When a friend loses a pet, you know that they’re going to be sad and miss their companion for quite a while. You might want to do something to try to help them remember their pet, but what are some things that you can do in the pet’s memory?
A lot of Artisan Shopping Directory members have products that would be appropriate for pet memorial gifts, so read on to see some of them.
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- Pet memorial stones.
- Custom jewelry with the pet’s name or photo.
- Custom pet portraits.
- Home decor and accessories with a pet theme.
- Gifts themed with specific breeds.
- Pillows with the pet’s photo.
- Christmas ornaments.
- Donations to an animal charity.
Pet memorial stones.
Memorial or sympathy gifts for pet loss are a thoughtful way to show the pet owner that you’re thinking of them. One of the most versatile gifts is a pet memorial stone.
These stones can be used outside in a memorial garden, or as a single focal point in your landscaping. You can also use them inside as a doorstop or on a shelf as part of a memorial display for your pet.
Kelly of Kimmer and Company says “A pet memorial stone is a charming and thoughtful pet loss gift for a friend or family member mourning the loss of their best friend.”
Memorial stones come in many designs and fonts so you can choose one that you like.
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Custom jewelry with the pet’s name or photo.
There are many options for jewelry keepsakes that have the pet’s name and a special message or photo added to them.
The Salty Strike on Etsy makes personalized jewelry charms like this cat with wings. These would be a thoughtful gift for anyone who lost a pet and would like to have something to remember them.
Gringo’s Store on Etsy also has personalized jewelry as well as other pet-themed gifts.
Custom pet portraits.
A custom portrait of the pet is a nice remembrance gift. Choose an artist whose style matches the pet owner’s aesthetic to match their decor. Most artists will need photos of the pet to work from, but contact them to see what kind of information they need.
Home decor and accessories with a pet theme.
There are a lot of home decor items that are available that incorporate a pet theme or a custom portrait. These can be as subtle as a pawprint window cling like this one from Lil Fox Designs, or something more personalized with the animal’s portrait.
Sunanda Fine Arts Hand-painted stones with custom pet portraits.
Love at First Bark Pet-themed gifts including pet portraits, mugs, and tshirts.
Gifts themed with specific breeds.
There are also gifts that are themed to specific breeds…These cork dachshunds are made by Corkies by Steph.
Pillows with the pet’s photo.
You can also get personalized pillows with the animal’s portrait, like these from Lucy Lin Designs.
Christmas ornaments are another nice option to give as a pet memorial gift. It’s an annual reminder of the pet that the owner can use as part of their family traditions. These can also be used year-round if the owner wants to hang it somewhere else after the tree is taken down.
Donations to an animal charity.
Not linked to the Artisan Shopping blog, but something that I think is worth suggesting as a memorial gift, is a donation to a local animal charity in honor of the pet. Most places have local groups that act to rescue and foster animals, and they can always use financial help.
Big national organizations like the ASPCA get a lot of press and donations (I’m a monthly donor to that one) but giving to a local group will help animals in your area. Making a memorial donation in honor of the pet who died will mean a lot to the owner.
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