11 Savvy Gifts for Your Cat

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The holiday season is the perfect time to pamper your loved ones, and furry family members shouldn't be left out of the fun. Here are 11 gift ideas to help your favorite feline purr, play, and prance into the New Year.

1. WHACK-A-MOUSE CAT TOY; $25

Whack-A-Mouse Cat Toy by Hugs Pet ProductsAmazon

The Whack-A-Mouse cat toy is inspired by Whac-A-Mole, the popular arcade game. Stick a mouse-topped stick through its holes, and surprise your kitty with its darting motions and random moves as it tries to figure where the rodent will go next.

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2. LAPTOP CAT SCRATCHING PAD; $35

Laptop Cat Scratching Pad by Uncommon GoodsUncommon Goods

The Internet loves cats, and this laptop-inspired cat scratching pad allows your favorite feline to love it back. The "keyboard" is made of corrugated cardboard, for maximum claw flexing. It's attached to a fake computer monitor with a "desktop" that can be changed by sliding a new image in.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. MEOWABLES; $4 PER 1/4 POUND

Meowables cat treats by WoofablesMeowables cat treats by Woofables

Gourmet treats shouldn't be just reserved for dogs, which is why canine biscuit company Woofables whipped up some tasty homemade treats for felines. Called Meowables, the healthy snacks come in two flavors—seafood and turkey—and are sold by the quarter pound.

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4. SNEAKER PET BED; $90

Sneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon GoodsSneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods

Converse fans can pay homage to the classic shoe and pamper their cats with this sneaker-inspired cat bed. It's made from cotton denim and microfiber suede, with a plaid polyester fleece lining.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. ARTY CAT SCRATCHER; $69

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in DenimAmazon

Cats can give their claws a workout using P.L.A.Y.'s deconstructed cat scratcher instead of, say, your curtains or favorite sweater. Made from corrugated recycled paper, it consists of multiple ovoid units that can either fit together into a compact lounger or pull apart into individual pieces. (The latter option provides kitties with a variety of scratching surfaces and angles.)

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6. TIGRITO CAT BOWL; $65

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in DenimAmazon

This double-sided cat bowl makes feeding time fun with whimsical design and vibrant color. (In addition to bright blue, it also comes in yellow, back, and gray.) Crafted from polypropylene resin, its stainless steel dishes are both removable and dishwasher safe. As for the cat's tail, it doubles as a handle for picking up and moving the dish.

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7. MOCCASIN PET BED; $100

Moccasin Pet Bed by Uncommon GoodsUncommon Goods

This snuggly, moccasin-inspired pet bed might keep your kitty distracted (and cozy) long enough to stop chewing on your shoelaces. Made from faux suede and sherpa, it provides kitty with a cave-like end for hiding and an exposed opening for when it's feeling social.

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8. GO!CAT!GO! MINI MOUSE; $1

Go!Cat!Go! Mini Mouse, Fun Fur All CatToys.com

These fluffy mice come in pastel green and purple, and they contain hidden treats—catnip and a bell inside—for your kitty's playing pleasure. The color is pre-selected, so if you want both shades it might be best to buy in bulk.

Find It: CatToys.com

9. SLEEPYPOD MOBILE CAT BED; $182

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed Amazon

This luggage-style mobile cat carrier is comfortable and private enough for your cat to fall asleep while you're on the go. It accommodates felines up to 15 pounds, and its shoulder strap is padded for those moments when Fluffy starts feeling extra-heavy mid-travel session. Its bedding is machine washable, too, which is extra-convenient come shedding season.

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10. KATRIS MODULAR CAT TREE; $228

KATRIS Modular Cat TreeAmazon

Modular cat furniture can also double as modern art. This tree by Katris includes five Tetris-shaped blocks that can either be disassembled into climbers, scratchers, or loungers or assembled into a tall lookout post. It can hold up to 300 pounds, making it ideal for multi-cat households.

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11. KITNIPBOX; $20 to $30

KitNipBoxCourtesy of KitNipBox

KitNipBox is a monthly subscription box that provides cat owners with a curated package of treats, toys, accessories, and other feline goodies. And if you own two cats, you can opt for a multi-cat box that includes additional items so both of your pets can feel the love equally.

Find It: KitNipBox

10 Reusable Gifts for Your Eco-Friendliest Friend

Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
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By this point, your eco-friendly pal probably has a reusable water bottle that accompanies them everywhere and some sturdy grocery totes that keep their plastic-bag count below par. Here are 10 other sustainable gift ideas that’ll help them in their conservation efforts.

