that shopping in town was a better idea for our customers.
4. Animal Posters
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be. Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations, and are eminently affordable. You know you have seen some real winners along the way. An animal poster is sure to bring a smile to your friend’s face.
When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there’s nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment. There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds. Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your friend’s dog or cat. It would also be a simple matter to make a short home video of your friends animals and post on YouTube, then send them the URL a day or before the holiday.
We don’t actually see these gifts at most kennels, we just hear about them. We see the smaller chewies or squeaky toys. It’s both thoughtful and original to give a gift that acknowledges your friend’s pets.