A Christmas Gift Guide series from Cat Blog Dash Kitten

Welcome to our Budget Gift Guide for pet lovers. Shopping online is the easiest thing to do in the crazy run up to Christmas. Our budget guide is the perfect way to find something to thank a friend for a good deed, or someone for help received in the past year. 

You can shop by ‘phone, tablet or desktop computer! From our review you can jump off to a variety of sites for further fun and shopping, and don’t forget our book recommendations here!

What You will Find in Our Budget Gift Guide for Pet Lovers!

We have searched for lowcost items that will make the perfect small Christmas present. Our remit was treasures of handmade quality as much as we can, or of local manufacture. Our shopping budget is £20/$25US/23€ and we are including gifts from the USA, Canada and Great Britain.

Scrooge Tip 😉 Don’t waste money buying gifts for people who will certainly ‘regift’ them. Buy those folks a clothing voucher so they have something to wear!

Colorado Catnip

A longtime supporter of Dash Kitten, Jana at Colorado Catnip is a skilled sewer and creates gorgeous and colourful gifts for your pets.  Her fun and cosy ‘fish‘ mats are perfect for your sofa, or wherever your pet wants to lounge.  The second budget item at Colorado Catnip is their fun catnip toys, robust, inexpensive and with organic catnip they are the perfect small gift for cats and kittens. 

Although her pet beds are outside this budget post they are worth a look, words like cosy, warm, and comfortable all come to mind. If she doesn’t have your favourite colour Jana can create one to match your decor!

picture of a cats catnip toy

Arm The Animals Accessories – America

Mum is the proud owner of an Arm the Animals sweatshirt of a kitten brandishing a light sabre, she got it especially to wear at BlogPaws®.  ATA (also on FB) make edgy, witty and sometimes directly confrontational tshirts, sweatshirts and accessories. Smaller gifts include beanies, vinyl decals, mouse mats, gift cards and practical bags. Prices for these range from $5.00 to $25.00US

Their byline is Fashion, Activism, Attitude and their wearables are perfect for any animal lover (male or female) who wants to make a bold statement.  You cannot fail to find something for the committed animal lover in your life at ATA.

Budget Gift Guide for Pet Lovers Arm the Animals AccessoriesHoneyAndSpice Morepork Soap, Otago, New Zealand

Handmade in Otago, New Zealand, this Morepork $12.50NZ (New Zealand owl) is handmade from the finest quality ingredients. The fragrances include Lavender and Lime, Tea Tree and Rosemary, Manuka Honey and Oatmeal, and Lemongrass and Ginger. 

Each owl arrives gift boxed in elegantly restrained packaging that makes it suitable for men as well as women. No girly style ‘pretties’, just a nicely wrapped gift. Honey and Spice (also on FB) do not ship outside New Zealand so check Etsy for your own country’s talented soap makers – you will be surprised at the range.

Budget Gift Guide Honey and Spice Morepork Soap

 Crazy Cat Man Mug, Canada

At last, a Cat mug for a Man, we love it! There is a mug for everyone at artRuss in Canada. Wisecracks and witty sayings across a range of holidays from Christmas, to weddings and pet people.  Their last Christmas dates are on the front page of their Etsy shop but we recommend early ordering as closer to Christmas postage all over the world suddenly starts to creak under the strain of so many parcels. Price $17.77US

Budget Gift Guide for Pet Lovers Comic mug with a Crazy Cat Man quote

Miniature Pet Portrait – Ormskirk, Great Britain

1) This is irresistible and the perfect gift or memorial for a pet owner BUT 2) the waiting list is 7 months for a portrait as oil paints take a long time to dry. We know, what’s it doing here? We felt you would like to see this as the entire proceeds (£20) go to the Cinnamon Trust who help the elderly and terminally ill with their pets. Each portrait is a miniature, 6.3 x 8.9 cms or 2.5 x 3.5 inches, maybe the size of a business card and hand painted in oils. Price £20. (Plan ahead for special Birthdays and Anniversaries next year. )

Stephanie Guy also does a range of other portraits and prints that make perfect little thank you gifts to slip in an envelope. 

Artist Stephanie Guy, Painter

Cat Scarf from The Tiniest Tiger – USA Ships worldwide

The perfect gift for someone who does not want to scream out ‘crazy cat lady’ but state her support for felines in elegant shades of black, beige or light pink.  The chiffon scarf is soft and very lightweight. It measures 70 x 160 cm and, hand on heart Mum says she would NOt be without hers. 

For cooler evenings, at the end of a warm day, or to wrap under your winter coat, This. Is. Perfect! We like ours so much mom is going to model it for you!

Budget Gift Guide for Pet Lovers

Hare Medium Journal, Great Britain

This gorgeous journal by Clare Ashton is a true work of handmade art. Not only does she handmake the superb felt, she screen prints her own drawings onto the journals. Each journal is then lined with organic cotton. Luxury at this price? You bet!

