On-Trend Pet Parent Gifts for Every Type of Animal Lover on Your List

If you happen to grab a few of these for yourself, we won't judge.

dog and cocoa
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This holiday season, we're celebrating the bond between people and their pets in a big way. Who else is there for you after every bad day, or to motivate you to get some fresh air and new perspective with a walk around the block? Fluffy and Fido, that's who! But more than being our cute, cuddly companions, pets can even improve our quality of life, according to Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinarian and senior manager of Global Scientific Advocacy at Mars Petcare. "Studies show that pets have a big impact in people's lives, from reducing anxiety in children to helping adults connect with others during neighborhood walks or even over the internet."

Have someone on your list who's a proud pet parent? Then a present that reminds them of their fur baby will be an instant hit. This list of pet parent gifts has something for every animal lover on your list, including both cat people and dog people. Check out these ideas that celebrate the joy of our favorite furry family members. (And if you end up grabbing something for yourself while you shop—we won't judge.)

Our Favorite Pet Parent Gifts This Holiday Season

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For the Self-Described Cat Lady:

Funny cat quote print home decor gift poster reads Life is Short, buy the shoes, eat the cake, spoil the cat
Courtesy Etsy

On-trend Typography Prints

Help your recipient embrace her inner Cat Lady with a fun typography print that'll perk up any space with a little pet-centric humor.

Shop now: Funny Cat Print, From $7; etsy.com

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For the Guy Who Always Brings His Dog to the Brewery:

Funny dog comic glasses for beer or cocktails
Courtesy Uncommon Goods

Bad Dog Wisdom Tumblers

Whether you fill 'em with cocktails, Busch Dog Beer, or Coke—this too-funny set of dishwasher-safe glasses will have any dog person grinning from ear to ear every time they open the cupboard.

Shop now: Bad Dog Wisdom Tumblers, $35, uncommongoods.com

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For the Animal Lover with a Green Thumb:

Ceramic colorful footed animal planters as fox rabbit cat dog with succulants
Courtesy Etsy

Ceramic Footed Animal Planter

How could anyone with a soft spot for houseplants and a love of four-legged friends resist one of these adorable little planter pots? Choose from a cat, rabbit, fox, or dog face.

Shop now: Ceramic Footed Animal Planter, $18; etsy.com

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For the Person Who Calls Their Pet Their Fur-Baby:

Puppy sits next to custom painted portrait of himself
Courtesy Etsy

Customized Pet Portrait

Regal, cute, or quirky—whatever their pet's personality is, these one-of-kind portraits capture their essence. Just send in a picture of the pet and choose a digital or canvas print. Framing options are also available, so they can show off their fur child to anyone who enters their home.

Shop now: Custom Pet Portrait, $25; etsy.com

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For the Couple Who Just Got a Puppy:

Dog chews on red KONG toy
Courtesy Chewy

KONG Classic Dog Toy

For dog owners who've dealt with separation anxiety or a pup with a penchant for destruction, leaving home can be quite the ordeal. Help your new dog parents sneak away with a tip from Hughes: "Giving a KONG with a treat in the center gives dogs something to focus on while their parents exit the building."

Shop now: KONG Classic Dog Toy, $13; chewy.com

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For Your Creative Friend with a Cat:

Cat lays in blue and pink chunky knitted cat bed
Courtesy Etsy

Chunky Knit Oval Cat Bed

Know someone whose home has a modern farmhouse, cottage-core, or boho vibe? A chunky knit pet bed made of 100 percent merino wool will fit right in, without cramping her creative sense of style.

Shop now: Chunky Knit Oval Cat Bed, $80; etsy.com

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For the Friend Who Always Makes a Statement:

Multi-color adjustable Found My Animal dog leash in rainbow color next to dog nose
Courtesy Chewy

Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash

Upgrade your friend's daily dog walk with this hand-dyed, marine-grade rope leash. It's gorgeous and tough, able to handle hundreds of pounds of pressure even when worn hands-free. Bonus: It's hand-dyed in Brooklyn, NY and comes in other colors and patterns.

Shop now: Adjustable Ombre Rope Dog Leash, $64; chewy.com

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For the One Who's Really into History:

Wisdom Panel dog DNA at-home test kit for canine breed detection
Courtesy Amazon

Breed Identification Dog DNA Test Kit

Mutt-lovers are constantly answering the question of what kind of breed their furry BFF is, and their curious personalities and temperaments can keep them wondering. Help your friend find the answer with this easy Wisdom Panel home genetic test. It provides a detailed report complete with a family tree.

Shop now: Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Test, $80, amazon.com

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For the Person with a Heart of Gold:

Sterling silver bracelet links through outline of cat head and ears
Courtesy iheartcats.com

Bracelet That Gives Back

OK, the bracelet itself is sterling silver. But the cause it supports is definitely one that's worth its weight in gold! This adjustable bracelet does more than just look good—the purchase of it will help feed 30 cats. That's bound to make any cat lover purr with pride.

Shop now: Sterling Silver Bracelet, $20; iheartcats.com

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For the One Who Wears Their Heart on Their Sleeve:

Close-up of dog paw necklace with personalized initial
Courtesy Etsy

Sweet Dog Paw Necklace

Personalize these delicate dog tags with the initial of your loved one's pet to guarantee a gift that tugs at their heartstrings.

Shop now: Dog Paw Necklace, $32; etsy.com

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For the Dog Mom Who Loves to Match With Her Pup:

matching scrunchie bandana
Courtesy of The Foggy Dog

Matching Scrunchie + Bandana

This on-point accessory set makes matching with your best friend even easier! This holiday-themed scrunchie and bandana come in four different festive styles so you can find the perfect set for the dog mom in your life.

Shop now: Scrunchie and Bandana Set, $32; thefoggydog.com

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