Great holiday gift ideas for pet lovers: And all of these gifts either benefit organizations that help people or animals!

pets in front of holiday mantel illustration

The holidays are a time for giving. So we compiled a list of gifts for the pet lover (and also some for pets) that not only give to the recipient but to some very worthy causes.

1) We think a lot of cat lover will get a kick out this cat shaming calendar for $10.47 from The Animal Rescue Site:

cat shaming calendar cover

The Animal Rescue Site is a powerhouse in the come and go world of animal sites. It has been around since 2000. It has a button you can click daily that helps feed animals in need and boasts over 600,000,000 bowls of food donated at this point.

Besides being a great place to pick up a gift with a pet-related theme in a variety of areas, your purchase also goes towards feeding shelter animals (each product will give you an estimate of how many animals will be fed by your purchase).

In addition to calendars, there are socks, shoes, shorts, bags and blankets. There’s also home decor, jewelry, kitchenware, and stuff for yard and garden.

Prices are very reasonable and discounts are often offered as well.


2) UNICEF has a beautiful collection of animal themed cards and gifts.

Here are a few gift ideas we like:

Some of our picks (and we will definitely be back to the site for our own holiday shopping):

cat carving wine holder
Hand Carved Wooden Cat Wine Bottle Holder, ‘Wine-Loving Cat’, at $67.99 this gift purchase can provide 37 doses of measles vaccine to protect children.
sterling silver elephan necklace UNICEF
Sterling Silver Elephant Trio Necklace from Thailand, ‘Elephant Fun’, at $49.99 can provide
27 doses of measles vaccine to protect children.

The card below is from the Holiday Cards Boxed Set, ‘Asian Deer,’ and sells for only $12. This purchase can also help fund 8 doses of measles vaccine for kids, according to the site.

UNICEF Christmas card

Jewelry, home decor, accessories and more can be browsed for a memorable gift for anyone who loves animals.


3) DeviantArt.com This forum for digital artists of all levels to display their work contains a myriad of animal artwork that can be purchased as prints of various sizes. Not only do you benefit your “giftee,” but you help support budding digital artists (who receive a portion of the purchase of their artwork).

Here are some of the many examples of the beautiful and unique works available:

rhinoceros digital artwork
Daily Paint 1873# Rhine-oceros by Cryptid-Creations

 

fox digital art
Northern Lights by Followthepaw
cat artold peach by Apofiss4)”If My Cat __________ Could Talk” personalized storybook.



4) Create a purr-sonal gift by customizing the illustrated cat in the book, If My Cat Could Talk, to closely resemble a child’s own pet, choosing from numerous cat styles and colors.

If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook cover
If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook by I See Me!

The cat’s name and the names of up to four family members are also included throughout the story and illustrations. A special message for the dedication page and two photos can be added as well.

From October through the end of December 2018, personalized publisher I See Me! is partnering with Anjellicle Cats Rescue in New York City. Customers who use the code ACR10 will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchase, and a percent of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit cat rescue.

Cat lovers seeking a book starring their pet can order at www.iseeme.com, where it will ship directly to the recipient.


5) ArcBarks dog biscuits.

Two packages of Peanut Butter Barkers

A great small gift for the dog lover and you can give directly as a gift to your dog. A two-pack of Peanut Butter Barkers is just $10.

ArcBarks was conceived and developed by The Arc of Greensboro, Inc., an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.

arcBarks screenshot

ArcBarks provides vocational training and post-high school options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

When chefs at arcBarks get confidence and skills, they learn receive counseling about possibilities for employment in the community, which means more new chefs can be trained!

Unlike some packaged store treats that make you wonder what exactly your pet is eating, these treats are preservative-free. In fact, the ingredients are oatmeal and flour, freshly ground peanut butter, vegetable oil, fresh water and love!

Label of package with note about the bakers

For more about arcBarks, check out arcbarks.com.


6) Know someone with a sweet tooth? Surprise and delight them with a Fall Leaves and Caramels Box from Farm Santuary for $30.

The vegan, handcrafted artisan chocolate that is also organic, fair trade and made of fresh (locally sourced) ingredients, helps farm animals and supports the Farm Sanctuary’s rescue, education, and advocacy work. The caramels, which come in Maple Pecan Caramel, Apple Caramel, Spicy Apple Caramel, and Maple Cream Leaf flavors, even come in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper box.

Other gift-able treats from the Sweet Shoppe at the Farm Sanctuary website include: vegan apple crumb tart, and vegan brownie hearts.

Farm Sanctuary's Fall Leaves and Caramels

And, for another $35, you can symbolically adopt a turkey and have a certificate sent to the same or a different gift recipient — also courtesy of Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and farm animal rescue and protection organization. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project has led to the rescue of more than one thousand turkeys.

some adoptable turkeys on Farm Sanctuary website

Dog treat gift bottles: make homemade dog treats and recycle bottles into beautiful gifts!

This post started with us wondering what to do with the massive amount of Starbucks Frappuccino bottles we have collected. They are very nice bottles, so we don’t really want to throw them out, but they’ve been sitting on our shelves for awhile and we feel guilty whenever we get a new one.

So, we decided to combine two projects we’ve been thinking about — decorating the bottles and making doggie treats.

First, we’ll show you the end result.

Homemade doggie treats ready to give as a gift! (And in a recycled bottle.)

Continue reading “Dog treat gift bottles: make homemade dog treats and recycle bottles into beautiful gifts!”

Company offers ‘If my cat could talk,’ a personalized book that lets you create a main character cat to closely resemble your own cat

If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook cover
If My Cat Could Talk Personalized Storybook by I See Me!

MINNEAPOLIS (PRNewswire) — Cat lovers can create a purr-sonal gift by customizing the illustrated cat in the book, If My Cat Could Talk, to closely resemble their own pet, choosing from numerous cat styles and colors.

The cat’s name and the names of up to four family members are also included throughout the story and illustrations. A special message for the dedication page and two photos can be added as well. Continue reading “Company offers ‘If my cat could talk,’ a personalized book that lets you create a main character cat to closely resemble your own cat”