Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Gift Ideas: Day 5

For People: Home & Garden Décor

When my little Vixen had a consultation with pet psychic Laura Stinchfield, Vixen told her that she used to not know why I needed so many pictures of her when she was still with me, but now she understands people better and is okay with it.

For some reason, cat lovers just love to be surrounded by cats! And why not? I've read that dog owners value dogs for their loyalty, but cat lovers find their beauty to be the thing most cherished in cats. Don't know that I'd completely agree with its ranking highest in importance, but they certainly are beautiful. So for that cat lover on your list, why not add to their feline collection?

All cats may be beautiful, but ask any cat owner which is the most beautiful, and it's bound to be one of his own. So what better gift than a custom oil portrait of his or her very own beloved cat? The portraits we offer are available in four sizes that range in price from $79.95 to $119.95, with shipping included. You choose the orientation and background color, upload a photo of the cat, and an artist does the portrait from that. About three weeks later, your canvas will arrive rolled in a tube for you or your recipient to frame in any style preferred. The photo at the top of this blog post, as well as the one shown above, are examples of their work. It's a unique gift that will hold a very special place in your giftee's heart!

For the cat lover with a sense of humor (and reality), this throw pillow says it all! It's 12-1/2" x 9" and will only set you back $12.95 For more serious-minded individuals, we have several lovely hooked pillows, some designed by renowned artists, that come in a variety of sizes and range in price from $12.95 to $49.95.

Collectors will appreciate these assortments of antique reproduction cigarette cards that are matted in groups of 6, 9, 12, or 20. They depict various breeds of cats, or one set even has wild cats. Cigarette cards were produced from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s to promote various brands of smokes, with some of the images available here from the Players brand in the UK. They range in price from $42.95 to $99.95, depending on the number of cards in the set. You choose which cats to include in the set and whether to have them matted wide or tall, and they arrive unframed so you can custom-fit the frame to your piece. Another one-of-a-kind gift that's sure to please.

Lovers of big cats will adore this dramatic white tiger accent table. Rendered in lifelike detail in durable polyresin, he holds a round glass top that's the perfect place to park a small lamp, a drink, or your reading glasses. And he's even on sale for $119.95. Tiger snarl and all!

If you're buying for someone who owns a purebred cat, these wooden frames that hold a photo of their beloved will bring a smile! Available for Abyssinian, Maine Coon, Persian or Siamese, they retail for $22.95. And they even come vertically or horizontally oriented to accommodate either type of photo; specify which you prefer when ordering.

Know someone with an awkwardly placed litter box? Why not get them a cat washroom to hide it away?! It comes in white, as shown here ($83.95), as well as Espresso or Walnut ($90.95 each) that would look great as an end table or night stand. The door opens wide for cleaning, and it holds a litter box up to 18-1/2" x 16", which is not included.

Gardeners and those who have visited any of the stately gardens and homes in Europe and the UK will love this guardian lion statue that can sit regally by a front walkway, on a porch, or in its own special place in the back garden. He stands 25" tall and is made of durable fiber resin. Pick him up for just $79.95...or else he might chase after you!

Plate collectors and hostesses alike will appreciate this pair of Henry Cats porcelain plates. Artist Henry Lee has been painting cats on stones for years, and an assortment of them rims each 8-inch plate. Sale priced for only $10.95, they'll please both the recipient and your wallet!
Lots of people collect salt & pepper shakers, and if they're also cat lovers, these will bring a big smile to their faces! "Lovey" and "Dovey" are a part of artist Amy Lacombe's WhimsiClay line of collectible ceramics that have become wildly popular. Even if someone's not a S&P collector, cat lovers will still enjoy this duo...and Valentine's Day is not too far off. Pick them up for only $18.95.

Whoever gets this fancy little vanity mirror may have a hard time getting it away from the cats...those kitties do love to look at themselves! But whatever its eventual use, they'll love the cheetah print resin frame and the frou-frou metal stand. It reaches a full 12" tall with the stand, and is available for only $8.95. Such a steal!

We all need the occasional hostess gift during the holidays, and what better choice for a cat lover than these Peeping Toms kitchen towels! Large (17" x 31") 100% cotton towels have silk-screened curious kitties on both ends. There's a kitten design also available, and you can pick them up for $10.95.

Both cats and hostess will thank you for this Good Kitty treat canister ($17.95). It's glass with a stainless steel lid and holds 6 cups of treats!

Really make a statement with this golden tiger statue. The striking polyresin statue measures 18" long. It makes the perfect gift for someone who's cheering on a team whose mascot is a tiger! You're thinking about who it is already, aren't you?

The holidays may not be so merry for someone who's recently lost a cat, but this memory pendant ornament may help to cheer them. It's made of dichroic glass crafted by artist Linda Huffman, and no two are alike. Your recipient will receive a collection kit that allows them to choose the colors for the pendant and send in a portion of their cat's cremains which are incorporated into it. They can include a photo of the cat so that Linda can meditate on it as she creates their pendant to capture the cat's true personality in it. The ornament alone is $124.95, and you can add a wire stand for $18.95 or a wood-and-glass dome for  $58.95. It's a lovely reminder of their departed friend.

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