Our pets are more than just pets; they are our best friends, constant companions, and instant mood-lifters. Many pet parents proclaim their love for their four-legged friends by making them their cell phone background, placing a bumper sticker on their car, or even getting a tattoo, but we’ve found some other creative ways to celebrate your pet, and they make great gifts, too! If you’re artistic, you could even try making some of these creative projects at home!
1. Personalized Pet Paintings
What could be better than a custom artwork featuring your favorite furball? Artist Nicole Momaney works from photos to create unique and beautiful paintings that have caught the attention of Apartment Therapy and other media outlets. “Paying homage to our loyal sidekicks in life through a painting makes for a very special gift that is sure to be treasured,” Nicole says. Her paintings start at $150 a piece, and that’s not bad for a lovely piece of pet art that will last a lifetime. Head over to her Painted Pet Menagerie Facebook page to see more of Nicole’s paintings and request one of your own.
2. Professional Pet Photos
We all snap photos of our pets on our phones, but there’s nothing quite like a pet portrait by a professional who knows how to bring out the best in your buddy. Kim Rodgers from Bark Pet Photography has gained plenty of praise for her charming pet photographs — everyone from The Wall Street Journal to People Magazine has taken notice. “Professional pet photos are more than just capturing a moment in time,” Kim says. “They capture a bond between two species.” Photos start at $450 for a touched-up, color-corrected set of 25, plus an online proofing gallery of 50-100 images.
3. Paw-Tastic Paw Prints
Welcoming a new pet into the family, celebrating a pet’s birthday, honoring a pet’s achievement, or looking for a way to preserve happy memories? ClayPaws® Print kits make it easy to create lasting keepsakes of your pet’s paw prints. All of the kits contain a non-toxic modeling compound, a storage bag, and directions, and most also include ribbons and charms for decoration. “Like a child’s handprint, each ClayPaws® print captures the unique markings of a pet’s paw,” says Laurel Lagoni, co-owner and Director of Resources and Development. “A ClayPaws® print preserves the memories of special times shared with a pet.” Kits start at $12, and you can buy them at the Veterinary Wisdom website.
4. Pretty Pet Pendants
We all wear our love for our pets on our sleeves, but you can also wear it around your neck or wrist with personalized jewelry, like that available at the StampedUnderTheMoon Etsy shop. Each custom pet piece has a hand-stamped paw print plus your pet’s name. You can even get multiples names if you have multiple pets — the more the merrier! “The unconditional love your pet has for you is like no other,” says Cisco Cosgrove, owner of StampedUnderTheMoon. “A personalized necklace helps you celebrate your pet and show the world that you love them just as much.” Necklaces start at around $38.
PetPlus is another creative way to celebrate your pet — members get savings on vet visits, medications, boarding, and more! Check it out at PetPlus.com.