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43 Cool Penguin Gift Ideas

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We’ve rounded up more than 40 penguin gifts for anyone who loves those little birds!

There are quite a few people who are obsessed with penguins. It’s no wonder, really. They’re pretty amazing creatures. They live in some of the coldest areas of the planet, managing to avoid predators and raise their chicks in an environment where child-rearing is definitely a two-parent job.

Also? They’re about the cutest thing ever. Their funny little feet. Their beaks. Their little tuxedos. It’s a wonder we’re all not completely obsessed with them!

If you are looking for penguin gifts for someone with an all-abiding love for penguins, look no further! We’ve rounded up the best penguin gift ideas out there. So read on for some of the best penguin gifts for every age and at every price.


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43 Adorable Penguin Gift Ideas

You’re sure to find something special on this list for your penguin-loving pal.

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Penguin Thermos

  • Drink Up!

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

This Thermos may be adorable, but it’s also practical. It keeps beverages hot for up to 8 hours and cold for up to 12 hours. Also, even with his little penguin feet sticking out of the bottom, the Thermos fits most standard car cup holders.


Comfy Adult Penguin Onesie

  • Person or Penguin?

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

Help a penguin-obsessed friend wear their love on their sleeve…and head and feet and everywhere else with this penguin onesie. It works as cute pajamas, or a Halloween costume, or a Halloween costume and then pajamas. The only problem may be getting them to take it off to wash on occasion.


Cartoon Penguin Oven Mitts

  • Don’t Drop It Like It’s Hot

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

Penguin gifts seem to fall into one of two categories – adorable cartoon versions of the funny tuxedoed birds and more realistic depictions of them. These oven mitts are super-cute cartoony versions of our favorite feathered friends.


Penguin String Lights

  • Trip The Light Fantastic

  • $$$$$
  • Decor

What’s better than one penguin? A whole string of them! If you have friends who are penguin lovers, they’ll go bonkers over these penguin string lights where each little guy has his wings spread. Penguins may not be able to fly, but they’ll look like it when they’re strung up in the yard.


Sterling Silver Penguin Family Necklace

  • Pretty Penguins

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Sentimental

This necklace features three cutout penguins from biggest to smallest. It would be an especially sweet present for a new mom or as a Mother’s Day present to a mom from her kids. This penguin accessory comes in gold, rhodium, or rose gold plated silver.


Nope Penguin T-Shirt

  • Lazy Penguin

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

If you’re looking for penguin gifts for a friend or family member who likes to lounge, this t-shirt proudly announces that they’re resting. It features a ridiculously cute cartoon penguin napping and simply says “Nope” on the front. We all need days like that.


Wine Bottle Opener

  • Wine Time

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty, Practical

Introduce some quirky fun into cocktail hour with this penguin themed corkscrew. Twist as his wings go up, then push down on those wings to remove the cork. This would make a fun housewarming gift, or a great wedding present paired with a good bottle of wine.


Glass Coffee Mug

  • Penguin Power

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty

This mug features realistic-looking penguins who, thanks to the clear glass, appear to be swimming in the coffee or other beverage inside the mug. It’s microwave safe and would be cool to pair with a bag of coffee or special tea blend.


Fleece Throw Blanket

  • Snug As A Bug

  • $$$$$
  • Decor, Comfort

Since your penguin-loving friend doesn’t have a warm layer of feathers like an actual penguin (we assume), give them this warm layer instead! This fleece blanket is soft and warm…and covered in penguins. Heaven.


Penguin Snow Globe

  • Penguins On Ice

  • $$$$$
  • Decor

Snow globes are an especially fun decoration at Christmas and also make great keepsakes to bring out each year. This one has two penguins inside the water globe in the Arctic. Two more penguins decorate the outside of the globe. The snow globe also plays “Wonderful World,” so it’s not Christmas-specific and could be up all winter long.

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Penguin Stress Relief Balls

  • Let It All Out

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Give these stress balls to someone with a high-pressure job, school, or other responsibilities. Squeezing the penguins will help them to get out their stress and aggression…if they can bring themselves to do it. Then again, these toys are so cute they may not have the heart to squeeze them. These are also great for kids who just love to squish things.


Penguin Steering Wheel Cover

  • Protected By Penguins

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

A steering wheel cover is one of the more unique penguin gift ideas out there! This adorable cover adorned in penguins should fit most car steering wheels. It also saves the wheel from sun damage and makes it easier to drive on a hot day.


Penguin 16-Inch Backpack

  • Penguin Prep School

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Practical

Kids will love this penguin backpack for school, but plenty of adults will love the pack, too! It’s large enough to fit certain laptops and has plenty of room for pens, books, gym clothes, or many other everyday items.


