These gift ideas for animal lovers range from beautiful hummingbird pendants to a hands-on day at a horse therapy ranch. I’ve also included animal print duvet covers, Grumpy Cat gift ideas, and other gifts for animal lovers that will help you choose something perfect and meaningful.
A Sterling Silver Multicolored Dragonfly Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Elements is a beautiful gift for an animal lover who also wears jewelry. I love animals but I never wear earrings, rarely wear necklaces, and avoid bracelets with a passion. This beautiful hummingbird pendant wouldn’t be the right gift for an animal lover like me, but it might be perfect for the person you’re shopping for.
Are you shopping for an animal lover who works with dogs, cats, horses, or other critters? Read Woof Woof! 14 Gifts for Dog Walkers.
Gifts for Animal Lovers
When you’re searching for the perfect gift for someone who loves animals, you need to know a little about their personality, style, and tastes. Most of these gift ideas are general enough to suit most animal lovers, yet specific enough to be personal…
A day at a horse therapy ranch
Equine therapy isn’t just for people who are coping with eating disorders, grief, or trauma.
My mom lives in a group home on an acreage outside of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. The seven horses who live on the acreage aren’t certified for horse therapy, but even so it’s amazing to simply pet and be with the horses is amazing! A wonderful gift for animal lovers is an afternoon at a ranch, with horses who are specially trained. You might even ask the therapist (not the horse, but the horse trainer therapist) to give your animal lover a tour of the ranch.
In Equine Therapy for the Grieving Process – How Horses Heal, I describe how one-to-one interaction with horses help people recover from a wide range of emotional and physical health issues.
Plush stuffed white tiger
The exact opposite of a hummingbird necklace is a Cuddlekins White Tiger.
Cuddlekins is a line of super soft realistic animals by Wild Republic, who makes gifts for animal lovers. This plush stuffy is a perfect gift for young animal lovers, or animal lovers who are young at heart.
A day at a wildlife museum
A museum is different than a zoo, which some animal lovers protest. A National Museum of Wildlife Art is different than a museum because it focuses on animals and art. Buy a couple tickets for your animal lover, and gift her with a day at the museum. And make sure you listen to Winnie the Pooh, and spend time listening to the animals at the museum. “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Grumpy Cat gift for animal lovers
If you haven’t heard of Grumpy Cat, you need to Google him. The Gund Grumpy Cat Plush Stuffed Animal Toy is a super cute gift for animal lovers, even if they’ve never heard of Grumpy Cat. Gifts for cat lovers (grumpy or otherwise) also include t-shirts, books, calendars, and coffee mugs. The cool thing about Grumpy Cat gifts is that they’re not only for Grumpy Cat fans. I’ve never visited the Grumpy Cat website or Facebook page, but I love the plush Grumpy Cat stuffy.
Gund makes great gifts for animal lovers – especially when you listen to Calvin and Hobbes’ take on the world: “You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place. That’s why animals are so soft and huggy.” ― Bill Watterson.
A day at the zoo
Finding the right gifts for animal lovers requires you to know their likes and dislikes. As I mentioned above, some animal lovers have ethical problems with keeping animals at the zoo or aquarium, while other animal lovers could spend days or weeks wandering around the zoo. If your animal lover likes zoos, treat her to a full day of relaxed wandering around the pens and cages.
Stories From a Veterinarian
In All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice, veterinarian Jeff Wells tells stories featuring a turkey attack, porcupine-quill covered terriers, a pregnant male cat, a heavy-metal Chihuahua with road burn, an ornery pygmy donkey, a giant hog, a constipated cow, and many others. This is a perfect gift for animal lovers and anyone who has ever thought about becoming a veterinarian.
A gift to the SPCA for a horse stay
The BC SPCA cares for more than 70 horses a year, and the majority of these horses have experienced cruelty. When the horses go to the SPCA, they are often very thin and are desperate for medical attention and grooming. Horses are very expensive to care for – they need special facilities to house them and health care from specialized veterinarians. A thoughtful gift for animal lovers who want to help care for horses is a donation to the horse stay program at an SPCA or horse facility.
A different take on the “tails” from a veterinarian gift idea for animal lovers is Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum, edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox. It features many of the greatest nature photographs of all time and includes an incredible variety of styles, skills and approaches to wildlife photography. This gift idea for animal lovers has just been published, and offers a whole new perspective on wildlife and photography.
Animal Print Duvet Cover
The Zebra Purple Ultra Soft Microfiber Comforter Sheet Set is a fun gift for animal lovers! It’s a soft, luxurious comforter set that is easily washed in the washer and dryer (no dry cleaning or hand washing for this animal lovers’ gift!).
The pattern isn’t gross – it’s bright and lively and perfect for a pre-teen or young teenager.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul
Whether or not your animal lover is into dogs, I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That!: 101 Stories about the Crazy Antics of Our Canine Companions is a hilarious collection of stories and tale after tale of doggy antics.
You’d be surprised at how funny, shocking, and crazy our dogs can be! And it’s always funnier when it’s happening to somebody else :-)
I welcome your thoughts on these gifts for animal lovers – especially if you have an idea that I can add to this list. I’m always on the lookout for gifts for people who love animals.
If animal lover recently lost a pet, read Sympathy Gifts for Dog Lovers After Their Dog Died.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings.