The first drawback of giving a pet is the gigantic amount of responsibility you're giving to the person. For children who are between 3 - 8, gift givers need to remember that pets rely on their owners for absolutely everything. Not just that, but what if the pet has not yet been trained, this is a very challenging and essential part of a pets training,they (the pets) won't know if you're mad after they do something wrong. This naturally becomes more work for parents. If the person and family you plan on giving the pet to, have a very scheduled life, it could be very hard for them to provide the care needed and at this time of the year, having a pet can present another challenge of who will care for it, if the family are going on holiday. Second, allergies. Many children and sometime their parents and other siblings, have pet allergies. If the person you're giving the pet to is allergic, it will be difficult for them to take care of it. Especially if you don't know what they're exactly allergic to. Keep in mind allergies get worse the more you're exposed to it.
Third, with anything or anyone there is always a cost (money). Just like humans, animals need to healthy and provided with proper care. Before you get a pet you need to consider the cost of yearly veterinary care, food and other equipment. Additionally outdoor pets are most likely to be infected with pest infestation.
Another drawback of giving a pet is the scheduling issue. This might be a problem for working families with or without kids. Finding time to take care and provide for the pet and the family. Cats, for example, are nocturnal (active at night), you are most likely to find them on top of you in the middle of the night. Similarly, dogs and other exotic animals like parrots and birds will find an urge to make the most noise.
I 100% feel that pets or any kind of animal aren't good presents for Christmas. Becoming a pet owner is a big decision and you still need to know whether the pperson is ready for this responsibility. Finally,pets are huge time consumers and aren't very cost efficient. So, what are you getting your special someone?
We a discussing whether or not giving a pet for Christmas is a good idea. This is my opinion about the matter.