What’s Black and White and Bought All Over? 30 of the Best Penguin Gifts You Can Find!
There’s something about penguins that’s just infinitely lovable.
Maybe it’s because they always look like they’re wearing little tuxedos, or maybe it’s that adorably clumsy way they walk.
Whatever the reason, people love penguins, and if you know someone who does, here are some of the best gifts you can give them.
30 gift ideas for the Penguin lovers in Your Life
Almost Like the Real Thing: Melissa & Doug Emperor Penguin
If you have a little penguin lover in your life, you may get frequent requests for a “pet penguin.” Children don’t understand that owning a pet penguin isn’t exactly what’s best for the penguin and that, with few exceptions, it’s actually illegal.
They just understand their desire to have a real-life penguin to hug and love. You can’t get them that, but you can get them the next best thing with this giant, silky-soft Emperor penguin replica. Standing a little over three feet tall and designed with realistic details, your little one will love Melissa & Doug’s stuffed penguin.
A Lovely Way to Show Her Penguin Love: Jewelili Diamond Accent Penguin Pendant Necklace
This gorgeous penguin pendant necklace by Jewelili is the perfect gift for the more elegant penguin lover in your life. It’s made of sterling silver and features a lovely penguin done in black and white diamond accents with a large Dancing Diamond in the center.
It comes with an 18-inch chain, and all the diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict-free, so there’s no guilt associated with buying this necklace. Plus, it comes at a really reasonable price.
A Chance to See Them All: Every Penguin in the World by Charles Bergman
A book may not seem like a spectacular gift, but if it’s a book with pictures and facts about all 18 species of penguins, it definitely is, at least to a true penguin lover. This book contains over 200 pages of great reading material and even better photographs of all the world’s penguins, both large and small.
If your friend just enjoys looking at different penguins, he’ll love this book.
The Best Thermos Ever: Penguin Stainless Steel Vacuum Thermos Travel Mug
This is one of the more unique gifts on the list. It’s a stainless steel vacuum thermos made to look like a penguin. It comes in standard penguin black and white, or you can choose blue, red or gray. (In reality, penguins actually do come in all of those colors except red.
More on that down below.) Each thermos features a lightweight design and compact size that fits in most vehicle drink holders. It uses vacuum insulation technology to preserve the temperature and flavor of both hot and cold drinks.
The lid comes off with the push of a button and locks closed for spill-proof travel.
Even Kate Spade Loves Penguins: Kate Spade New York Dashing Beauty Penguin Tassel Earrings
These Kate Spade penguin earrings are a little pricier than some of the other items on the list, but even so, they aren’t super expensive, and they look great. Each one features a gold penguin covered in white and black rhinestones at the top and a long, dangling tassel that appears to be made of black feathers hanging down below it.
They’ll look great with your friend’s favorite little black dress.
The Perfectly Precious Penguin Christmas Present: Moments Penguins LED Lighted Christmas Tree Figurine
If you’re looking for a gift specifically for the holiday season, check out this figurine by Precious Moments. It’s called the “Tree-mendous Fun Girl With Penguins” figurine, and its design features a gorgeous LED color-changing Christmas tree surrounded by a group of penguins in beanies.
The penguins are being helped by a little girl to decorate the tree, and the whole scene is absolutely adorable, thanks in large part to the big, sad eyes that Precious Moments does so well. The whole thing is made of cold-cast resin and glass and has been hand-painted.
It requires three batteries to light up, but they’re included.
For the Friend Who Needs to Drink More Water: YOFIT 2.5-Liter Penguin Mini Water Dispenser
This mini water dispenser that looks like a penguin is a fan-favorite of penguin lovers. Despite how small the picture makes it look, it actually holds a little over ten cups of water, which makes it perfect for the friend or loved one who really has a lot of trouble with drinking eight ounces of water every day.
