Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Christmas isn’t just about what goes under the tree, you know – you have to remember to fill those all-important stockings as well. To help you decide what to put in them, we’ve come up with a couple of ideas to get you started, from cat ornaments to the more traditional oranges.

A lump of coal

Your kids might not be particularly pleased if they open their stockings up to find a bit of coal (we’d advise wrapping it up in some paper so it doesn’t get everything all sooty), but this used to be something of a tradition in Victorian times and was supposed to bring the recipient luck.

 

Cat figurines

Small items are perfect for stockings (especially if you plan to hang them from the mantelpiece as you don’t want them to be too heavy), so cat-like ornaments and figurines would be perfect to wrap up and include. You can find some lovely ones out there, whether you’d like one made from glass, wood or other material – just have a look around.

An orange

These days, there’s nothing that special about an orange but rewind time a little and these were once a huge delicacy because they were so hard to come by. They’ve been included in the toes of stockings for generations, a tradition that apparently began when St Nicholas would hand out gold coins to people.

Not every family has Christmas stockings but it’s such a lovely tradition that it seems a bit of a shame not to do it. What fun to have the whole family sat around the kitchen table on Christmas morning all opening their stockings at the same time!

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Black Cat Myths Laid To Rest!

According to the RSPCA, over 70 per cent of the cats in their care are black or black and white, not because they are unlucky but because black is actually the most common colour for a moggie – so if you’re thinking of adopting one this year, don’t be put off by their beautiful sable fur!

If you’re on the lookout for gifts for cat lovers for your friends and family, you might want to let them know that all the myths surrounding black cats – many of which can be traced back as far as medieval times – are in the main just massive old wives’ tales.

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In fact, there is even a phenomenon known as Black Cat Syndrome (which also applies to dogs), so called because these animals are typically the last ones to be adopted and given a new forever home. Many people working in animal shelters believe that this is possibly down to the fact that it’s more difficult for people to read the facial expressions of black cats, coupled with the fact that there are all sorts of superstitions surrounding these gorgeous animals.

However, there’s a level of confusion about these superstitions. Some people think it’s lucky to have a black cat cross your path, other people think it’s the devil’s curse. Either way, black cats have earned a bad reputation for themselves over the years through no fault of their own – so why not try and get them back into people’s good books by shopping for black cat-related Christmas presents and handing them out to all your loved ones this year?

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

If you spend any time at all on the internet, you will have come across Grumpy Cat. Officially known as Tardar Sauce, Grumpy Cat is an online celebrity famed for her rather moody expression who has appeared on the covers of New York magazine and The Wall Street Journal – and now she’s getting her very own TV movie!

Those of you looking for gifts for cat lovers should, as well as stocking up on lots of lovely handmade goodies for your friends and family, think about showing your pals with a feline affinity Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, about a 12-year-old girl who desperately wants a yuletide companion.

As she wanders into a pet shop, she comes across the similarly lonely Grumpy Cat (voiced by Parks and Recreation’s own Aubrey Plaza) and discovers that they can communicate with one another. However, Grumpy Cat isn’t quite the placid, sweet little mewing friend she was on the lookout for. What happens next? Well, you’ll have to go and see it for yourself.

This isn’t the first time Tardar Sauce has appeared on screen, however. She’s also made appearances on American Idol, Good Morning America, Today, Anderson Live and The Soup. She also attended her own book launch in Los Angeles and appeared in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary that was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and went on to win the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.

Can you think of a better way of marking the festive season than getting all your friends around to see this film and then surprising them on December 25th with some gorgeous cat-related presents as well? We can’t! It’s on Lifetime on November 29th, so make a note in your diaries now.

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Top 3 Easy Halloween Crafts

There’s nothing better than a holiday for arts and crafts enthusiasts – they provide us with the perfect opportunity to put our crafty skills very much into practice and Halloween is certainly no exception. To give you a bit of inspiration, here are some easy craft ideas to get you going. We’d love to see what you end up making, so send us your photos over on Twitter.

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Vegan Yarn: All You Need To Know

cat tapestriesKnitters are very often ethically minded people who want to make sure that the products they use, from the yarn down to their knitting needles, are produced with a conscience and aren’t hurting either animals or people in developing countries.

While some sheep do need to be shorn in order to remove any excess wool and help prevent flies from laying eggs in their skin (which then turn into maggots that can cause real damage to an animal), the wool industry can be exploitative and cruel – which is why so many people are turning to vegan yarn.

A recent PETA campaign revealed how badly sheep are treated by those working in the wool industry in the US and Australia, which is sure to turn some people away from one of their favourite hobbies so that they’re not supporting such cruelty, but changing your yarn is a simple way to do so while still allowing yourself to knit.

Panda Sock Yarn, for example, is made of nylon, cotton and bamboo, while banana yarn – made from the outer layers of tree bark – is soft, durable and renewable, and is perfect for making all sorts of garments, be they cardigans or scarves.

Cotton yarn is the most common of all the plant-based yarns so if you don’t want to be contributing to animal abuse, it is a good choice. However, there are environmental issues involved with knitting with it, since cotton crops are in fact some of the most sprayed plants in the world. If you want to be more conscientious with your yarn choices, just do a bit of research and see what a difference you can make.

If you’re a fan of handicrafts, you’ll love the products we have on our website. If needlework is your thing, you’ll really fall for our cat tapestries so why not have a look and see if you can find some Christmas presents for people – or even just for you!