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Want to know a secret? The easiest way to a dog lover’s heart at the holidays is through her beloved animal. Get a great gift for—or inspired by—her baby, and she’ll throw her arms around you and cry, “You totally get me!” And as for you? Well, if there’s a dog or cat at the center of your world, you know that the most fun shopping involves spoiling your pet.
To make things even more enjoyable for you, we scoured the Internet for awesome pet-adjacent gifts you haven’t seen before—we have something to delight anyone who shares a home with a cheerful dog or an imperious cat. Scroll for sweetness—and have yourself a meowy little Christmas, with these ideas for great gifts for cat or dog lovers.
Adopting a shelter animal is one of the sweetest things you can do. And the mystery of their origin is always an interesting topic of conversation. (“She looks like she’s got some Maine Coon in her. Or maybe some Persian...”) Suspect your friend’s kitty has got some bengal in him? Gift her this DNA kit, so she can find out!
On its own, this doggy tee has high comic value. But when you get the reference, it’s even better. It’s a play on the cover art of a 2015 album by the rapper Drake. Which is to say, it’s perfect for the younger dog lover who will instantly appreciate the joke (the album is called “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”) and the iconic typeface. Soft, cozy lightweight jersey.
Get the party—and the conversation—started with these pet profiles on plates. Perfect gift for the cat or dog lover who loves people (and hosting) as much as pets. These can be wall-mounted as art or used to serve apps. Bone appetite!
Shop it: Dog Biography Canape Plate, $12, anthropologie.com
We all have that friend who’s, like, cooking lamb chops for her delicate dog. Show her you don’t think she’s crazy and, in fact, you support how seriously she takes her parenting duties, with this beautifully illustrated cookbook (the puppy painting will totally slay you).
Help a proud (dog) parent drink to her baby everyday, with this ceramic mug. We fell for the eyes on this sweet German Shepherd, but it’s also available in Yorkie, Pug, Pointer, Golden Retriever, and Beagle. Each rendering is graphic, cool, and insanely cute.
Dachsund fans are a special breed (har, har, but they are!). They’re the kind of pet owners who are rabid (sorry!) about their beasts. You can’t go wrong with a gift emblazoned with the image of their sweet low-to-the-ground pups. These slippers—with one continuous image of the hot-dog dog—will be their favorite gift of the year. Pricey for slippers, but the warm-wool footbed makes them quite luxurious.
More playful than a painting (and less “dearly beloved, we are gathered here today...”), a pet pillow says “I know you love your creature and wish you could have two of him, so here’s one for the couch.” This one is meant for rescue animals, and celebrates “gotcha” day—the date on which the sweet one was adopted—with a date on the front and a poem on back. The illustrated frame keeps the mood light. A sweet gift for your own family.
A Vancouver artist makes these custom portraits with a crisp coat-of-arms quality—just the thing for that super-spare stylish friend. You get to choose what surrounds the portrait. Here we learn a little about Leona’s love of feathers and butterflies. This might also make a nice tribute for a furry friend who’s crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
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