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Top 10 Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers


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From whimsical T-shirts to practical tote bags, retailers can offer their customers a wide variety of fun—and often inexpensive—gifts with pet themes for those who are shopping for someone who shares their life with a pet. All they need to do is name the pet in question (the more details the better), and they’re on their way to finding the perfect gift.

Here are the top 10 gift ideas retailers can recommend for pet lovers:

  1. Clothing: People who love their pets aren’t shy about it. Greyhound lovers will wear their breed proudly on a baseball cap. A ferret fan will pull on socks decorated with her favorite furball. Customers can’t go wrong with a T-shirt, sweatshirt, socks, hat, tie or any piece of clothing bearing their friend’s favorite pet.
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  2. Kitchen accessories: Coffee mugs and cookie jars (for human or pet treats) make fun and practical gifts for pet lovers. They can also gift soft goods, such as dishtowels and aprons, featuring pet themes.
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  3. Gift books: Who doesn’t love a good pet-themed gift book? Many feature inspirational prose, hilarious pictures and I’ve-been-there anecdotes reveling in the joys of pet ownership.
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  4. Artwork: A drawing or painting featuring a pet makes for a thoughtful gift. Some artists will even personalize a painting: All customers need to do is find a photograph of their friend’s favorite pet, and the artist will paint the pet’s likeness.
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  5. Stationery: From writing pads to card collections featuring fun pet designs, stationery makes a wonderful—and useful—gift, even in these days of e-mails and text messages. With the variety of themes and subjects, customers can find the perfect set of cards to match their friend’s unique personality.
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  6. Magnets: An inexpensive way for your customers to show friends they’re thinking of them, dog- and cat-themed magnets make a nice housewarming gift for any pet lover.
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  7. Jewelry and key chains: Customers can add a little bling to their friends’ lives by giving them a pet-themed key chain, bracelet, necklace, watch or lapel pin. Many styles, like the dangly and colorful charm bracelets, fall in line with the latest trends.
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  8. Tote bags: Totes with pet themes make thoughtful gifts for eco-friendly friends who use the reusable bags while grocery shopping or picking up some treats at a retailer’s shop.
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  9. Home furnishings: No matter someone’s home décor, pillows, blankets and frames adorned with pictures of their favorite dog breed will be sure to please.
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  10. Statuary: If your customers, or their friends, collect knickknacks, what better an addition than a statue or figurine of a beloved pet? Some designers even offer numbered collections, which make the gift even more valuable—and meaningful. <HOME>

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