November 19, 2010
Celebrate Animals this Holiday Season with Unique Gifts from The HSUS
The Humane Society of the United States has great gift suggestions for one searching for the perfect holiday gifts for pet owners, pets or others who care about animals.
For people and pets
- The HSUS 2010 keepsake ornament features an adorable pig—sure to bring cheer to any home this holiday season. When a supporter makes a gift donation of $50 or more, we’ll send this delightful keepsake, along with a personalized holiday card, to a friend or loved one. If the donor gives $90 or more, we’ll also send an ornament to the donor. Go to humanesociety.org/2010ornament and give the gift of compassion this holiday season.
- Humane Society International’s Humane Gifts are a fast, easy and compassionate way to bring a smile to everyone on holiday gift lists. Humane Gifts support our life-saving programs that help animals around the world -- from sterilizing and vaccinating street dogs in Bhutan, to caring for working horses and donkeys in Haiti, to protecting baby seals in Canada. Pet lovers can let loved ones know about the programs they’ve funded in their names with a personalized holiday e-card. Our updated online catalog features exciting Humane Gifts to honor friends, family and colleagues while helping to fight cruelty and protect animals from abuse worldwide.
- Our online store Humane Domain carries a wide array of pet products and toys, as well as gifts for pet lovers, including jewelry, sleepwear, decorative accessories, and holiday cards and decorations. Our exclusive line of Animal Cause Gear T-shirts and accessories carry powerful messages about adoption, spay/neuter, ending dogfighting, stopping puppy mills, protecting seals, going fur free and more.
- The HSUS’ corporate supporters also offer some great gift ideas that support animals:
- Zazzle.com donates 20 percent of net sales from selected items to support the programs of The HSUS. These items include HSUS merchandise, such as animal protection campaign stickers, tote bags and posters, and holiday postage with designs from artist Ron Burns and MUTTS® cartoonist Patrick McDonnell.
- Grounds for Change offers freshly roasted HSUS-branded coffee that is fair trade, organic, shade-grown and carbon free. Buy a bag or join the coffee club.
- Magazines make great holiday gifts. Give or renew subscriptions at our online Magazine Store and 40 percent of each subscription price goes to The HSUS.
- Give a gift with personality—Carivintâs Winery offers their Dog Lovers Wine Club at just $29.99 a month. Purchase an ongoing membership or select 6- and 12-month memberships; all feature beautifully created labels that celebrate animals.
- Techies will love personalized vinyl skins for their cell phone, laptop or gaming device. Upload a favorite pet or family photo and design one today through Unique Skins.
- For festive holiday gatherings, give eco-elegant flower arrangements, wreaths or centerpieces from Organic Bouquet. The HSUS receives 10 percent of every purchase.
- Fred Meyer Jewelers has launched a 10-piece jewelry collection with a pawprint design accented by diamonds called PAWSitively Yours™. The HSUS receives $3 from the sale of each piece to benefit our Puppy Mill campaign and animal rescue efforts. Available in nearly 400 Fred Meyer/Littman Jewelers stores and online.
- Give the gift of light and hope. Glassybaby.com has created a new, hand-blown glass votive to celebrate the dogs in our lives and help rescue others in need. Each “wet dog” votive sold provides $4 to support HSUS’s life-saving programs. Visit them online or check out their stores in New York, Seattle, and Bellevue, Wash.
- Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th Anniversary and help HSUS provide medical care to animals in need around the country and the world. Urban Outfitters is offering an exclusive Sanrio Hello Kitty plush ornament benefitting The HSUS’s Veterinary Medical Association. Buy it at urbanoutfitters.com or their retail stores.
- Download The HSUS toolbar from GoodSearch and GoodShop, and each time anyone searches the Internet or shops online at one of their participating stores, a donation will be made to us at no cost to the customer!
The youth department of The HSUS suggests these fun and educational gifts:
- The Keep Your Promise to Your Pet coloring book explains that adopting a pet means making a pledge for life. Ages 4-8.
- The Troubadour's Tales storybook and CD set, an award-winning collection of 20 short stories, inspires kindness and respect for animals and their natural habitats. Ages 7 and up.
- The Doggone Crazy! board game teaches children how to behave safely around dogs and helps them understand canine body language. Ages 4-Adult.
- The Paws & Tales CD features seven songs celebrating the human-animal bond and encouraging responsible pet care. Ages 8-12.
- The Careers with Animals book showcases day-in-the-life narratives of jobs in the animal protection field such as nature photographer, lawyer and marine biologist. Ages 7-16.
- A subscription to KIND News for a child's classroom includes 28 copies of the newspaper, enough for every student in the class, plus a teacher’s guide five times a year, September through May. The humane education newspaper offers fun articles, puzzles, celebrity interviews, projects and profiles of kids making a difference for animals.
- Pet Pals: New Leash on Life is a Parents’ Choice Award-winner that kids will love. Youngsters play the vet, diagnose and treat shelter animals and find them forever homes.
For the avid reader
Look for these fantastic books on Overstock.com or wherever books are sold:
- I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird. National Geographic photographer Robert Haas’s remarkable and stunning photos, shot from a helicopter, provides a perspective of wild animals from Africa to Greenland that few get to experience. For adventurers of all ages.
- 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog. Best-selling author and life coach for dogs and their people, Tamar Geller, applies her own Loved Dog™ Method to a day-by-day guide that will lead you through the first thirty days with your new dog—or help you make a fresh start with your current dog.
- Finding Danny. In this work of fiction, author Linzi Glass tells the story of a young girl who searches for her lost dog, and finds solace and meaning in helping dogs in animal shelters.
The HSUS reminds shoppers that giving a pet as a surprise gift is not recommended because pets are a long-term commitment that should be thought through carefully by the caretaker. Also, The HSUS’ list of fur-free retailers and designers is a valuable tool for anyone looking for a more humane way to shop.
Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching "HumaneTV" in the App Store.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.