He can fill this dispenser up in the morning and get water from it all day long. By the end of the day, he’ll have met his water intake benchmark. Plus, it looks like a little penguin! It doesn’t get much cuter than that.
Egg-Bellied Penguins: Design Egguins 3-in-1 Cook, Store and Serve Egg Holder
These little penguins may look a little strange and hollow-bellied at first, but once your friend fills them up with eggs, they look like perfect, fat-bellied penguins. Peleg, the company who made this three-in-one egg cooker, storage container and server, really had a great idea with this one.
Not only has boiling, storing and serving eggs never been easier, it’s also never been cuter! The whole thing can be placed directly into boiling water. It’s heat-resistant and simple to use. If she doesn’t eat all the eggs she cooks, she can then slip the whole thing into the fridge for later.
It’s also easy to clean and reusable.
For Those Seriously Lazy Days: Nope Lazy Penguin Meme Pullover Hoodie
Available in four colors and sizes ranging from small to 2XL, this “Nope” hoodie is a quick and charming reminder to anyone who sees your friend that whatever it is that needs doing, he’s not about to do it today.
Each hoodie is made from a cotton/polyester blend for durability, comfort and ease of washing. They each have a drawstring hood and the large hoodie pocket on the front. If your friend is a firm believer in lazy days, he’ll love this hoodie.
A Penguin for Every Occasion: Kikkerland Penguin Kitchen Timer
It turns out that if there’s one room for which you can find lots of penguin-themed stuff, it’s the kitchen. There are penguin thermoses, glasses, egg cookers, salt and pepper shakers and more. This must-have penguin acts as a kitchen timer.
Your friend can set the timer for up to 60 minutes. It has a plastic exterior and an internal steel mechanism. It’s well-made, durable and very attractive on anyone’s kitchen counter. Its full measurements are 2.
5″ x 5.25″ x 2.5″, so it doesn’t take up too much space either.
For the Little Lovers of Penguins:: Maggift Ice-Block Breaking Game Save Penguin Table Game
This is another great gift for the younger people on your gift list who love penguins. All kids love games, and if you have a particular kid on your list who also happens to love penguins, this game is the best of both worlds.
It’s a great game for promoting dexterity, hand flexibility, hand-eye coordination and more. All the pieces are made of ABS-safe plastic, which is safe for children, but there are some small pieces, so it shouldn’t be played by children under the age of three.
The object of the game is to break the ice around the penguin (using the spinner to see which color ice must be broken) without making the penguin fall through to the floor.
Shake, Shake, Shake! Shake Your Boozy: Viski Penguin Cocktail Shaker Mixing
This penguin cocktail shaker represents only one more of the long list of great penguin-themed kitchen items. The shaker is made of stainless steel and designed to look exactly like a tuxedo-wearing penguin with a bow-tie.
It can hold up to 17 ounces of liquid and features a built-in strainer. It’s the perfect – and perfectly adorable – way for a penguin fanatic to make mixed drinks. *Note: It’s recommended that your friend always hand wash the shaker.
Styling and Profiling: Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Penguin Club Tie
The love of penguins isn’t strictly limited to children and women. There are a lot of men out there who are quite fond of the bumbling, clumsy little waddlers as well. For those men on your list, get them this gorgeous silk tie from Tommy Hilfiger.
It’s a navy, one-size-fits-all tie that’s a little over three inches wide and is covered in tiny little white and blue penguins. It’s a great way for him to showcase his love of penguins without being overt about it.
The penguins on the tie are small and understated, but they’re also great conversation starters. This item, too, is hand-wash only.
For Literal Happy Feet: Women’s Cute Penguin Animal Slippers
If your loved one is a fan of Happy Feet, try giving her some happy feet of her very own with these penguin house slippers from ARELUX. They come in black and white, pink and white and gray and white to suit her tastes, and they’re soft, warm and cuddly.
They’re made of terry cloth with a cotton inner-layer, velvet padding and textured, non-slip soles. They fit women sizes five through 10.5, and despite looking absolutely adorable, they’re actually quite durable and long-lasting as well.
