While a real pet requires food, water, and responsibility, the phenomenal hand-knitted animals scarves from Dutch Etsy artist Nina Fuehrer require…well, just enough responsibility that they come home with your kids at the end of the day.

At a recent Etsy holiday press preview featuring a well-curated selection of gift ideas from independent artists, these stood out. I just couldn’t wait to run back here and share them with you!

Hand knit cockatoo scarves for kids and adults from Nina Fuehrer on Etsy

In person, the scarves were soft, amply chunky, and beautifully made | Photo: Cool Mom Picks

Forget unicorns and narwhals — what you’ll find from Nina are more classic birds, house pets, and various woodland creatures in both baby/kid and adult sizes.

(Not that I’d complain about a narwhal or two…but that’s not what the artist is focused on right now.)

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Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Limited edition doe scarf

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Chunky black cat

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Cockatoo scarf

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Ladies' fox scarf

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Long swan scarf

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Knit raccoon scarf

Hand knit animal scarves for adults, kids and babies from Etsy artist Nina: Kid-sized rabbit scarf

There’s a cockatoo scarf, a sweet rabbit scarf with neutral stripes or more vibrant shades of red, and in time for Halloween, a black cat scarf. Because of course, black cats are practical and go with everything.

There are also plenty of fabulous adult-sized knitted animal scarves, should you be looking at the prices and thinking, well…maybe for me. My kids can always take it out for walks when they get a little older.

Visit NinaFuehrer’s Etsy shop for hand-knit animal scarves shipping from The Netherlands. Or save some money, crafty folks, and buy one of 5 knit animal scarves patterns as affordable digital downloads.

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