11 Thoughtful Gifts for People Who Love Cats

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Some cat lovers would say that owning a feline is gift enough. For others, you may want to consider supplementing with some toys, novelties, and utilities that can help human and cat strengthen their bond. Check out some of our purrfect gift suggestions for the floof wrangler in your life.

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1. K&H Pet Products Outdoor Kitty House

A cat sits inside a K&H heated cat house
Amazon

For cats who like to roam outdoors in the winter months, this cat crib is a perfect shelter against the elements. Flap-style doors and a heating element keep them warm and a Velcro-assisted frame makes assembly easy. We make no guarantee, however, that the cat won’t just sit on top of it.

Find It at Amazon for $32 and also at these other retailers:

2. The Ultimate Scratching Post

A front view of a SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post
Amazon

Not all scratching posts are created equal. The SmartCat post is a towering 32 inches so cats can get in a full stretch while they satisfy their urge to dig their claws into the fibers and not the couch. A 16-inch base helps protect against tipping.

Find It at Amazon for $42.

3. Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler Pet Bed Gift Set

A pillow and blanket sit inside a Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler pet bed
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats don’t get enough of, it’s sleep. Encourage them to take some downtime with this ultra-plush bed gift package, which includes a matching blanket and pillow.

Find It at PetSmart for $28.

4. Aspen Pet Self-Warming Bed

A front view of the Aspen self-warming pet bed
Amazon

For cats in drafty houses, consider warming up their naps with this self-insulating bed that uses a pet’s own body heat to provide warmth. Raised and bolstered edges help cats settle in for a cozy burrowing session.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

5. Petcube Bites Pet Camera With Treat Dispenser

A look at the Petcube Bites pet camera with treat dispenser
Amazon

You can help cat owners spending time away from home keep tabs on their troublesome furball with this camera that doubles as a treat dispenser. The device lets owners peer in on their cat’s activities via a cell phone app and also allows them to fling treats from up to six feet away.

Find It at Amazon for $229 and also at these other retailers:

6. Wellness Kittles Grain-Free Turkey & Cranberries Holiday Recipe Crunchy Cat Treats

A look at the Wellness Kittles cat treats
Amazon

As tempting as it might be to slip your cat some holiday meal leftovers, you never know what those finicky types will wind up vomiting on the place setting. Keep it simple and safe with these turkey and cranberry-flavored treats made from real turkey meat.

Find It at Chewy for $2.

7. Petsafe Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

A cat plays with the PetSafe Zoom laser cat toy
Amazon

Know someone who gets tired of playing with a laser pointer before their cat does? Check out the PetSafe automated laser game, which projects that maddening tiny red dot in a 360-degree pattern. Twin lasers can help keep two cats busy at once.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

8. Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed Electronic Motion Cat Toy

A look at the PetLinks Mystery Motion cat toy
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats love and owners hate, it’s mutilated rat and bird carcasses. Satisfy a cat’s need to corner hapless prey with this motorized toy that mimics an elusive target. A feather tip moves in erratic patterns under a cloth, providing stimulation and physical exercise.

Find It at PetSmart for $26.

9. DJ Cat Scratching Pad

A cat uses the DJ Cat scratching pad
Uncommon Goods

Raise the roof with this scratching pad that should amuse cats and their owners alike. The “turntable” moves as a cat kneads its paws, giving the impression DJ Fluffy is kicking out some sick beats.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $35 and also at these other retailers:

10. Purina® TIDY CATS® BREEZE® Cat Litter Box System

A look at the Purina Tidy Cats Breeze litter box
Purina

If you can identify a cat owner’s house by its smell, it might be time to help them rethink their litter box approach. The Purina Tidy Cats Breeze uses pellets that allow urine to pass through the litter and into a disposable absorbent pad to trap odors.

Find It at PetSmart for $33.

11. Cats On Catnip Book

A look at the 'Cats on Catnip' book from Running Press
Running Press

Cat owners will revel in this photograph collection of cats tripping out on their recreational nip of choice. Free of their inhibitions, these felines cut loose in a series of candid freak-out sessions.

Find It at Amazon for $13.

10 Cozy Mugs for Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List

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A mug is the perfect all-purpose gift. It’s just as appropriate for your office Secret Santa as it is for your best friend. But in a world stacked to the brim with cool drinking vessels for warm beverages, which to choose? Take a look at these 11 whimsical, wonderful mugs that will please just about everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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1. Game Boy Heat Change Mug

A mug decorated to look like a Game Boy
Firebox

Need a gift for a video game master, or just someone who’s nostalgic for the ‘90s? Try a drinkable Game Boy. The two consoles on either side of this mug "turn on" in response to heat, revealing a start screen and a classic shot from a game of Mario. This way, your caffeine-swilling friend will get to watch their Game Boy power on at the same time they do.

