Following the success and reader engagement from our Christmas Gift Guide for Cats, we thought it might be useful to ask our November Moggy of the Week competition sponsor, Present Purrfections, what they recommend as the ideal present for cat-lovers.
Here’s what Present Purrfections’ founder, Julie Martin-Davy, recommended – in stages, with examples of gifts for each, tips to selecting the right gift and what things to take into consideration while you are shopping:
Set a budget and stick to it
First and foremost, decide on what you want to spend and only check out gifts in that particular price range. There is no need to spend loads to get something fantastic as, no matter what your budget is, our November Moggy of the Week competition sponsor Present Purrfections has something for almost any budget.
In fact, it even has a “Gifts Under £10” category where visitors to this online cat (and dog) lovers’ gift shop are sure to find the purrfect present even on a small budget: http://store.presentpurrfections.co.uk/t/cat-gifts-under-10
Is the gift for a special occasion?
Secondly, are you looking for something that little bit extra special for a celebration or occasion? Then why not make a grand gesture! Take a look at Present Purrfections’ range of PipSqueak Personalised Cards. And as an added-extra special feature that Present Purrfections offers, no where you are located, this cat-friendly gift shop has a card for you – personalised to your location. In fact these cards feature Present Purrfections’ very own kitty, Squeak, so take a look at just how cute the cards are thanks to that bonnie wee bae.
Do they have any particular interests?
So, your cat-loving friend is difficult to buy for as they have no other interest? No worries, as Present Purrfections has taken the hard work out of it by searching high and low on your behalf to find unique gifts for almost everyone of any age. It has these cat-decorated, hand painted wine glasses that are on my Christmas wish list and cat cork bottle stoppers for wine lovers that don’t quaff the entire bottle in one go, lol, plus other ace ideas including aprons and tea towels for budding chefs.
Whether your recipient likes cats, dogs, wine, gardening, crafting, reading or something in between, choose something that reflects their interests.
Always choose something in a favourite colour tone
If you are looking for something in a specific colour range then Present Purrfections also has you covered. Check out its range of awesome kitty scarves which come in several colours – you’ll be hard pressed not to find one you love and want for yourself! And to make it even more fantastic, this award-winning, charity-supporting cat gift shop sources these scarves from a fair trade company that hand dyes and prints them all in India, to support local communities and groups. So why not treat yourself and a friend/family member?
Circumstances can help your decision- making
Has your recipient just moved into a new home? Then consider some quirky new home essentials that they might just need, like candles and tea towels. Or do they need something to brighten up their desk at work? No Problem….Present Purrfections has everything, including quirky signs!
Is your gift age appropriate?
Age may just be a number but it plays a big part in gift selection. What age is the person that you’re buying a gift for? For children, Julie mentioned that the most popular items with her visitors are the kitty retro snack boxes, which are ideal for carrying lunchtime snacks and treats to school and out on summer picnics. Present Purrfections also has novelty pencils and stationery, which are a firm favourite with younger customers.
The most popular item for adult visitors is – not surprisingly – the range of shopping bags that Present Purrfections stocks. And this is why our November sponsor is giving one away for free to one lucky winner every week in November – there are three more up for grabs so don’t forget to enter to be in with a chance of getting one of these best-sellers for free for yourself.
One of the newest arrival of shopping bags is the Jute, which has proven very popular – as it is the ideal size for your shopping and, during November only, is being offered with an extra 30% off its usual price as it’s Present Purrfection’s featured product of the month!
If you are looking for something for an elderly relative, Julie recommends one of her gift shop’s lovely mugs. They come in a variety of sizes and designs so whether your granny likes a little cup of tea or a big mug of coffee there is a mug to suit her needs.
Gift boxes – for the recipient’s cat to play in
Perfect for cats, each order that comes from Present Purrfections is gift wrapped in a box that your kitties will no doubt spend hours playing in or lazing around on.
Julie says: “You don’t have to worry if the item you want comes in a box. The majority of the boxes our orders are shipped in are “cat friendly” so we have you covered! In fact Present Purrfections’ own kitties Pip and Squeak purrsonally test our packaging for catisfaction.”