Hi everyone, Phoebe here with some last minute gifts for cat lovers, especially for those of you who are at your wit’s end, and desperate for a gift that will bring joy and excitement. Don’t just flunk out with a ‘gift voucher’ – go the extra paw step!! Me? Oh, I’m reading children’s book Buster’s Winter Folly in the photo.

Dash Kitten Buster's Winter Folly

For the Adventurous and Fun loving Creative

It was thanks to Summer at Sparklecat that we discovered Carla Sonheim and we loved the idea of a quick and easy online art class with a cat theme. Mum has taken the class, and can recommend Carla as a friendly tutor who makes everything in the videos easy for you to do and to enjoy! This is a self-study class which you take at your own pace and even those who swear they can’t draw will have a lot of fun for $25.Dash Kitten Cat Drawing

Bonus tip : If you wrap up a pad, pencil and a couple of tubes (or small pans) of watercolour paint (& brush) they can make a start right away. Just head to the stationery shop! Carla also has a year long course that looks huge fun if you have more $$ to spend. For those looking for artistic gifts for cat lovers this is timeless and perfect.Cats! Online Class Begins June 16th!

Suggested Gifts for Cat Lovers Who Love Books

There are a lot of options for paper lovers and those with e-readers like the Kobo (for those who are not happy with Amazon) or Kindle, and reading apps on every Tablet. Each reader option has free books so grabbing the e-reader itself is no bad idea! We have a Kobo Glo with high quality back lighting.

For book store lovers, if you can get a real paper book, sometimes it makes an huge difference to the book you are reading. Brian Selznick (below) knows this and draws his stories accordingly.

Our Top Cat Books for This Year

  1. Welcome Bernard Socks We reviewed this book here and recommend it highly for its heartfelt depth that will resonate with every cat lover worldwide. Bernard Socks is available from Obverse Books and you can choose your format (paper/ebook) before you check out. Obverse is a small and friendly British company supporting a talented British writer. FORMAT E-reader and Paper.Dash Kitten Review Welcome Bernard Socks
  2. SparkleCat Books The gracious cat who held out a paw and gave Dash Kitten important advice when he statrted our blog was Sparklecat. Her books are deservedly best sellers of wit, humour and charm. If you know your gift recipient has not read, and giggled over, Sparkle’s advice to cats desperate for help with their humans – this is a good buy. FORMAT : Kindle and Paper.
  3. The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat A small volume but an uplifting one. Homer had a legion of fans worldwide and this book is a treasure for them all. “Homer is an exquisite gem of a book and an entirely worthy successor to Homer’s Odyssey….”. FORMAT Kindle and Paper.
  4. Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and The Marvels. Pictures speak louder than words sometimes and together they make a potent and magical mix. These books need to be read in paper form. The Kindle is almost as expensive so if you can get into a bookshop to buy your Christma giftee one of these – PLEASE do so! Selznick has won fistfuls of awards for these vibrantly alive books.
  5. Street Cat Bob series of books. For a fast fix of feline delight these ebooks will be perfect. Amazon Kindle, Kobo.

Gifts for Cat Lovers – The Small Shop Owner, Online Seller or Website Owner

The Biz year book, by vibrantly alive and intelligent creative Leonie Dawson, is a must have to inspire and encourage individual entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small business owners. Get it now, Get your giftee organised for 2016 – Big Time! Not in the Biz but want Life focus – there’s a book at the link for that too!

Instead of a boring black and white ‘business plan’ for 2016 Leonie gives you a wonderful, interactive, spiral bound book alive with vivid colour, thoughtful guidance and an excited commitment to help you succeed where you may have been discouraged before. This a cool book of very high quality.

  • Leonie also does a terrific ‘IntensiveDouble Your Own Business course (which Mum is currently work through) to give those already in business a blast into the stratosphere.

Dash Kitten Leonie Dawson

You might be a bit late to get someone the paper edition, you can either put the gift voucher under the tree (there is a printable voucher!) and they order in their own time, or you can buy the e-copy instantly, this copy can be filled in on the ipad or computer!

  • Mum is loving being able to fill in a proper real paper book – it gives her that extra push to keep going and get accountable for the coming year.

Colouring Pencils for the Colourist

Colouring is big this Christmas season, there are lots of lovely cat themed colouring books and plenty of downloadable images. The one thing a colourist needs is good quality pencils. If you know someone who enjoys colouring, buy them some top quality tools. Good companies include Staedtler (FB), Derwent (FB) (Inktense, Soft Colour) Faber-Castell (FB). There is a mini-review of some of the best quality pencils here.  The BZTAT Colouring book is hereCheck for Christmas Delivery times. Our review, and video of the book, is here!

(c) Vicki Boatwright BZTAT
(c) Vicki Boatwright BZTAT
  • Dusts off paws * There you have it, some cool cat loving gifts that you can get your paws on fast! Gift vouchers for ‘big stores’ just don’t cut it any more – you need to buy with thought for the cat lover in your life. OK go to it guys!

Happy Christmas Gift Giving!
Phoebe Kitten
Long Haired Kitten posing

 

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13 Comments

  1. Texas

    December 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Those are pawsome ideas!
    Purrs,
    Texas
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  2. meowmeowmans

    December 25, 2015 at 6:02 am

    That’s a terrific list, Phoebe! We got a cat coloring book recently, and are looking forward to starting with the fun. 🙂

    Hugs to you all!
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  3. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    December 25, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Great list you’ve got there! Might have to check out a thing or two for the peeps. They love cats, for sure.

    Purrs,
    Seville
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  4. Deziz World

    December 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Those awe sum gweat gift ideas. We hope y’all have a very blest Christmas.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi
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  5. Austin Towers

    December 23, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Great ideas!! The colouring craze has really taken off!

    Thank you so much for your lovely card. We really really appreciate it and especially from you all the way in NZ!!! Xxx
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    • Dash Kitten

      December 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Glad you got the card, we love your blog!

      Reply

  6. Bev Green

    December 23, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Great ideas sweetie…and really makes a present special..much better than a voucher i agree..paw past Cleo and Dinnermintz xxx
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  7. Brian

    December 23, 2015 at 12:30 am

    We like the coloring book idea!!!

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  8. Summer

    December 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    These are all awesome ideas – and thanks so much for plugging Sparkle’s books! BTW, we got your package, so now that it’s all here, my human says we can open it up!
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    • Dash Kitten

      December 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      You did? DON’T YOU DARE OPE………..N…..

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  9. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    December 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Those are some great gift suggestions!
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  10. Melissa & Mudpie

    December 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Fabulous gift ideas!!! There’s nothing more fun than shopping for fellow cat lovers 🙂
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  11. Thomas Archer

    December 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    *claps paws* Brilliant ideas and tips for last minute gifties, Phoebe!

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