Gift Guide: 7 Ways to Warm the Animal Lover's Heart

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By Jenny Xie
It's a wild world—gift accordingly.

Taking cues from the animal kingdom, our picks for the season keep us connected to the zoological world. From home decor to lighting—and a gift to delight both the pet and owner—these critter-inspired gifts bring a hint of the outdoors in.

Woouf Toucan Pouch
Woouf Toucan Pouch
Barcelona-based brand Woouf got its start in 2008 when Pablo Martinez and Alice Penaud, veterans of the fashion industry, moved into the field of interior design. Beginning with a collection of novel bean bags inspired by urban culture, the product line has grown to include home accessories, textiles, and office supplies. The Toucan Pouch features an avian pattern digitally printed with eco ink on canvas, and has a metallic zipper and an embossed leather label. It comes in small and large sizes. Photo: Courtesy of Woouf
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Fredericks & Mae Cat Lure
Fredericks & Mae Cat Lure
Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen founded Fredericks & Mae on their shared love of materials, a passion that is evident in the Cat Lure, a bamboo branch wrapped in thread and featuring a thread tassel dangle meant to rouse feline curiosity. The colorful design references the studio's interest in "material anthropology," making the toy an intriguing decorative object when not in use. Photo: Courtesy of Fredericks & Mae
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Hansel From Basel Audubon Crew Socks
Hansel From Basel Audubon Crew Socks
Los Angeles-based artist and designer Hannah Byun founded Hansel From Basel in 2007 to bring her creative vision to legwear. Made in Japan, the Audubon Crew Sock boasts top-quality cotton, a high needle count for detailing, and a hand-closed toe. Comfortable and stylish, these are sure to add some flair to your feet. Photo: Courtesy of Hansel From Basel
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Alessi Montparnasse, Vigo, and Lola Bookstands
Alessi Montparnasse, Vigo, and Lola Bookstands
The world of Italian designer Miriam Mirri is both imaginative and playful. Her collection of bookstands features the whimsical characters of Montparnasse the puppy, Vigo the kitten, and Lola the monkey. Crafted from stainless steel, the bookstands have reflective surfaces that interact and augment the surrounding environment, be that a library or a children's room. Choose from a mirror finish or epoxy resin in colors like light blue, white, and red. Photo: Matteo Imbriani, courtesy of Alessi
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Areaware Reality Bank in the Form of a Pig
Areaware Reality Bank in the Form of a Pig
Designed by Harry Allen as part of the Reality series, Reality Bank in the Form of a Pig remains an Areaware classic. Allen cast natural forms that he chose with care, both paying tribute to the beauty of the everyday world and reimagining the objects' purpose. He also brought a comic sensibility to the process, as in this transformation of a pig that died of natural causes into a bank. Made from resin and marble, the bank is available in a variety of chrome and matte finishes. Photo: Courtesy of Areaware
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Seletti Outdoor Monkey Lamp, Sitting
Seletti Outdoor Monkey Lamp, Sitting
Accent lighting can make any outdoor space look more elegant but this creative lamp is sure to give your garden, patio or terrace a distinctive finishing touch inspired by exotic jungles. Created by Italian designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, the Seletti Outdoor Monkey Lamp explores the relationship between man and nature, ensuring that it will become a conversation starter. The lamp boasts a special black paint that protects the resin sculpture from the elements and it’s wired for outdoor use.
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Bend Nathan Vincent Longhorn
Bend Nathan Vincent Longhorn
In search of a way to bring depth to its collection of wire sculpture trophy heads, Los Angeles-based Bend found the work of artist Nathan Vincent, whose crochet art critiques notions of femininity and masculinity. For this collaboration, Bend sent Vincent a white longhorn wall hanging, allowing him add dimensionality to the frame through the patterns and shadows cast by the crochet. Weighing five pounds, the sculpture is made of hot-dip galvanized iron with a powder-coated finish. Photo: Courtesy of Bend Goods
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