Gifts for Animal-Lovin’ Teenagers

December 13, 2013    |    By +
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Animals quickly become like family to us (as anyone with a furry friend can attest). And we have a lot of fuzzy family members: there are 83.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats living as pets in the United States, according to the Humane Society. Teens seem particularly prone to loving pets and animals. Some ride horses or volunteer at animal shelters, while others dream of becoming a veternarian or a marine biologist. Even without a family pet around, we can still be inspired by the animal kingdom; after all, classic prints like leopard and zebra have long been a favorite of young and old alike (no safari necessary). So as you make your holiday shopping list for a teenager you know, keep these animal-lovin’ gift ideas in mind.

From pet-glo to propaganda, pop art to Andy Warhol-esque, these fun Personalized Pet Portraits (prices start at $120) are sure to be a hit. Simply send in a photograph of the pooch, choose the style, size and material of the portrait, and wait for yourmasterpiece to be delivered straight to your door.


Put empowerment in your favorite teen’s hands with a gift to help end animal cruelty and offer protection and sanctuary. A charity donation ($10 minimum) can be made to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or the Performing Animal Welfare Society to help provide a voice for the voiceless.



How cool would it be to have a tiny ocean in your teen’s room? A mini marine ecosystem ($34.95) would be a great gift for the type of kid who enjoys all things Jacques Cousteau-esque. These cute throw pillows ($42.46 each) are inspired by “hot dog” and would also look great in a teen’s room.



Your teen is probably on the computer anyway, so why not add a little fun and flair with a pink Dalmatian Keyboard Cover ($24.95)? Made from ultra-thin silicone, it offers individually molded keys, printed QWERTY symbols, and even a see-through area for the caps lock light. It protects and enhances any Apple Mac Book, Mac Book Air 13 or Mac Book Pro (unibody) notebook computer.



Lastly, we chose a cozy gift for fans of felines. She will enjoy hanging out in a comfy kitty-motif sweater ($21.98), shown in the vintage lavender hue.



Visit for more gift ideas for teens, and holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Jennifer Glatt is a copywriter based in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she is more likely to build sand castles than snowmen this time of year. Her dream gift is a long weekend in New York City to go sledding in Central Park.

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