6 Trendy Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

One of the best parts of our job is keeping an eye on emerging and influential trends in the pet product industry. We attend shows and expos all over the country and compare notes with our fellow editors to see what's becoming more popular, what's holding steady, and what's beginning to lose ground — because we all want to be sure our pets are getting the absolute best.

As the holiday season approaches, we've rounded up gifts for pets and pet lovers that incorporate the year's most promising trends. Happy shopping!

6 Trendy Gifts for 2013

fox collar

Gwen Gear

Gwen Gear Muir Woods Whimsical Fox Dog Collar

What would a list of trendy items be without a nod to the year's best earworm, "What Does the Fox Say?" This collar is made in the USA, is machine-washable and is sure to have everyone your dog encounters say, "Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!" Or maybe it's "Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!" We'll just say adorable.

Muir Woods Fox Dog Collar available in four sizes and two widths, $33 (and matching leash, $35) at Gwen Gear.

pet wall art gift

Pet Wall Art

Pet Wall Art

Sleek, modern, customized products like Pet Wall Art hit the market in a big way this year. Pet Wall Art allows you to submit 10 lines of any text you want (your pet's name, words that describe her or what she loves, places that are special to her, her birthday, etc.), select one of six colors, and choose a symbol for the bottom. You're not limited to just dogs and cats, either — there are symbols for birds, horses, reptiles, rabbits and more. And shipping is quicker than you'd expect: Order by December 15 to have your purchase delivered via standard shipping by Christmas Eve.

Pet Wall Art, $90–$140.

video monitor


Motorola Scout 1500

What does the truly in-the-know pet owner want? To know what his pet is up to while he's away from home, of course! Motorola's indoor/outdoor two-camera monitoring system is wireless and interactive, allowing interested owners to not only view but also listen and speak to their pets. Adding to the trendy tech element is infrared night vision, room-temperature monitor alert and the ability to connect and view up to four cameras, as well as the potential to record snapshots and video.

Motorola Scout 1500, $200 at PetSmart.

cat scratcher

The Sky Scratcher, Etsy

The Sky Scratcher

Sure, pet owners care about the animals in their home, but many are also invested in the health and safety of animals all over the world — so it's really no surprise that the eco-friendly pet product market is growing steadily. We especially appreciate it when eco-conscious elements are incorporated into a fun and stylish product, which is definitely the case with The Sky Scratcher Eco-Friendly Scratching Post. Can you think of a better way to bring a bit of New York into your home?

The Sky Scratcher, $150 on Etsy.

pug painting


Funamals Whimsical Watercolor

Another fabulous customized art option is Funamals, which creates one-of-a-kind watercolor portraits of your pet (or pets) from a photo you send in. Considering it's a custom order, Funamals has a surprisingly quick turnaround time of 7–10 business days before the portrait is shipped and accepts holiday orders through much of December. And if a truly custom piece doesn't quite work with your holiday budget, be sure to check out the rest of the original watercolors or prints in the shop.

Funamals Custom Whimsical Watercolor Portraits, $120–$190 on Etsy (free shipping through November 26).

dog and human necklaces

Haper and Hound

Harper and Hound WOOF Pendant

The bond between pets and their owners has never been stronger, and these matching pendants for you and your pup are a clever way to show just how close you are. The pendants are pewter with a silver plating, and while the dog collar pendant comes with a ring to attach to her collar, the human pendant (available for both men and women) comes on a leather cord.

Harper and Hound WOOF Dog Collar Pendant, $30, and Men's and Women's Pendant, $38.

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