11 Thoughtful Gifts for People Who Love Cats

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Some cat lovers would say that owning a feline is gift enough. For others, you may want to consider supplementing with some toys, novelties, and utilities that can help human and cat strengthen their bond. Check out some of our purrfect gift suggestions for the floof wrangler in your life.

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1. K&H Pet Products Outdoor Kitty House

A cat sits inside a K&H heated cat house
Amazon

For cats who like to roam outdoors in the winter months, this cat crib is a perfect shelter against the elements. Flap-style doors and a heating element keep them warm and a Velcro-assisted frame makes assembly easy. We make no guarantee, however, that the cat won’t just sit on top of it.

Find It at Amazon for $32 and also at these other retailers:

2. The Ultimate Scratching Post

A front view of a SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post
Amazon

Not all scratching posts are created equal. The SmartCat post is a towering 32 inches so cats can get in a full stretch while they satisfy their urge to dig their claws into the fibers and not the couch. A 16-inch base helps protect against tipping.

Find It at Amazon for $42.

3. Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler Pet Bed Gift Set

A pillow and blanket sit inside a Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler pet bed
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats don’t get enough of, it’s sleep. Encourage them to take some downtime with this ultra-plush bed gift package, which includes a matching blanket and pillow.

Find It at PetSmart for $28.

4. Aspen Pet Self-Warming Bed

A front view of the Aspen self-warming pet bed
Amazon

For cats in drafty houses, consider warming up their naps with this self-insulating bed that uses a pet’s own body heat to provide warmth. Raised and bolstered edges help cats settle in for a cozy burrowing session.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

5. Petcube Bites Pet Camera With Treat Dispenser

A look at the Petcube Bites pet camera with treat dispenser
Amazon

You can help cat owners spending time away from home keep tabs on their troublesome furball with this camera that doubles as a treat dispenser. The device lets owners peer in on their cat’s activities via a cell phone app and also allows them to fling treats from up to six feet away.

Find It at Amazon for $229 and also at these other retailers:

6. Wellness Kittles Grain-Free Turkey & Cranberries Holiday Recipe Crunchy Cat Treats

A look at the Wellness Kittles cat treats
Amazon

As tempting as it might be to slip your cat some holiday meal leftovers, you never know what those finicky types will wind up vomiting on the place setting. Keep it simple and safe with these turkey and cranberry-flavored treats made from real turkey meat.

Find It at Chewy for $2.

7. Petsafe Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

A cat plays with the PetSafe Zoom laser cat toy
Amazon

Know someone who gets tired of playing with a laser pointer before their cat does? Check out the PetSafe automated laser game, which projects that maddening tiny red dot in a 360-degree pattern. Twin lasers can help keep two cats busy at once.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

8. Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed Electronic Motion Cat Toy

A look at the PetLinks Mystery Motion cat toy
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats love and owners hate, it’s mutilated rat and bird carcasses. Satisfy a cat’s need to corner hapless prey with this motorized toy that mimics an elusive target. A feather tip moves in erratic patterns under a cloth, providing stimulation and physical exercise.

Find It at PetSmart for $26.

9. DJ Cat Scratching Pad

A cat uses the DJ Cat scratching pad
Uncommon Goods

Raise the roof with this scratching pad that should amuse cats and their owners alike. The “turntable” moves as a cat kneads its paws, giving the impression DJ Fluffy is kicking out some sick beats.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $35 and also at these other retailers:

10. Purina® TIDY CATS® BREEZE® Cat Litter Box System

A look at the Purina Tidy Cats Breeze litter box
Purina

If you can identify a cat owner’s house by its smell, it might be time to help them rethink their litter box approach. The Purina Tidy Cats Breeze uses pellets that allow urine to pass through the litter and into a disposable absorbent pad to trap odors.

Find It at PetSmart for $33.

11. Cats On Catnip Book

A look at the 'Cats on Catnip' book from Running Press
Running Press

Cat owners will revel in this photograph collection of cats tripping out on their recreational nip of choice. Free of their inhibitions, these felines cut loose in a series of candid freak-out sessions.

Find It at Amazon for $13.

15 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy on Amazon

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As we near the end of the gift-giving season (and Christmas shipping deadlines), you may be starting to panic about a certain someone on your list. Perhaps you forgot that one cousin was coming for Christmas dinner, or you’ve been so busy at work that you haven’t even had time to make a list, much less go shopping. Luckily, there’s Prime shipping. Shipping is already free this holiday season, whether you’re a Prime member or not, but Amazon is also offering free same-day shipping on millions of items for members. There’s no excuse for late presents now.

