Obsessions: Stylish Customized Gifts for the Holidays


Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Holiday 2015 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

Getting presents is fun, even more so when the present has a personal touch. if you’re looking for a distinct and truly one-of-a-kind gift, check out these fun picks.

Selfie Tins

If you enjoy giving food gifts for the holidays, enhance the gesture by including the recipient’s beloved pet — or your own.

Put a photo of you or your kitty on a customized gift from SelfieTin.
Put a photo of you or your kitty on a customized gift from SelfieTin.

Following an easy six-step process, you can put a favorite pet photo on a large keepsake tin containing gourmet treats such as cookies, chocolates, biscotti, and even cat and dog treats for furry family members.

From $24.95


Remember paint-by-numbers? Paintapic turns your favorite cat’s photo into a custom paint-by-numbers kit that comes with brushes, paints, and a real canvas. You just upload a photo, create an account, and customize your kit by choosing the detail level and number of colors.

(Image courtesy Paintapic)
Before you get out your paints … Image courtesy Paintapic
... and after. (Image courtesy Paintapic)
… and after. Image courtesy Paintapic

Once that’s done, Paintapic will put the kit together and ship it to you. it’s vintage fun with a modern twist.

From $54.95 (depending on size/materials chosen)

Custom Pillows by Sarah Clark

Want something artistic but more utilitarian than wall art? Artist Sarah Clark will create a custom pet portrait pillow. All pillows are illustrated with a front and back side and printed on heavy cotton twill.

Photo courtesy Sarah Clark Art
Photo courtesy Sarah Clark Art

The average pillow size is 14 by 14 inches, but exact dimensions depend on your pet’s face shape. Your photos and stories help the artist craft a complete picture of your cat — personality quirks included.

Photo courtesy Sarah Clark Art
Photo courtesy Sarah Clark Art


Custom Pet Portraits by Amy Beth Geerling Payne

These wonderful pet portraits make an ideal gift for your cat- and art-loving friends.

"Bueller and Butter" by Amy Beth Geerling Payne
“Bueller and Butter” by Amy Beth Geerling Payne
"Jasper and Emma" by Amy Beth Geerling Payne
“Jasper and Emma” by Amy Beth Geerling Payne

Working from photographs along with a description of your pet, artist Amy Beth Geerling Payne captures each pet’s looks and personality — and, for some, their fabulous fashion sense.

Custom portraits start at $120 (6″ x 8″ original painting on canvas)

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About the author: Annie is the managing editor of Catster Magazine.

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