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Pet portraits on canvas and personalized gifts for the avid animal enthusiast in your life.

Animal portrait paintings like this wonderful work of labrador art make the perfect gifts for pet lovers.


True pet lovers are a selfless breed. Whether they own a cat, dog, rabbit, lizard, a tank of tropical fish or a warren of rabbits, their lives will largely revolve around their pets—and that’s a beautiful thing.

That said, if you’re looking to buy a gift for an animal-loving friend or relative, to really to make them smile and give them something worthwhile, you should focus on getting something based around their pet (remember, pet lovers are a selfless breed!).

Basically, if you make their pet happy, you will make them happy—it’s that simple. Now, while it may be a simple concept, knowing what to get for your friend or loved one’s pet can prove challenging.

But, if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. From personalized pet portraits to lead holders and bespoke hampers, here we cover the pet-lovers gift ideas that will are sure to be a barking, or purring, success on any occasion.

Personalized pet portrait

Without a doubt, one of the very best ways to honor your friend and their pet is with a stunning painted pet portrait


By choosing a photograph of your friend and their pet, and arranging it to be transformed into an eye-catching work of art, not only will you immortalize a cherished moment but you will also be giving a gift that is likely to last a lifetime.


The best thing is, you don’t have to be an artist to create custom portraits of pets—specialists like Portraits On Demand  and Colorcinch will do so on your behalf—all you have to do is wrap it, present it, and watch your friend’s face light up with joy.

Customized lead & outdoor accessory holder

Okay, it’s mainly dog owners that walk their pets on leads, but people with cats, rats, and even lizards do it too.


If your friend takes their pets on outdoor adventures regularly, a customized lead & accessory holder will provide practical as well as novelty value on any special occasion, big or small.


Wall mountable customized pet lead & outdoor accessory holders come in many alluring forms and there are plenty of businesses online that will weave a personal message or the name of your loved one’s pet into the design for a reasonable cost. The perfect gift for the lively, adventurous pet lover in your life.

Hand-picked hampers

If you’re the super thoughtful type and you have a little more time on your hands, it’s hard to go too wrong with a hand-picked pet hamper.

The best thing about a hand-picked pet hamper is the fact that you can add items that your friend or loved one and their pet can enjoy.

Simply buy a presentable wicker hamper or box, stick a personal message or greetings card to the inside of the lid, and fill it with goodies sourced from a selection of independent businesses.

If you know your friend and their pet well enough, you’re sure to choose well, but to help steer guide your efforts in the right direction, here are some items you could include in your pet-based gift hamper:

  • Luxury pet food.
  • Specialist pet treats.
  • Useful accessories tailored to the needs of the gift recipient’s pet.
  • A voucher for some pet pampering.
  • A pet toy or two.
  • A spare lead.
  • A bottle of bubbly (for human consumption only, of course) or a selection of beers.
  • A treat (perhaps chocolate, cheese or chutney) that your friend likes.

Oh, and if you really want to push the boat out, you could even add a personalized pet portrait and a customized lead & accessory holder to the hamper (it would literally make you the greatest friend or relative in the world).  

Why do people own pets?

When it comes to gift-giving, it always pays to step into the shoes of the person you’re buying for. So, for your inspiration, here are the primary reasons people feel the need to own pets:


  • For company and companionship in lonely times.
  • To help children form relationships and teach them responsibility.
  • The inspiration to get up in the mornings and embrace the great outdoors.
  • To elevate the mood and help boost mental health.
  • Well, because pets are wonderful and quickly become a part of the family (something you simply cannot put a price on).


“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.”—James Cromwell


Take the time to consider why your friend or relative owns a pet and why they love them so much before you make your decision, and you will choose a gift that will not only make them smile on the day, but linger in their memory for years to come.


We wish you the very best of luck on your gift-giving journey, and if you have any pet-based present ideas of your own, please do share them with us by leaving a comment.

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