8 must-buy Christmas presents for the animal-lover in your life

December 12, 2019

Left feeling uninspired by your gift ideas this Christmas season? Still searching for that purrfect present to give your animal-lovin’ significant other? Us too!

To help fight the good fight against bad Xmas presents this year, we’ve brainstormed eight of the best present ideas to gift the animal-lover in your life.

1. Make your pal a Guardian Angel for animals in need.

Looking to give back this festive season? Gift your loved ones with the gift of kindness and make a donation on their behalf.

By becoming a Guardian Angel, you’re gifting food, medical care and loads of love to vulnerable animals spending Christmas in our shelters. We’ll even send your loved one an e-card thanking them for their generous contribution. (If you’d prefer, we do have some physical gift cards available at our Stepney headquarters – give us a call on 1300 477 722 or send an email to
info@rspcasa.org.au to find out more.)

A real feel-good Christmas present option that benefits the beautiful animals of RSPCA South Australia and your karma rap sheet? Yep, sounds good!

Guardian Angel 2018 launch

2. Surprise the kids with an RSPCA fur friend.

If you’ve done your research and are well prepared, Christmas can be the ideal time to introduce a new member to your family, with the whole gang around and able to help the new addition settle in. We don’t even have to mention you will win Christmas, hands (or paws) down.

Although adopting an animal is a wonderful, exciting occasion, it’s important to remember a few key things to help your pet settle into their new life.

It’s essential that you and your family are prepared both physically and financially to welcome the responsibility of a new pet into your lives. Reading up on responsible pet ownership here will help make the transition of introducing a new family member as smooth as possible.

3. Buy up big at RSPCA Petville (and give two presents in one).

RSPCA Petville at Hillcrest is a pet supplies superstore fully equipped with everything you could ever need for your furry companion and the Mrs Claus to your Santa.

With a huge range of snazzy toys for Daisy the Rottweiler, collars for Simba the black cat, ritzy shampoos for Binky the Guinea Pig and stylish beds for whichever furry friend loves to nap, you’d be hard pressed not to find something for everyone.

All proceeds from your purchase go to helping ensure RSPCA South Australia can continue to care for thousands of mistreated, sick, injured and abandoned animals every year. So with every purchase, you’re giving away two presents – happy tears!

4. Rummage for a totally unique gift at an RSPCA op shop.

Doing Christmas on a budget this year? Or just love the thrill of finding something totally individual to gift a loved one?

Because the best things in life are rescued, hitting up one of our nine op shop locations and scoring yourself some real festive season bargains is possibly the best way to do Christmas. And by shopping at an RSPCA op shop, you can go home extra proud, as all proceeds help animals in need.

There’s no greater joy than knowing the present you’re gifting or receiving is helping make a difference to vulnerable animals. You might even find some cheap decorations in-store too – pretty brilliant, huh?

5. Sign your youngster up to be a Junior Rescue Officer.

Have an adventurous animal-loving child at home? Sign them up to become an RSPCA Junior Rescue Officer this Christmas and help make a difference to the lives of animals in need.

The best way to encourage and educate young kids on the ins and outs of animal welfare, a Junior Rescue Officer comes with a whole load of perks. With an official ID card, a Paw Prints handbook full of fun activities, an RSPCA Animania magazine, three communications with our RSPCA Rescue Officers a year and more, you’d be crazy not to sign up!

Now we know you might be totally sold on signing up for yourself, but registration is limited to children, so gift away people.

6. Give yourself a gift – and donate to an animal in need!

Why not spoil yourself this Christmas, in the best possible way? If you heart animals as much as you love a good present, this is the gift for you! Donate and become a Guardian Angel to a dog, cat or another beautiful animal currently waiting for their forever home in RSPCA South Australia’s care.

Becoming a Guardian Angel is simpler than ever, all you need to do is click the link and follow the prompts – easy as (mag)pie!

Of course, if you do need gifts for family and friends, you can also make a donation on their behalf. You’ll receive a spiffy e-card to pop under their Christmas tree, too.

7. Get a pawtrait drawn of your fur child

Need a majestic and regal pawtrait to hang above the fire place? Kathy from Kathy’s Pet Portraits is the woman to help deliver such a piece.

Based in South Australia, Kathy creates beautiful, totally realistic paintings of your pet, providing you with the opportunity to WOW your loved one with a portrait of their beloved fur-baby.

A sure-fire way to win Christmas, put all other presents to shame and earn bragging rights, a pet pawtrait is the way to go this festive season.

8. Give the gift of fashion to your hound!

The fine folk at Solo N Co have created a gorgeous range of doggy bandanas, badges and even bow ties for your furry friend. Created by proud fur mum Abby for her former RSPCA South Australia pup Soloman, the collection will have your hound sporting the hottest fashions this Christmas!

The line caters to big and small dogs and can even ship worldwide. So time to shop up a storm, order your German cousins a few nifty bowties for their Dachshunds and win the prize for most creative present this year!

Spicing up your dog’s wardrobe and supporting a small South Australian business – does it get any better?

Solo N Co founder Abby and her RSPCA South Australia rescue pup Soloman

There you have it! Eight of the best ways to shower your animal-loving significant other with the best Xmas gifts they could have wished for.

Make sure to tag us @rspcasa and use our #rspcasa hashtag in any and all of your animal-related Christmas gifts this year – we’d love to see them! Merry Christmas to one and all.

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