Sadie Holloway likes giving practical yet thoughtful gifts to loved ones. She enjoys hunting around for the best presents she can find.
Do you love animals? Do you have lots of friends who love animals too? These gift suggestions are ideal for people who love animals and want to support animal welfare by making ethical and humane gift purchases. Giving one of these gifts to the animal lover in your life can make life better for animals and humans alike!
Choose Presents That Are Cruelty-Free
These days it’s easy to find out which products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. You can read labels and check the brand's website. You can also get in touch with animal advocacy organizations and ask them if they have a list of trusted retailers and manufacturers who offer certified cruelty-free products.
If the person on your gift list is a conscientious fashionista, you are in luck. There are a wide variety of animal-friendly gifts and accessories that are made from synthetic materials rather than fur or leather or reptile skin. Look for jackets, coats, and blankets that are made with artificial insulation rather than duck or goose down.
Plant-based beauty products that haven’t been tested on animals are also popular gift ideas for people committed to animal safety and welfare. Some brands are not only cruelty-free and not tested on animals, but they are made without using any animal by-products. They are 100% vegan and don't contain any animal-derived ingredients such as oils, fats, fish scales, or other products. (Did you know that many cosmetics use crushed fish scales to give their make-up a shiny shimmer?)
Vegan soaps, lotions and cosmetics are pretty and practical presents for people who love animals. One of the best ways to ensure your spa product is cruelty free is to make it yourself. You can find recipes for homemade vegans soaps online. The recipient will appreciate the care you put into making something special just for her.
Buy Tickets to See an Animal Advocacy Speaker or Attend Animal Documentary Screenings
With enough advanced planning, you may be able to get tickets to see a world-renowned environmentalist, wildlife expert, or animal rights activist giving a talk or presentation.
Alternatively, you could find out if there are any documentary film screenings coming up that would appeal to animal lovers. For example, there's a film called Kedi that documents the unique place that street cats hold in the hearts of residents of Istanbul, Turkey. The documentary is sometimes screened at international film festivals in large cities, so check your newspaper's arts and culture listings to see if this or a similar documentary is showing near you.
Support Animals Recovering From Illness and Injury
Instead of a material gift, you could give a donation in someone’s name to an animal rehabilitation center or wildlife sanctuary. Taking care of injured, orphaned, and abandoned animals can be expensive. Many of these organizations operate on a shoestring budget, using volunteers and donated supplies. Cash donations help the organization cover their overhead expenses such as heat and electricity, veterinary supplies, and specialized diets for wild animals who don't and shouldn't eat domesticated animal food. Don’t forget sanctuaries that care for reptiles and other exotic animals abandoned by people who can’t take care of them.
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Donate Pet Food to Animal Shelters and Social Service Agencies
Non-profit animal shelters can always use pet food donations to help them keep costs down. Consider making a donation of pet food in your friend's name to a favorite animal charity.
Help keep pet families together. Seniors on fixed incomes, people living in homeless shelters or families receiving social assistance shouldn't have to give up the comforts of their animal companions when facing financial problems. If you want to support animals, consider helping people who are struggling financially to feed and provide for their pets. Some food banks, social service agencies, and shelters accept donations of pet food to give to their clients who are caring for a cat or dog. Before you make a donation, call the agency beforehand to ensure they have the capacity to receive and then distribute your pet food donation to its service-users.
Give a Subscription to a Monthly Gift Box for Cat or Dog Guardians
Monthly surprise gift boxes packed with samples, deluxe specialty items, and trendy must-haves are gaining in popularity. Well, now pet owners have a wide variety of these gift boxes to choose from for their furry friends too. Barkbox and Meowbox are just two such options. After all, sometimes the best gift for someone who loves animals is to give them something that lets them spoil their fur-babies!
Plan an Eco-Friendly Vacation That Supports Wildlife Rehabilitation
If you have a bigger than average budget for your gift, you might want to consider giving your friend a trip that involves helping endangered animals in another part of the world. Can you imagine how much your animal-loving friend would enjoy an all-expenses trip to Costa Rica to visit an animal sanctuary?
© 2017 Sadie Holloway
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2017:
I absolutely love your suggestions. In the past we have made donations to charities as gifts to people we know. I think that they really appreciated the thought and meaning that went behind it.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2017:
Thanks for sharing the good ideas. I've never heard of a monthly gift box for pets before. A subscription sounds like a great present for a pet owner.