I always struggle with what to theme my last gift guide of the year. There are so many types of loved ones that I want to cover (not to mention niche groups of life like “what to get frenemies” or “gifts that won’t confuse your ex”) and so little time to squeeze them all in. Thankfully, I always like to save the best for last and there is simply nothing better than a massive animal lover.
I don’t know what it is about animal people but whether they love cats, dogs or something a little less convention (snails, anyone?), we’re all a little kooky. Our personalities and tastes may differ person-to-person, but when you’re as obsessed with your pets as I am (and I know many of you are), almost anything that reminds you of them or represents them is a home run gift in your book.
I balked at including actual gifts for pets (if only there was one more week!) but I hope you will like the handmade animal inspired stuff I scoured online. Of course, at this point it is a little late to be ordering Christmas gifts online, but remember that last minute shoppers can always order a present and have it sent straight to the recipient. If you’re set to see the person before the gift will arrive, simply print out the listing or photo of the present and include it in a nice card. This way, they have something to open on Christmas AND something to look forward to in the coming days. It’s not the perfect situation, but, hey, it works! Happy holidays, y’all!
Use the easy four-step print kit to get a paw print of your BFF’s dog or cat. Then, frame it in the 12-by-15 inch wood wall frame alongside their favorite photo of them. Check out the gift lab of the Paw Prints Keepsake Frame on the Uncommon Goods blog!
Oh, the irony! This indoor only birdhouse won’t be necessarily useful for your favorite bird lover, but hopefully they’ll find it cute enough to hang in their house. “Designer Dave Vissat stumbled upon this idea when he was making a birdhouse for his mother. He ran out of wood, so he resorted to using an old book as a roof. Then he began incorporating interesting text and illustrations as well. Now, Vissat searches and scavenges flea markets and libraries for discarded and vintage books, then he scans the cover, makes a print and affixes it to the exterior of the house.” Made in Pennsylvania.
Everyone is in their animal kingdom place with the tree clock by Don Gidley and Sue Parke, who met while creating theater sets. Hand cut from sheets of aluminum and then hand painted, the flat pieces are “layered on a “stage” to create depth while the animals’ expressions and body language give it a playful touch.” Handmade in Canada.