A worldwide holiday gift guide for pet lovers? Seriously?
Emphatically, YES. If you don’t believe me, let me tell you why, and offer a fantastic range of suggestions for your pet family and friends at home and worldwide. These are gifts that stand a good chance of being under the tree at Christmas not languishing in customs.
This post is packed with tips, advice and gift recommendations for you to help you find a gift and make sure it arrives on time and to spotlight special sellers I know and love.
I am also looking for handmade dog and other pet gifts to expand the range of options available. Small business suggestions are welcome.
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Why Should I Start Thinking About Gifts Now?
Postage costs and shipping time.
The whole world sends gifts at Christmas and delivery services are under a lot of pressure. Organising your gifts early is vital. It keeps you one step ahead and in control. Wait for Amazon Prime Day if you must, but start planning and thinking about your gifts NOW.
NOTE: Changes to American USPS shipping charges means many countries suddenly increased their postage charges. If you want to send a gift you have made or created to a US cat friend, consider its size and weight.
What can I do to send my best online friend a gift if shipping is so expensive?
I have some really great gift options and none will have you tearing your hair out at the cost of shipping or wrapping paper. Scroll down for gift ideas, shopping tips and how to grab that last minute forgotten gift.
International Online Shopping
The premier online shopping sites such as Red Bubble or Etsy allow you to search by country so you can send a gift to a friend in a particular country or area and greatly reduce the shipping time.
This is great. Why? Because it reduces your worry and the gift will arrive without spending a month in Hong Kong or Brussels waiting in a freight depot. You are supporting a small business close to your friend’s or family’s home.
Buy Gifts Locally
This is great, if you can. Doing this helps keep your local economy going at a tough time. You help to keep a small seller in business.
Let me define local. This can be :
- Within your own country
- Town or village
- Country-based online sites
- A mile away at a local craft fair
Within Your Own Country
Each country has its own local artisan shopping sites as well as the big hitters like Amazon and Etsy. I suggest some here, and you will know others.
I will be adding more sellers from our worldwide friends as they are suggested.
Let me introduce some of the creatives I know and love online, and the venues they work from.
Red Bubble is the home of blogging creatives
Any worldwide holiday gift guide has to include Red Bubble. This is one of the companies at the front of POD (print on demand) merchandise and its products are manufactured around the world.
There are lots of gift options including notebooks, stickers, printed garments, greetings cards, clocks, and mugs.
I have ordered from Red Bubble and can confirm their quality. My items have been all well made.
TIP: Ordering takes time as each item is made to order. Plan ahead and try to order in October to beat the holiday rush.
Red Bubble Friends
Red Bubble is one of the most popular holiday gift guide destinations. This year people are saying thank you, from the heart, to friends and family worldwide. The choice of artists is immense but I focus on a few colleagues here, including my own Dash Kitten shop.
- Kamira Gayle – Kamira has a lot of good things to offer. She inspires with gorgeous quotes that all of us can relate to. Her Afrocentric range is vibrant and colourful, and the selection of pet bereavement products is so lovely. If you need a sensitive and thoughtful memorial offering during the holidays, start here.
- Athena Wise Kitty – Her phone cases, stickers and T-shirts are all fabulous so check her lively shop and her eloquent quotes speak to the animal lover’s soul! Our current mask came from Athena’s store and its great.
- Summer Samba – Summer has her own store with fabulous Purr Power stickers, a range of stunning cards and the most fantastic Tarot designs ever! There are also some Binga themed cards for fans of our much-loved tortie friend.
- Ryan Connors – new to me but wildly talented feline artist that you just HAVE to see. Check out her designs packed with humour and wit.
- Dash Kitten – Our own store has our Kuykendall award-winning photograph of Chenzou on a range of items, and New Zealand themed merchandise including cards and notebooks (my favourites).
Etsy Sellers Worldwide
No holiday gift guide is complete without a selection of handmade gifts from the world’s most popular handmade site.
- Eric’s Empawrium (UK) superb quality bandanas, cat kickers and a special bandana supporting the British NHS. As modelled by Melvyn at Bionic Basil.