Happy Feet/ Happy Feet 2/ March Of the Penguins Box Set

  • Triple Feature

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

These three movies all feature penguins, both real and imaginary. Penguin lovers can learn more about these amazing creatures by watching the March of the Penguins documentary. Then they can unwind with Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, and the others who voiced the hilarious Happy Feet and its sequel.


I'm Not Short I'm Penguin Size Sweatshirt

  • For The Vertically Challenged

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

Help your diminutive friend be proud of their size by reminding everyone that some of the best things – like penguins and certain people – come in small packages. This black sweatshirt says, “I’m Not Short, I’m Penguin Size” and features a cartoon of a dancing penguin.


Penguin Kitchen Timer

  • PST: Penguin Standard Time

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty, Practical

Kitchen timers are fun little gadgets that are a great way to add a little quirkiness to kitchen decor without going over the top. This penguin timer goes up to 60 minutes – simply turn the top of the penguin and his head will rotate back to the start position as he counts down the minutes.


Fleece Penguin Pajama Pants

  • Penguin Pajama Party

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

Pajamas are such a fun gift because you can get a pair for your friend or family member and then get matching pairs for several other people! Match your bestie, get family PJ pants for you and the kids, or get some for an entire extended family. These fleece pants will keep everyone warm and comfy and come in sizes for the whole family.


Penguin Mom & Chick Stuffed Animals

  • All In The Family

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Sentimental, Novelty

This plush set of a mom and her penguin chick would be a thoughtful present for a penguin-loving mom at a baby shower. It would also make a great gift for a teen, or a young adult who loves these birds and is moving away from home.


Penguin Gummies With Fruit Juice

  • Snack Attack

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

If you’re making up a care basket or package for a college student or simply want to treat a friend, these penguin gummies are flavored with fruit juice. They’re also great for snacks or to have at a penguin-themed party!


Penguins Can't Fly Shirt

  • Penguin Delusions

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort, Novelty

This shirt reads, “Penguins Can’t Fly. I Can’t Fly. Therefore, I Am A Penguin.” Sure, makes sense to us. The shirt also features an adorable cartoon drawing of a penguin who appears to be trying – and failing – to fly.

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Stainless Steel Penguin Cocktail Shaker

  • Mixing Penguin Potions

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty

This penguin cocktail shaker is a sophisticated way to display a love of penguins (he is wearing a tuxedo, after all). The stainless steel shaker has an 18-oz capacity, so it can be used to make drinks for a group of people at a dinner party or just a couple at home in the evening. It was inspired by the art-deco style of the 1920s and 30s.


Penguin Wallet

  • Protect Your Pennies

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Practical, Novelty

This penguin wallet features a mom and a baby snuggling together, with a striped pattern in the background. It’s large enough to fit several credit cards, money, and a driver’s license. Plus, it has a loop so it can be used as a wristlet.


Crystal Penguin Earrings

  • Precious Penguins

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Sentimental

These earrings feature penguins, with silver and black crystals outlining the penguin bodies on each ear for a special, sparkly design. While they are stud earrings, they’re slightly larger than many studs, so they’re striking and sure to be noticed!


Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems

  • Penguin Poetry

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

Although this is a kids’ book, adults will find themselves learning a whole lot about penguins from the funny, clever poems! From how moms travel for ages to feed their new babies to how dads take care of their little chicks to how the whole family is reunited in the end, everyone will come away from this book with a little more penguin knowledge and admiration for those hardy little guys.


Fleece Penguin Slippers

  • Happy Feet

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort

These scuffer slippers are great to wear around the house and for short trips outside. They’re anti-slip, lightweight, and lined with fleece for warm feet. Each slipper features a penguin on the front, with wings that stretch up from the slippers. They’re unisex and come in both kid and adult sizes.


Extra Large Penguin Cookie Cutter

  • Cute Cookies

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink

Your baking friend will love this penguin cookie cutter to make sweet treats! It has the simple but distinctive outline of a penguin with its wings spread, so it will produce cookies that aren’t too fussy or hard to make. Then, adults and kids alike can get as creative as they want to with decorating them!


Penguin Hat, Scarf & Mittens Combo

  • Warm Up!

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

This fuzzy snow hat with attached mittens keeps wearers warm from their head to the tips of their fingers! The hat features a penguin face, with a stuffed orange beak sticking out of the front. It’s an adorable way to stay warm during those cold winter months!


Cartoon Penguin Coin Purse

  • Cash Carrier

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Novelty

This little coin purse is decorated with several small penguins all over the sides. It has a clasp lock to keep coins safe and the PU leather outside wipes clean easily. It’s a great little gift for keeping spare change, lipstick, or other small items in.


