As nutty as I am about the feline species, I do have my limits when it comes to kitschy cat paraphernalia.
Considering the popularity of ModernCat.net, I know I’m not the only one. Do you have limits too?
I look at Animal Planet’s cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, with his tattoos and general badass-ness, and I’m guessing his taste in cat-lover gifts is a little different from your grandmother’s garden statues.
So, how about cat-related gifts that could delight without cute overkill? Here are 5 gifts that I either already have or would love to get.
Gift ideas for cat-loving friends (small, charming)
1. Cool Cattoos just for play (temporary tattoos)
Designed by Kate of ModernCat.net, these are too fun to pass up.
Non-toxic, easy to apply and remove. They last 3 – 5 days. You can get 2 sheets of one design for only $5! Or the full set for $20.
2. Beeswax candles for cat-clean air
Everyone loves these beeswax candles, but what do they have to do with cats?!
Well, tell the person you buy them for that they are ideal for cat lovers because they don’t have essential oils, which are toxic to cats.
While cat lovers would do well to avoid burning essential oil candles too often, beeswax candles are whisker-perfect because they actually give off a slight honey fragrance while also cleaning the air via negative ionization, which binds particulate matter.
Get the really solid ones. The others burn down too fast. You can find beeswax pillars at Whole Foods in the US. A good option online is Raw Beeswax Pillars by Bluecorn Naturals; they are long-burning so even a small pillar is a gift that keeps on giving.
Gift ideas for cat lovers who read (well-written, but not depressing)
In the holiday season, most cat lovers want books that make their heart feel happy without insulting their brain.
1. Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
National Geographic senior writer Jennifer S. Holland gives 47 amazing examples – with photos – of unexpected, documented animal friendships reported around the world.
Cross-species friendship is a theme that tends to make us all feel a touch of wonder.
Robert surprised me with this book and it made my week! You’ll see and read about some famous pairings, like the gorilla and kitten.
You’ll learn about the Macau monkey who adopts a kitten that loves the attention, as well as a cat cuddled up to an iguana!
Getting the back stories really adds to the experience of the pictures, but you can also get these photos as a wall calendar.
2. Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper
A very satisfying read for the literary cat lover, plus it’s a true story with a happy ending. Check out the hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon.com for this book! You can’t go wrong with it.
Gift for the busy cat lover (thoughtful, generous!)
I don’t have this yet, but I looked for the automated litter box that had the highest ratings without costing as much as a used motorcycle.
- less than $150 (high-end popular ones are around $300)
- doesn’t require a cover
- you can use eco-litter options – any clumping litter (lower-priced boxes didn’t offer this flexibility)
Now to you – what would you add to this list?
This list is too short! What are your (better) ideas? Opinions?
And please don’t be shy – plug your own product or craft if you like!