Here are 15 last-minute gifts you can buy on Amazon, from bargain to luxury.

1. Codenames

Codenames cards laid out on a table
Czech Games, Amazon

Not quite sure what kind of gift that last person on your list might like? Get them a game. It’s cheap, social, and if you’re really insistent, maybe they’ll even invite you over to play. We recommend the spycraft-themed Codenames. It involves just enough strategy to keep things interesting, but isn’t so intricate that no one wants to take the time to learn the rules. It works with both big and small groups of people, making it perfect entertainment for holiday festivities.

Find It at Amazon for $15 and at these other retailers:

2. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Little Thinker Doll

A Vincent Van Gogh doll sitting on a couch
Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

If someone on your gift loves art, science, or history, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild’s Little Thinker dolls are a whimsical way to celebrate their passion. With a wide array of famous figures including Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Ada Lovelace, and Alexander Hamilton, there’s something for everyone to appreciate. We have soft spot for Vincent Van Gogh, but really, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these little guys.

Find It at Amazon for $19 and at these other retailers:

3. Utopia Bedding Reversible Blanket

A gray blanket draped over an armchair
Utopia Bedding, Amazon

When in doubt, go cozy. Everyone could use another very, very soft blanket, especially as the weather gets colder. This reversible blanket features microfiber on one side and faux-sheepskin on the other. It comes in twin, queen, king, and throw sizes, with navy and gray options. The throw version is a good all-purpose size for cozying up on the couch, but if you want to really splurge (affordably) on someone, the king size is only $33.

Find It at Amazon for $20.

4. DOSS SoundBox Touch Bluetooth Speaker

A DOSS speaker on a table during a party
DOSS, Amazon

This sleek portable speaker pumps out far better sound than its price point would suggest. With 360-degree sound, a 12-hour battery life, and a Bluetooth connectivity range up to 33 feet, it’s designed to keep the party going long into the night. It also doubles as a speakerphone, should your favorite home DJ also need to occasionally make phone calls across the kitchen or sit in on a conference call while working from home.

Find It at Amazon for $30.

5. Joy Mangano My Little Steamer Deluxe

A black handheld steamer
Joy Mangano, Amazon

Whether you’re shopping for a family member or a white elephant gift, give someone the gift of wrinkle-free clothes this year. This is one of the best handheld steamers out there, and it’s super affordable, as appliances go. It heats up quickly, puts out a sizable cloud of steam, and has a retractable cord for easy storage. For a cheaper option, the travel-sized version also comes highly reviewed.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and at these other retailers:

6. Homesick Scented Candle

One of Homesick's Washington candles next to family photos
Homesick Candles, Amazon

Candles are a great all-purpose gift for a host, a distant relative, a coworker, or anyone whose taste in gifts you just can’t pin down. Homesick’s candles add a touch of personalization: They’re designed to smell like particular locations. You can buy someone a candle designed to smell like their home city, state, or country. Give them a whiff of Florida with scents of citrus and Spanish moss, a reminder of Washington, D.C. with scents of cherry blossoms and leather-bound books, or memories of Australia with scents of eucalyptus and salt water.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and at these other retailers:

7. Cuirg Instant Pot Accessory Set

An egg-bite mold, steamer basket, egg rack, cooking mitts, and dish clip for the Instant Pot
Cuirg, Amazon

The Instant Pot is one of the hottest kitchen gadgets around right now, but to truly make the most of the pressure cooker, your favorite home cook will need more than just the appliance itself. This accessory set comes with a steamer basket, a rack for hard-boiled eggs, an egg-bites mold (which can also be used for mini-muffins and other treats), a springform pan for cakes and cheesecakes, a dish clip to help lift out food, and silicon mini-mitts that make it far easier for the Instant Pot cook to remove their full pot of hot food without singeing their fingers. The accessories fit in the 5-quart, 6-quart (the most popular model), and 8-quart Instant Pots. (Note that the image looks like it only has six accessories, but is listed as a seven-piece set—the sides and the bottom of the springform pan come apart, so they're counted as two pieces.)

If you're shopping on a budget, though, you don’t need to buy a full set of accessories. The $12 Instant Pot starter set comes with a heat-resistant pad, a silicon suction lid for storing leftovers, and silicone mini-mitts. (The latter are also available on their own for $10.

Find It at Amazon for $37.

