Custom Pet Portraits: Is This the CUTEST Holiday Gift Idea Ever?

Not even gonna tease. Sweet Cozy Moses, I think I discovered THE CUTEST GIFT that comes with an affordable price tag. It’s a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed to thrill and never to be returned, bespoke cutie. Custom Pet Portraits from Minted will delight every pet owner in your life, and today I’ll show you just how lovely, simple to order, and affordable they truly are. Get ready to discover the CUTEST Holiday Gift Idea Ever!

Minted provided product for this post yet all opinions expressed here are honest and my own. I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Cat watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #catwatercolor #petpainting #catpainting

Custom Pet Portraits: Is This the CUTEST Holiday Gift Idea Ever?

Holiday shopping for family can be a daunting task, and I like to simplify it for myself by having a theme each year. It’s a streamlined approach and saves lots of time as long as I come up with a great theme.

Cat watercolor painting is a custom pet portrait from minted - Hello Lovely Studio. #catwatercolor #petportrait #catpaintings
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Because all the folks in my family are pet lovers, this year, the theme is PETS. Here’s the thing about commissioning paintings of pets…they can get expensive, and you have to begin the commission process months ahead of time (and cross your fingers as far as shipping and delays!).

Custom pet portrait of pit bull dog with sage green background - Hello Lovely Studio. #dogportrait #dogwatercolor #petportraits

Enter: Minted. I was over the moon when I browsed custom art gifts on Minted and saw CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS with a quick turn around at a friendly price point! All of my holiday shopping stress went out the door.

But would the portraits be as special in person as I had hoped?

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I’m absolutely thrilled with the portraits and the whole process. They look amazing, and I couldn’t wait to share this stellar idea with you!

Pit bull dog watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #dogwatercolor #petpainting #pitbullpainting

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Why Are Custom Pet Portraits An Amazing Gift?

The obvious answer is because these keepsakes are beautiful and honor our furry babies! We’re devoted to our pets who love us unconditionally and enrich our lives profusely. My own family members snap photos and video of them almost daily. But as the world of photos grows increasingly digital, we’re less likely to print hard copies or display images outside of our screens.

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For around $40, you cannot beat the value for the quality and beauty. This is likely to become an heirloom. Whether you decide to frame the portrait yourself or have Minted frame it (still going to be under $70 for a framed 8×10!), it’s an affordable gift.

Custom pet portrait of cat with sage green background - Hello Lovely Studio. #catportrait #catwatercolor #petportraits

This thoughtful gift is bound to be unexpected and evoke strong emotion. Our pets are our babies, and we adore them. Most folks aren’t even aware of what they’re missing before they see their pet immortalized in a portrait.

A framed pet portrait on the wall or leaning on a shelf is something they never knew they couldn’t live without! These art pieces will bring years of heartwarming joy to family and friends.

Cat watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #catwatercolor #petpainting #catpainting

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How is a Custom Pet Portrait Different From a Pet Photo?

The portraits look like beautiful paintings, not photos. Because they are created digitally, they pack all sorts of advantages. First, you won’t have to worry about an unsavory background in the pet photo. It can be nearly impossible to get a great photo of a pet inside or out since it requires them to sit still.

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You’ll have creative input on the artistry. You’ll be given the opportunity to include notes with your order and approve the proof. It’s even okay if it takes lots of back and forth with the proof. You’ll be hard-pressed to find that sort of collaborative spirit if you commission an original painting somewhere else.

Pit bull dog watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #dogwatercolor #petpainting #pitbullpainting

So even if the photo you submit doesn’t convey the pet’s eye color, you can provide it. You can also indicate what color you would like to see in the background of the watercolor-inspired portrait.

Custom pet portrait of pit bull dog with sage green background - Hello Lovely Studio. #dogportrait #dogwatercolor #petportraits

Lighting in photos is not always ideal, but that won’t matter! The custom portrait won’t rely on things like natural light or how beautiful a given photo is. A watercolor-inspired portrait by the artists at Minted can capture a pet’s essence, and you’ll be involved in the proofing process.

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Beautiful colors, gentle strokes of softness, and a painterly ethereal mood will honor and elevate the pet photo you choose to submit for the portrait.

Pit bull dog watercolor custom pet portrait from minted in white frame in a cozy corner of our bedroom - Hello Lovely. #dogwatercolor #petpainting #pitbullpainting

Is it Time Consuming or a Headache to Order a Beautiful Portrait?

Not at all. Here’s what I did to score gorgeous Minted custom pet portrait gifs for our sons:

  1. Looked for a close-up photo of each pet on my sons’ social media feeds and saved them to my hard drive.
  2. Cropped and re-sized them in PicMonkey (you can edit them however you typically edit photos).
  3. Uploaded the photo and placed the order for 8×10 unframed portraits.
  4. Received an emailed proof within a couple days and made notes for changes I wanted (you simply click on the area of the portrait you wish changed, and indicate your desire). I asked for a sage green background rather than the purple that came in the first proof, I wanted more blush pink on the kitty’s ears, and I wanted less blue around the dog’s mouth.
  5. Received a new proof the next day, submitted the order, and received the gorgeous portraits within a couple of days.
  6. I already had frames (11×14) and mats for the 8×10 portraits, and they look like a million bucks!

What if I Don’t Have an Awesome Photo?

To give you an idea of how the cat watercolor custom pet portrait began with a photo, here’s the simple, nothing special iPhone photo of Snoop, my grandkitty (this is the rescue who is blind and partially deaf) I started with:

Snoopy - my grandkitty is blind and beautiful.

And here’s the cutest custom pet portrait created by Minted:

Cat watercolor painting is a custom pet portrait from minted - Hello Lovely Studio. #catwatercolor #petportrait #catpaintings

Our sons are going to treasure their custom pet portraits!!!!

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I can’t wait to share details about MORE holiday favorite finds (take a peek below) I scored at Minted so stay tuned!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing