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The Best Pet Holiday Gift Guide For Maryland Pet Parents
It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is here! If you’re wondering what to get for the pet parents on your list, look no further. We’ve put together a list of our local Bel Air area favorites, so you can find the perfect present for your pet-loving pals.
But don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten those adorable fur babies! You’ll be able to find gifts for the pets in your life in this guide as well. We’ve made sure to provide ideas for every pet and pet lover on your list.
If you prefer to shop from your couch, we have included Maryland shops that also offer an online shop to make your holiday shopping more convenient. Keep reading so you can get inspired, support local businesses, and get in the holiday spirit!
Every pet is picture-perfect. Why not do something a little different and commission a pet portrait for your favorite pet parent?
Wagging Tail Portraits- A custom art piece from Wagging Tails will become a treasured item by any pet-loving recipient. They capture the likeness and the personality of the pet they are painting on everything from an art canvas to teacups! In addition to custom-painted items, you can also purchase gift cards, so the person on your list can choose their own item. You don’t have to make the trip to Woodbine to get your shopping done. Wagging Tails allows you to upload a photo so you can shop online.
Best of all, the founding artist, Sherry Kendall, donates a portion of her proceeds each year to animal rescue groups and nonprofits.
StinkDog Photos- A beautiful art print from StinkDog photography is the perfect gift to grace the wall of a pet lover. Deanna, the owner and founder of StinkDog, specializes in dog photography, but she is also happy to photograph cats. You can also purchase a gift card for the person on your list to use for a session so they can be included in the pictures with their fur babies.
Deanna also uses her photography talent to photograph homeless animals across the country and help generate publicity for rescue groups and animal charities.
Pet and Pet Parent Apparel and Accessories
Animal lovers aren’t afraid to show it. A t-shirt or pendant that celebrates their love of pets is a fun and easy way to please a pet parent.
Kara's K-9 Waffle Treats- This local shop in Forest Hill, Maryland is the perfect destination for some festive holiday shopping. They have adorable human and dog apparel, gorgeous wreaths, dog themed decor, and of course, delicious, all-natural waffle treats that make the perfect stocking stuffers for your pooch! Kara, the founder, is a surgical veterinary technician, so you can rest assured knowing that your dog is only consuming the best, vet-approved ingredients.
Beltway Merch- You may have seen this Baltimore-based business at festivals and farmer’s markets throughout Maryland. They have a huge selection of accessories for pets and people who want to show their love for Maryland. You don’t have to wait for the next big event to pick up a gift for a special pet or person. You can order from their website or pick something up at Kara's K-9 Waffle Treats. Beltway Merch has belts, hair accessories, dog collars, cat collars, pet bow ties, leashes, and more. Surprise your special person and pet with a matching ensemble that screams Maryland, like the Edgar Allen Poe design that comes as a belt, a collar, and a leash.
The Pink Silhouette- Stop into this sweet boutique, or hop onto the Pink Boutique website to find the perfect gift for the brunch-loving pet mom on your list. Many of the items sold by the Pink Boutique use a portion of their proceeds to help support an important cause. They carry shirts by Puppie Love, which donates 10% of its proceeds to dog shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. For the cat person, there are shirts by Kittie Kittie, which uses 10% of its proceeds to support cat rescue. If casual jewelry is what you’re looking for, check out the Pink Boutique’s selection of Best Buddy bracelets, which also donates 10% of proceeds to animal shelters.
To Wag For- To Wag For isn’t just a groomer. They also have a pet boutique attached. Get your pet a personalized collar with a matching leash or a spiffy new bandana. At the moment, you need to visit them in person at their location in downtown Bel Air, but they are updating their website and should have their gift shop up and running soon!
Ornaments, Glassware, and Home Goods
Personalized ornaments that can be enjoyed year-round, fancy pet dishes, and homemade pet soap are all fun items that pet lovers can’t get enough of. Surprise them with something unexpected that you know they would love but never get for themselves.
The Lone Peach- Our focus is local, but don’t forget our local e-merchants! The owner of this online Etsy shop is based in Aberdeen, Maryland. The Lone Peach Etsy shop is full of fun mugs and tumblers, including things that pet parents will love! Order a custom mug featuring the gift recipient’s pet. Or get them a mug that announces they’re a stay-at-home dog mom. Looking for a mug for a special dog dad? If you can’t find one, you can custom order a mug for the dog dads in your life.
Curious Cat Arts- Shopping for cat lovers can be a little more challenging than finding gifts for dog people. The Curious Cat Arts Etsy Shop won’t let you down. They have gifts for cats and the people that serve them. For the felines, you can get handmade kicker toys, custom ceramic food and water dishes, and fun feather toss toys. For their people, they have an assortment of custom picture frames, cat calendars, and paw-print ornaments. Don’t feel guilty about staying on your couch to shop. Curious Cat Arts is based in Bel Air, Maryland!
The Mill- Don’t rule out farm supply stores when it comes to great gifts for pet lovers. Hop onto The Mill’s website and find the ornament section. You can order an ornament custom painted by local artist W.W Hoffert. Fill out the form, and submit the pet’s picture online to get a beautiful one-of-a-kind ornament. The Mill also features a line of candles especially designed for the homes of pet owners, which includes a memorial candle for pets that may have passed recently.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed this season! Use our guide to help navigate gift giving for the special pet parent in your life. Not only will you find the perfect present, but you’ll also be helping keep unique and local small businesses afloat!
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