Great holiday gift ideas for animal lovers; and they all benefit organizations that help people or animals!

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

1) UNICEF has a beautiful collection of animal themed cards and gifts (including jewelry, home decor, and accessories).

One of our favorites this year is this Standing Wood ‘Curious Cat’ Figurine from Bali. According to the UNICEF website, this purchase can provide 192 sachets of oral rehydration salts, which can help children combat dehydration and diarrhea. 


2) Know someone with a sweet tooth? Surprise and delight them with Farm Sanctuary’s Vegan Gluten Free Macaroons or another sweet treat from the Sweet Shoppe at the Farm Sanctuary.

Or, for $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.


3) The 2021 version of the Australian Firefighters Calendar:

Calendar cover

There are various editions of this calendar, including firefighters with cats, firefighters with dogs.

The Australian Firefighters Calendar supports various nonprofits, including:

•Healing Hooves, which helps children suffering from Autism and Asperger’s, returning veterans suffering from PTSD, and older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s;

•and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, which has been caring for injured native Australian animals for over 70 years;

Since 1993, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has raised more than $3 million for various charities.

To learn more and see the covers of the 2020 calendars, (and, come on, you know you want to!) visit


4)K9 Sport Sack.

What’s the stylish dog lover wearing this season?

Their dog!

That is, if they get a K9 Sport Sack.

K9 Sport Sack

K9 Sport Sack makes a variety of sizes and styles of backpacks for carrying one’s best friend.

So, if you know someone who loves to bring their dog everywhere, you might have just found the perfect gift.

And a portion of every order is donated to animal rescues and shelters all across the world.

You can also follow the K9 Sport Sack team on instagram (@k9sportsack) and facebook.
Get your K9 Sport Sack Today!


5) Symbolically adopt a monkey.

We definitely don’t believe that monkeys should be pets. See why at:

But, monkey lovers and kids of all ages can still enjoy monkeys and help real ones with the symbolic adoption of a monkey from Born Free USA.

Through Born Free USA’s website, you choose a monkey from the Born Free Primate Sanctuary to symbolically adopt for yourself or as a gift for $52 for a year. This includes an adoption package, a photo of the monkey you are sponsoring along with his or her biography, a certificate of adoption, and a plush toy.

One of the monkeys at Born Free USA
One of the monkeys at Born Free USA.

According to their website, Born Free USA houses a 175-acre sanctuary, located in south Texas, which provides a safe, permanent home to 475 monkeys, many rescued from abuse in roadside zoos or as pets in private homes or retired from research.

6) I’d Rather Be With My Dog sherpa.

Help someone you love stay warm and comfy this winter with a fleece sherpa from I’d Rather Be With My Dog for $89.99.

Grey and black sherpa

“All things considered, I would rather be with my dog,” is a popular Internet meme and sentiment which rings true for many (we find ourselves thinking it multiple times a day). And, is also gaining ground in Internet popularity by providing clothing and other items with the popular logo.

You also have the option of adding on a “I’d rather be with my human” doggie bandana and magnet for $5 when buying the sherpa.

Every month, the clothing/dog bed company donates 5 to 10% of sales to a different cause or rescue.

7) Floating Birthstone Purse Locket or Key Ring for dog and cat lovers.

pet lover key ring

With this unique, personalized key ring, you can add up to eight floating paw birthstone dog/cat charms.

Paw print birthstone charms are sold separately in the Paw Print Birthstone Charm collection. They key ring is $14.95. Charms are 1.99 each.

Every product ordered from PawZaar results in a donation to help sponsor a shelter pet, and every PawZaar order ships with a photo of a shelter dog or cat whose care has been sponsored by the PawZaar community.

And, when you’re done shopping for the humans in your life, check out our list of great gifts for your pets; we have a list for every kind of pet from dogs to horses, and from turtles to rabbits.

Happy holidays!


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