The 15 Best Gifts for Animal Lovers in 2020

Spoil your friends and their pets rotten with these awesome gifts

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Our Top Picks
"This beast of a vacuum has pet-specific cleaning tools to conquer pet hair on everything from bare floors to plush carpets."
"A food and toy subscription service with a mission, RescueBox donates food to shelter animals in need with every purchase."
"Our plant-derived, rinse-free formula cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes your pet’s coat and skin."
"With this kit, animal lovers can symbolically "adopt" an endangered animal to support the World Wildlife Fund's work."
"This color-coordinated set is sure to put a smile on both you and your pooch."
"Its transparent design allows for unobstructed views of your favorite local birds."
"A gift that they'll cherish forever, these custom-made portraits are realistic and high quality."
"Both a home for your fish and an eye-catching wall piece, this hanging bowl attaches to any wall with a single screw."
"Our enzyme-activated formula makes easy work out of tough stains by breaking down the odor-causing proteins."
"Because it’s all natural, there’s little to worry about should your pet lick it off."

It goes without saying that animal lovers spoil their pets all year long, but what about themselves? That's where you come in. We've researched a variety of different gift ideas for all sorts of animal lovers, so you can find the best pick for your loved one.

Read on for our top picks:

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

Whether you’ve got cats, dogs, or any other furry animal, your floor (and furniture!) is probably covered in fur. The super-suction Dyson Ball Animal 2 Pet Vacuum Cleaner solves this issue.

At 17.5 pounds, this vacuum is easy to maneuver around curves and various types of flooring, and it comes with a tangle-free turbine tool that powerfully removes pet hair from stubborn carpets, and a reaching wand for stairs, furniture, and your car. It’s easy to haul around, and you can quickly switch between the combination and stair tools. Once you're done, you can empty the 0.3-gallon bin with the push of a button.

"We were continually impressed at how much pet hair it managed to remove from various surfaces—even seemingly clean carpets yielded huge amounts of debris!"—Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester

RescueBox Subscription

Pet subscription boxes are a convenient way to get necessities delivered straight to your door on a monthly basis. RescueBox takes this premise a step further, providing you with a premium selection of goodies while also giving to shelter animals in need—a win-win for all.

How it works: select the type of pet you're shopping for (they offer customized boxes for small, medium, and large-sized dogs, along with cats), complete your subscription, and expect to receive a hand-selected box filled with toys, treats, and chews every month. Each box has its own unique theme that will delight pets of all ages.

The Spruce Waterless Pet Wash in Fresh

Whether your cat has a water phobia or your dog has mobility issues, bath time can be a struggle. Our plant-derived, rinse-free formula simplifies this process, cleaning and conditioning your pet’s coat and skin with minimal effort.

To use, spray a generous amount of wash onto your pet’s hair or fur, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe it off with a soft cloth. Unlike many other washes, which often contain harsh chemicals and cleaning agents, our sulfate-, paraben- and dye-free formula won’t leave them feeling itchy or dry.

WWF Symbolic Adoption Kit

Not all animal lovers have pets of their own—and if that's the case, a Symbolic Adoption Kit from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) makes for a great gift.

Instead of adopting an actual animal, your friend or loved one will receive a stuffed plush, along with an adoption certificate and species card. Options for animals include an Amur tiger, emperor penguin, and polar bear, and every purchase supports WWF's efforts to protect endangered animals worldwide. If you're unsure of which animal to pick, you can also opt for a gift card.

Wild One Harness Walk Kit

Both dogs and their owners will love strutting their stuff in this Instagram-worthy walk set, which includes a color-coordinated harness, leash, and poop bag carrier. Available in a variety of unexpected hues (including coral red, blush, navy, and tan), this set is sure to put a smile on your face.

Besides being easy on the eyes, the piece is also incredibly functional. The harness is made of a stretch poly for extra flexibility and comfort and has three convenient leash attachment points. And, rather than the usual nylon rope, the leash itself has coated a flex poly, which resists both dirt and odor on even the rainiest days. We're sold!

Nature's Hangout Window Bird Feeder

For the bird lover in your life, opt for this unique transparent feeder. Kids, pets, and adults will all love getting up close and personal with their favorite local birds. At 12 inches in length, it's large enough for multiple birds to feed at once, and the rubber edging on the lip of the seed tray allows them to perch comfortably.

Mounting is simple—the feeder comes equipped with suction cups so it’s easy to remove, refill, and clean. The company includes three extra suction cups for replacement after longer-term use. Another perk: due to its window placement and well-protected design, this feeder is nearly impossible for squirrels to use for quick snacks. 

