My daughter made my husband a cat toy for his birthday. We were broke and she wanted to make him something he would “really use,” which I’m pretty sure she swiped from Alvin and the Chipmunks, and she knows that he loves to play with the cats.
So she took a stick from outside, secured a piece of yarn to it tightly, and wrapped it around the stick. Then she wrapped it up in some wrapping paper to give to her papa for his birthday. And wouldn’t you know it, not only did he love it—the cats did, too!
That got me thinking. We really don’t need to buy the cats presents; we have so many in our house already just waiting to be made! We decided that we’ll make a couple of catnip balls by sewing some felt around the catnip we already have, and my daughter is making our cats a similar toy she made already with some bells she bought for the season. These should make some very easy gifts to give our kitties this year—and leave a few more things under the tree, too.
One word of advice: if you do use catnip toys, don’t put them under the tree until the last minute unless you want to wake to torn presents!