I have spent my life surrounded by animals, from the exotic species I worked with at the San Diego Zoo, to the dogs I share my home with now. Thus, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on finding the perfect animal-themed gifts for my animal-loving friends and family.  Here are just a few of my favorites this year for the crazy animal lovers on your gift list:

For the kids (or the young at heart), board games and jigsaw puzzles are always a good choice:

Animal Trivia

Animal Puzzle

And these whimsical mice in decorative matchboxes, cigar boxes, and lunch boxes are too cute for words. I found this little circus mouse in a specialty boutique in my hometown, but the entire collection is available online:

Decorative Mice

Beanies are all the rage and this leopard print one is sure to delight the fashionistas on your holiday shopping list:

Beanie

For anyone concerned about animal conservation, these tees which support the protection of elephants in the wild are a must:

T-shirts

For the animal-loving men on your gift list, why not pick up some fun and functional socks or a silk neck tie:

Socks

Neck Tie

For the friend who has everything, how about a koala vase or hanging bat sculptures for the yard:

Vase

Hanging Sculpture

 

I love bird feeders and these are colorful works of art for any yard:

Bird Feeder

For the monkey lover who has everything, this lemur-themed dessert plate I found at Anthropologie is sure to make them smile. The collection also includes plates featuring parrots, tigers, and several dog breeds:

Dessert Plate

When is a mug featuring a cat wearing a hat not a good gift choice? And the box is a gift in itself:

Mug

I have the wool version of this pillow (and my collie loves it!), but this year the pillow is available in an indoor/outdoor material as well. Perfect for any dog lover

Pillow

It’s always been a tradition with one of my friend groups to exchange Christmas tree ornaments.  I’m thinking everyone is getting dinosaurs this year

Ornament

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com

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