19 Gifts Every Little Animal-Lover Will Adore This Holiday Season
There are two types of animal-lovers you might be shopping for: those who are absolutely obsessed with all creatures, and those who are absolutely obsessed with all creatures and also desperately want a pet. If buying them a living animal isn't an option, our advice is to gift them something that encourages their passion for animals this holiday season.
To help find the perfect gift for the little animal-lover in your life, we've rounded up 19 ideas perfect for all types of kids: budding artists, knowledge seekers, music-lovers, and more. We've gathered options for all price ranges, too, with picks from Target, Amazon, and other trusted retailers. So what are you waiting for? Shop our top picks ahead.
Pillowfort Cheetah Hooded Blanket
The Pillowfort Cheetah Hooded Blanket ($22) features fun 3D details like an animal head and tail. We find the cheetah adorable, but it comes in other options, too, like a dinosaur ($22) and deer ($22).
Pillowfort Ladybug Bean Bag Chair
They'll love lounging on the Pillowfort Ladybug Bean Bag Chair ($65), perfect for their bedroom or playroom. One reviewer said her granddaughter "squealed with delight when she saw it," adding that "it's lightweight but sturdy."
Our Generation Hop In Dog Carrier & Pet Plush Puppy For 18" Dolls
The Our Generation Hop In Dog Carrier & Pet Plush Puppy For 18" Dolls ($16, originally $19) comes with a plush puppy, a carrier, a leash, a water and food bowl, a toy ball, three treats, and a toothbrush. What more could they need to take care of their new four-legged friend?
Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Future veterinarians will have a field day with the Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set ($26, originally $38). The 24-piece set includes a plush dog and cat, pretend vet medical equipment, and a tote bag for easy storage.
Western Chief Girls' Waterproof Printed Rain Boot With Easy Pull on Handles
The Western Chief Girls' Waterproof Printed Rain Boot With Easy Pull on Handles ($17-$45) are far from ordinary. If the cow-inspired design isn't their style, it comes in several other options, too, like those inspired by a frog, a ladybug, and a cat, among others.
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Barn With 7 Animal Play Figures
This beautifully crafted Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Barn With Seven Animal Play Figures ($37, originally $70) can be easily moved from room to room. It's perfect for animal-lovers between the ages of 3 and 6.
Lego Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures 31088 Building Toy Set For Kids
The Lego Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures 31088 Building Toy Set For Kids ($12, originally $15) will provide hours of entertainment. This play set comes with everything needed to create three sea creatures: a shark, an angler fish, and a squid.
Skillmatics Card Game: Guess in 10 Animal Planet
The whole family will have a blast playing the Skillmatics Card Game: Guess in 10 Animal Planet ($11). It challenges kids ages 5 and up to ask questions to help them guess the animal shown on the game card. Per the brand, it "helps promote social and communication skills, problem-solving, decision making, and creative thinking."
Yileqi Safari Animal Painting Kit
If they love art projects, they'll be delighted to unwrap the Yileqi Safari Animal Painting Kit ($16). The kit comes with eight large-size animals, four paint brushes, two large brushes, two small brushes, paint, and palettes.
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
If you're looking for an easy and fun way to introduce your child to games, the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game ($16, originally $22) is a great one to start with. It's been a bestselling preschool game for the last five years for good reason: kids can practice their color coordination and fine motor skills by using the squirrel tongs to pick up acorns and matching them with their logs.
Learning Resources Jumbo Reptiles and Amphibians
The life-size shapes of these Learning Resources Jumbo Reptiles and Amphibians ($38) make them seem even more real.
Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toys
The Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toys ($25, originally $33) will tell children when they feel tired, cold, or hungry with adorable light-up eyes, purring, and other cute sounds. "I purchased this as a birthday gift for my 8 year old daughter, she absolutely loved it," one of many five-star reviewers wrote. "I fully expected her interest in it to wane but 2 months later she's still playing with it, as are my other two children ages 5 and 2."
Gund Baby Animated Flappy The Elephant Stuffed Animal
They'll want to cuddle with this cute Gund Baby Animated Flappy The Elephant Stuffed Animal ($38, originally $45). And when they're not napping, they'll want to play with it, which will be easy since it comes to life by singing at the push of a button.