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Best of Indie Spotlight: Spoil Your Pets and Pet Lover Friends

December 20, 2012
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It’s that time of year again! Gift-giving seasons can be a stressful time since we’re aimlessly searching for gifts to present to our loved ones for the holidays. With endless options for gift ideas, you’re bombarded with gift choices that don’t seem to fit your family and friends’ personalities 100% or at all. How can you make your gift recipients feel super special during the holidays? For the pet lovers in your life, we’ve selected the top 10 holiday gifts from noteworthy Etsy stores so that you don’t have to do all the searching yourself! Instead of ordinary, store-bought dog treats, pet toys, and gift cards, load your pet lovers’ holiday shopping list with one-of-a-kind and whimsy presents from Etsy artisans. With personalized twists and fabulous treats, warm the hearts of the pet lovers in your life and indulge their animal obsession with one of these ten handmade treasures!

Oriole Change Purse
By Bird vs. Bird Designs

Don’t forget your bird-loving friends and family this holiday! Help simplify and minimize their busy lives with Bird vs. Bird Designs’ earth-friendly change purses. Small enough to carry credit cards, cash, coins, and even earphones, these versatile change purses are made with recycled vinyl banner and sealed with velcro for a secure hold. Decorated with Bird vs. Bird Designs’ original artworks, each mini purse is uniquely handmade with birds and other animals.

 

Cat Portrait Stamp
By Big Baby Bakery

Keep any pet lover’s fond memory of their kitty with this handcrafted, embroidered felt portrait stamp from Big Baby Bakery! Ordinary pet portraits just don’t cut it sometimes for many pet lovers, so spice up their favorite cat portraits with these lovely and intricately detailed stamps. With many usage options, such as accessorizing or saving a spot in a book, Big Baby Bakery’s cat portrait stamps have many customizable options as well to create the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for cat lovers!

Recycled Milk Bone Cover Spiral Notebook
By Port Elizabeth Village

From note-taking to personal journal writing, Port Elizabeth Village’s Milk Bone cover spiral notebook is an excellent, multipurpose gift for doggy fanatics! Recycled with a Milk Bone dog biscuit treat package and loaded with blank white pages, this handy, eco-friendly notebook showcases any dog lover’s obsession with their furry friend.

Light Switch Plate Cover
By Art by Cale

Light switches can be an overlooked area when decorating homes, so present your pet loving friend, family member, or coworker with Art by Cale’s fun and ornamental light switch plate covers! Detailed with paw prints and embellished with felt, animal-shaped stickers, Art by Cale’s light switch covers are fabulous home decor presents for any pet lover. With a customizable option, Art by Cale can create a unique light switch cover that truly represents the pet lover you’re sending a gift to!

Pet Toy Hamper
By Diggity Dawg Designs

Pets are like children in many ways, especially when they leave their toys all over the house. With Diggity Dog’s colorful pet toy hamper, you can clean up your pet’s toys and never trip over them again! From polka dots to dog silhouettes, Diggity Dog’s hampers come in a wide range of designs to fit any home decor. Diggity Dog creates their hampers to allow small to large dogs get their squeaky and chew toys for themselves!

“BEWARE: Dog Can’t Hold Its Licker” Mini Sign
By Craft Creations

Instead of the usual “Beware” dog sign, playfully frighten your house guests with this amusing and quirky mini wood sign from Craft Creations! Engraved with laser letterings and threaded with a spiraling wire, Craft Creations makes with fancy wording and a ready-to-hang feature so that pet lovers can hang them right away. Perfect for entryways and welcoming front door signs, Craft Creations’ vintage-inspired, wooden signs can be placed anywhere for a simple yet fetching decoration.

Key Chain Lipstick or Chapstick Holder
By Unique Favors

Sometimes, a gal just needs to bring her favorite gloss, chapstick or lipstick with her for a mid-day touch-up! With Unique Favors’ customizable holders, present your pet lover with a useful and incomparable gift. Unique Favors’ handmade lipstick holders can also hold USB flash drives as well for a versatile gift for any pet lover. Each purchase comes with a free chapstick from Unique Favors!

Gladdy Paddy Pet Quilt
By Lindy Lou 4 U

Tired of your dog covering sofas, floors, and beds with their loose hairs? Create a special, personalized quilt for your dog with Lindy Lou 4 U’s Gladdy Paddy pet quilt! Made with scraps of shabby chic fabrics, the Gladdy Paddy doubles as a down-to-earth home decor item that protects furniture and carpet from loose pet fur.

Horse Lovers’ Gift Bag
By Ride Free Equine Massage

Present a loaded gift bag with horse-friendly items to any horse-obsessed fanatic with Ride Free Equine Massage’s horse lovers’ gift bag! Brimming to the top with various horse treat samples and Ride Free Equine Massage’s own bit warmers, these generously packaged gift bags will make every horse lover’s horse trot with glee.

Set of 12 Paws and Doggy Bones Thank You Cards
By DB Custom Creations

Build a stationary collection for the dog lover in your life with DB Custom Creations’ thank you cards! Covered with adorable black pawprints and white doggy bones, these thank you cards will always display a love for dogs, no matter where they’re sent. With a simple “many thanks” message on the inside, dog lovers can personalize their thank you cards with custom messages to each recipient!

Equipped with holiday gift ideas for pet lovers, you can make their eyes twinkle with holiday joy with these original creations. With the top ten best holiday, pet-lover gifts at your fingertips, you can now shop and celebrate the holidays without the worries and stress that come with finding the perfect gifts for the special people in your life.

Written by Emily Nguyen, a freelance writer and core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.