Need a gift for the pet parent in your life? You're in the right place.

I read in the Farmer's Almanac that this year was going to give the midwest a brutal winter, but that California was going to experience a mild winter. Well, considering the amount of snow in the Sierras already and the fact that we've even seen some snow at our new property, I'm calling BS on the Farmer's Almanac. And I'm currently planning on spending as much of this holiday season cozy in my house, curled up in front of the fireplace with a good book and my pups. How about you?

Since I'm clearly going to be doing most of my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my warm bed, I decided that this year's gift guide would highlight some of my favorite shops on Etsy.

3D Printed Pet Paw Print

Price: $29-32

This is a super unique gift for any pet parent! Just send in a photo of your pet's paw print (which you can take with non-toxic ink), and you'll get back a framed 3D printed version of it, complete with the pet's name.

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Breed Specific Candle

Price: $24-43

I've given these candles out as client gifts, and they're always a big hit! There are lots of different breeds to choose from. Gifting to a pet parent to a rescue mutt or cat? They've got those, too!

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"I'd love to but my dog said no" T-shirt

Price: $26.35-28.56

I own a different dog shirt from this super cute shop, and it's one of the softest, comfiest shirts I own. I get lots of compliments every time I wear it! The best part? It comes in 13 different colors!

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Custom Frosted Glass

Price: $34.99-79.99

This shop is actually local to Sacramento, and the owner is just amazing! Plus, how cute would it be to gift your favorite pet owner a cup with their pet's face on it? You can have up to 4 pets on a single cup.

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Custom Dog Necklace

Price: $26.90-29.90

This necklace is on my personal wishlist this year! With almost 100 breeds to choose from (including 2 cats!), you're almost guaranteed to find a silhouette that will match (or at least closely resemble) your favorite pet parent's furbaby.

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"Cat mama" Sweatshirt

Price: $33.99-45.99

This is the perfect sweatshirt for your favorite cat mom to snuggle up with her furbaby in. It's more on the lightweight side (which I prefer for layering), and you can even have a cat's name printed on the sleeve. It also comes in lots of different colors!

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Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait

Price: $109.39

This is my #1 recommended gift for this holiday season. SERIOUSLY. I cannot tell you how incredibly amazed I have been by Marly's watercolors. So amazed, in fact, that I've had all 3 of our dogs and our cat done, and they hang prominently in our living room. (FYI, that is the painting she did of my soul dog, Omega.) Custom portraits come as 8x10s but she's more than happy to do other sizes if you message her.

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To finish off this year's gift guide for pet parents, I'm throwing in one non-Etsy item. Because what pet parent gift guide would be complete without a pet portrait photography session from me?

And this year I'm making it super easy to gift your favorite pet parent a session with gift certificates, which can be sent electronically to your recipient on a date of your choosing! What could be easier than that?

Pet Portrait Session Gift Certificate

Price: Starts at $215

Gift certificates include:
• an in-person consultation
• a photo session for up to two pets from the same household, outdoors on location from Sacramento to Tahoe
• a sneak peek preview image on social media
• an ordering appointment in the comfort of the recipient's home or online to select favorite images
• plus a complimentary 5in x 7in gift print

At checkout, make sure you enter a value of at least $215

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Don't forget to continue following the blog circle to read what gifts other pet photographers are recommending this holiday season. Up next MA and NH pet photographer Darlene Woodward of Pant the Town Photography shares thoughtful and supportive gift ideas for your loved ones who are dealing with the loss of a pet.

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