I suppose if the couple had spoken at length about one person or both wanting to own a new pet, then the idea seems cool. Also, the two need to discuss whether or not the animal would belong to both of them or be solely one person’s responsibility.
I feel like giving someone an animal as a surprise could be a really nasty surprise if the recipient wasn’t prepared to take on such a responsibility. A kitten isn’t something you can exactly exchange at the Macy’s counter.
Would you be stoked if your girlfriend or boyfriend gave you a pet as a gift? Have you ever given an animal as a present for a significant other?