- Kitty Cat Chronicles (USA) Fantastic crocheted cat toys and patterns. Great play items for you and your cat. [Check out their Adventure Cat challenge!]
- Jasmine’s Craft Cottage (UK) Pretty, quick-release British cat collars and floral kitty kickers to delight the eye. This page is included in our Pet Memorials post for the custom made figurines produced to order for the UK market.
- Circa19Whatever (USA) not strictly pet but if your friend loves vintage. Start here!
- Beaded Tail (USA) Well established on Etsy, Beaded Tail creates gorgeous beaded items and profits go to rescues. Look no further for the earrings and bracelets of your beaded dreams.
- CarmenbyJames (UK) Quirky range of animal sculptures including this Steampunk Dachshund, also a geometric dog and an owl figure.
- Unusual Frequency (Canada) A wealth of machine embroidered fantasy creatures from a Canadian creative. Cats, Unicorns and dragons that will take your breath away.
Hanukkah Special Gift Section
At the moment there are all from America. If you have a small business doing pet Hannukah gifts elsewhere please let me know.
Personal Sellers and Rescues
A selection of people and small companies worldwide. They sell via their web site or a Facebook page:
I have had one maker suggested to me and will add any more that are put forward.
- Connie Smith (USA) at Scripnipping is on Facebook. She creates zipped pouches and masks and fabric goods with a feline theme. She accepts Venmo and paypal and you can order via her page.
- Pampered Pets (USA) – an extravagant range of beautiful seasonal collars and hats for cats and dogs recommended by friend Valentine. Think Mardi Gras festive! A portion of their sales go to animal rescue.
- Vicky Denison (USA) has a gorgeous site including a large number of pet themes. Check her photos at the link then browse the site!
- Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands (UK) Rescuers of Maximus, whose story was covered worldwide. When he passed away, the work done in his name continued; including a rescue unit Maximus Meadows and the rescue’s fundraising shop online.
Subscription Boxes for Pet Lovers
New to my holiday gift guide for petlovers is the range of subscription boxes now available. These are inventive, packed with treats for you and your pet. I have linked to Amber’s review of Feline and Fiction and a sample of Mudpie’s unboxing on the October CatLady box.
Feline and Fiction (UK) The box of British cat book lover’s dreams. Each month includes delightful gifts and a cat themed book for you to read. You can check out her review Amber from of latest month’s box on Bionic Basil’s blog.
CatLady Subscription Box (USA) This famous gift box is very popular. Deservedly so, because the gifts that arrive each month are inventive, fun and high quality. Subscriptions for 1, 3 and 6 months are available. You will find a box review on Mudpie’s blog.
Squawk Box for Birds. Four size options for bird lovers with 4-6 items per box each month. The company also have Hamster and Bunny treat boxes.
Pawprints to Freedom (UK) £12 pet month. Vegan friendly dog treats in ecologically sound packaging. Monthly or bi-monthly subscription.
Health and Wellbeing for Pets Gifts
I was asked to add a range of healthy gifts to the holiday gift guide. If you know any reputable small businesses I can include, please recommend then in the comments for me to check out.
Check our review of the Come With Me Kitty Harness here.
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Worldwide Gifts on Amazon
You are less likely to find your friends and colleagues on Amazon unless they are authors. Many books now are published by smaller companies and within the thriving new world of self publishing. Our friend Carol Lowbeer and her cats Peaches and Paprika have their books online there.
Because I am a photo blogger I had to include selections of camera inspired items with this post which camera users will enjoy browsing through. I discovered that not very camera gift needs to be expensive! Check the Amazon ad further down.
There’s always a gift card!
If you are really not sure, then sellers like Amazon and Etsy give you the option to send a gift card.
Top Gift Idea for Aspiring Novelists
We discovered Jericho Writers and author Harry Bingham thanks to our friends Mark and Erin at Erin the Cat Princess. Jericho Writers is a serious but friendly business that guides and advises writers so that their work is the best it can be. They have a lively and informative free mailing list packed with tips that I am enjoying every week (no spammy stuff).