1. Reusable Produce Bags; $13

No more staticky plastic bags.Naturally Sensible/Amazon

The complimentary plastic produce bags in grocery stores aren’t great, but neither is having all your spherical fruits and vegetables roll pell-mell down the checkout conveyor belt. Enter the perfect alternative: mesh bags that are nylon, lightweight, and even machine-washable.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Animal Tea Infusers; $16

Nothing like afternoon tea with your tiny animal friends.DecorChic/Amazon

Saying goodbye to disposable tea bags calls for a quality tea diffuser, and there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t be shaped like an adorable animal. This “ParTEA Pack” includes a hippo, platypus, otter, cat, and owl, which can all hang over the edge of a glass or mug. (In other words, you won’t have to fish them out with your fingers or dirty a spoon when your loose leaf is done steeping.)

Buy it: Amazon

3. Rocketbook Smart Notebook; $25

Typing your notes on a tablet or laptop might save trees, but it doesn’t quite capture the feeling of writing on paper with a regular pen. The Rocketbook, on the other hand, does. After you’re finished filling a page with sketches, musings, or whatever else, you scan it into the Rocketbook app with your smartphone, wipe it clean with the microfiber cloth, and start again. This one also comes with a compatible pen, but any PILOT FriXion pens will do.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Food Huggers; $13

"I'm a hugger!"Food Huggers/Amazon

It’s hard to compete with the convenience of plastic wrap or tin foil when it comes to covering the exposed end of a piece of produce or an open tin can—and keeping those leftovers in food storage containers can take up valuable space in the fridge. This set of five silicone Food Huggers stretch to fit over a wide range of circular goods, from a lidless jar to half a lemon.

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5. Swiffer Mop Pads; $15

For floors that'll shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.Turbo Microfiber/Amazon

Swiffers may be much less unwieldy than regular mops, but the disposable pads present a problem to anyone who likes to keep their trash output to a minimum. These machine-washable pads fasten to the bottom of any Swiffer WetJet, and the thick microfiber will trap dirt and dust instead of pushing it into corners. Each pad lasts for at least 100 uses, so you’d be saving your eco-friendly friend quite a bit of money, too.

Buy it: Amazon

6. SodaStream for Sparkling Water; $69

A fondness for fizzy over flat water doesn’t have to mean buying it bottled. Not only does the SodaStream let you make seltzer at home, but it’s also small enough that it won’t take up too much precious counter space. SodaStream also sells flavor drops to give your home-brewed beverage even more flair—this pack from Amazon ($25) includes mango, orange, raspberry, lemon, and lime.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Washable Lint Roller; $13

Roller dirty.iLifeTech/Amazon

There’s a good chance that anyone with a pet (or just an intense dislike for lint) has lint-rolled their way through countless sticky sheets. iLifeTech’s reusable roller boasts “the power of glue,” which doesn’t wear off even after you’ve washed it. Each one also comes with a 3-inch travel-sized version, so you can stay fuzz-free on the go.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Countertop Compost Bin; $23

Like a tiny Tin Man for your table.Epica/Amazon

Even if you keep a compost pile in your own backyard, it doesn’t make sense to dash outside every time you need to dump a food scrap. A countertop compost bin can come in handy, especially if it kills odors and blends in with your decor. This 1.3-gallon pail does both. It’s made of stainless steel—which matches just about everything—and contains an activated-charcoal filter that prevents rancid peels and juices from stinking up your kitchen.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Fabric-Softening Dryer Balls; $17

Also great for learning how to juggle without breaking anything.Smart Sheep

Nobody likes starchy, scratchy clothes, but some people might like blowing through bottles of fabric softener and boxes of dryer sheets even less. Smart Sheep is here to offer a solution: wool dryer balls. Not only do they last for more than 1000 loads, they also dry your laundry faster. And since they don’t contain any chemicals, fragrances, or synthetic materials, they’re a doubly great option for people with allergies and/or sensitive skin.

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10. Rechargeable Batteries; $40

Say goodbye to loose batteries in your junk drawer.eneloop/Amazon

While plenty of devices are rechargeable themselves, others still require batteries to buzz, whir, and change the TV channel—so it’s good to have some rechargeable batteries on hand. In addition to AA batteries, AAA batteries, and a charger, this case from Panasonic comes with tiny canisters that function as C and D batteries when you slip the smaller batteries into them.

Buy it: Amazon

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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

Instant Pot/Amazon

- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

Home Appliances

Roomba/Amazon

- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

Microsoft/Amazon

- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

Apple/Amazon

- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa(4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

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