Here’s a handy selection of small gifts/stocking fillers, all for under a tenner, that will hopefully help make Christmas shopping for fellow cat lovers that little bit easier…
(Above) Soapstone Flower Cat £8.99
Lucky Cat Kimono Silk Makeup Bag £7.95
Fat Kitty Notebooks/Journals £4.50
Slipper Socks £8.95
Hand-painted Wooden Mini-Cats £1.99
Kitten Handbag Torches £4.99
Tabby Cat Handbag Mirror £2.99
Cat scarves (available in four different colourways) £8.99
The following items are all from the Cats Protection Shop – proceeds from sales go towards funding the work carried out by the UK’s largest cat charity.
Cat Mini Hottie/Handwarmer £5.99
Cat Screen Wipe £8.99
Cats Protection Cats Calendar 2014 £4.95
Cats Protection Kitten Calendar 2014 £3.95
Cats Protection Pocket Diary 2014 £2.95
Cat Socks £4.75
I’ve still got a couple of these Tuxedo Cat Tote Bags left in the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop. Priced at £6.50 – £5.oo from each sale will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust to help fund their invaluable cat rescue, re-homing and animal welfare work.
Edit 12/12/13: These bags have now sold out.
I think the title of this post is pretty self explanatory; so without further ado….
Shop No. 1: Tattypuss – an impressively large collection of cat-themed homeware, jewellery, accessories, art, stationery and more; all with a contemporary feel. Has a handy Stocking Fillers section with 59 products for under a tenner. Great if you’re looking for something a little quirky, like these Si Cat Bookends by Dora Designs (£17.99).
Shop No. 2: The Cat Gallery – another large collection of cat-themed homeware, ornaments, jewellery, accessories, clothing and much more. Products mainly contemporary in design. Gifts Under £10 page, listing 40+ products. Has a good-sized range of bags and purses, including this Catseye Tabby Shopper Bag for £6.00.
Shop No. 3: Mad About Cats – a seemingly never-ending range of cat-themed goodies. Includes products to suit traditional and contemporary tastes. Has a wide kitchenware range, which includes several kitsch Cat Salt & Pepper Sets. (This one is £12.99).
And last, but by no means least, Shop No. 4: Mad Old Cat Lady - a great source for fabulously off-the-wall cat-themed art, accessories, tableware, tea towels and t-shirts. Ideal if you’re trying to buy for teenagers of the more gothic persuasion, or indeed anyone who’s proud to call themselves unconventional (and so they should be!). Includes this great Feral Tee for £20.00 (inc. UK delivery).
These beautiful custom cat portraits are free-hand machine embroidered by the very talented Leigh Bowser. Free-hand machine embroidery involves lowering the feed dogs on a sewing machine and then moving the fabric around so that the needle ‘draws’ an image in thread – a very tricky technique to master, which gives beautiful results.
Leigh produces 7 x 5 inch portraits, and custom embroidered patches/brooches, from photographs sent to her by customers of their cats (and other pets).
Leigh’s custom cat portraits are available from her UK Etsy shop, LeighLaLovesYou, priced at £40.00 for a 5 x 7 Custom Pet Portrait and £18.00 for a Custom Pet Patch/Brooch.
If you’re thinking of ordering one of these portraits as a Christmas pressie for the cat lover in your life, Leigh asks that you message her directly upon purchase (there’s an option to do this when you buy on Etsy). And get a move on, as there’s up to a four week turnaround between ordering and delivery: these portraits are time-consuming to make, and, as Leigh points out, she is ‘just one woman and her sewing machine’!
This quirky throw features a multitude of cats printed in a tapestry stylee onto soft cotton. It’s large enough for a king size bed, and, if you’re bold enough, could also be used as a spectacularly cat-tastic wall hanging.
Measurements: W228cm x L274cm. Available from Urban Outfitters for £40.00.
Today is National Black Cat Day, an annual event here in the UK, organised by Cats Protection to draw attention to the plight of black (and black and white) cats, who are the least popular colours of cat, and consequently spend far longer in rescue centres waiting for adoption than other more eye-catching felines.
In celebration of National Black Cat Day I’ve rounded up a collection of black cat goodies for your perusal……
Top: Black Magic Rescue limited edition screen print £65.00 from Mad Old Cat Lady (Available in a range of colours.)
1. The marvellously named Fat Cat Bum Chase cushion by Nia Gould. £24.95 from Ohh Deer.
2. Black Cat Hair Grips. £2.00 from NeonBlackOnline UK Etsy shop.
3. Cat Hook. Wall mounted hooks (one on each foot) £14.00 from Hunkydory Home.
4. Flensted Cats Mobile. £12.95 from Hus & Hem.
5. Geo Cat Brooch by Custom Made. £11.00 from Not On The High Street.
6. Black Cat Double Oven Gloves. £14.95 from Velvet Brown.
It’s harder than you think to find a decent cat mug, as most designs seem to fall into the twee and irredeemably naff category. So I was delighted when Arthouse Meath tweeted me a photo of their new Cats Mug - which (if memory serves me correctly!), is the best cat mug I’ve ever seen.
The Cats Mug features a design by Amy Fenton. (The same design is also available on these notebooks and tea towels that I featured on Cool for Cats UK earlier this year.) I’m a huge fan of Amy’s cat drawings – they are so beautifully quirky, and the personality of each individual cat really shines through.
The Cats Mug is made from dishwasher-safe bone china and measures 8cm diameter x 9cm high (the ideal size for tea, in my opinion). Available from Arthouse Meath for £8.99.
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