The greatest rivalry of all time is not between Coca-Cola and Pepsi, the Dodgers vs. the Giants, or even Oasis and Blur: It's between cat people and dog people. But the reason it's such an ideal back and forth is because both dogs and cats are pretty damn rad. But we're not here to sing the praises of dogs, OK? We're here to jock the power of cats, because letting a tabby or Russian Blue unexpectedly take over your life and make you into a cooing generator of ever-evolving nicknames is an experience everyone should have.
With the holiday season right around the corner, it seemed like a great time to give a shoutout to our cat-loving brethren, and maybe even take a moment to think about what they might like to receive during 2022's gift-giving avalanche. Here they are: the best gifts for cat lovers… cat people… cat freaks… whatever you wanna call them. (Dare I say, us?)
The coolest cat bed ever
We spotted this ridiculously rad African woven cat bed a while back when we were hunting down attractive cat furniture that wouldn't ruin our home decor aesthetic. It's eye-catching, cozy, and bohemian-looking—and your ruthless hairball deserves nothing less.
The second-coolest cat bed ever
So if the bed above looks like it came straight off the cat-bed runway, this one is more of a novelty pick. But it's an amazing novelty, because it's a pet bed that looks like a bowl of instant ramen. And sometimes those little fuckers are so cute, you truly do kinda want to eat them.
A rap tee of your little dude or dudette
Is there a better way to rep your cat than with a custom rap tee?!?! Truly, the best $32 you can spend is for custom drip of Puff, Miso, or Ozzy.
A cat advent calendar because why not??
We get advent calendars full of chocolate, booze, expensive skincare products, and sex toys. Why shouldn't our cats get an advent calendar full of dried salmon and other treats?
Nicer stuff than the hoomans have
We stan the celebrities who join us in our cat cult, from Anthony Hopkins to Taylor Swift. But apparently also among our brethren is designer Jason Wu, who put together a collection of ridiculously chic cat accessories for Cat Person, from food bowls to toys to litter boxes. We have no choice but to buy it all—no choice!
The socks say it all
We (cat people) all know the feeling of resignation that comes with watching your cat lull itself into a peaceful slumber on your lap or legs, only to realize six minutes later that you desperately need to pee. Too bad. You aren’t going anywhere. What, you’re going to wake up that perfect angel?!!? Didn’t think so.
This epic, scary-cool lamp
Italian design house Seletti makes some of the most interesting home decor out there, from the iconic banana lamp to this half-Halloween decoration, half-high-art cat lamp that we know we would keep forever if we received it as a (very generous) gift.
Box fulla cuteness
Japan has one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Japanese subscription box service Bokksu recently came out with a Cat Lover’s Box, packed with cat-themed cookies, candies, treats, and teas.
Ah, true kitsch
Imagine hearing your doorbell ring, answering, and having a delivery person standing there holding this thing? How could you feel anything but unbridled joy and amusement? Purrfect Party Cat 4eva.
The cat tree of our freak fairy tale dreams
If you’re gonna have furniture in your house for your cat, it might as well be just as whimsical as all the little songs you make up about how your seven-year-old tortie is “just a baaaaaaby.”
For the person with all the plants
Whoever invented this should be a millionaire. We stand by any inventions that help us forget that cats relieve their little b-holes inside your house. (A couple of VICE employees own this thing and absolutely love it.)
To make your cat an Instagram star
Will the cat like it? Unlikely. Will it be worth a few moments of annoyance for a lifetime of memories? Undoubtedly.
A bar for your cat
You hit happy hour to unwind, so why shouldn’t your Scottish fold? This cardboard izakaya is lightweight and easy to put together, but features lots of dangly bits and bobs (and a scratching-board interior) so your cat will love it to shreds. The novelty of asking your cat to pour you a Sapporo does not get old.
An absolute unit
Bring the benevolent energy of a super fat, jolly orange cat straight to your friend’s countertop.
Show that you’re a cat person
You know what they say about animal print… yeah, actually, we don’t, either. But probably that it makes everyone look hot and that it’s essentially a neutral. Cop this Stolen Girlfriends Club hoodie or UGG robe and prepare to effortlessly seduce everyone within a 10-foot radius.
A catnip blunt
Seeing your cat roll around rubbing its face all over a catnip-filled blunt truly manifests the boundless joy that the holiday season is all about. The ideal stocking stuffer for a stony cat.
Meow to you too, buddy.
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.