For the last-minute shoppers out there, here is the annual cat lovers’ Christmas shopping guide for Brighton and Hove.
An obvious place to start is at the Cats Protection (CP) shop in Blatchington Road, Hove. Not only will you find an array of cat-themed gifts, your purchases will help to raise funds for the work of the Brighton & District CP branch. Gift ideas include mugs, calendars, soft toys, key rings and erasers.
In George Street, Hove, Bert’s Homestore has cat-themed oven gloves for £12.95 and matching tea towels at £7.99. Bert’s Homestores also can be found in Western Road in Brighton and in North Laine on Kensington Gardens.
Further down George Street is Claire’s Accessories (another outlet is at Churchill Square in Brighton). Claire’s has a make-up set in a cat-themed plastic box at £14, a black plush cat-shaped sleeping mask, and a beauty set in a cat-themed drink bottle (complete with straw) for £12. The contents include body lotion and body spray. Claire’s also has iPhone 5 covers at £8 and ear warmers for £12. They are all, of course, cat inspired! There are also ‘back and front’ earrings at £4.50 (pictured below).
In Brighton, Pylones on Cranbourne Street (next to Churchill Square) is a cat lover’s dream come true. The shop is packed with cat-themed gifts, ranging from key rings up to a cat-shaped pendulum clock. There are gifts to suit every budget.
The clock, which is one of the more expensive items, is £29.90. Other eye-catching gifts include a black cat face mouse mat for £11.50, a makeup bag in white or black for £7.50 (main picture above) and small coin purses for £5.90. There are also cat-shaped cat hair removal brushes (£14.90) and cat-shaped mobile phone stands (£5.90).
Other items include cat-themed hooks, glasses cases, mugs, bowls, hairbrushes, back scratchers, pocket mirrors, bike bells, ‘slap watches’, soap dishes, scrubbing brushes and even bicycle bells. If you are shopping for a cat lover, this store could well provide everything you could possibly need.
If you can tear yourself away from Pylones, North Laine also offers some delights for cat lovers. Io Gallery in Sydney Street has cat-themed jewellery, include a cat’s head brooch for £18 and a wool model, Cat Lying in the Sun, for £40.
Also in Sydney Street, The Graphic Novel Shop stocks How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You and Business Cat: Money, Power and Treats, both priced at £10. Almost next door is Pen to Paper, a stationery shop that has cat-themed wrapping paper, calendars and cards. Don’t forget the Sydney Street Chinese Supermarket (at the Trafalgar Street end of Sydney Street), which stocks many varieties of ‘lucky’ cats and teapots (below).
Also in North Laine, the appropriately named Pussy Home Boutique in Kensington Gardens offers cat-shaped porcelain biscuit jars for £30 (in gold or baby blue). Other notable items include a gold coloured cat face bicycle bell at £10, porcelain soap dispensers (£15) and the book, Why Does My Cat Do That? at £7.99.
Brighton and Hove are happy hunting grounds for gift shoppers and for the cat lover in your life you should not come away empty handed. Enjoy the crowds!