Many kids love animals and enjoy learning about and playing with them. If you are searching for creature-themed gifts for the kids in your life, here are 25 of the best gifts for kids who love animals!
Like a lot of kids, mine love animals. We have a dog and a cat, but that doesn’t stop them from pleading for a rabbit, a guinea pig, and a big hairy spider too (eeewwwww 😲)!
I love keeping that in the back of my mind whenever I am searching for gifts for them (holidays, birthdays, special occasions, etc) because you just never know what you might find.
If you are shopping for gifts for kids who love animals, this list is for you! It is a carefully curated list of ideas that your child will love all year long and for any occasion.
Everything on the list is something we already have and love or something they have been begging for.
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What makes great gifts for kids who love animals?
To put it simply, kids who love animals will love anything animal-related! True animal-lovers want to include animals in every aspect of their lives from books to toys to backpacks and more.
That’s why I created this carefully curated list of gift ideas!
Best Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
If you’re wondering what to get a kid who loves animals, then you are right where you need to be! I put together this list of 25 animal-inspired gifts from items that my kids have enjoyed or have been
pestering me begging for.
I hope it gives you ideas that will thrill any child who loves animals!
Don’t forget to check out gift ideas for dragon-lovers, unicorn-lovers, and dinosaur-lovers too!
1. Animal Sheet set (llamas, etc)
I love these cute sheet sets! They have lots of different animal options such as mermaids, dinos and zoo animals. You can also find sheet sets for other animal favorites like owls, llamas, and more!
2. Animal Chair Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
These animal chairs are so much fun, and so comfy for a snuggly day reading a book. This is a hot animal-inspired gift idea, and you can find them in so many different animal varieties!
3. Animal Pajamas
There really is no better present for animal lovers than a set of pajamas with their favorite animal printed on them! I have always loved these Carter pajama sets because they are great for both cool weather and warm weather.
Or, you can take it up a notch and give your little animal lover a full animal pajama suit! These are perfect for cold weather!
4. Animal Travel Pillow Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
Like to travel? Take along your child’s favorite animal in pillow form! Not only are these travel pillows adorable, but they are practical – I huge bonus for a gift idea!
5. Animal Wall Calendar
What better way to appeal to a young animal lover than by having animals on their wall? Kids love calendars because they give kids a sense of connectedness to what’s going on around them.
Combine a calendar with animals to get a real (cheap) winner!
6. Zoo Membership Experiential Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
I love experiential gifts over material ones any day, and this gift idea for little animal lovers knocks it out of the park. Kids love seeing how animals behave in a natural environment. Give them the gift of a local zoo membership and go see those animals frolic and interact!
7. Animal (cat, etc) Necklace
Here’s a way to take a child’s love of animals with them everywhere: animal jewelry! A necklace or maybe a bracelet depicting your child’s favorite animal is an excellent gift idea for kid animal lovers.
I don’t recommend anything too expensive – they ARE still kids. But these ideas are great because they are simple, beautiful, and inexpensive.
8. Animal Hooded Towel
Is there anything more adorable than a baby or toddler wrapped up in an animal hooded towel after a bath! Whether your little cutie has a lion mane, shark teeth, or puppy dog ears, they are seriously eat-you-up cute!
9. Animal Headband
Encourage pretend play with animal headbands! This set of 12 covers a dozen different animals to help your little one get their creative juices flowing (and is perfect for playing together with friends)!
10. Hug a Sloth Kit Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
Your child will delight in this new slow and steady friend.
Each kit comes with a plush sloth, a book to learn about sloths, and an adoption certificate. You can also get “Hug a____” kits for other animals such as the narwhal whale, hedgehog, and llama. What fun, hands-on gifts for kids who love animals!
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11. Animal Humidifier
Too cute! And so simple to use and maintain (perfect for busy moms)! If you live in a drier climate, I highly recommend these easy humidifiers.
With no filter, all you do is wipe them down and they are ready to go. And Crane has SO MANY animals to choose from! We personally have the frog and the sheep.
12. Animal Puzzle or 3D Puzzle
Whether you are looking for a puzzle a toddler can do or an older child can do, pick an animal-themed one to satisfy their love for animals!
13. Slinky Dog
I personally think this is one of the best toys for toddlers! This is a softer and cuddlier version of the classic pull toy that has entertained children since the 1950s and features a character from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story movies.
Similar to the original version, Slinky Dog (or “Slink” as his good friend Woody calls him) has a Slinky body, but covered in a soft plush material that makes Slinky Dog soft to the touch and comforting for children to hold.