Cute Swimming Penguin iPhone Case

  • Phone Home

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Novelty, Practical

Help your penguin-obsessed friend protect their phone while at the same time proclaiming their love for penguins! This phone case shows penguins swimming, leaping, and frolicking. It fits the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro 6.1 inch phones and is a great layer of protection along with being very cute.


Baby Penguin Wall Art

  • Penguin Pictures

  • $$$$$
  • Decor

This wall art features a baby penguin in ink, staring straight out of the frame. It would make a great baby shower gift for a mom who loves penguins and would be very sweet in a nursery! You can choose to give the picture framed or unframed, and as an art print or on canvas.


Origami Penguin Necklace

  • Playful Penguins

  • $$$$$
  • Sentimental, Fashion

These penguins may be made of sterling silver, but they bring to mind paper penguins made by using origami. They’re handmade in New York and are a sophisticated way to show an affinity for these fine feathered friends.


Emperor Penguin Lunchbox

  • Let’s Do Lunch

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty, Practical

The emperor penguins adorning this lunchbox are realistic-looking, so although it’s labeled as a kids’ lunchbox, adults could easily use it as well. The picture on the side shows emperor penguins swimming through water, and the lunchbox has a pocket for a water bottle, along with an inner pocket for organizing.


Waterproof Penguin Apron

  • Cook In Style

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Fashion, Practical

If your penguin-loving pal also happens to be the family chef or just likes to cook, they’ll appreciate this apron to keep their clothes clean while they work. It’s made of waterproof cloth and is lightweight, so it won’t bother them to wear. It also has two front pockets for storing things while cooking.


Fuzzy Penguin Slipper Socks

  • No Cold Feet

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Comfort

You don’t have to be a penguin-lover to love these soft, fuzzy socks! However, people who do appreciate penguins will love the socks even more…the toe of each sock looks like a penguin face, and the rest of the sock is decorated with snowflakes. They’re perfect for chilly winter nights!


I Just Freaking Love Penguins Tumbler

  • Don’t Judge Me

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drink, Novelty

This tumbler, which comes with a convenient lid to prevent spills, announces, “I just freaking love penguins. Ok?” The picture of the one small cartoon penguin with his wings outstretched is totally adorable also. It holds 12 ounces of wine, coffee, or any other beverage and is insulated to keep drinks hot or cold.


Penguin Color-Changing Night Light

  • Light Up The Night

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Decor, Novelty

This penguin nightlight is great for kids! It has a smart touch sensor and remote control that can turn the light on or off and change the light’s colors. There are also various modes of light, including fade, strobe, flash, and smooth.


Penguin Pencil Holder with Phone Stand

  • Penguin Pencil Pushing

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Novelty

Corral pencils and also have a place to display a phone with this stand. The front features a penguin looking upward, and on his back is the hole for a handful of pencils. His tail curves up to form a convenient phone stand.


Chill Out and Drink Your Water Penguin Water Bottle

  • Chug-A-Lug

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Food & Drink

It’s important to stay hydrated, and this water bottle cheerfully reminds drinkers to do just that. The side of the bottle says, “Chill out and drink your water” with a friendly cute penguin. The time markings on the bottle are a great way to keep track of how much water your penguin fan has gone through by certain times of the day.


Penguin Paper Clips

  • Penguin Paper Prepping

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Novelty

These purple penguin-shaped paper clips are not only adorable, they’re very practical! Your penguin lover can use them to organize papers or as bookmarks. The shapes are distinctly penguin-looking and can be clipped on things by slipping the wing on the outside of the paper.


Penguin Ice Tray

  • Chilly Penguins

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Food & Drink

Penguins are already used to the cold, so hanging out in a freezer for a while shouldn’t phase these guys at all! The ice cube tray shows the distinctive beaks and round penguin bellies, so it’s easy to identify the little creatures even though they’re made of ice.

This would be a great present to combine with the penguin cocktail shaker we shared above!


Cute Penguin Toiletry Bag

  • Cosmetic Upgrade

  • $$$$$
  • Fashion, Novelty

This toiletry bag with maroon red background unzips to show four compartments where shower gel, shampoo, a toothbrush, and other toiletry items can be stored. It’s a great way to stay organized on the go!


Segmented Penguin Wind Chime

  • Sweet Cool Music

  • $$$$$
  • Decor

A penguin wind chime like this one is one of those unique penguin gift ideas that most people won’t consider, but which will be well-loved. This wind chime features a segmented penguin – each of the different segments of his body move in the wind, making the chimes ring.


Penguin Flash Drive

  • No Flashing

  • $$$$$
  • Practical, Novelty

Just about everyone can use another flash drive. They won’t be likely to lose this one, though! It comes in the shape of a penguin – simply remove his head (sorry), and the drive can be inserted into a laptop to be used. This drive also comes with a chain, so it can be linked to a keychain, or even worn as a necklace when it’s not being used.


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Laura Falin

Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.