For Doing Laundry in Style: Friendsheep Wool Dryer Balls Penguin
Your friend may or may not have heard of Friendsheep dryer balls. They’re made of 100% pure wool from New Zealand and are hypoallergenic, organic and chemical- and fragrance-free. They’re much safer than regular dryer sheets, which are full of artificial fragrances and chemicals, and are especially great for drying cloth diapers, baby clothes or the clothes of people with extremely sensitive skin.
Normally, they’re made to look like little sheep (hence the name) but these are actually made to look like tiny, round penguins instead. They’re eco-friendly and lint-free, so whether your friend has heard of them or not, she’s sure to love them after only one use.
Pretty Penguin Purse: Penguin Schoolbag Children Backpack Hard Shell Backpack
It’s really hard not to overuse words like ‘cute,’ ‘adorable’ and ‘charming’ when talking about penguins because that’s exactly what they are – cute, adorable and charming. That’s also exactly what this penguin mini backpack is! Made of high-quality PU leather with a polyester lining, this enchanting little backpack is perfect for the little one in your life who loves penguins.
It’s not large enough to be used as a real backpack, but the spacious main compartment is large enough to hold a wide variety of her things including her tablet or iPad, phone, snacks and more.
There’s also a front zipper pocket to hold smaller items. It can be used as a crossbody bag or worn on the back or over the shoulder.
If Penguins Light Up Her Life: GoLine Kid’s Penguin Night Lights
This LED penguin night light looks like a penguin from an anime or a cartoon. It has a cherubic face and sweet little rosy cheeks. It’s the perfect nighttime lamp for any child (or adult!) who loves penguins.
It’s touch-activated and made of BPA-free, food-grade silicone. It’s rechargeable, so your loved one doesn’t constantly have to replace batteries, and with a full charge, it can last up to 12 hours. It cycles through six different colors or can be set to put out a single, steady color.
For the Crafty Kid: Rolife Build Your Own Penguin Puzzle Wood Craft Kit
This DIY wooden puzzle kit is great for penguin lovers who are also crafty and like to build things themselves. The kit is made of smooth, non-toxic, laser-cut wood that’s easy to assemble and fits together perfectly with no glue or other adhesive required.
It’s as educational as it is fun to assemble, and the easy-to-read English instructions make it possible for anyone to follow along and get it done correctly. The company makes all kinds of animals to put together, but this particular one is going to be the best option for penguin lovers.
Not All Penguins Are Cold: Just Love Sherpa Trim Plush Robe for Women
Ranging in size from extra-small to 3XL, this 100% polyester robe is trimmed in a soft, fuzzy plush trimming at the neck and wrists and includes a cloth belt to tie it closed. It’s knee-length on most people, so it’s warm and cozy, but it isn’t inconvenient or a trip hazard.
It has two patch pockets, and the all-over design is of little penguins dressed for winter. It’s a great robe that comes at a great price, and it’s sure to be a hit with any female penguin lovers in your family or circle of friends.
Over Four Hours of Flipper Fun: Happy Feet/Happy Feet 2/March of the Penguins Triple Feature
Give your penguin-loving friend the gift of over four hours of uninterrupted penguin viewing. This three-movie collection includes the first and second Happy Feet movies and the additional March of the Penguins movie that is more realistic but equally as popular as the other two.
All three movies are included on two DVD discs for one low price. This is a great option not just for kids but for penguin-loving adults as well.
Penguins in His Pants: Penguin Men’s Cotton Stretch Boxer Brief Underwear
The “penguin” in this three-pack of Penguin underwear is actually a brand name rather than the animal itself, but one of the three pairs of underwear is actually covered in tiny penguin print, so it’s a good choice for male penguin lovers.
