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7 gifts for animal lovers
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Are you on the hunt for some great gifts for your extra pawsome friends. Then paws what you're doing, head to our Shop and check out our curated list, which showcases the best gifts for those who love animal-themed stuff. At Upworthy Market you are directly supporting artisans who create their own products, so you are doing good with each dollar you spend.


1. Paw Print Ring

Express your love for animals with this band ring from Bali. Handcrafted of sterling silver, the ring features paw print motifs around the band, given a contrasting combination of finishes. Bali Animal Welfare Association presents the ring as part of an effort to promote the safety and humane treatment of animals.

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2. Turtle Flower Pot

A cheerful little turtle comes to life in terracotta. Handcrafted by ceramists from the House of El Salvador Artisans, this versatile design is perfect to hold a potted plant. Geometric patterns in pale brown adorn the ornate shell.

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3. Mindful Cat Sculpture

A serene cat sits in lotus pose as if in prayer or meditation in this charming sculpture. Hand-carved in Bali from local suar wood and signed by artist Nengah Sudarsana, who shares his love for animals through his work.

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4. Dolphin Necklace

Sleek and agile, twin dolphins leap and play on this pendant necklace made by Andi Rachmansyah in Bali. The pendant is hand- carved from smooth cow bone and centered on a black cotton cord of adjustable length.

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5. Owl Statues

Three petite green ceramic owls recommend that we "see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil." This charming trio of statuettes is created by Duangkamol Srisukri in Thailand.The figurines are crafted by hand and given the crackled glaze that is characteristic of celadon ceramic.

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6. Gecko Wood Stopper

A handy little gecko rests atop a door stopper with a natural brown finish. Nengah Sudarsana designs this Balinese door stopper, hand-carved of suar wood for a charming home accent.

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7. Hand-Carved Elephant Sculpture

From Suresh and Devender Garg, this striking kadam wood sculpture captures the elephant's inherent majesty. Its lordly stride, intelligent expression, strength and power radiate from the hand-carved piece. The perfect gift for elephant lovers.


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We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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