Sometimes it's hard to think of a gift that's a little bit different for family or friends. But with over 40% of households owning a pet last year - and nearly a quarter of us having a pet pooch - it's no surprise that Brits are known for being a nation of animal lovers! And so looking for unusual animal themed presents is a great option when you're stuck for inspiration.
To get you started, here are our top ten gifts for anyone who loves cats, dogs, and all sorts of creatures ... including penguins, wolves and even mythical unicorns! Read on to find animal magic for all ages.
1. Cat Book Cushion
Little readers will love this personalised hand made Cat Reading Cushion. Or choose an Elephant or Forest Friends design - each one comes with a First Words book tucked into its washable cotton cover. Measuring a comfy 42cm square, these beautiful cushions are ideal for sitting on or cuddling while listening to a bedtime story.
2. Crystal Bee Suncatcher
3. Frogilo Frog House
Make frogs and toads hoppy in the garden by installing a Frogilo Frog House to protect them against predators! Designed to keep cool in Summer and warm in Winter, it will encourage them to stay and breed when placed near a garden pool. It's handmade in frost resistant ceramic with a glazed green tagine style roof, so will blend well with any garden design too.
4. Funky Dog Bandanas
These super stylish Dog Bandanas will make dogs and their owners stand out in the park for all the right reasons. Designed for comfort and choice, in a range of five colourful designs and four sizes, each bandana is fastened with velcro for quick release and adjustable neck size. Our border terrier, Jess, rocks her Highland tartan version!
5. Horses Puzzle Box
The I Love Horses Puzzle Box will keep young pony fans happily entertained, and they'll love the bright pink keepsake tin too. Suitable for age 5+, it's fun and practically packaged so easy to take anywhere on holiday without losing any pieces. And there's more good news as it's on sale at the moment - so don't miss out!
6. Kids' Monkey Stool
A perfect present for cheeky monkeys everywhere, this hand carved, painted Children's Monkey Stool is made by artisans in Thailand. As it's Fair Trade, you can be reassured that the craftsman will also be getting a good deal. You can also choose from our Giraffe and Tiger designs, all of which are equally cute and characterful.
7. Penguin Family Purse
Who doesn't love perky little penguins? Ollie and his family are hand stitched on this gorgeous soft leather Penguin Purse, which has plenty of space for cards, notes and coins. And it cleverly includes protection against RFID theft so cards are safe from unauthorised scanning. But most importantly, it's a purse with an adorable penguin family plus a fish zip tag!
8. Robin Teapot Nester
This quirky Robin Teapot Nester is an ideal gift for a bird lover and will appeal to robins, wrens and other small birds. Its design means it's suitable for even the smallest garden and it's also durable, being made from frost resistant glazed ceramic with drainage holes in the base. An easy and fun way to attract more feathered friends into your garden!
9. Unicorn Knitting Kit
This quirky Unicorn Knitting Kit contains everything a crafter needs to make a fantastic silver horned, rainbow maned unicorn! It comes packaged in a pretty gift box and includes clear photos and step by step instructions. The kit is aimed at knitters aged 10+ who already have a little experience and want to improve their skills with a fun project.
10. Wolf Crystal Art
Crystal art is one of the most popular new craft trends and this Wolf Crystal Art Kit will help you create a stunning picture to hang at home. You can give the kit as it is or make the sparkly framed picture (measuring 30cm square) yourself to give as a personalised gift. And younger kids (aged 6+) enjoy doing simpler pictures, like our Elephant, Lion and Teddy crystal art kits.
Which of these ten gift ideas is your favourite? Let us know in the comments box below!