Are you still scratching your head about what gifts to get your horse-riding partner or your animal-loving friends? Surely they don’t need another trinket from the big box store! Here are some special gift ideas that animal-lovers are sure to enjoy.
Everyone with furry friends loves pictures showing off their “babies”. Use pet pictures that your friends have published on social media or take new pictures with your cell phone or camera and then create a hardcopy photo book that your friend can display at home or proudly share with friends. Photo books are easy to make at places like Walgreens (photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/welcome) and Shutterfly (www.shutterfly.com/photo-books).
If you don’t have enough photos for a book, print your favorite picture of the pet and put it in a nice frame. Pet stores and tack stores typically stock dozens of furry-friend themed frames that will complement the pet’s portrait.
In addition to books and frames, consider other photo options like calendars, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, note cards, and tote bags. Custom-printed items are available at office supply stores, Vistaprint, and Shutterfly. Of course, there are probably many local businesses that would do a great job. (Buy local!)
For non-cluttering options, consider consumable gifts. Humans will love Dark Horse Chocolates (www.harborsweets.com/category/dark-horse-chocolates). Peppermint ponies and Dressage Classics with a horsey design are sure to please the horse-lovers.
If you prefer honoring the furry friend, check out the gourmet treats at your local pet store, or better yet, bake them yourself. Animal lovers will appreciate the special thoughtfulness and effort.
Paint Your Pet
For a fun activity with a personalized touch, give your friend a gift certificate to a “paint your pet” event. Many hobby and art stores, such as Painting with a Twist, offer classes where you send in a picture of the pet and the instructors sketch the pet onto canvas. Students then attend a class where they add paint to the canvas to create a masterpiece portrait of the pet.
Have a fabulous holiday season!
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