I grew up with loads of critters – cats, guinea pigs, lizards, snakes, turtles, ducks, sea monkeys galore and a very lazy chocolate lab named Bailey. But it wasn’t until I got a pet of my very own, my fluffy little princess Lulu, that I became a full-blown crazy pet parent. And while I have commissioned portraits of her, started a hashtag with more than 400 photos of her (#luluslater) and allow her to sleep on my head every night, Tony’s the one with a tattoo of her so I think he’s actually more obsessed than I am.
With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I’d delve into this weird new aspect of my personality with a couple of gift suggestions for others who are just as, if not more, obsessed with their pets.
1. Pet Pop Art
Crazy pet parents, like any parents, always have a photo on deck to show anyone who asks about their furry (or feathered, or whatever) friend. If you have someone like this in your life, help them to take it step further, by turning their pet into art. Pop Your Pup can turn any pet into a work of art or apparel. Just send in a few photos, choose a background (they have tacos!), pick your medium and wait one day for your proof. Revise as needed, and in a few more days you will have the gift to end all gifts. Buying for yourself? Outfit the entire family in t-shirts featuring the family pet and send out the most epic holiday card of all time!
Prices range from $29.99 – $199.99
Giveaway alert: Stick around for the end of this post to enter to win a $150 gift card to Pop Your Pup!
2. 3-D wearable Pet Portraits
There are zillions of ways to immortalize your friend or family member’s pet on necklaces or brooches, but I was instantly drawn to the colorful clay portraits made by NicomadeMe. The process involves no paint – rather, layers of colored clay are sculpted into a 3-D portrait of just about any pet. Lizards, birds, cats, dogs – just scrolling through the gallery made me smile.
Prices range from $40 – $75
3. Matching Jammies
Listen, I am not above wearing matching outfits with my dog, but I understand that not everyone is willing to go there. But, matching pajamas? Yeah, that’s something ANY pet owner can get on board with. Pajamagram offers matching jammies for cats, dogs, and the entire rest of your family. I am especially fond of the Norman Rockwell print.
Prices range from $19.99 – $59.99 per outfit
4. The Gift of Prayer
I have a pretty sweet collection of faux prayer candles featuring everyone from Morrissey to Dita von Teese to …uh, myself. But who better to light a candle to than our beloved pets? I found two really cute options – the really affordable $12 custom pet prayer candle from Erin Kayla Designs, and these options from Go Saint Yourself that allow you to create a candle featuring your friend or loved one and their favorite pet. (Check out the Mother and Father options, swapping in a pet for a kid.)
Prices range from $12 – $25
5. For the True Animal Lover
If the person on your shopping list is a true animal lover, they’ll love and appreciate a donation to a local no-kill shelter made in their name just as much, if not more than, anything else on this list. This gift isn’t limited to cats and dogs, either, there are rescues for hamsters, rabbits, snakes, birds – you name it! So use the Google machine and find a worthy center to donate to.
Please note: The Pop Your Pet giveaway from this post is now closed. Please refer to this Instagram post for the winner’s info.