Monday, December 15, 2008

Gift ideas for the animal lover in your life

Each year when the holiday season rolls around, people always ask me what to get the animal lover in their life. I know it can be a challenge to think of knew and exciting things so I have come up with a list of a few of my favorites that definitely make great gift options.

1. Columbus Zoo or Wilds membership
Of course I love the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds -- Memberships would be the gift that keeps on giving. Zoo members have free admission 365 days a year, free parking, free or reduced admission to more than 100 AZA accredited zoos across the country, and they also receive a $20 discount on Zoombezi Bay season passes. Being a member of Wilds offers the opportunity to board Safari Transports for free and discounts on Sunset and Open-Air Safaris. These memberships also provide priority registration for educational programs and are a great way to see hundreds of animals up-close and personal!

2. Pet portraits
My assistant had an artist draw 3 drawings of the family dog to put in her baby’s nursery. Including your four-legged family members in your d├ęcor adds such a personal touch! And don’t tell anyone, but my wife loves our dogs so much that I’m thinking about giving her a pet portrait of our two dogs for Christmas! This is such a meaningful gift for someone who is crazy about their pets.

3. ‘Adopt-an-animal’ program at the Columbus Zoo
Another good option for the person who has everything is the adopt-an-animal package from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. An adoption helps support an animal at the zoo, is tax-deductible and comes with a plush animal and certificate.

4. Backyard bird watching
Going on safari is not the only way to see wild animals, watching birds in the backyard is a wonderful way to enjoy local wildlife. Bird houses or birdfeeders are another great option for an animal lover.

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