Find it at Firebox for
$7.

2. Personalized Map City Mug

Three mint-green and white mugs stacked on top of each other
Etsy

Let someone on your list show off their hometown pride with a map mug customized to showcase their favorite place. Geek Group’s personalized mugs can be tailor-made to map out the boundaries of a certain city or even a single neighborhood, down to specific coordinates. The 11-ounce, fade-resistant mugs come in a variety of different color schemes, including black and white, pink, mint (above), and multi-colored. Even better, the shop helps fund programming at the Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a nonprofit dedicated to science and technology education.

Find it at Etsy for $12.

3. Heat Changing Constellation Mug

Amateur star-gazers will be wowed by this star-chart morph mug from the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. Featuring a dark image of the night sky, as it warms up, it reveals the 11 major constellations within. It's a perfect companion for someone who likes sitting out on the porch with some hot chocolate and finding the real constellations.

Find it at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

4. Ember Ceramic Mug

There’s nothing worse than going to take a sip of coffee and realizing it’s gone ice-cold. With Ember, your giftee will never have to worry about their coffee or tea cooling down, because the mug is designed to keep their drink at the exact temperature they specify. It links up with a smartphone app so that the user can remotely adjust the ideal temperature, and get a notification once their beverage has hit that temperature.

Find it at Ember for $80 and also at these other retailers:

5. Anatomy Of ... Mugs

Two images of a mug that reads 'Anatomy of a Maine Coon' with a drawing of a cat on it
Etsy

Your favorite animal lover will go gaga over these cutesy mugs by UK-based illustrator Sophie Corrigan. Her "Anatomy Of" mug series covers cats, dogs, birds, betta fish, cows, giraffes, hedgehogs, and basically any other animal that could be construed as adorable. No matter what kind of animal—pet or otherwise—tickles your friend’s fancy, Corrigan has a whimsical illustration to go with it.

Find it at Society 6 for $11 and up.

6. Climate Change Morph Mug

Two mugs depict a world map and rising sea levels.
Amazon

Perfect for the environmental activist in your life, this mug is a daily reminder of the effect humankind has on the planet. The heat-activated mug reflects what’s happening as the Earth warms, slowly causing continents to disappear as the polar ice caps melt and sea levels rise. Goodbye, Florida. Not all of your friends will be delighted to deal with the grim realities of climate change over breakfast, but for particularly ardent environmentalists, it will make a great conversation piece when their science-denying relatives come to visit.

Find it at Amazon for $16.

7. Animal Snout Cups

A woman raises a white cup to her mouth that is shaped like a dog’s snout.
Firebox

These 6-ounce cups are sure to make any breakfast companion laugh, and they make a great novelty gift for an animal lover in your life. When they tip the cup up to their lips, they will suddenly have a new snout. The mugs come in either the shape of a dog’s nose or a pig’s, but there’s nothing stopping you from gifting both.

Find it at Firebox for $7.

8. Banned Books Morph Mug

Two mugs feature the titles of books that have been banned, one with the titles blacked out.
Uncommon Goods

Your literary friends and family will fight over this morphing mug decorated with the titles of classic books that have been banned at some point. As the mug warms up, the black lines censoring the titles—from To Kill a Mockingbird to Naked Lunch—reveal themselves.

Find it at Uncommon Goods for $12.

9. Donut Warming Mug

A coffee mug lies on its side to reveal a platform to hold a donut, while another sits with a donut on top nearby.
Amazon

Give your favorite donut lover the perfect breakfast with this donut-warming mug, which will keep their breakfast pastry warm from the heat of their coffee. The top of the mug features a built-in lid that serves as a resting place for a small pastry (or cookie), warmed by the steam of a good cup of joe.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

10. Mondarian Color-Changing Mug

A mug features a Mondrian-inspired design.
Amazon

Your beloved art connoisseur can take inspiration from this morphing mug from the Museum of Modern Art’s design store. Before you pour in hot liquid, it looks like it just features a black and white grid. Once it heats up, its color-changing surface reveals a design inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian.

Find it at:

11 Brilliant Gifts for the Notebook Enthusiast

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Science says it's easier to organize and remember information when you write it down. Help everyone on your list stay on track with these charming notebooks that are great for artists, writers, planners, and dreamers.

