Finding unique gifts can present a challenge, and most people never consider giving pet-related gifts.
Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that your recipient will treasure?
Here are five great gift ideas to get you started:
1. Fine Art Animal Prints
Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all its own.
One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed.
One of the most notable artists offering fine art animal prints is Lorena Pugh.
Her print, "Princess," for example, depicts a white toy poodle laying atop a stack of twelve colorful pillows, while "Angel Face" showcases a gorgeous pug who has just snagged a cluster of grapes off of a dining room table.
In "Chocolate Craving," she realistically captures the yearning of a chocolate lab as he reaches for a tennis ball against a beautiful background of blue sky.
These limited edition animal prints are sure to be treasured, as each comes with a consecutively numbered dog tag to match the tag in the print.
2. Stone Animal Statues
Who wouldn't love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet?
While some statues - like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund - make you feel warm inside, others - like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird - make you chuckle.
3. Crystal Animal Statues
Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue.
Typically made from 24 percent lead crystal, hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical.
Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets, from a sitting cat to a dog with a bone; from a turtle to a frog; from a horse to a mouse; and from a duck to a dove.
When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there's nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment.
There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds.
Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your recipient's dog or cat.
Your friend or loved one can play the DVD or video while he or she is at work or out running errands - guilt free!
5. Animal Posters
If you've ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be.
Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations
(remember the cat in "Hang in There"?), and are eminently affordable.
An animal poster is sure to bring a smile to your recipient's face.
It's both original and thoughtful to give a gift that acknowledges your recipient's pet as a central part of his or her life.
Pet lovers will appreciate and treasure your gift, whether it's a fine art animal print or an entertaining DVD.