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What to Get Someone Who Lost a Pet

It’s never easy to lose a pet, we can only be there for our loved one if they have to go through it.

silhouette of a person kneeling on the ground facing a dog, holding its paw in their hand
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Losing a pet is a terrible experience. Whether expected or sudden, it’s never easy to say goodbye to our animal companions.

As you continue reading, you will learn about some of the different ways you can support someone you know who has recently lost a pet, as well as some thoughtful gifts you could give them.

What to Get for Someone Who Lost a Pet

Losing a pet is difficult, but you can make it more bearable by offering your love and support with these gifts.

what to get for someone who lost a pet: custom stamped, round, silver medallion hanging from a necklace reading "Roy, forever in my heart" and a paw-print shaped silver charm stacked on top
When you or a friend loses a pet, your life changes in moments. Little gifts such as a necklace or a plaque with the pet’s name on it can sometimes be one of the best gifts one can give. Permitting you to carry a physical little part of them around with you. Image courtesy of Book My Painting.

We know how much it can hurt and how different your life can become after losing a beloved pet. Giving gifts that honor the memory of their pet is a heartfelt gesture they won’t forget.

Personalized Photo Frame We know your friend most likely has several pictures of their pet on their phone or even hanging around the house. With a personalized photo frame, you could look for a quote, a saying, a memory, or even the pet’s favorite words that it would respond to on or around the frame to make the frame more personal. 

       When choosing a picture, we recommend you go through your camera roll or perhaps even onto your friend’s or loved one’s social media page. Look for a picture they love and have it printed to fit into the frame. What’s wonderful about this is that after receiving the frame from you, your friend can add it to their collection of images they may have around their house or even take the photo frame to their office and have it alongside them as they work throughout the day.

Coffee Mug No matter your go-to hot drink, you can’t go wrong with a coffee mug. If you know that the person you want to give a gift to for condolences and a form of comfort is a coffee or tea drinker, this is a perfect gift to consider getting for them. There are so many different ways to design the coffee mug, and whether it’s using a picture of your friend and their pet or having their pet’s name painted with a design on it, the possibilities are endless. One of the things that’s great about this gift is that it is something your friend is likely to use at some point throughout their day. 

Jewelry When it comes to jewelry, you can get your friend a necklace with their pet’s name or perhaps a bracelet with their pet’s name or pictures of their pet. The point of whatever jewelry you may get for your friend or loved one is that they can have something that reminds them of their pet on them. We know this doesn’t even compare to having your pet with you, but it can be comforting for individuals to carry around something that they can look at and remember the good times.

A necklace, bracelet, or other jewelry can make a nice little gift for someone who recently lost their pet. One perk of jewelry is that you can take a favorite picture of your loved one’s lost pet and have it shrunken down into a charm or have your pet’s name engraved. It’s the thought and loves you put towards the gift that matters most. Image courtesy of Etsy.

Personalized Scrapbook With the scrapbook, you can do many different things to make it mean that much more to your friend or loved one that you are gifting it to. 

       You can fill it with pictures, stories, memories of them and their pet, and stickers or quotes that remind you of your friend and their pet’s relationship. The point is that it’s full of love and personalized for your friend or loved one to look through and laugh, cry, and smile while remembering all the good times they had with their pet.

A Sympathy Basket When it comes to creating a sympathy basket for your friend or loved one, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when putting it together. We recommend putting a picture of their pet in a frame so they can hang it up, some tea, a candle, and a card that says something about how they are loved and not forgotten.

Set Up a Support Page on Give InKind Create an InKind Page for your friend to coordinate ongoing support as they grieve the the loss of their pet. Share the page with community who can come together to share well wishes, photos and memories, and send flowers, gifts, gift cards, and more.


No matter the time or the season, losing a pet is difficult for anyone. One of the best gifts you can give them during this time is love and support. Reassuring them that they are not alone and just being there for them. For more information on how to support your friends or family members through challenging times, visit Give InKind.

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