Sigmund Freud once said time with cats is never wasted, and we whole-heartedly agree. If you’ve spent any time with cats, you’ll know that each one has layers upon layers of personality. And every cat adds great joy to their human’s daily life.
That’s why gifts for cat lovers that are feline-inspired will always be a hit!
Cat lovers don’t just love their own cats, they love every single thing that’s got anything to do with kitties – from books to mugs, movies, home decor, jewelry, and more.
Really, if a gift makes even the slightest nod to cats, the gift-giver (that’s you!) will be in their good books fur-ever. Heck, they might even trust you to cat-sit next time they’re out of town. If you’re lucky, that is.
But maybe you’re not a cat lover (yet) yourself and have no clue what sort of gift would tickle a cat lover’s fancy.
Not to worry, the team at L&L happens to be slightly obsessed with cats. Pair that with our love for putting together inspired gift lists, and you’ve got yourself sorted for your cat-loving friend’s birthday, Christmas, retirement, or whatever other occasion warrants a thoughtful gift.
Ready for a whole lot of paw-some gift ideas (and cat puns)? We thought so.
Gifts for Cat Lovers
1. Refillable Catnip Mat
OK, OK, so this catnip mat may appear to be a gift for the cat himself, but trust us, your cat-loving friend is going to go BANANAS over it too!
There’s no greater joy than seeing your little kitty blissed out on catnip. Plus, this high-inducing mat is covered with cat illustrations, reinforcing the universal truth that cats rule and dogs drool.
Just kidding, we love dogs just as much as cats over here at L&L, but still, this video compilation says a lot.
2. Cat-Shaped Personalized Ceramic Mug
There are a lot of personalized pet mugs out there where you can get your pet’s name and photo added to a regular old white mug. And that’s all fine and dandy, but if you want to really wow your cat-loving pal, THIS mug is the way to go.
Simply snag a picture of your friend’s feline and send it off to the folks at Barruntando Ceramics. They’ll create a cat-shaped mug in the likeness of the kitty. How cool is that?!
3. Homer’s Odyssey Book
Might want to pair this book with a cat-themed hankie, because the tears are going to be flowing! Who doesn’t love a story about a pet that changed its human’s life? And a blind cat at that.
The heartstrings are a pullin’ and the eyes are a waterin’.
Honestly, while this book would be treasured by any cat-loving reader, we think it’s the kind book that non-cat lovers need to read too. Because the world needs more cat adoration, just sayin’.
4. Origami Cat Necklace
So dainty and unique, just like cats! Well, ok, so some of them aren’t so dainty, but we can pretend right?
This gorgeous necklace is perfect for the stylish cat lover and we adore the nod to the Japanese art of origami. Did you know that in Japanese culture, cats are revered and seen as good luck charms?
That makes this necklace one part jewelry piece, one part good luck charm in our books!
5. Cat Scratch Bookends
Here’s another gift idea for the cat lover with an eye for style.
These sweet black cat scratch bookends are made in Kentucky and hand-cut from carbon steel, making them a gift that will last a lifetime. And the simple silhouette design will match almost any decor aesthetic.
Two paws up for a gift that’s useful, stylish, and celebrates cats!
6. Custom Cat Portrait
Just as there are tonnes of custom pet mugs to choose from, there are loads of custom pet portrait options out there.
We were especially taken with the peekaboo style offered by this Etsy artist and the fact that it’s an original painting, rather than digital .
All you have to do is send in one (or several) photos of your friend’s kitty cat, and you’ll receive an original watercolor portrait on thick paper with the artist’s signature.
Note: does not come with a mat or frame, so you may want to budget for one or both of these add-ons.
7. Little Genie Pail
by Litter Genie
This one’s perfect for the new cat owner. Yes, it’s basically a diaper genie for cat owners, but trust us, your friend will thank you every single day for this indispensable gift.
This little pail can hold up to TWO weeks of cat litter, which means way fewer trips to the garbage. And if your cat-loving friend lives in a place where winter is a real thing, this is a mighty fine feature.
It also guards against smells, with a 7 layer odor control system. And if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that cat litter smells are not pleasant!
If you’re feeling super generous, include a pack of refills so your pal is set for months to come!
8. Cat-Print Beeswax Food Wrap
These beeswax food wraps will get plenty of use and bring a smile to their face every time they need to store away leftover food!
Plus, they’re environmentally-friendly and super affordable. You’re welcome!
9. Woven Cat Basket
by Crate & Kids
This gorgeous cat basket is part of Crate & Barrel’s kids’ collection, but we think it would look equally stylish anywhere in the house.
Practical and pretty, it features cut out handles and plenty of storage room for toys and blankets.
10. Customized Cat Socks
Here’s another customized gift idea that your cat-loving friend will probably squeal in delight at receiving. Because who wouldn’t want to show off their beloved kitty on a snazzy pair of socks right?
All you have to do is send in a photo of the kitty that’s going to be a sock-lebrity and voila!
These socks come in four color options and four size options and are made from polyester, nylon, and LOVE! D’awwww.
11. How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
This hilarious book from American cartoonist and creator of The Oatmeal, Matt Inman, is nothing short of pure brilliance.
Any cat lover will immediately relate to the many cat jokes within this satirical book and get many hours of enjoyment flipping through the book. You know, as long as their cat doesn’t catch on and quietly ‘dispose’ of it.
12. Home Is Where My Cat Is Tea Towel
This is a great gift for the friend who loves cooking almost as much as they love their cat, or cats (because cat lovers tend to accrue more than one feline!)
Made of 100% cotton and hand screen-printed, this beautiful flour sack tea towel will surely find pride of place in your cat-loving pal’s kitchen.
13. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Vacuum
Here’s another practical gift that any cat lover will appreciate, but especially if they have a long-haired cat. Because even though they’d never admit it, at some point most cat owners question whether they should have just got a Sphynx cat (you know, the hairless breed!)
This handheld cordless vacuum from Bissel was designed specifically to handle pet hair and dirt. It comes with three specialized pet tools (a motorized brush tool, upholstery tool, and crevice tool) and is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
14. Metal Cat Shaped Wine Holder
OK, this is just TOO adorable and perfect for the cat lover who has an affection for wine as well!
Made of iron and featuring handmade craftsmanship, this wine holder would fit in with almost any design aesthetic. Add a bottle of their favorite wine and they’ll think of you every time they raise a glass in cheers.
15. Yoga Cat Paper Towel Holder
Have a cat-loving friend who’s also yoga-obsessed? This paper towel holder will stoke both of their passions, while also serving a practical purpose. Honestly, even non-yoga folks will love the stylish design of this cast iron piece, which comes in brown or silver. It can also serve as a toilet paper holder, for those who want to level up their bathroom game.
The Paw-sibilities Are Endless!
Did you know there are approximately 95 million domestic cats living their best life in the US alone?!
With that many kitties strutting their stuff, you can bet there are endless gifting possibilities (or paw-sbilities, as we like to say) to suit every cat lover’s style. We were ‘feline’ really inspired when we put together this list of gift ideas and hope it serves you well!
And, hey, if all else fails, a bottle of vino and a package of catnip will surely please any cat lover and their furball of joy. Well, it’d make us smile with delight in any case!
Here’s to all the cats out there that make life more interesting, more snuggly, and more rodent-free!
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