Every year I find myself stressing over finding the perfect gift for my favorite veterinary specialists. For all they do for me, for my patients, and for my own beloved pets, how can you say “thank you” for that?
Some of these I’ve received and thought they were stellar, and others I came up with myself. They’re all pretty awesome presents, and ones your veterinarian and their staff will hopefully remember forever.
1. Coffee Travelers
Drop off a cardboard box full of coffee to leave for the veterinary staff. You can get them at Starbucks, Panera, and many local coffee shops offer them too. They’re not pricey and it beats the heck out of a box of chocolates. Bring it in early one cold December morning and you’ll be a star for the rest of their year.
2. Try Your Hand at Homemade Truffles
These are so easy – I have no idea why more people don’t make them. Plus, they’re so much more rewarding (for you) and adored (by them) for your having made them yourself. I promise they’ll be talking about these for years to come.
Here are some great recipes:
3. Homemade Hot Chocolate
I know it sounds hokey, but one year a client brought in a huge pot of the thick hot chocolate I thought only existed in my dreams – and it was awesome. I wish someone would make me some this year.
Give it a try for yourself! Here’s one that comes close to the Mexican versions I’ve tried.
4. Give a “Get Out of Jail Free” Kitten Card
Sounds strange, but it’s truly an amazing gift for any veterinary hospital: Offer to take the next “unwanted” or abandoned kitten that comes through the hospital's doors. Sadly, veterinary practices get them by the box-load every few weeks, and the staff is often left to care for and find homes for these kittens. As your offer goes, you’ll also take on the responsibility of finding it a forever home. One client gave me this once and it made me cry.
#5 Make “Cage-cozies”
They are stuffed animals that have been de-strung and de-eyed (for safety) for our smaller patients for extra cage comfort. They can also be old baby blankets or hoodie-towels. Some people even make them all by themselves.
Check with the office manager before offering to make sure they fit culture of the place since not all hospitals use them.
#6 Donations to Charities
These are always sweet and always welcome. Ask the office manager which charities the doctors and staff like best and donate in their name – or donate to a local shelter in their name. If they don’t have a charity preference, do a quick bit of research to find who is best for your donation.