17 Pet Sympathy Gifts That Show You Care

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These pet sympathy gifts may help with the grieving process for your loved ones.

memorial stone pet sympathy gift

Console your loved one with thoughtful pet sympathy gifts.

Losing a pet is never easy. A member of the family is no longer there and it can be downright heartbreaking. According to Healthline, the levels of grief we feel for our pets can match that of our human companions. Many of us at Hip2Save have experienced this grief and our hearts go out to anyone who is suffering. We know that those grieving their beloved pet can benefit from support.

Sending bereavement gifts helps a loved one to know that you recognize and care about their pain. Whether you are shopping for someone else or shopping for yourself, this list of condolence gifts may be helpful. 💛

Send your condolences with these 17 pet sympathy gifts:

1. Wind chimes make a thoughtful gift for those experiencing loss.

pet sympathy wind chimes

The absence of footsteps can be very hard on families who have lost a pet. Help them fill the silence with a new sound. These pretty wind chimes are a lovely way to honor a beloved animal. They measure 30 inches from hook to base and are appropriate for outdoor or indoor use. For an extra charge, you can get a personalized variation.

2. Food baskets are one of the most popular bereavement gifts.

harry and david sympathy food gift basket

Those grieving often don’t feel like cooking. Make a homemade dish for your loved one or order a thoughtful gift basket. Harry & David gets rave reviews for quality and presentation. Send sweets with the basket above or go for a savory basket, like this Thinking of You sympathy box.

3. Frame a small pet collar in a picture frame.

pearhead pet collar frame pet sympathy gifts

A pet’s collar is often saved, so help a loved one preserve this cherished item with this special picture frame. This affordable collar box is best for small, thin collars. Medium and larger-sized collars may not fit properly.

For other great picture frame options, visit The Pet Memory Shop which has an extensive array of pet sympathy gifts.

4. A personalized garden stone is one of the best pet sympathy gifts.

memorial garden stone for pet

A personalized garden stone makes a thoughtful condolence gift. It’s appropriate to honor any type of pet, whether you are remembering a dog, cat, horse, or even a turtle. This engraved stone by Pekiban will stand the test of time. It’s made of REAL river rock and just like a pet, each stone is one-of-a-kind!

For a budget option, you can buy a faux stone that is made of polyresin and sand material. This Pawprints on my Heart plaque is absolutely beautiful and under $30! You can customize the font and color, too.

5. Send a pet sympathy gift box.

rainbow bridge pet sympathy care package

This Clover Lane rainbow bridge gift set is highly rated. It comes with a pretty rainbow-themed bracelet, a thoughtful poem, a sympathy card, and a suncatcher with real crystals.

Other places to find quality bereavement baskets are on Etsy. Boxesforheroes makes a lovely box with a rainbow coffee mug and plaque and ThePlantCo. creates one that includes a succulent and memorial candle.

6. Cremation jewelry from Spirit Pieces will keep their pet close.

hand holding hummingbird pendant

Memorialize a loved one through art at Spirit Pieces. This company has over 12,000 glowing reviews! Choose from an impressive collection of unique cremation jewelry – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Many pieces shine beautifully in the sunlight, like the hummingbird necklace above. In addition to jewelry, Spirit Pieces makes statues, suncatchers, paperweights, and more. They are a top shop to visit for pet sympathy gifts!

7. Light a candle in a pet’s honor.

votive candle holder pet memorial

Majestic Zen Memorial Candle Holder – $29.99 (regularly $49.99)

Lighting a candle gives the sense that one is actively doing something to honor their pet. This elegant candle holder makes a wonderful pet sympathy gift.  Since the votive comes in its own glass container, this candle holder can be used again and again. If you prefer tea lights, try this sentimental bone-shaped candle holder instead.

8. Honor a bird or other pet with a personalized bird feeder

personalized bird feeder pet bereavement gifts

Pets give us so much love. Give back in their honor with a personalized cedar wood bird feeder. This design is perfect for someone grieving a bird. If they are grieving a dog or cat, Urns Northwest makes a paw print design too!

9.  A custom pet painting will be a cherished gift.

Man holding a portrait of his dog from paint your life pet portraits

Custom paintings are the cream of the crop of pet bereavement gifts. When you use Paint Your Life, a professional artist of your choice will create your pet’s portrait using the technique and style you wish. Simply upload the photo that you would like painted or drawn and the artist will provide a mockup for you to approve.

Only 20% is due at the time of purchase AND they offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.  Sign up for their email list and score 15% off your first purchase.

Lina tried this service for a family portrait instead and you’ve got to see the stunning result!

10.  Honor a lost pet with a personalized ornament.

personalized pet memorial ornament condolence gifts

Engraved Pet Memorial Teardrop Ornament$15.29 (regularly $17.99)

This stunning etched ornament is a lovely way to honor a cherished pet. It can be hung year-round – not just during the holidays.

11.  Gift a scrapbook for their memories.

pet photo book sympathy gift

Help your loved one remember their pet with a personalized scrapbook for pictures. This simple gift is so meaningful and comes with 40 blank pages to fill with their favorite memories.

