20 things you need if you're obsessed with your pet
Do you ever need an excuse to shop for dog toys and pet portraits?
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Love for pets knows no bounds. Whether it be a fluffy kitty, an energetic dog, or even a fuzzy hamster, every pet is special to those who care for them. And if you're anything like us, you get a real thrill hunting for products for your favorite furry companion. My friends and family know how much I love my dog Denvour and cat Ruby, so I've been on the receiving end of a number of incredible pet-focused gifts over the years. There's nothing quite as special as a gift customized to your own favorite companion, whether you're looking at a new high-quality litter box or thinking about splurging on a custom pet portrait (cough, cough, MOM).
Whether you're shopping for yourself or looking for a great gift for a friend, here are a few of our favorite pet mom and dad presents you can buy!
1. A phone case featuring your favorite furball
How often do you see pet owners aiming their smartphone for the perfect dog or cat portrait? Regardless of what social media platform you scroll through, pet pictures are everywhere. And everyone loves them. That’s why this custom pet portrait phone case is ideal for any pet parent. This is where I could throw in a statistic about how much time people spend on their phones, but I don’t want to face my own addiction. That being said, this is a gift that the recipient will definitely use daily.
These cases are transparent, wireless charging compatible, and made from silicone. Reviewers say the artwork is high quality and the cases themselves don't slip when gripped.
2. A castle-like cat tree
Give your friend the key to their very own condo—a cat condo, that is. The Frisco Faux Fur Cat Tree & Condo provides furry friends with a spot to scratch, climb, and nap. This cat tree offers five scratching posts and a scratching ramp to accommodate multi-cat households, and each perch provides a new viewpoint for kitties as they relax. Plus, the cat tower comes with dangling toys that will keep cats occupied throughout the day.
This cat tree has a solid 5-star rating after nearly 7,000 reviews on Chewy. That's honestly just impressive, especially considering how inconsistent some cat trees ordered online can be.
3. A notepad with your pet's face
These notepads from Newman’s New Prints on Etsy are utilitarian and adorable—what a combo. I recently ordered a customized notepad for my boyfriend’s birthday gift and I can’t wait to see his face when he opens it. You just have to select how many pages you want in the pad itself and send a picture of the pet (or pets) to Ashley, the shop owner. You can also get a notepad with magnets on the back for optimal grocery list usage. Within a week, my perfect puppy pad was in my mailbox.
4. A chew toy that's secretly good for your dog
My dog has never been big on plastic-y chew toys, but for some reason, she loves this dang dino. My roommate’s dog was given two for his birthday, but Denny insisted they share. This Nylabone toy is super durable and has tons of nubs that help clean the dog’s teeth while they chomp. Chewy offers Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and T-Rex shapes, but the dino you receive will be chosen at random. Warning: stepping on these dinos is akin to stepping on Legos; it does not feel good.
5. A monthly subscription to RescueBox
With RescueBox, you can give your favorite pet parents a subscription to a completely custom selection of products. The team at RescueBox hand picks each item based on the pet’s size, breed, age, preferences and more. Plus, for every box sent, RescueBox donates five pounds of food and two vaccinations to animal shelters.
6. A dog feeder that's also a maze
I’m pretty sure I have the world’s most food-obsessed dog. She used to eat her food without chewing; she truly inhaled it. A friend gifted me this unique bowl after witnessing Denny’s daily gobble routine, and I’ve never looked back. The interactive bowl helps dogs eat slower because they have to work for each bite. Although the bowl’s nooks and crannies get pretty slobbery and gross, it can go on the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleaning. The Outward House Fun Feeder also has a non-slip base, so it won’t slide around the floor while your dog chows down.
7. A subscription box for cats
KitNipBox was created to provide products that keep cats happy, healthy, and fit. From hygiene products and accessories to treats and new gadgets, there are a ton of products to look forward to with a KitNipBox subscription. You can choose between two subscription options: $19.99/month for five items or $29.99/month for seven items. If your cats have food allergies, KitNipBox will send non-food replacements in each box. My favorite part? KitNipBox donates a portion of their sales to shelters, rescue organizations, and other feline welfare causes.
8. An engraved key chain with your pup's pic
I never go anywhere without my keys and I wish I never had to go anywhere without my dog. This problem can be (mildly) solved with a custom dog or cat keychain. When you send in a picture of your pet, the seller will engrave the picture and the pet’s name onto the keychain. All the reviews rave about how accurate the artwork is. You’ll find a ton of other personalized pet jewelry and other nifty gifts in the Mignon&Mignon Etsy shop, so it’s definitely worth taking a moment to browse the full collection as you shop.