14. Stuffies Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
It might sound a little cliché, but have you thought about a stuffed animal as a present for an animal lover? There are TONS of stuffed animals available, but none are quite like Stuffies!
My kids each have a Stuffie and LOVE them. Not only are they cuddly, but my kids can hide their treasures inside the hidden pockets and compartments. The Dragon is my personal favorite!
15. Animal Wall Art or Wall Decals
Instead of using wallpaper or painting animals on your child’s bedroom wall (which you can totally do…unless you are completely NOT artistic – like me), decorate the walls with removable Wall Decals
16. National Geographic Kids Magazine Subscription
Learn about animals all over the world in a kid-appropriate and fun way with this animal-inspired gift idea!
My kids have gotten this magazine for years and can tell you all kinds of random facts about random types of animals. It’s fun! National Geographic even has a Little Kids version of their popular magazine too.
17. Books As Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
Where do I even start with this one? From fiction to nonfiction, the possibilities are endless. Read stories about dragons, unicorns, moose, African wildlife and so. Much. More.
My kids couldn’t get enough of these types of books, making these gift ideas for kid animal lovers that you can’t mess up!
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18. Guides on How To Draw Animals
Do you have a child with an artistic hand? This animal-inspired gift appeals to the inner artist in kids as well!
17. Animal Wall Clock
Have you seen how many cute and colorful animal wall clocks there are? Add some color to your child’s bedroom wall while also (slowly) teaching them how to tell time! Yes! I love it!
18. Animal-Themed Games Make Great Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
Learn about animals all around the globe in this Race Around The World animal board game, while kids young and old(er) will enjoy learning animal trivia.
If these two don’t appeal to you, just a few minutes of searching will yield tons of animal game options!
19. Animal Throw Blanket
Mmmmm, super cute and snuggly soft, every kid will enjoy a special animal blanket to cuddle with! Lots of animals (and colors) to choose from!
20. Animal Lunchbox
Cutest. Thing. Ever! Find a lunchbox with your child’s favorite animal on it and enjoy watching them be excited about carrying a lunchbox or taking a backpack to school!
My kids had these and I loved not only how cute they were but also how well they held up! Pair this lunchbox with a lunch kit (like a bento box).
21. Animal Backpack
With any animal lunchbox comes an animal backpack, right?
Get a matching (or complementary) animal backpack to have the entire system of cuteness (and practicality)!
22. Animal Crafts Make Great Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals
Sewing, sticker crafts, stamp sets and more…the options are bountiful for craft gifts for kids who love animals.
23. Animal Hand Puppets
So cute! I love this set of Melissa and Doug safari hand puppets. Not only are they adorable, but they are sold by a great company (which I love supporting) and excellent quality!
24. Make Your Own Stuffed Animal
Whether your child loves dogs, cats, unicorns, snow leopards, horses, or elephants, you can create your very own stuffed animal with one of these easy kits (backpack included and no sewing required!).
These kits come in tons of different animal varieties, so if your child particularly loves a different animal, check them out!
25. Bedroom Laundry Basket or Toy Organizer
I love these bins because they double as a laundry hamper and a toy storage bin, making them (in my mind) terrific and cute gifts for kids who love animals! There are lots of animal choices available, woohoo!
From crafts to books to educational items to toys that entertain, this list has a little bit of everything. But what I love best about it is that every idea listed here is practical and useful in some way!
I hope you found this gift guide for animal lovers helpful!
Tell us in the comments: is there an animal-related gift idea you love that we missed? (we just might add your idea to the list!)
These gifts for kids who love animals are not only fun and cute but also are perfect for any occasion and any time of year. These animal-inspired gifts also make great birthday party gifts that every animal-loving child wants!
Don’t Forget to Check Out These Other Animal Gift Guides
If you love these ideas of gifts for kids who love animals, be sure to check out these other great gift guides too to find that perfect gift idea!
Cute ideas for gifts, love Melissa & Doug products.
Number 2 or 3. Looks very comfy 😍😍😍
Chiell Ann says
Such cute Pjs! Perfect for this chilly weather and xmas gifts!
Puja Kumari says
These are some great recommendations. I’m huge fan of animal wall art, I’m going to have one.
The animal humidifier is so cute.
How cute are those animal pjs and the sheets! I jotted down a few from the list for my kids.
i think i have bought many of these – or very similar – for animal lovers and they are definitely a hit!! and of course the books are my favorite type followed by puzzles
My toddler is obsessed with animals right now! These are great suggestions! I want to get her a zoo pass soon!