Did you know that February 15th is National Hippo Day? Hippopotamus means river horse, which makes sense considering these animals can’t actually swim. Instead, they sink, and then run along the river bottom like a horse. While they can’t breath underwater, they automatically rise to the surface every 3-5 minutes for a breath, even when sleeping!
Are you finding these facts fascinating, or do you know someone else who would? Then you will love these gifts for hippo lovers. Whether you give these as gifts or decide to keep them for yourself, they will definitely make someone happy.
1. Disney Animal Kingdom
Best gift for hippo lovers
Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom for several ways to observe hippos as well as many other animals. Ride in an open air jeep through Kilimanjaro Safari to spot numerous animals and hippos in the wild. Walk through the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail to view hippos from an underwater viewpoint. This area can get crowded with all the people wanting to observe these river horses. You may need to wait your turn to get up close.
For a more adventurous journey, you can book a 3 hour Wild Africa Trek. This is best for physically fit teens and adults, as it requires agility and stamina to hike across savannah and walk across a rope bridge. You will have opportunities to see hippos and other wild animals in their natural surroundings. Admission to the park is required in addition to the tour fee.
Prepare little ones for a trip to Animal Kingdom with some books about hippos.
2. Infant Onesie
Baby hippo gifts
A cute hippo onesie makes a great baby shower gift for hippo lovers. Some allow for options of sleeve length or color.
Pair that with a hippo baby blanket. Many of these can be made into personalized hippo gifts by adding the baby’s name. Baby blankets are something that grows with a child. As my children got bigger, they would use their blankets for picnics with toys or for a cover for dolls. They will continue getting use out of these, long past the baby stage. Complete the gift by topping it with a hippo infant teething toy.
3. Hippo Wine Glass
Hippo gifts for adults
Whether it is a cute glass with a hippo in the bottom, a travel tumbler, or a stemmed glass, the hippo lover will love one of these cool hippo wine glasses. Many even allow for customization with a name.
If you get some stemmed glasses, you can include some hippo wine charms, so guests won’t confuse their drinks.
As a funny hippo gift for beer drinkers, you can get a hippo bottle opener. Hippos open the bottles with their large jaws. These come in free standing or wall mounts. Or you can get a key chain bottle opener proclaiming their love for hippos.
For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, you can get a travel mug so they can take their favorite beverage with them.
4. Hungry Hippo Game
Hippo gifts for kids
I remember playing this game with the girls I used to babysit for. Now I have this game at my own house, and it always ends up in crazy laughter. Games are a fun way to teach kids how to follow rules and the importance of sportsmanship. I always tried to teach my kids that while winning is fun, getting to have a fun time together means everyone wins.
For little ones get a cuddly hippo plush toy. Everyone likes something to cuddle with. Cuddly toys make good stress relievers for traveling, new situations, or even when having house guests. For an extra stress relief, get a hippo warmie. These cuddly hippos can be microwaved to release the scent of lavender and provide a soothing warmth to cuddle with. They can also be placed in a bag in the freezer to be used as a cold compress for soothing booboos.
Another hippo gift for kids is a hippo piggy bank. Teach little ones how to start saving at an early age.
5. Hippo Ring
Hippo gifts for her
Jewelry makes a great Valentine’s Day gift or birthday gift. Why not get her a cute hippo ring to wrap around her finger? If she is a real hippopotamus fanatic, you can even propose with a hippo engagement ring!
Not that serious? Why not get a cute pair of hippo earrings or a pendant instead?
You might want to take a look at gifts for lovers of other animals too!
6. Decorative Figurines
Gifts for hippo lovers
These adorable figures are great hippo gift ideas for hippo lovers who don’t have a lot of space. Most will fit easily onto a shelf.
For those with a green thumb, get a hippo planter and plant a succulent in it. These are great for patios or window sills. This way, people in apartments or dorm rooms can still show their love of hippos. For those with more space, you can get hippo statues for the outdoors.
7. Hippo Slippers
Cozy hippo presents
These cozy hippos will keep feet warm. They come in sizes for kids and adults. Why not get matching ones for the whole family?
Then get a cuddly hippo blanket to keep them toasty on the couch for movie nights, or while reading a good book in front of the fireplace.
Hippo socks will keep feet snug when leaving the house, but what about the head? You can get little ones some crocheted hippo hats that tie under their chins.
8. Christmas Ornament
Hippopotamus gifts for Christmas
Christmas ornaments make great stocking stuffers or gifts for a teacher, especially when chosen specifically for a hobby or interest.
For the family, get a bunch of matching Christmas sweaters or sweatshirts. You can get matching Christmas t-shirts for those in warmer climates. Like I always say, “you can never have too many t-shirts.”
9. Hippo Shower Curtain
Hippo themed gifts for the home
Create an aquatic theme in the bathroom by decorating with a hippo shower curtain. Then add a hippo themed bath mat. You can even get some cute hippo soaps to display in the soap dish. However, you might want to still keep a soap dispenser on hand. These soaps are so adorable, guests may not want to use them to actually wash their hands.
For little ones get some fun hippo bath toys. Then you won’t have any trouble trying to get them to take a bath.
Houses tend to have very dry air from using heaters in winter. While we can’t spend all of our time breathing in steam from the shower, you can give a mini hippo humidifier to help moisten air in the bedroom.
Cute hippo gifts
I love these cute shoulder bags. They are just the right size for necessities. For those who prefer larger purses, you can get them a hippo wallet. Then they can still display their love for hippos while making it easy to find their money or credit cards in a larger purse.
For trips to the store, get reusable totes. They can save the environment while sporting their love for hippos. For little kids, get a cute hippo backpack for them to tote their toys around in.