Stumped on what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t have enough money or ideas? Does your mom have a pet she loves as much as you? This year, we encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, especially if there’s a fur baby in her life as well! With that in mind, here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas for moms who love their pets that we have to offer.
Pet-friendly flower bouquets
Flowers are considered the go-to gift for Mother’s Day. However, there are several flowers that are considered too toxic for pets and they can cause all sorts of problems if they’re nibbled at in great quantities.
With that in mind, try to find flower bouquets for mom that consist of any of the following: roses, orchids (bromeliads), African daisies, African violets, Christmas cactus – all of these are considered to be “pet-friendly” as far as plants go. Substitute Baby’s Breath in the bouquet, which is toxic to pets, for ferns instead which are non-toxic. Peruvian lilies (Alstroemeria) are less dangerous than tiger lilies and Easter lilies for cats, but they should still be kept out of their reach. That goes for all flowers and bouquets given to mom.
If at any point you suspect pets may have ingested anything toxic from this sort of gift, call your veterinarian right away for immediate poisoning treatment.
Homemade dog treats for mom
Spare mom the trouble of finding dog treats by getting or even making them yourself! There are lots of ideas on the Internet that may turn your mom’s pup’s crank such as peanut butter bites or cinnamon-flavoured biscuits. If mom’s run out of her pooch’s favourite treats, consider giving her a refill of dog treats along with a mom-friendly gift of treats as well, such as her favourite snacks and foods in a basket.
Tools/toys that are in need of repair/fixing
If your mom has had no time or money to repair or replace a tool related to her favourite pet, this may be the perfect time to lend her a hand.Maybe her pet’s favourite bed is showing wear and tear, or the grooming brush has been lost, or her pet’s favourite toy had to be thrown out for various reasons. These would all be acceptable gift ideas for moms who have no time or money to find new tools.
Handmade arts and crafts with paw prints
Switch up from buying a card at the store by making one yourself – with a little extra kitty or puppy love included! Try to make the card and add their paw print as a signature to the next handmade card you make.
If you’re not at all artistic, try making paw print crafts such as salt dough moulds, stepping stones, wall hangings, and so on. Mom’s pet may likely be less than happy to have stuff on their paws, so make these crafts outside where washing off any of the materials used to get their paw prints is done with less hassle when cleaning up afterwards. You can also try making a framed photo collection of their paw prints; perhaps there are some snow prints you managed to snap a photo of that your mom doesn’t have?
Pet service offers
Maybe you want to take mom out to brunch but can’t bear to leave your pets behind, or maybe they’re looking a bit on the shaggy side. So what can you do? Find service of course! Offer to take mom’s dog to a groomer if they’re a long-hair, or groom them yourself if you feel confident enough, or help out by playing with them while mom’s busy gardening or taking time out to pamper herself. You can also offer to take mom’s pet to the veterinarian office for grooming and nail trimming and pair it with a spa service for mom – especially if neither of you feel confident enough to do so.
If you both have to leave, try being the one to hire a pet-sitter if the place you want to check out is absolutely not pet-friendly, or if it’s just mom leaving be the pet-sitter yourself. You can also check out our other blog post of dog-friendly places where you can take your mom out for the afternoon of Mother’s Day without leaving Fido out of the picture!
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