Ahh, yes; even the Zoomaniacs in our lives have their place on our holiday gift list. Although you may wonder whether they value their relationships with their cats more than with you, you’re still obligated to buy them Christmas presents.
While gifting them a new pet is probably much too extravagant, there are many other options that will have them jumping for joy. Here are ten of our favorite animal-lover gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face.
10. Bottle Brush Animal Ornaments
Bottle Brush Animal Ornaments are hand-crafted critters made from an assortment of natural fibers. They’re only about 3 inches tall, and they’re absolutely adorable.
You can find them at many retailers, such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, West Elm and Moose-R-Us. Their prices vary depending on the quality, and whether or not they’re hand-crafted and the fibers used to make them are natural. But for the most part, you can pick one up for anywhere from three to twenty dollars.
The baubles are available in an assortment of beasts, including raccoons, moose, penguins, polar bears, foxes, beavers, squirrels, rabbits, deer, horses, goats, chickens, weasels, cats, owls, giraffes, and lambs. The list goes on, but these are the selections we are especially fond of!
Not only are they sure to conjure an “awwww” from the mouth of your recipient, but they’ll also add a classic woodsy charm to his or her tree. Alternatively, these novelties can be placed on top of a piano or arranged on the coffee table for a wintry nature scene.
9. Sock Bunny
You can find sock bunnies on Etsy, Amazon, and eBay, as well as at specialty retailers, such as Flopsy Cotton Socks. Purchase a DIY kit or a finished project, a choice based on whether your recipient is crafty enough to create their own. If not, a pre-made version still makes for a cozy gift, perfect for those rainy days when your animal lover will be looking for a cuddle buddy!
For a more personal, customized present, skip the kit and opt for homemade via the below instructions:
Step 1: Find a clean sock in your preferred color. The larger the sock, the better the result.
Step 2: Stuff the sock with cotton balls (or polyester batting for a smoother finish).
Step 3: Once the sock is full, sew a straight line across the sock right above the heel.
Step 4: Pull this stitch tight to create the head.
Step 5: Sew in the bunny's arms.
Step 6: Under the arms, sew a straight line to create the legs.
Step 7: With some additional material or thread, sew on the whiskers.
Sep 8: Cut a slit in the top of the sock to create the head.
Step 9: Add some googly eyes and sew on a mouth shape.