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If you’ve got a friend or relative who’s welcoming a new kitten into their family, why not share in their excitement and give them a kitten gift basket to celebrate their new arrival? Let’s face it, everyone loves to receive a hamper as a gift, and they’re a tradition for welcoming new babies into the family, so why not kittens too? You can use your imagination and include treats for both the new kitten and the soon-to-be pet parent. Here are a few ideas if you’re stuck for inspiration.
How to Put Together a New Kitten Gift Basket
If you choose a traditional wicker hamper to fill with cat goodies, kitty will have great fun using it to sharpen his little claws, but whatever type of basket you go for, try lining it with a comfy, cosy blanket so it can be used afterwards as somewhere for him to have a nap in. Another idea for lining the basket is shredded paper; never mind the gifts, the new kitten will go crazy for the lining! If you prefer an ultra-practical hamper, then grab a colourful plastic litter tray as your base and you’ll ensure that every part of the hamper is useful.
Gifts for the Kitten
As a responsible new pet parent your friend will probably already have the basics, so think about including items that aren’t part of the essential new kitten kit. Food is always welcome, so add some tasty treats or premium-quality kitten food.
Kittens love to play, so an interesting toy or two would be a perfect addition. Dangly toys on strings that avoid hands becoming toys, interactive toys and toys stuffed or scented with catnip are ideal for kittens. If you’re feeling creative, or just looking to stretch your budget further, why not try making your own cat or kitten toys.
Other ideas to fill your kitten gift basket include grooming tools, personalised feeding bowls, catnip seeds or plants, or a gift voucher for their local or online pet supply store.
Gifts for the Pet Parent
It shouldn’t be difficult to find gorgeous gifts to add to your gift basket to treat the new pet parent, just think about the things that all of us cat-slaves enjoy! Beautiful cat ornaments or art are brilliant ways to add something personal for your friend, as are books about cats and kittens, cat magnets for the fridge, and so on.
If the proud new pet parent is a keen photographer, then why not give them a photo album ready to be filled with adorable kitten photos? Photo frames are also a lovely idea, either an engraved frame for printed photographs or a digital frame that will display a number of photos.
Just like a newborn baby, caring for a kitten can be hard work – so a bottle of wine might also go down well, for those times when they’re utterly exhausted by their little bundle of furry energy!
What else could be included in a gift basket to celebrate the arrival of a new kitten? We’d love to hear your suggestions…