Harry’s book ‘How to Write a Novel‘ is the best you will find anywhere. Friendly and honest, it will guide you down the right path towards writing the novel you want.
Full membership of Jericho Writers is annual (or monthly) and includes courses to hone your skills, access to an annual literary festival and the services of serious editors (paid).
Finally, I am including some gift ideas just to get your mind working on what your friends or family might like. Some have a special link.
Gift Ideas for Photographers
Top tip – know the type of camera your giftee has.
- Camera shutter remote
- Lens hood
- Camera Strap
- Camers themed jewellery or tie pin
Gift Ideas for Readers
- Handmade bookmarks
- Personalised e-reader cover
- Book token for your local real book shop
Gift Ideas for Paper Lovers
- Unique and USA made Hammerpress, Kansas City has a Snail Mail Kit. Perfect for sending a note of encouragement or a thank you. Their work is proudly created in the USA. [I visited the shop while at BlogPaws® and the quality of the work is outstanding.]
- Handmade notebooks on Folksy UK
- Handmade notebook cover (dozens on Etsy).
What to do if you are Horribly Late With Your Gift Giving
Be honest. If you forgot, say so. These are challenging times and people are more likely to forgive. Especially if you end up sending them something they can use throughout 2021.
What is this miraculous gift?
But not just ANY Calendar. Make it a gorgeous one from a charity or breed close to their and your hearts.
This is the time of year that calendars start rolling out and I will add some of them here to the list. Feral cats, blind cats, cute puppies, specific condition fundraisers are all in desperate need of funding right now.
- Summer Samba the gorgeous Somali Cat in gracious form, and her separate (hilarious) Outtakes Calendar.
- Chirpy Cats will be publishing their annual fundraising calendar soon. I will update when it is available.
- Other calendars will be added here.
Make a Donation to a Charity
I am limiting recommendations to charities I know either from personal experience. All of these will value a donation.
- Place for Cats Foster Network (NYC)
- Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands (UK)
- Blind Cat Rescue (USA)
- More charities will be added.
Worldwide Holiday Gift Guide Buyer’s Top Tips
The world is, in many ways, a small place as good online sellers are consistent with the clarity of their labelling and shipping requirements and details.
- REMEMBER: Many sellers give potential delivery dates in good faith. Do not blame them is shipping and delivery services take longer, and count your blessings if things arrive early.
You should find all your questions answered clearly on a seller’s site/page or there should be an ‘ask me’ link for more specific questions.
Check what types of payment does seller accepts. Most will take Paypal, some (not all) use or have access to Venmo. Individual shops at sites such as Shopify take various credit cards.
Check your chosen seller’s shipping guidelines. It may cost a small amount more for a ‘courier’ or ‘faster’ option that guarantees your gift arrives quickly. [Here in New Zealand, the courier option is a popular one that guarantees fast service.]
Check the seller’s returns policy. Many will offer a money back guarantee. However, you may find items that are personalised, or made-to-order to specific requirements or products that deteriorate quickly (e.g. food), cannot be returned.
Worldwide Holiday Gift Guide Shopping Resources:
- Snapfish (Worldwide) Print on Demand cards, memory books, mugs and canvas prints of good quality. USA, Britain, New Zealand
- Etsy (Worldwide)
- Felt – New Zealand site specialising in uniquely New Zeland art and creative merchandise. If the seller has Paypal this is where you can have gifts sent to Australasia.
- Folksy – The perfect creative one stop shop for your friends in Britain, Scotland, Ireland and parts of Europe.
- *Caveat Emptor – (/??mpt??r/; from caveat, “may he beware”, a subjunctive form of cav?re, “to beware” + ?mptor, “buyer”) is Latin for “Let the buyer beware”.The phrase caveat emptor and its use as a disclaimer of warranties arise from the fact that buyers typically have less information than the seller about the good or service they are purchasing. This quality of the situation is known as ‘information asymmetry’. Defects in the good or service may be hidden from the buyer, and only known to the seller. Wikipedia