The bands of the underwear also feature happy, dancing penguins on them as well. Additionally, the underwear is 95% cotton with just enough Spandex to make them stretchy for a good fit. They’re machine-washable and tagless, and no matter which styles/colors you choose, they feel great, and your friend will love them.
A Penguin Puppet Show: Fat Brain Toys Make Penguin Puppets Arts & Crafts
This is a great penguin-themed kit for the crafty kiddos on your gift list. It’s an award-winning product that was featured on the popular television show Shark Tank. The kit comes with a wind-up penguin toy, a children’s book to read and everything your little friend will need to build his very own penguin puppet show, complete with two penguins, their “operating” sticks and the box behind which he can hide his hands.
It also comes with a parent’s guide that his mom or dad can use to help him if he gets stuck in the process of putting it together himself. It’s best for kids aged five and older.
A Lamp for All Ages: REVEW Marquee Penguin Night Light
If you think your loved one might actually enjoy a penguin night light but found the LED touch lamp to be too “kiddie” or “childish,” consider buying her this gorgeous marquee-style penguin lamp instead.
Although it’s very obviously a penguin, it’s done in the hollow-centered marquee style that adds a touch of elegance and nostalgia to the gift. It’s great for penguin lovers of all ages. It can stand on its own, or your loved one can choose to hang it using the hook hole on the back.
It’s made of high-quality, durable materials, and it can run for a long time without dimming or going dead. It’ll need two AA batteries to work, so make sure you pick those up as well.
Even Empresses Need Beauty Sleep: Plush Silk Penguin Sleep Eye Patch Cover Plush Silk
If you’re looking for something that’s cute, inexpensive and penguin-themed, check out this plush penguin sleep mask. It’s made of soft fleece on the outside for that lovely plush feel and sleek, soft silk on the inside so that it feels nice against your friend’s face at night.
It’s perfect for every night use or for use while traveling on buses, trains, planes, etc. It’s also nice for hotel rooms or anywhere your friend may have to share space with others who have different lighting preferences at night.
The stretchy headband means it should fit most people, and it’s designed for both kids and adults.
Incredibly Useful Penguins: Butler in the Home Animal Penguin Shaped Paper Clips
If your friend works in an office, paper clips are pretty much going to be a staple of his everyday needs. Most of the time, paper clips are dull, boring and not much fun to use or spend money on buying.
Make his paper clips less dull and boring by buying him this tin of 100 penguin-shaped paper clips. Each paperclip is shaped like an adorable, fat-bellied penguin, and they all come in an attractive silver gift tin for easy gifting.
If your buddy loves penguins, he’ll absolutely adore these paper clips.
Men Love Penguins Too: Wish Island Men’s 5-Pack Penguin Crew Socks
This is another great gift for the men in your life who are into penguins. This set contains five pairs of multicolored socks that are covered in tiny, realistic penguins. The socks are made of 80% cotton, 15% nylon and 5% spandex for that great stretchy feeling.
They’re marketed to easily fit men sizes seven to nine, but because they stretch, they could fit sizes a little off on either end of that size range. They look great; they aren’t too thick, and they’ll keep his feet cool and dry all year long.
For the Late-Night Reader: Flexilight Xtra LED Clip Penguin Booklight
The Giftware Association named this adorable little book light as their “gift of the year” because of its adorable look, supreme flexibility and powerful, brilliant light. It’s a very inexpensive gift, so it’s perfect for a stocking stuffer, an “Under $10” gift exchange or as just a small, everyday gift, but it serves a really practical purpose.
It’s an easy-to-use LED book light that slides onto a book much like a bookmark, and it puts out a lot of light. There are several different style options from which to choose, including the penguin one, which is pictured here.
Odd, but Cute: Winged Corkscrew Soft-Touch Wine Bottle Cork Opener
If your friend is a wine drinker, she’s definitely going to find herself in need of a corkscrew at some point. Why not buy her this awesome penguin corkscrew and give her a gift that represents both her love of wine and her love of those monochromatic, waddling birds? This is one of the more unusual gifts on the list, and to a non-penguin lover, it might even look a little odd.
