I’m not an economist, but I know that if everyone stopped buying made-in-china crap and bought American, this country would be closer to resolving its economic woes. (Yes, I know that’s simplistic, but as I said, I’m no economist.)

So the next time you have to buy a gift for that crazy cat lady on your list, why not consider shopping at Etsy instead of buying that Target or Sizzler gift card? You’ll find gifts in every price range, and I guarantee the gift will be remembered and cherished long after it was received. Here are 13 examples of what the artisans on Etsy have to offer:


“The Stalker” black cat pendant by Alisapaints is made of antique copper. Got a house panther? This is a great way to keep him close to your heart. $29.


“Meow Mix” Bottlecap magnets by StuckTogether. Upcycled bottle caps that deserve a starring role on your fridge. Set of four: $5.


Cat Food Can Purse by Cher’s Passion. An upcycled cat food tin transformed into a cute and colorful cat purse. I saw this item when the artist’s and my work were exhibited in the Together We Can art show in NYC. It’s an ingenious idea, and the purse is just the right size for those times when you don’t feel like lugging your ginormous purse around. $20.


Soft sculpture Kitty Corsage Pin by Susan Faye (who also designed the whimsical image at the top of this post). This 3-inch-tall brooch is hand-crafted from eco-friendly cotton fabric, then stuffed with bamboo fiberfill. Silk flowers and a sturdy clasp bar pin are hand-sewn onto the back. $12.95


This Cat Pendant by Images Under Glass is sealed behind a handmade fused glass cabochon for a one-of-a-kind elegant look. And currently, if you buy two pendants, you’ll get one free. $6.00.


This “Cats Rule” vintage photo frame by pique assiette mosaic artist Laura Winzeler is purrfect for showing off a photo of your fave feline. Her detail-rich creations will delight any cat lover. $80.00.


This custom cat oil painting by Melanie will be a cherished memorial of your cat long after she’s made the trek to the Rainbow Bridge. These fun cartoon kitties bring out those cheeky characteristics of cats that we love. Custom 8″X10″ painting on canvas: $90. (This is a made-in-Canada item.)


This primitive angel and cat box by Ryan Conners is a paper mch box that’s been painted, crackled and “aged.” $25.


Buying this Calvin Collar for the Cure by Cat in the Clover will not only give you warm and fuzzies for supporting a U.S. craftsperson, but also will support breast cancer awareness and research. The proceeds from each Calvin Collar for the Cure will go toward Laura’s fundraising effort for a 60-mile Susan G Komen walk for the cure. $10.


Can you live without a pair of these kitty cat Mary Jane shoes? I don’t think so! The cat has sparky pink eyes, a stitched on smile, a bow collar and bells that ring so you actually sound like a kitty cat when you’re walking around! Many sizes available. A steal at $26.


This Ukranian-style glass painting by Eledia features vivid colors that set off this house panther purrfectly. 8″X10″ is $60.


Can’t get Fluffy to pose in costume for a photo? This custom costumed cat portrait by TD Flynn will depict the cat of your choice in the attire of your choice. Fun!! $75.00.


A mixed media custom cat portrait by Purrfect Pet Portraits will furever endear you to the gift recipient. These acrylic on canvas art pieces feature recycled Fancy Feast cans, beads and other ephemera for a unique depiction of the cat of your choice. 6″X6″: $100. Other sizes available.