RomaLena Pet Custom Portrait

A custom pet portrait is a truly special gift that your loved one will cherish for years to come. Whether they're mourning the loss of a pet or just looking for a more unexpected decoration, these realistic watercolor paintings will make a great addition to their home.

Hand-painted by Roma Lena—a Bulgarian artist with more than 15 years of experience under her belt—these paintings are available in nine different sizes, from a desk-friendly 8x10 inches to larger pieces better suited for living rooms. Simply send her a few, well-lit frontal pictures of the pet, and she'll have the painting shipped to your door in about two weeks. We would recommend ordering it sooner rather than later, in case of any unexpected delays.

Outgeek Fish Bubble Wall Hanging Bowl

The Bubble Wall Hanging Fish Bowl by Outgeek is not only a home for your floating friend but also a funky, unexpected decoration. The acrylic bowl attaches to any wall with a single screw, but mounting to a stud will ensure a secure fit and no water spillage or breakage. Add in a few toys for your fish—and a plant for you—to add a fun, natural touch to your space. The bowl measures 9 inches by 4 inches, so it's best suited for smaller fish like Bettas or guppies.

The Spruce Stain and Odor Remover in Fresh

Keeping your carpet in top condition is no easy feat. If you have cats, dogs, bunnies, or any other furry friends running about, things get even harder. That’s where The Spruce Stain & Odor Remover comes in. Our plant-derived, enzyme-activated formula tackles tough stains like urine, feces, and vomit by breaking down the organic proteins that lead to odors. Just shake the bottle, spray liberally on any stains in sight, let it sit for up to 15 minutes, and then scrub with a clean cloth. 

Thanks to the Fresh scent (neroli, apple, and orchid), your carpet will be back to normal in no time. Best of all, since our formula eliminates odors down to a molecular level, it discourages your pet from soiling the same spot, making upkeep much easier.

Paw Nectar Organic Paw Wax

Cold weather can often leave animals' paws, noses, and skin chapped. This all-natural balm is a proven way to help heal and moisturize these sensitive areas. It contains an all-natural blend of coconut, avocado and lavender oils, shea and cocoa butter, vitamin E, soy and rosemary seed extract in a plant-sourced botanical wax. Slather it on your animal’s paws to treat dry, cracked, chaffed, chapped, or damaged footpads. You might even want to try it for yourself!

National Geographic The Photo Ark

Animal lovers and their guests will love this vibrant coffee table book, which documents the work of conservationist Joel Sartore. Over the course of 25 years, Sartore has made it his mission to capture the images of every species held in captivity. With an emphasis on endangered animals, he hopes to encourage activism in readers through increasing awareness of the situation at hand.

The book includes striking images of animals like the white rhino, a two-headed turtle, and more, with a strong emphasis on juxtaposition and the interconnectivity of nature. It's a great way to experience the beauty of the natural world—all from the comfort of your home.

Marshall Pet Products Hide-N-Sleep Alligator Ferret Hideaway

Ferrets are notorious for climbing into and out of the smallest spaces and tunneling their way to seclusion. Rather than losing them in your house, get them the Hide-N-Sleep Alligator Ferret Hideaway by Marshall Pet Products. This adorable creature’s mouth opens up to a perfect hiding place for your ferret to burrow in. The alligator is made from soft fabric (hand-wash only) and has a bell inside for an added surprise for your little gal or guy. It’s large enough to fit a few ferrets, in case you’ve got multiples cruising around. The toy is 21 inches long.

KONG H2O Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle

If you're going on a long walk, hike, or drive with your pet, water is essential. But it's not always ideal to bring along their usual water bowl. That's where this bottle comes in: specifically designed with dogs in mind, it has a wide lid that you can use to pour water into. The bottle itself is made of food-grade stainless steel, which will keep liquids nice and cool for your outing. It comes in two sizes (9.5 ounces and 25 ounces) and five bright and environmentally friendly colors.

And for added convenience, it also fits the standard car, stroller, and bike cup holders—so you won't have to worry about any spilling while out with your pet.

Niteangel Natural Living Mat House

If you’ve got hamsters, rats, or mice, a playground system is ideal for exercise and entertainment. If the bright colored contraptions are too harsh for your environment, opt for the Niteangel Natural Living Mat House, which uses a variety of wood to create a calming play space.

The two-story structure is ideal for small animals and offers pets a new, all-natural setting to explore. It includes tunnels, two stories, two living spaces, and three bridges for endless exploration. 

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