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15 Gifts for Pet Parents

Kerry Wolfe
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If there's one thing pet owners enjoy doing, it's spoiling their animals. This holiday season, treat the pet parents in your life with these gifts for themselves, their cats, and their dogs (and maybe some hamsters, too). Their pets may be more interested in the packaging the gifts came in, but still, it's the thought that counts.

1. Custom Socks; $14


Socks are a classic Christmas gift. This year, make things a bit more interesting by giving the pet lover in your life a pair with their beloved beast’s face plastered all over them. The socks come in a variety of fun colors, so you’ll be able to find something to suit all sorts of styles. All you need is a picture of the pet to send to the company.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Matching Family Dog and Cat Pajamas; $10


The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up on the couch in a pair of cozy pajamas. Now, even Fido can get in on the comfort. Target sells cute, holiday-themed sets for people and their cats and dogs. Your giftee—and their pet—would be forgiven for not wanting to wait until Christmas Eve to fall asleep in these soft cotton PJs.

Buy it: Target

3. Furbo Dog Camera; $165


If you know someone who has separation anxiety when they're away from their pet, just get them this camera from Furbo so they can check in on their favorite furry family member. The camera has two-way audio that sends alerts if a dog is barking and lets owners speak through the camera to soothe their pet. People can even stock it with their animal’s favorite treats and use the camera’s app to dispense a few morsels with a quick click.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Good Kitty Ceramic Cat Treat Jar; $13


This ceramic jar with a silicone seal lets pet owners keep treats fresh. And with its sleek design and bamboo lid, it’ll look good stored among jars of human goodies, too. The treat jar is dishwasher-safe, so keeping it sanitary will be a breeze.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit; $150


Give the gift of knowledge this holiday season with a dog DNA test that identifies which breeds a person's beloved mutt is made of. It’ll do more than help pet owners figure out if the weirdly straight-haired poodle mix they adopted really is part poodle: The kit also tests for more than 200 common diseases, so dog owners can get a sense of any underlying health conditions associated with certain breeds.

Cat owners may appreciate this DNA test from Basepaws, which can identify 21 specific breeds and four main breed groups, as well as look for common cat diseases.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Burley Tail Wagon Pet Bike Trailer; $400


Here’s one for adventure-loving people and their equally adventurous critters. This bike trailer means small- and medium-sized dogs can tag along on any ride. The mesh windows will let them enjoy a fresh breeze on pleasant days, while the weatherproof cover will keep them dry during rainy or snowy excursions. Pets are sure to enjoy the ride—unless, of course, they’re heading to the vet.

Buy it: REI

7. Pet Adobe Waterproof Pet Throw Blanket; $28

Pet Adobe/Target

Pets—and perhaps their owners, too—can snuggle on the couch beneath this plush blanket. It’s reversible, with each side offering a different texture. And it’s waterproof, so pet parents won’t have to worry about puddles of dog drool creating a sopping mess.

Buy it: Target

8. Penn Plax SpongeBob Squarepants Pineapple House with Swim Holes Aquatic Ornament; $7

Penn Plax/PETCO

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Your pet-loving friend’s fish, thanks to this tank accessory. It’s whimsically delightful for human observers and relaxing for the fish, as the shelter provides a place for them to hide when they need to reduce stress.

Buy it: PETCO

9. Custom Pet Nose Print Necklaces; $215–$300

Kaleen Wolfe/Uncommon Goods

This year, give the pet-loving giftee in your life a custom necklace of their fur baby’s nose print. The artist will send a molding kit to your giftee, then use that impression to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

10. Animalist Modern Art Poster; $55


Delight artsy animal lovers with these minimalist designs from Animalist. Simply choose from a range of cat and dog breeds to create a chic print that'll look great as a standout piece or as part of a gallery wall.

Buy it: Animalist

11. Hollypet Warm Small Pet Animals Bed, Yellow Banana; $18


Small critters can slip inside this banana bed to stay warm and cozy. The sight of their rodent hunkered down in this plush banana is sure to amuse your giftee.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Paint Your Pet: Portrait Class & Kit; $50

Uncommon Goods

Here’s one for creative pet lovers. Recipients of this pet portrait class and kit will wind up with a memory and an original watercolor painting they can cherish for years to come. There’s one virtual class each month, so your giftee will be able to choose a time that suits their schedule.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

13. French Macaron Dog Treats; $24

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Pet owners whose dogs have a taste for the finer things in life will appreciate these macarons. The tasty treats come in mint, lavender, and strawberry flavors, and they’re made with human-grade ingredients, so it won’t hurt anyone if an unsuspecting human accidentally takes a bite.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

14. Custom Photo Pillow; $21


Most people want to cuddle their pets—though not every animal wants to cuddle back. With this custom pillow, your giftee can squeeze a squishy replica of their pet as much as they want without fear of retribution. Just make sure you have a high-quality picture of the pet in question, and you can send it off to the company.

Buy it: Amazon

15. Nature's Hangout Window Bird Feeder; $27

Nature's Hangout/Amazon

No, backyard wildlife aren’t pets. But with this window feeder, your giftee will be able to watch their own flock of birds converge on their yard. It's great for people who love animals but can't have their own pets in the house.

Buy it: Amazon

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