Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Still need gifts ideas for valentine’s day for your human companions? Or perhaps for your dog? I compiled a few interesting and different gift ideas for both below.

Human gift ideas:

1. Build a Bear stuffed animals
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You can now record a personalized message into those voice boxes they put into their stuffed animals. So your stuffed toy can say “I love you!” in your voice every time you squeeze its paw. A personalized message is $8.00. Along with this they offer lots of pink, heart motif, and other animals (and outfits) to choose from. You can find their Valentine’s shop here, where you can buy a premade animal with clothes or purchase any of the items separately.

Love You Huggable Hearts Puppy – $44.50
(Build A Bear)

Not only does this Dalmatian have heart shaped spots but choosing this offer gets you the clothes and shoes as well. Just look at its I *paw shaped heart* you pillow…

Wild About You Bananas Monkey – $47.00
(Build A Bear)

While this is their basic monkey, and you can get a Valentine’s one, it comes in an adorable tux with shoes and a stuffed rose bouquet.

2. A Custom Pillow of your Pet from Broderpress

You submit a photo of your pet to be placed onto a pillow in black and white, which is shaped just like your pet. See a couple examples below for a better representation:



Your photos are submitted through their Etsy store here, and the cost is $80. I like the whimsical effect, especially with pets in odd perspective like this:

Checking out the Broderpress Etsy store offers lots of other pillow options as well.

3. Gloves

Gloves may not usually be that interesting but on Etsy you can buy unique gloves that have different dog or animal silhouettes on them. Talkingloves features lambswool blend gloves with handcrafted images added to suit your tastes.

Sitting dog silhouette with bone – $36


Dachshund gloves – $36


4. Miximals
Repurposing old magazines and junk mail into custom designs of your pets Kimberly Thompson Panay will create a pet portrait just for you for $120. You can also see more of her whimsical artwork here.

Here are a couple examples:

(Pet Portraits)

5. Custom Pet Necklace

Of course you could buy any dog or animal necklace out there, but the following two options are very unique!

Custom painted rock pet necklace pendant

For $60 Rock Artiste will paint a rock pendant from a photo of your dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig, horse, or alpaca. These may be all the animals they have done, or the only ones they are good painting, but it is a fairly inclusive list. Pendants come on a leather cord with claw clasp closure.

Custom nose print necklace
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Cannot get enough of your dog or cats adorable nose? Then get a necklace made of your pet’s nose so you always have it with you! This would be a very unique and personal piece of jewelry. To make the pendant a nontoxic molding kit with instructions is mailed to your home so you can take a mold of your pet’s nose. Then you ship that back to the artist Kaleen Wolfe who creates a pendant for you from that mold. Each one is different and unique to your pet! Your pet’s name is also engraved on the back. Given the nature of the service, this costs $210.

Dog gift ideas:

1. Night camp at Petsmart with a special Valentine’s Day price:
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If your dog cannot stay home alone, or you want them to have a special day too you can utilize this option from Petsmart locations with pet sitting and/or boarding options. Please see the fine print about the requirements for your pet’s health, click here for more info.

You also get this cookie for your dog, which can be purchased this month for $3 as an extra treat for your dog during day or night stays at Petsmart.
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2. Pet Expressions grooming from Petsmart
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For a little extra you can get your pet groomed with some color or fur designs! This is completely safe for your dog, but can only be done after 12 weeks of age. In some areas, especially in CA this is not allowed so make sure it is available in your area first. Colors (and talent) will vary by location. Find out more here. Chalking adds color to fur starting at $2, stenciling adds chalk color in a specific design starting at $4, and feathering adds a little extra feather to the coat starting at $10.

A few more examples:

(Petsmart Pinterest)



3. A cute outfit:

Is the idea of grooming your pet for the occasion a bit much? How about just sporting an outfit then? There are many options out there varying from heart prints to more subdued items which are simply pink or red. Above is the Wag-a-Tude red ruffle dress currently on sale for $13.45 at Petco.

Or what about this sweet lady dog sweater from Puplife?
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If that is a bit too much Puplife has an amazing selection of collars, leashes, and harnesses in Valentine’s colors (and many that are not if that is more your style).

Don’t let your masucline dog feel left out! This Full of Heart’s hoodie is available from Poochieheaven:


4. Treats!
What dog would not be excited for treats? There are probably heart shaped treats at your local big pet store. You could also just give a favorite treat instead, because really the shape is only special to you.

If you want a little something more exciting for your dog try these cake pops from Poochieheaven:
($32.99 for a box of 4)

Or this heart shaped box of dog treats:

5. Toys
Once again, like treats, dogs love toys. The shape also doesn’t matter, but if you are looking for something special take a look at these:

Plush Valentine’s hearts in a heart shaped box from pampered dog gifts:
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Stuffed mock credit card toys in 4 different varieties from Calling All Dogs:
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($11.50 each)

Kong toys are amazing! Hide some peanut butter or other paste inside and your dog is instantly interested. They also hold up well to chewing and are easy to find at your local pet store. Online at Petsmart from $6.99 on up depending on size/design.
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Has your dog ever played with a Jolly Egg? This egg shaped toy comes in 2 sizes and three colors. This hard toy is built to allow lots of chewing and chasing. The shape makes the toy hard to pin down and roll erratically. Dogs love trying to chase it down! Find it on Amazon for around $15.
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Good luck finding any gifts you may yet need!


Looking for Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts?

