Are you in the midst of holiday craziness? Are you wracking your brain trying to find the perfect gift for your cat-loving mom, friend, spouse or boss? Are you tired of giving "Cats leave tiny pawprints on your heart" wall hangings and looking for something new and different?
This year, go the custom route. We’ve found the coolest stuff you can personalize with a kitty cat’s face on it. Trust us: With these gifts, everyone will want you to draw their name in the Secret Santa exchange.
Two of my favorite things: a cold glass of Cupcake Vineyards’ Chardonnay and my cat Romeo. This gift combines my two loves into one fabulous Kitty Cat Happy Hour. I’d have this wine glass at the top of my list if I didn’t already have one. Ahem.
This Etsy artist, MyGlassMonkey, paints on other beverage vessels too. She treats them so they’re washable ÔÇô- and usable. I wonder if anyone has asked her to do a shot glass with a cat’s face painted on it? Maybe I do have something to add to my list after all.
Availability: Check with the artist on holiday delivery times.
With these personalized pillows from Custom Body Pillow, each of your loved ones can sleep on a pillow with his or her cat’s face on it — while the cat sleeps nearby. It’s quite a trip, actually.
The pillows come in different sizes and are easy to create. Upload a high-resolution photo of your giftee’s cat to the company’s web site, and Custom Body Pillow will create the goods. The photo is printed on silky smooth satin, and the back of the pillow is soft fuzzy fur that comes in a variety of colors.
I have one of these. It’s adorable and I absolutely love it. It’s comfy and makes me smile every time I look at it. The company tagline says it all: "Everything you love … pillowtized!"
Price: Starts at $59.99
Availability: Check with the company on holiday delivery times.
Talk about squee! Check out this adorable cat ring featuring the mug of your favorite kitty lover’s cat. This Etsy artist from Turkey, Shebbo Design, will paint a cat’s face on a stone and craft a ring out of it.
Availability: While the holiday deadline has passed, the artist is offering gift certificates for custom rings.
Imagine your favorite cat-loving family member or friend toting a bag around with his or her cat’s face on it. Snaptotes has you covered. Upload a photo of your loved one’s kitty and the company will place it on a satchel, tote, handbag, or wristlet.
Price: Starts at $25. Use code HOLIDAY10 at check out for 10 percent off
Availability: Place holiday orders by Dec. 7 for delivery by Dec. 21.
You can purchase a custom cat cartoon from I Want to Draw a Cat For You. This dude, Steve, is hilarious. He has drawn more than 10,000 custom cat cartoons for people all over the world. To get one, submit some information about your giftee’s cat, and Steve will whip up an adorable black-and-white ink drawing. For an additional $5, he’ll add color. Put it in a frame and you have something special, memorable, and fun.
Price: Starts at $9.95
Availability: Check with Steve on holiday delivery times.
The artist known as BZTAT (pronounced bee-zee-tat) has a style that captures the essence of each pet’s personality. BZTAT offers colorful, contemporary portraits painted on gallery wrap canvas. She also paints pets in a more folksy style, painted on pressboard known as OSB. Both styles are bold, bright, charming.
Price: Canvas paintings start at $475; OSB paintings start at $225. Get 10 percent off if you order by Dec. 7.
Availability: Check with the artist for delivery times
Everyone loves Christmas bulbs and this one is super special. Featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things for 2011, Wagging Tails Pet Portraits offers glass bulbs hand painted with your giftee’s cat’s face on it. You can give your favorite cat lover a great way to include their pet in their holiday tradition for years to come. Precious!
Price: 3-inch bulbs start at $70 and go up from there, depending on size
Availability: Check with the company on holiday delivery times
If you’re interested in any of these items as a holiday gift, check with the company or individual as soon as possible. Since these are all custom products, there may be cutoff dates. But honestly, even if you can’t get these gifts in time, wrap up a photo of the awesomeness to come. They’ll be well worth it and firmly establish you as the most thoughtful gift-giver around.