8. Sustainable Village Mister

Two vintage-looking plant misters in copper
Sustainable Village, Amazon

House-plant parents will appreciate these charming misting cans, which will please both picky ferns and picky decorators. Misting increases humidity for houseplants with a more tropical bent, but it can also provide desert plants like succulents with the limited moisture they need. These classy cans come in copper, brass, or silver, and are only available in a two-pack, so feel free to hand them out to multiple people on your list.

Find It at Amazon for $45.

9. Spigo Intelligent Indoor Led Light Garden

A self-watering planter with an LED light
Spigo, Amazon

For someone with a green thumb but no garden, an LED-powered indoor gardening system is a great gift that will allow them to grow their own herbs, succulents, and other small plants even if their home doesn’t provide a lot of direct sunlight. The timer-based light and unique water reservoir make this the “set it and forget it” of indoor gardening tools—it provides up to 30 days worth of water and 16 hours of automatic light a day, making it a breeze to use. The sleek device, which comes in black or white, can be a stylish addition to any kitchen, living room, or bedroom. (If you’re on a budget, Mindful Design provides a serviceable alternative at a lower price point, minus the automatic watering system.)

Find It at Amazon for $65.

10. The Wine Savant World Decanter

A glass decanter shaped like a globe on a stand with two glasses of whiskey
The Wine Savant, Amazon

For your fanciest whiskey-loving friends and family, this globe-shaped decanter is a great reason to say, “Excuse me, I’m going to retire to my study.” The hand-blown glass decanter contains a delicate glass ship inside that appears as the user pours the whiskey into the two matching globe glasses. While it’s advertised as a whiskey accessory, it works for wine, too.

Find It at Amazon for $58 and at these other retailers:

11. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide

A pop-up book unfolded to reveal a model of Hogwarts
Insight Editions, Amazon

There are a lot of potential gifts out there for Harry Potter fans, but Matthew Reinhart’s Hogwarts pop-up book is truly magical. The intricately engineered work of paper art folds out into re-creations of key parts of Hogwarts Castle and its grounds, with plenty of insight into the movies at each turn.

Find It at Amazon for $68 and at these other retailers:

12. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System Coffee Maker

The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System on a countertop
Amazon

While coffee aficionados are known to be picky about their brewing methods, you can’t go wrong getting them the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, which is made to do it all, from tea to drip coffee to specialty drinks with foamed milk to cold brew. (Mental Floss’s Erin McCarthy calls the latter function “a gamer changer.”) And the best part? No filters or pods needed, so it's perfect for your more eco-conscious friends. If you really want to treat someone, we recommend upgrading to the slightly pricier ($200) version with a thermal carafe, which will keep your favorite coffee lover’s brew at just the right temperature for hours.

Find It at Amazon for $180 and at these other retailers:

13. Amazon Echo Plus

If you know someone who hasn’t already gotten on the smart-home train—or only has a smaller Dot—the premium Echo model makes a great gift that they might not otherwise splurge on themselves. It’s got better speakers than the other Alexa devices and a built-in smart hub, so they can pump up their Spotify playlist, then ask Alexa to turn their smart lights to their favorite party-ambiance setting. If they’re a master chef or baker, they can use it to set hands-free timers in the kitchen and ask Alexa to convert measurements and do recipe math. The Echo can also be used to deliver news and weather updates, listen to the radio, and play trivia games, meaning it provides a little something for everyone.

Find It at Amazon for $150.

14. KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Plus Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

A white KitchenAid stand mixer on a kitchen island next to a plate of whoopie pies
Kitchen Aid, Amazon

If someone in your life has recently gotten into sourdough bread or The Great British Bake-Off, there's a high chance they’ve been lusting after this wildly popular KitchenAid stand mixer. There are a lot of different KitchenAid mixers (here’s a nifty guide to choosing one), but this tilt-head model, which offers easy access to the bowl, is the classic option. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more, KitchenAid makes similar models in a bunch of fun colors, most of them at a slightly higher price point—this cute 5-quart azure number with a glass bowl is available for $280.

Find It at Amazon for $189 and at these other retailers:

15. Neato Robotics Botvac D4 Connected Robot Vacuum

A Neato robotic vacuum and a smartphone open to the Neato home-mapping app
Neato Robotics Amazon

OK, so you may have waited until the last minute to get someone a gift. But you know how you can show them you truly care? Take some domestic labor off their plate. Whether your loved one is a neat freak or a slob, a robot vacuum can change their life, either by taking over the cleaning they do all the time or by taking on the cleaning they’d never do otherwise. Neato’s robot vacuum scans and maps its way around the house with lasers and can be set up to avoid potential messes like bowls of pet food or a pile of cords. It even works with Alexa.

