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 animal-inspired gifts that every animal-loving child wants!
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!
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 a kid who loves 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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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!
1. Animal Sheet set (llamas, etc)
2. Animal Chair
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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
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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12. Animal Puzzle or 3D Puzzle
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.
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 Iguana 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 about animals
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!
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) teach them how to tell time! Yes! I love it!
18. Animal Themed Game
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
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!
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!
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. They also make great birthday party gifts!