Read our My Purrfect Gift Box review, a wonderful gift box for cat owners
(Note: we were very kindly sent September’s ‘Tea Box’ for our My Purrfect Gift Box review. Please do visit their website here — October’s box ships on the 20th October and Best For Cats readers can use code ‘BEST20’ at checkout to receive 20% off their first subscription!)
It’s been a tough month here at Best For Cats HQ. Not only have our respective day jobs taken up far more time than we’d have liked, but we’ve also been back to the vet a number of times with our poorly chap Big Alf. Having a cat who’s under the weather is stressful and upsetting for any owner (as well as poor Alf) and as a cat household we were very much in need of cheering up. A message on Twitter and a surprise delivery from My Purrfect Gift Box couldn’t have come at a better time, and the thoughtfully curated contents was just what we and our cats needed. Read on to find out more.
Who are My Purrfect Gift Box
Founded by Kim and Juan Kniveton, My Purrfect Gift Box is the UK’s first subscription gift box service for cat owners and lovers. A family-run business, the couple also own the Boodee Beg Boarding Cattery on the Isle of Man, an idyllic countryside retreat for cats.
This is a business that knows and loves cats, and not only does this show in their gift boxes, but they also donate 5% of the sales of each month’s boxes to a chosen charity. From the My Purrfect Gift Box website:
Each month we choose to focus on a different cat charity, rescue centre or shelter and highlight the work they do through our social media sites and through information that comes in each box. We then donate 5% of all our profits from that month’s box to our chosen charity of the month. So you can be confident that with every My Purrfect Gift Box you receive, you are also giving to help support the lives of cats.
How does it work?
The gift boxes are primarily for cat owners (rather than cats, although there are items for your kitties available), and are also more aimed at cat ladies than cat gentlemen (we both loved the contents, but cat men can contact My Purrfect Gift Box for a more male-orientated gift box). Buyers first choose a gift box size — ‘Lite’ or standard — then a billing cycle/subscription length; monthly, 3 months, or 6 months. The longer the subscription, the greater the discount to the customer.
Every month My Purrfect Gift Box fill the box with hand-picked gifts and items, many of them hand-made and unique, and not found in your typical high street pet store. As mentioned, these aren’t just a random collection of items; rather a curated range based around a seasonal theme, which is a lovely touch. Finally, you can top up the box with cat treats and toys available from the My Purrfect Gift Box shop. Subscription services are a fairly new business model, especially in the pet market, and My Purrfect Gift Box have put together a really useful FAQ on how the process works, which you can read here.
Unwrapping September’s My Purrfect Gift Box
The first thing that struck us is just how well presented the My Purrfect Gift Box is. The box is large, sturdy and branded in their rather lovely purple, which looks great and does an excellent job of keeping everything safe during postage.
First impressions upon opening up the box are really, really good. The contents of the box is bundled into a carefully wrapped parcel, sealed with a hand-tied ribbon and finished with a little personalised label — a really nice touch, which hints at just how thoughtful the whole package is. An A5 card accompanies the parcel, with a little quote relating to the theme of the month’s box and contents.
Flip the card over and there’s a lovely lead in to the month’s theme, along with a detailed breakdown of the contents of the gift box. We need to emphasise that this really is a curated collection of unique, hand-crafted gifts, and we especially liked that My Purrfect Gift Box provides a description of each item and ingredients, as well as the maker’s details should you want to order more of an individual item. My Purrfect Gift Box also list the prices of each item, which shows just what good value for money the box is compared with sourcing each item separately.
Now comes the fun part! The cats were just as eager to find out what was inside as we were, and just opening up the parcel was a lot of fun — the cats loved it and all four of us sat around opening up the box and poring over each item. The purple paper packaging combined with the enclosed catnip treats meant both Alf and Ali were quickly tearing through the paper to get to the contents:
Each item comes beautifully wrapped and packaged on its own, with items from well-known cat craft makers such as FreakMEOWt, Paw Melts and Tillypops.
What’s in September’s My Purrfect Gift Box
September’s Tea Box arrived just as the temperature dropped and we finally drifted into Autumn, with the following items included in our box:
A My Purrfect Gift Box exclusive, the lovely cat mug would make a great gift on its own.
Honey/Saffron Tea bags
You can’t have a mug without some tea, and included are these two tea bags from Spanish producer LoJim in the shape of cat heads.
Tea Bag Holder
An adorable little cat tea bag holder which hooks onto the side of the mug, holding a tea bag in place.
Paw Melts Wax Melt
A rather lovely smelling Jasmine wax melt, this hand-made melt is made from organic ingredients to ensure a clean burn.
A perfect accompaniment to the aforementioned mug and tea bags are these hand made biscuits, made in the UK by Nila Holden.
A catnip tea bag for making your own catnip spray, and some catnip toys.
Although quite small on their own, collectively the items make up a really wonderful gift box. The catnip teabag wasn’t something we’d come across before (and the cats went mad for it instantly), but the whole box was thoughtful, seasonal and unique. It’s a lovely package, and we’re confident that any cat owner receiving this would be thrilled with the contents of the gift box.
Rounding up our My Purrfect Gift Box review
As we mentioned at the start of this review, it’s been a stressful month or so for both us and our two cats. We were touched and really impressed not just by the contents, but the thought that has obviously gone into putting together the My Purrfect Gift Box. This isn’t just a box of cat toys, but a carefully curated selection of cat-related gifts and treats built around a different theme every month, with items for cats and their owners to enjoy.
If you — or someone you know — is a cat lover or owner after a lovely surprise delivered to your door every month, the My Purrfect Gift Box is a wonderful idea with options to suit several budgets. With Christmas around the corner this would make an excellent gift, and the range of unique, hand-crafted items are different and not just your typical high street cat toys.
We can highly recommend the gift boxes, and September’s Tea Box brought some much needed relaxation and respite to two rather stressed cat owners, something we’re extremely grateful for. Plus Big Alf and Ali loved everything about it, and we can’t give much higher praise than that.
My Purrfect Gift Box is the UK’s first subscription style box curated especially for cat lovers, delivering unique cat-themed items directly to your door each month. Visit their website here. Best For Cats readers can use code ‘BEST20’ at checkout to receive 20% off their first subscription!
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