Find It at Amazon for $399 and at these other retailers:

11 Brilliant Gifts for the Film Buff in Your Life

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Can’t figure out what to gift the cinephile in your life, now that DVDs have pretty much bitten the dust? Here are 11 suggestions sure to delight movie lovers who know their stuff.

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1. Criterion Designs Coffee Table Book

If there's one word that can get any rabid film fan's pulse pounding it's this: Criterion. For nearly 35 years, the home video distribution company has been putting out pristine versions of an eclectic lineup of foreign films, indie favorites, cult classics, and even a few recent hits, including Richard Linklater's Boyhood and the Coen brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis. The company's DVD and Blu-ray releases are as well known for their cover art as they are their special features, and it's this former attribute that takes center stage in the Criterion Designs book.

Find It at Amazon for $120 and also at these other retailers:

2. Vizio 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System

A talented cast of actors delivering lines from a well-written script may be the first things that come to mind when thinking about the most important elements of "a great movie," but all the clever dialogue and George Clooneys in the world won't help much if you can't hear the film properly. This Vizio sound bar brings the movie theater experience into your living room with a compact sound system that turns any movie (or television series, football game, etc.) into a totally immersive experience. You'll never see—or hear—Jurassic Park quite the same way again.

Find It at Amazon for $180.

3. Scratch-off movie bucket list poster

Think you're a true cineaste? Prove it. See how many of the iconic films included on this poster you've already screen and scratch off the titles. Then, queue up the rest of them in order to complete your film education, and get the full aesthetic effect of this poster. The titles range from bona fide classics like Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's to newer titles like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonlight.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $15.

4. Inflatable Movie Screen With Storage Bag

Turn any gathering into a movie party with this gigantic inflatable movie screen that can be blown up for either indoor or outdoor use. Stick it in the basement for your kid's next sleepover party or, when the weather allows, set it up right next to the pool, have all your guests grab a raft or inner tube, and settle in for a terrifyingly vicarious screening of Jaws. The screen measures 12 feet in height and 11.5 feet across, so there won't be a bad seat (or flotation device) in the house.

Find It at Amazon for $18 and also at these other retailers:

5. Fictional Movie Hotel Notepads

Great for stirring up the imagination or just scribbling out a shopping list, these fictional movie hotel-inspired are like a souvenir from a favorite film. Choose from one of eight iconic hotels from The Shining, Vertigo, Dirty Dancing, National Lampoon's European Vacation, and more.

Find It at Herb Lester Associates for $12 per set.

6. Roku Ultra

Give the gift of unlimited entertainment with the Roku Ultra, compatible across a range of devices (including smartphones and tablets) plus over 300,000 movies on demand. Even the biggest movie buff is sure to find a new favorite with that many options. Plus, you can use the device to access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and hundreds of other streaming networks.

Find It at Amazon for $74 and also at these other retailers:

7. Minimalist Movie Posters

These handcrafted, beautifully designed canvas prints are perfect for the movie lover looking to class up their home's mise-en-scène while still representing their favorite flicks. The artists at iCanvas make even the goofiest movies into works of fine art worthy of displaying (check out their classy Borat poster for proof).

Find It at iCanvas for $30 and up.

8. Retro Movie Theater Popcorn Maker

The only thing better than a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn is a fresh tub of movie theater popcorn that you didn't have to remortgage your house to pay for. The "Throwback" popcorn maker cooks up kettle-fresh popcorn in a flash, and even comes with the all-important popcorn scoop.

Find It at Williams Sonoma for $100.

9. Movie Buff Trivia Game

Let the movie lovers in your life show off their film knowledge with the ultimate movie trivia card game, featuring quotes, roles, movie facts and more.

Find It at Amazon for $25.

10. Movie Ticket Stub Diary

The Ticket Stub Diary from UncommonGoods comes with clear sleeves to fit all ticket sizes and space in the margins to write notes, so your cinephile can preserve all their silver screen memories. (It also makes a great gift for sports fans, loyal concertgoers, or anyone else who likes to preserve ticketed proof of a night out.)

Find It at UncommonGoods for $14.

11. Deco 79 Metal Glass Accent Table

Directors might be going digital these days, but this glass top wrought iron film reel-inspired side table will let your movie lover pay tribute the bygone days of film—plus, it’s the perfect accent for any movie room.

Find It at Amazon for $60.

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