The way I see it, there are two convincing arguments not to buy Christmas presents for your cats:
- They are cats. They don’t celebrate Christmas;
- They prefer the wrapping anyway.
There are, however, multiple reasons to go ahead and do it anyway, not least because you want to. Plus, if you go ahead and order a luxury Christmas stocking from the team behind my favourite subscription box, My Purrfect Gift Box, it’s going to come in a nice purple box. And we all know cats love boxes.
My Purrfect Gift Box is, you’ll remember from my last post on the topic, a monthly subscription box for cat ladies – with or without the cats to go with that reputation. The box comes at four price points: a small and standard box of cat-themed accessories; and a small and standard box of said accessories plus some additional gifts for cats. Prices range from £15.95 for the “lite” option to £27.95 for the “standard with gifts for kitty” box.
But what you may not remember about My Purrfect Gift Box is that the Isle of Man-based company work with small businesses and designer-makers to bring you a fantastic selection of quirky, beautiful cat-themed items every month. Spares, incidentally, often end up in the My Purrfect Gift Box shop, where you can pick up all sorts of one-of-a-kind stocking fillers for the cat lover in your life. Incidentally, since it was Chief Cat Lady Kim’s birthday on Tuesday they’re offering 15% off any purchase before midnight on Sunday, with code TAKE15.
Of course, depending on your budget, My Purrfect Gift Box would be delighted to set you up with a gift subscription too. So what can you expect from a My Purrfect Gift Box? Read on…
Each month’s box is based on a broad theme, and I recently (-ish) received October’s Home Baking Box* (standard, plus cat gifts) for review. Well, the last series of The Great British Bake Off was on at the time and it clearly struck a chord – they sold out of the boxes, so if you like the look of any of these goodies you’ll have to track them down yourself!
The gifts included a handmade linen baking glove and matching tea towel by Etsy seller TextilesHomeDecor; cat-shaped metal cookie cutters; adorable stoneware ceramic measuring spoons, found at World Market in the USA; and an exclusive baking set consisting of cupcake cases and edible cat-shaped cake toppers. These also came with a cinnamon pumpkin cupcake recipe, which you might remember me having a go at during a recent self-care Sunday.
For Biggie and Scooter, there was a catnip-filled mouse made from cupcake-print fabric by KraftyKatsUK; luxury dried venison slices by The Innocent Cat Company and some tasty Applaws 100% natural cat food. Note that when I say “tasty” I’m basing it on how fast the cats get through a pouch and not personal experience, although it’s one of those cat foods that look better than something you’d serve yourself.
One thing that I really loved about this box was that although almost everything in it is re-usable, it also works really well together: you could easily, as I did, have a full-on cat-themed baking day. Why should your baking be cat-themed? Well, why not? If you/your recipient is not the kind of person who would make everything cat-themed, then My Purrfect Gift Box probably isn’t for you/them.
December’s box is Winter Wonderland-themed, and will shop on or before the 20th – probably a little too late to open on Christmas day, but the perfect surprise for that no-man’s land between Christmas and New Year. The My Purrfect Gift Box team are really responsive on Twitter too, so give them a shout if you have any questions!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to take advantage of that discount and order a stocking for my cats.
This post contains a PR sample, but all views are my own and unbiased.