10 Gifts for Pet Owners
With this Variety, There’s Something for EveryoneStumped as to what to buy a friend, significant other or family member who happens to have a penchant for all things pet oriented? Check out this pet-friendly list of trendy gifts that range from affordable to splurge-worthy.
1. BarkBox or Meowbox Subscription
Monthly pet subscription deliveries have become more popular with options and customization. Judging by the popularity, these pet gift boxes have made many dogs and cats very happy.
BarkBox will deliver four to six treats customized to your dog’s needs (for instance, does your dog have allergies?) and a variety of pet toys and treats du jour. You can opt for a single delivery or subscribe to a three-, six- or twelve-month plan.
Meowbox operates similarly, with a one-, three- or six-month subscription plan. Treats and toys customized to your cat’s preferences.
2. Pet-Themed Tote Bags
Shopping for someone who could use a multi-purpose tote bag? Check out these tongue-in-cheek dog-themed totes that can be used as a shopping bag, a book bag and even as a pet carrier for small pups.
3. Pet Photo Gifts
Websites like Shutterfly and stores like Costco, to name a couple, offer a wide variety of gifts that can be personalized with a photo. Know a coffee or tea drinker who collects mugs? Consider having a mug personalized with a photo of his or her pet.
Other customized photo gifts: Notepads, magnets, stamps, mouse pads, pillows, blankets, serving trays, ornaments, stockings, cell phone covers—even shower curtains. It’s easy to upload an image online or at a store kiosk and then personalize a gift item.
4. Temporary Tattoo of Pet
Give the gift of a pet tattoo that’s temporary. Do you have a friend or family member who likes to throw pet birthday parties? What better party favor than a temporary tattoo of the birthday pup (or feline).
Two tattoos are printed using a hi-resolution photo, so make sure you submit a clear, close-up photo of the pet. Tattoos last up to two to five days.
Fun fact: The designer, who specializes in “cute-nique pet products,” donates 20% of her sales to pet rescue organizations.
5. Pet-Themed Jewelry
There are a plethora of options when it comes to pet-themed jewelry. From affordable to high-end (i.e., sterling silver versus gold), you can find charms and pendants designed as specific dog breeds or cats, a stamped paw print, an engraved pet name or dates. Whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings, there’s something bound to please even the pickiest gift recipient.
6. Pet-Themed Clothing
There are a variety of designs for pet-themed clothing, from humorous and whimsical, to artistic and cute, and even those conveying pet humane messaging.
Affordable and on-trend, you can easily find t-shirts, sweatshirts or hats, for example, on numerous Web sites such as CafePress, which sells a whopping 365,000 different pet t-shirts.
Teddy the Dog features a new dog-themed design—a “POTL” (a pick of the litter)—every Tuesday and Thursday. Their popular pet-themed apparel is made of fine garment-dyed soft cotton, sure to please pet owners, especially those frequently washing favorite Ts worn to the dog park or the great outdoors.
7. Pet Photography Session
What better keepsake for a pet owner than professional photos that last a lifetime?
Would you be surprised to know how many photographers focus solely on pet photography? These experienced photographers know how to capture a pet’s best side. Many also offer mini sessions which can be more budget friendly. The gift just keeps getting better: Pet owners can use these professional photos to print and frame favorite pics or to make a hardcover book.
For listings of photographers in your area, simply Google “pet photographers.” Tip: If you belong to a community page on Facebook or Twitter, consider posting a message seeking a photographer referral.
8. Nest Cam
What are the pets doing while the owners are away? Well, now you can find out. Stylish, sleek and small with sound and motion detection, Nest Cam offers a vivid look into the daily life of pets…when they’re home alone.
Easy to configure—“in a minute,” according to its Web site—and stream on WiFi, the Nest Cam records a 130° wide angle view that allows users to zoom in remotely from a smart phone or tablet for a closer look. The company’s Nest Aware app allows users to record video that can be seen after the fact.
9. Pet Chatz
If you’re interested in splurging on a gift, how about PetChatz? This “Greet & Treat™®” videophone allows pet owners to interact with their pets from outside the house. How? It connects to via a Wi-Fi network and activates remotely through the PetChatz Web site on a smart phone, tablet or computer.
Using a tone to get the pet’s attention, PetChatz also releases a “calming” or customizable scent; with a push of a button on a phone, tablet or computer, users can dispense a pet treat for the at-home critter.
PetChatz is also sound and motion sensitive. If a pet wanders within range, the video will (1) alert users on their mobile device that a pet is on the prowl and (2) capture the pet in action, whether he’s just getting a drink of water or rearranging the couch pillows.
But wait, there’s more: There's an optional PawCall™ accessory that allows a pet to call its owner! Users can schedule a time for the paw-shaped light on the accessory to light up and blink (hopefully getting the pet's attention). The catch: Pets need to know how to press on the flashing paw to initiate a two-way chat.
The two-way video allows owners and pets to see each other. That is, if the pet gets up close and personal to the screen on the monitor. This could be helpful to pets who experience separation anxiety and would perhaps benefit from sporadic communication throughout the day.
10. Gift Card to Pet Store, Pet Boutique
It’s the safest bet in a pinch: In case you’re not sure exactly what type of gift is preferred, try a gift card to a name-brand pet store or a local trendy pet boutique.