The ‘journal’ itself is Seawhite from Brighton, in the UK. These are the same sketch books that Mum uses, so we can verify that the paper are of good quality for notes, sketches and capturing that inspirational moment.  Price £20

Budget Gift Guide for Pet Lovers Hare Journal in Handmade felt

We hope  our budget gift guide for pets allows you to check out handmade arts and crafts on sites such as Folksy (UK) and Etsy (worldwide gifts). You can set your budet on these sites and then filter out what you don’t want to see, search terms include ‘pet lovers’, ‘gifts for dogs’, ‘gifts for cats’.

We also aim to post a guide focusing on the individual shops of animal friends worldwide later this week.

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30 Comments

  1. Jessica Shipman

    December 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

    What great gift ideas! I love the Cat Man Mug! There’s so much for cat loving females, but our male counterparts are often forgotten. The owl soaps are pretty cute too.

    Reply

  2. Robin

    December 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    These are great! Where do I start. I love gift guides. 🙂 I think my favorites are the Arm the Animals t-shirt and the Triple T Studios scarf. Love them both!

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  3. Sweet Purrfections

    December 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Love soaps shaped like animals. I have some cat shaped soaps that I’ve never used because I can’t find anymore.

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  4. Carol Bryant

    December 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I have a friend who loves owls. I know she would want those owl soaps. What a fantastic list of items you have here!

    Reply

  5. Denise

    December 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    What a fun gift list. We really like that you have budgets in mind too. We are really lovin almost any product coming from New Zealand.

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  6. FiveSibesMom

    December 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    What lovely gift items! My niece would love the owl soaps, and I’m pretty fond of the journals!

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  7. Tonya Wilhelm

    December 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I just love those owl soaps! How cool are those? That little catnip frog is cute too. Happy holidays.

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  8. Beth Patterson

    December 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    What a great selection of gifts, all of the sudden the hard-to-shop-for person on my list just turned into my easiest. Thank you!

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  9. Sadie

    December 5, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this fun list of gift ideas. And, for introducing me to the Cinnamon Trust. During my next trip to the U.K. I will definitely look them up.

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  10. Jana Rade

    December 5, 2016 at 7:14 am

    OMG those soaps are adorable!

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  11. Cathy Armato

    December 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    These are great gift items, you’ve got some really unique things here! I’m crazy about the owl soap, I Love owls!! Thanks for sharing.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  12. The Daily Pip

    December 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    So much fun and loveliness in this post. I love the owl soaps and the fragrances sound wonderful – I adore anything with lavender. And oh my gosh, those journals with the felted and screen-printed covers – absolutely stunning! I’m going to tweet this out, too!

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  13. Malaika Fernandes

    December 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    What a Purrfect gift list the scarf is simply to die for. We always hear about “crazy cat lady” so the mug for a crazy cat man is like a breath of fresh air

    Reply

  14. Ruth Epstein

    December 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Great list and I love that its international – thank you

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  15. Pawesome Cats

    December 3, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Great gift ideas ~ I love that you’ve showcased gift ideas from around the world too!

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  16. Joely Smith

    December 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    LOVE the soaps! Also – your scarf … I got one just like it for my daughter. It is so pretty!

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  17. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    December 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my mouses those owl soaps are cute. I took one look at ’em and went “AWWW…” but in a good kinda way, as opposed to just before I cry, MOUSES!

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  18. Tenacious Little Terrier

    December 3, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Ooh I love those soaps. I have a friend who is obsessed with owls.

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  19. Hindy Pearson

    December 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    You picked some great gifts, and I love how you won’t see them everywhere. Unique is great!

    Reply

  20. Nichole

    December 3, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Looks like some great cat products!

    Reply

  21. Danielle Sullivan

    December 3, 2016 at 2:13 am

    What unique gifts for pet lovers! I especially love Crazy Cat Man mug!!

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    • Dash Kitten

      December 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Us too. Why should the cat ladies have all the fun!

      Reply

  22. Cathy Keisha

    December 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Great report, Harvey! We love Triple T Studio! TW just ordered from them. She also just messaged back and forth with Jana. I’m gonna have to look into the portrait to get Pop. Thanks for the pawsome picks.

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  23. meowmeowmans

    December 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Well done, Harvey! We really love your picks!

    Reply

  24. Brian Frum

    December 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Oh yea, we agree, you sure picked some winners and some mighty nice things!

    Reply

  25. The Island Cats

    December 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    What a pawsome list of gifts! And we love that they are budget friendly.

    Reply

  26. Deziz World

    December 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Great gift guide. Still a little (lot) outta our purrice range, but a lot of cute things. Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    Reply

  27. Summer

    December 1, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I love your picks! We are especially big fans of Arm the Animals.

    Reply

  28. The Swiss Cats

    December 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Those are wonderful ideas for everyone worldwide ! Thank you, Harvey ! Purrs

    Reply

  29. mommakatandherbearcat

    December 1, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I LOVE the work the Cinnamon Trust does. A reader told me about them after my post about estate planning for our furry friends (unfortunately, that was before I got involved with BlogPaws and the international blogging community so I just focused on resources in the US). Knowing how a formerly homeless kitten saved my life, their mission really touched my heart. Thank you for mentioning the Cinnamon Trust … I’d always meant to expand my original post and then it slipped my mind.

    Reply

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