12.  Plants and plant holders are terrific pet condolence gifts.

capti dog memorial plant holder condolence gift

Capti Paw Print Plant Holder Dog Memorial Gift  – $28.99 (regularly $34.99)

Plants and plant holders make excellent bereavement gifts. Your loved one will think of their pet as they look at their plants.  Capti makes a good-looking plant holder with a paw print on the front and a poem engraved on the back.  It comes in black or silver and it includes a stake that can hold a pet tag or picture.

Hip Tip: Far away from a grieving friend? A simple bouquet of flowers will show you care.

13. Books can also help with the grieving process, especially for younger ones.

fairy dog heaven book on pet loss for kids

Some people feel confused, anxious, or very sad while grieving. Reading a book might bring your loved one some comfort and help them not feel alone.

Help young kids to understand loss with a book like Fairy Dog Heaven by Patrice Fischer and Marcus Cutler, while adults might enjoy a workbook-style book like And I Love You Still… A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet by Julieanne Corbin, Ph.D.

14.  Provide your loved one with a shadow box or memory box.

pet shadow memorial box pet sympathy gift

Making a shadowbox may be helpful when grieving. This wooden one from TJ Moree is 4 inches deep and includes a drawer for storing sentimental items. It can be hung on the wall or displayed on a shelf.

If you would like a box to store pictures or a collar, a personalized wooden keepsake box makes a nice gift.

Hip Tip:  Michael’s sells plain shadow boxes for a reasonable price and they often have 20% off coupons.

15.  A pretty Willow Tree figurine will commemorate their bond.

Willow Tree Angel and Cat Figurine Pet Bereavement Gifts

Whether the loss is of a dog, cat, or horse, Willow Tree has an appropriate gift for you to give. These popular figurines are expertly crafted and hand-painted by artist Susan Lordi. They are known for their high quality and ability to comfort those grieving.

Here’s what one customer had to say about Willow Tree products:

“This angel holding a dog represents what I hope she’s doing right now, playing with the angels. It brings a lot of peace to me looking at this piece, and it’s not too big where it takes away from the urn.” – Jana

16.  This picture frame with a poem speaks to the heart.

pawprints picture frame on amazon

Since they aren’t there in physical form, it can help to see pictures of a pet that has passed. This special picture frame includes a poem on one side and a place for a picture on the other. It makes a meaningful gift for those grieving.

17.  Remember a pet’s light with a stained glass suncatcher.

stained glass cat

HAOSUM Cat On Moon Window Hanging Various Colors – $35.55 (regularly $39.99)

Furbabies bring so much light to their families. A suncatcher is a useful and pretty way to honor a beloved animal. This cat and moon suncatcher is perfect for cat lovers and comes in a few different colors.

For other animals, try a rainbow bridge design instead. This circular stained glass from Catrageous is highly rated and this rainbow suncatcher from GlassbyDebby can even be personalized!

Hip Tip: You don’t need to spend a fortune. Never underestimate the power of a hand-written note. This simple gesture will mean a lot to anyone grieving the loss of a pet.

Need more sympathy gift ideas? See our list of top picks.

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 11

  1. Me

    I had an ornament and refrigerator magnet with the years/pic made on Shutterfly, and a pet memorial statue with wings to put in the house by the fireplace where his bed was. These are all great ideas and gifts as my parents’ pup is not long for this world. She is very old.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your sweet idea! 🥰

  2. Sara

    Such a great post! I have friends that are super close to their animals and I’m not an animal lover at all. This really helped give me some ideas to show I care abont them and their loss. Thanks for posting!!!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Sara! So glad it was helpful! 💕

  3. CJ

    I’m not a pet person so I have no idea, but two sets of my grandkids lost their family dogs within weeks of each other and I wanted to send the kids something as well as my daughter in law as it was her dog since high school. For the kids, I sent them each a stuffed animal of a dog that looked like their pet so they could snuggle when they missed their dog. For my daughter in law, I gave her a pet memorial plaque with clips below it to clip pictures on (got it on Amazon) https://a.co/19bfbMc

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, CJ! So sorry about your grandkids’ dogs. Sounds like you gave them some comforting gifts! 🥰

  4. Me

    Just so you know (and for some people this might sound crazy), there is a site that my cousin used to make a stuffed animal replica of the cat she lost. I think it was MyPetsies or something like that. It is not cheap, but for some people that might be of comfort. I think it is interesting….you can get pillows with your pet’s picture, etc. Also, there are a couple of websites that supposedly use your pet’s ashes to make into a man made stone for jewelry. It is REALLY expensive in my opinion and since there is no way you can prove that your pet’s ashes are the ones used in the gem, I personally wouldn’t use the service….but I thought that was also an interesting concept…..

    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for those suggestions, Me! ❤️

  5. Mel
    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      So sorry to hear about your dog, Mel — thank you so much for sharing these sweet ideas with us 💕

  6. Theresa R.

    Always an animal advocate, I feel that a donation to your favorite animal rescue in memory of your beloved companion is the perfect gift.

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