9. A cat toy that honestly looks like a big jellyfish
Get your favorite cat mom or dad this interactive toy that will keep their fur baby occupied like never before. This SmartyKat toy consists of three parts: the light-up base, the interchangeable wand, and the polyester skirt. The concealed wand is affixed to the base, and you can choose between two spinning speeds. Cats will pounce all over the place while they try to catch the elusive rotating feather toy and blinking lights. It’s a great toy for cats who get bored when they’re home alone.
10. A minimalist paw bracelet
If you’re shopping for a pet owner whose style is a bit more low key than custom engraved jewelry, this simple paw print bracelet from Etsy might be the perfect fit. The zinc alloy charm is tied onto waxed cotton cord, which is available in more than 15 colors. Plus, you can choose from silver, golden or bronzed charm finish colors. Note that this bracelet doesn’t have a clasp; you have to tie it around your wrist, which means it may be a hassle to take on and off.
11. A personalized food bowl
Make meal time classier than ever before with this personalized ceramic dog bowl. You can have the artist stamp a paw print, pet name or both on the bowl, and there are six text color options. This specific bowl holds about two cups of water, but the seller does have a larger size available in their shop. Some shoppers have said the color is more beige than pure white, but this might vary by order since it’s a hand-glazed product.
12. A felt planter to match your feline
These handmade wool planters are as cute as the teeny succulents they hold. With 28 different colors to choose from, it’s easy to make this gift match any decor. If you know someone who prides themselves on being both a cat and plant parent, this hits all the marks. The Yarn Kitchen makes other styles of cat planters, as well as different animals. The planter can accommodate a succulent in a 2-inch pot, neither of which is included with the purchase.
13. Another incredible cat subscription box
Here’s another cat-fanatic subscription box that makes a lovely gift for friends and family. The monthly Purrfect Packs boxes include 5-6 natural treats and toys from a variety of brands. With unique contents every month, the pack keeps things interesting for feline friends. Purrfect Packs claims to offer high-quality pet products at lower prices than you’ll find in retail stores. The boxes are personalized based on each cat’s specific needs including dietary restrictions, as well.
14. A personalized pet bag
From afternoon walks to the dog park to overnight trips, this custom tote bag is great for any dog adventure. It easily accommodates leashes, treats, toys, portable water bowls and more. The durable canvas bags are available with tons of different colors, some of which include glitter for the extra-snazzy pet parent in your life. Plus, there are five different font options, so you can design the bag to fit the recipient’s unique style. People who have purchased this bag love how sturdy and spacious it is.
15. A blanket with your pet's smiling face
Here to report that I’d like one of these for each of my pet’s faces. These machine-washable fleece blankets look super soft, and reviewers say they’re pleasantly surprised by the quality of the print. The seller offers three size options and 11 color options, but you can also include a custom color request when you send them your pet photo. The artist will provide a proof of the drawing and allow for unlimited revisions during this stage to ensure you get the exact product you’re envisioning.
16. A custom watercolor pet portrait
I could compile entire lists of dog portrait Etsy products. With these custom pet portraits from LMT Creative At Home, dogs are truly a work of art. The digitally-mastered watercolor posters are the perfect combination of lifelike and creative. The shop offers six different portrait sizes, and you can choose between a physical print or a digital download. Etsy is full of custom pet portrait artists with raving reviews, so you can find a variety of styles for every pet owner.
17. A reviewer-favorite pet subscription box
BarkBox is the first pet subscription box I ever heard of, so I think of it as the OG. The BarkBox subscription, which starts at $22/month, includes two toys, two bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. The boxes have monthly themes, and the stuffed toys are always unique and adorable. Another bonus? BarkBox offers free shipping inside the contiguous 48 states. With over 2 million puppy patrons, this subscription box is definitely a slam-dunk gift for dog owners.
18. A personalized dog bandana
Who doesn’t love seeing a dog wearing a jaunty kerchief? Get your favorite pet owner a personalized bandana embroidered with their pet’s name. With three fabric color options and five font choices, you can truly make this gift fit anyone’s style. These personalized bandanas are 100% cotton and handmade by the shop owner, ensuring each one is crafted with love. Plus, they're machine washable, so you can easily clean up after a rainy romp in the park.
19. A set of customized pint glasses
Any product that combines two of my favorite things is a winner in my book. These custom pint glasses print your pup's portrait on a set of pint glasses, perfect for enjoying a cold one on a hot summer day. Reviewers praise the quality of the artwork ont hese glasses, saying the shop owner does a great job printing and shipping.
20. A flight of cat nip
That's right—there are differnet flavors of catnip in the world. Better yet, Litterbox sells flights of different strands of catnip for cat owners to buy and test on their felines. Our editor Kate Ellsworth tried the catnip from Litterbox and said her cats went wild for it, and highly recommends the flight for cat owners who want to experiment with different types of catnip at home.
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