It is, however, very effective at removing corks thanks to the leverage technology, ergonomic design and easy-to-grasp wing mechanism. Best of all, if your friend doesn’t like it, she can return it for a full refund.
For the Penguin-Loving Chef: Pastabilities Penguin Party Pasta
This is another one of those slightly odd gifts that probably won’t make a single bit of sense to anyone who doesn’t love penguins. With this gift, you’re buying your friend two 14-ounce bags of pasta that is shaped like penguins.
Yes, you read that correctly – penguin-shaped pasta. This is that weird, why-in-the-world gift that will only make sense if you have a penguin-loving chef in your group of friends. If you do, it’ll be just about perfect.
The noodles are non-GMO, vegan-friendly and made in the USA.
Another One for the Readers: Penguin Bulk Bookmarks Pack of 10
This is another great gift for the big reader in your life who also loves penguins. The set comes with ten plastic bookmarks that are all shaped like tall, big-eyed Emperor penguins. They feature a magnetic clasp that’ll hold them in place, so all your friend has to do is put one side of the bookmark on the front of her page and one side on the back of the page.
The magnets will slam together, ensuring your friend has a secure bookmark in place that won’t fall out and cause her to have to search for where she was.
The Power of Penguins
Despite how popular penguins are, most people don’t know a whole lot about them. For example, were you aware that there are only 18 species of penguin in the whole world?
Oftentimes, there are hundreds of species of birds. There are, for instance, over 300 species of hummingbirds, over 340 species of doves, 175 species of pigeons and 250 species of owls! For penguins, though, there are only 18.
Of these 18 species, all but one of them are found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. The 18th species, the Galapagos penguin, is found only on the Galapagos Islands, which actually straddles the equator, meaning that some of the island’s penguins can sometimes be found north of that dividing line, although most scientists still classify them as living “in the Southern Hemisphere” as well.
Another thing that many people don’t know about penguins is that they aren’t all black and white. While it’s true that the vast majority of penguins are monochromatic in color, there’s one species called the Little penguin that’s actually blue and white, although some of them tend more towards gray than blue. These are also the smallest penguins in the world, standing at only about a foot tall.
The most well-known penguins are Emperor penguins; they’re the “typical” penguins people picture when they think of penguins. (They were also one of the penguin species in the movie Happy Feet, along with the Adelie penguin and the Rockhopper penguin, which further contributed to their popularity.) They’re also the largest species of penguins. There is, however, a now-extinct penguin known as the Mega-penguin. It lived about 40 million years ago and stood about 5’3″ tall on average. Due to the bones they’ve found, scientists believe the Mega-penguin could stretch to heights of 6’7″. They probably weighed about 250 pounds.
When penguins are swimming, most can swim between four and seven miles per hour. The fastest swimmers, though, are the Gentoo penguins. They can swim at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour. Most penguins spend about half their lives on land and the other half in the water, but there are a few species that spend up to three-quarters of their lives in the water. Because they have few natural predators on land, most penguins don’t really fear humans, so if you go to visit them in their natural habitat, don’t be surprised if one comes right up to you to investigate.
If one does come up to you, don’t be alarmed if it opens its mouth and terrifies you with what’s inside. Like all birds, penguins don’t have teeth. What they do have, though, looks pretty weird and scary. Their tongues and the roofs of their mouths are covered in backward-facing spines made of flesh. They look absolutely horrifying, but their only use is to help guide their food down into their throats.
So, now that you know a lot more about penguins than you did this morning, check out the gift list and find the perfect gift for your favorite penguin-loving friend. Then you can wow her (or him) with not only the perfect present but also with your exciting knowledge of this amazing animal. Thanks for stopping by today, and please tell us your own favorite penguin fun-fact in the comments section below. Don’t forget to like and share this guide with your friends, and come back and see us again soon!