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So, Valentine’s Day is coming up and so I thought I would post some cute gift ideas:

1. has diamond jewelry on sale for Valentine’s Day. Not all of it is extremely expensive. Here are some cute animal necklaces:

Sterling Silver Black and White Diamond Penguin Pendant: $39.99

Sterling Silver Black and White Diamond Dog Pendant: $39.99

Sterling Silver Black and White Diamond Turtle Pendant: $39.99

Sterling Silver 1/3 CTTW Black and White Diamond Whale Pendant: $75.00

More ideas from Amazon:

A Big Kiss for you! Valentine’s Puppy Love Care Package Gift Box: $39.99

Precious Moments 9-Inch Plush Love Bird: $12.50

2. The Oriental Trading Company has a large selection of small toys and stuffed animals, at reasonable prices, if you want to buy things in lots to use for parties or to give to your kids or friends.

3. Build-a-Bear Workshop is featuring the Hearts Fur You Be Mine Dalmatian as a cute idea to make for someone or to take someone their to make themselves. The prices range from $26.50 to $33.00 online based on the accessories that come with the dog. The picture below is for the $33.00 one which comes with the leash and bed:

They also have an assortment of other stuffed animals with cute clothes like a red dress with hearts and a little tux to add a valentines touch to your gift.

4. has a large selection of Valentine’s gifts. Here are a couple of the cute ones:

You and Me Personalized Bear by Ty: $19.60

Deluxe Lucky in Love Bamboo: $39.98 — comes with stuffed panda, fortune cookies, and heart-shaped bamboo.

Just Sweethearts Book by Willow Creek Press: $15.95

Cute Christmas Gift Ideas

In seeing all the toy adds for the Holidays, I decided to put together a short list of adorable toys. I know I would have loved to play with these toys when I was little, and I still find them cute. Some of the cute “toys” I found are great for adults too.

1. Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners
While wandering around my local mall I happened upon a new toy store, which opened in an old KB Toy Store location, which now features more unusual toys. Prominently featured were these adorable little animal families:

This amazingly cute line of small animals features cats, rabbits, dogs, squirrels, and bears among other animals. They have homes, furniture, and various professions and situations which make the toys even more endering. For more information visit the Calico Critters website.

2. Playmobil
I had a number of different sets of playmobil toys when I was younger, and I absolutely loved them. I feel that this line of toys has a great varity of scenes and situations, sutable for both boys and girls. There are sets with animals, mythical creatures, doctors and hospitals, weddings, police officers, and many more.

To see more sets and to purchase these toys, see the playmobil website.

3. Littlest Pet Shop
I must admit, I liked these toys a lot better when I was younger — well, at least what they used to look like. They used to be life like, and now they have giant heads with disproportionate eyes. I do agree that these attributes are supposed to make the toys appear cute, I feel they followed the path of bratz dolls (which I find incredibility ugly). But after seeing some of my younger cousins playing with them, I understand their appeal. So they make my cute list:

4. Puppies In my Pocket
Again, another toy I used to play with that has been reinvented and rereleased. These too now have disproportionate heads and large eyes. I miss the realistic figures that these once were. However, the animals are still very cute and now they are fuzzy! If I could, I would collect these toys. I have one set – a family of rabbits, my mom gave it to me as an Easter present. I still have all my old puppies and horses from the first release of these toys. Maybe your kids will enjoy these fuzzy little guys as much as I enjoyed the old ones.

5. Zhu Zhu Pets
When I first saw these at a local Toys R Us, I did not think much of them. But they are one of the hottest and often hardest to find toys this Christmas season. Stores all over were putting limits on how many of these toys you could buy at a time, and the prices for them seem over inflated on ebay. Now that I really think about these toys, they are a wonderful alternative to a real hamster. A unique idea with all the charm of a hamster without the fear of it escaping into the house or dying within a week. Plus, they are expanding the line of accessories availble for these little guys, the habitats they fun around in, and more hammy styles.

6. Pillow Pets
These are both stuffed animals and pillows. I have seen these guys at mall kiosks and at Hallmark. Just a fun and cute idea available in a number of different animals and sizes.

7. Giant Microbes
Who knew that germs could be so cute? These might not be so kid appropriate, but they are great as a fun gift. They are a great conversation piece or can be a hilarious gift. With these cute little guys you can safely give swine flu, the regular flu, or even mad cow.

8.  Puchi Petites by Re-ment

These are tiny foods that come in a variety of different types and arrangements. They are incredibly life like, and great for dolls and doll houses. I found a website that sells these in collections as well as in individual sets. The collections offered show the variety of foods and include sets like: bread and butter, candy, doughnuts, European Grandmother’s dinner, and sushi. The company also makes tiny furnature and kitchen appliances. I simply love these little foods and things, they are so cute!

9. Penbo

I was looking around online when I happened to find the website for penbo, an interactive penguin toy that comes with a baby penguin. The mama penguin waddles around,  responds to touch and to her baby, and can play games.  I think they are both rather cute, but the baby ball of fluff is adorable.

1o. Giddyup N’ Go Pony

I saw a commerical for this toy and then happened to see a whole palate full of them at my local Meijer. I would have LOVED one of these as a kid. So much cooler than a simple rocking horse! As a child bounces up and down on the pony’s back it causes the pony’s legs to move and they can ride the toy around. Pressing the pony’s ears even makes different noises.

Horsey Christmas Gifts

Are you looking for a gift for a horse lover for Christmas? I recently discovered the backinthesaddle website, which offers a wide array of gifts for horse lovers of all ages. They offer horse related clothing, riding gear, toys, home decor, jewelry, and more.

Here are some examples:

Horse PJs: $19.95

Wine Glasses: $69.95

Breyer Andalusian Beautiful Breeds 2009 Ornament: $19.95

Horse of my Dreams Cameo Necklace: $129 and Ring: $139

A Horse is God’s Gift to Women Pendant: $14.99 and Ring: $8.99

Horse Antler Christmas Hat: $26.95 and Horse Santa Cap: $12.95

Monopoly Horse Lovers Edition: $29.95