For the uninitiated, Etsy is an international online market place where independent designer/makers and craftspeople tout their wares. In my humble opinion, Etsy is THE go-to place if you’re looking for a present less-ordinary for your nearest and dearest, or maybe an unusual treat for yourself. In order to buy from Etsy you have to register and create a profile on the site; but don’t let this put you off, as it’s simply a matter of providing an email address and username. As far as I’m aware, all Etsy sellers accept PayPal, and many now take major credit cards too.
Anyway, enough with the chitchat: here are three of my favourite UK Etsy shops, each with a fabulous array of cat-themed goodies that are – of course – ideal Christmas gifts for fellow cat lovers.
Shop 1: Shop Miss Ella I’m a massive fan of Ella Goodwin‘s whimsical cat creations, and her Etsy shop is a treasure trove of quirky cat-themed jewellery and art prints, beautiful handmade cat handbags and more. Black Cat Bag (above) £40.77. Also available in kit form for £18.82, if you’re buying for crafty types.
Cat Calendar 2014 – Catlendar Girls – £11.29. Printed on a fine art printer, so illustrations can be framed after use.
Shop 2: The Nosuch Disco Online home of the incredibly cute and incredibly lard-arsed Fat Kitty, creation of designer/illustrator Dave Burgess. Fat Kitty is based on real-life obese puss, Oscar – who belongs to one of Dave’s neighbours, but spends a lot of time hanging out round Dave’s place. If you’re looking for something cute but not cutesy, or buying for fans of Kawaii, head over to The Nosuch Disco and check out Dave’s range of totes, t-shirts, art prints, smartphone cases and more.
I Heart Fat Kitty T-shirt, £14.99.
Shop 3: Doodlecats ‘Self-confessed crazy cat lady’ and artist, Beth Wilson, has a very distinctive style, and is a prolific creator of exceedingly cute, cartoon-like cat illustrations. Beth sells loads of cat-themed jewellery, bags, keyrings, badges and more, all of which retail at under a tenner (and many at under a fiver) – so if you’re looking for stocking fillers, Doodlecats is the place to go!
Grey Cat Keyring, £5.00, and Crazy Cat Lady Keyring, £4.00.