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1. Poketo Concept Planner


Poketo

Your loved ones could tap reminders into their phones, but this glam pink planner makes keeping appointments much more fun. The 252-page, open-dated book includes space to scribble goals for the week, month, and year as well as calendar sheets for scheduling activities. The binding lies flat while open and the 8-by-5-inch fabric-textured cover gives your giftee's plans a fashionable finish.

Find It at Poketo for $34.

2. Rite In The Rain All-Weather Top-Spiral Notebook


Rite in the Rain

It looks like a regular notepad, but Rite in the Rain's 4-by-6-inch gridded sheets are completely waterproof, able to withstand the wetness of a rainforest, a summer downpour, or being dropped in the mud. Use any pen or pencil for smudgeproof writing that will stay legible no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.

Find It at Amazon for $7 and also at these other retailers:

3. Moleskine Smart Writing Set


Moleskine

If your favorite notebook enthusiast draws or writes in this Moleskine paper tablet with the included Pen+ smart pen, their creation will appear in digital form on your phone or iPad via a companion app. Encoded technology allows the pen to capture each stroke and smoothly transfer freehand doodlings from page to screen. From there, the user can edit, add text, share ideas and more.

Find It at Moleskine for $199 and also at these other retailers:

4. MidoriI Grid Notebook


Amazon

You'll notice Midori notebooks are missing something: a cover. That’s entirely on purpose. These minimalist Japanese notebooks allow users to focus on the joy of writing through their gentle gridlines, thread-stitch binding, lay-flat design, and colored string on the spine that indicates the notebook's page style.

Find It at Amazon for $10 and also at these other retailers:

5. Princeton Architectural Press Observer's Notebook: Astronomy


Princeton Architectural Press

If the 2017 total solar eclipse sparked a new love of astronomy in someone you know, give this handsome 7-by-9-inch hardcover notebook, so they can record night sky observations. The ruled pages are paired with information about stars, planets, constellations, and other celestial bodies, plus gorgeous color images from the Hubble and ESA space telescopes.

Find It at Princeton Architectural Pressfor $19 and also at these other retailers:

6. Leda Art Supply Sketchbook


Amazon

Whether your gift recipient draws in pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, or watercolors, this softcover sketchbook is ideal for many kinds of art. The 160 pages of 7-by-10-inch archival paper are thread-bound and include an elastic band to keep the book closed. A ribbon bookmark adds a classy finishing touch.

Find It at Amazon for $18 and also at these other retailers:

7. Pilot Frixion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens


Pilot

The perfect pen for The New York Times Sunday crossword, Pilot's long-lasting Frixion gel pens write incredibly smoothly in a variety of ink colors and erase completely with the attached eraser, without damaging the writing surface beneath. The 0.7-millimeter fine point gives penmanship an elegant flourish. When you're finished writing, the nib clicks back into the pen shaft.

Find It at Amazon for $11 and also at these other retailers:

8. Traveler's Company Brown Leather Notebook


Amazon

Indulge your loved one's inner Hiram Bingham or Nellie Bly with this classic traveler's notebook. Encased in a hand-made chocolate leather cover is a sheaf of blank Midori paper (refills are available); the book includes a ribbon bookmark and a band for keeping the cover closed when not in use. At roughly 8.5 inches by 5 inches, the notebook is sized for stuffing into a safari jacket.

Find It at Amazon for $47 and also at these other retailers:

9. Present And Correct Corner Ring Bound Notebook


Present and Correct

A twist on your typical spiral-bound notebook, this pad by British company Present and Correct hinges at the corner with a chic brass coil. The 50-page book comes in small (2.75 inches by 4.75 inches) and large (5.8 inches by 8.3 inches) and three variations: black cover/blank sheets, green cover/ruled sheets, and gray cover/dotted sheets.

Find It at Present And Correct for $7 and up.

10. Moleskine Limited Edition SUPER MARIO Notebook

super maro bros. limited edition moleskine notebook
Moleskine

Travel back to the "8-bit world of the Mushroom Kingdom" with the help of this limited edition Super Mario notebook from Moleskine. The hardback notebook includes 70 ivory lined pages and a bookmark, plus stickers and extra goodies printed on the inside of the paperband.

Find It at Moleskine for $20.

11. Princeton Architectural Press Pocket Department Notebooks


Princeton Architectural Press

Inspired by 1950s stationery, the Pocket Department notebooks recall old-school composition books with a modern splash of color. This pack includes each of four different styles—backpack, messenger bag, shirt pocket, and back pocket sizes—containing 64 lined pages apiece. The set comes wrapped in a reusable interoffice-style envelope with a string closure, suitable for your office's secret Santa rounds.

Find It at Princeton Architectural Press for $20 and also at these other retailers:

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