Bats, Cats and Your Holiday Gift List

Once upon a time, San Franciscans shopped for holiday gifts by walking around downtown, looking at the holiday windows and walking inside the stores to select the presents for family and friends. The Internet now lets us order gifts with a few computer clicks. But the decision process is the same. What to get for each person on your list?

Here is a famous holiday song that lists some unusual holiday gift suggestions. And stay tuned to learn why actress, singer, dancer and comedienne Eartha Kitt, the 1960s and San Francisco kittens today have something in common:

Kitt started her career in the 1940s. In 1967, at the age of 40, we saw Kitt perform the role of Catwoman in the final season of the television series “Batman.”  Here is a clip from the iconic show:

Back to your holiday list. If you know anyone who loves classic television, for the first time all 120 original broadcast episodes of “Batman” are available from Warner Home Video. Adam West, our January 1966 to March 1968 television Batman, is 86 years old and spending most of his time on his ranch in Idaho. Eartha Kitt died at age 81 on Christmas Day in 2008.

One other suggestion for your holiday list includes a stroll in downtown San Francisco to see the “merchandise” first-hand. For nine years, the San Francisco SPCA has supplied kittens and puppies for the holiday windows for Macy’s Union Square. Through this holiday event, the SF SPCA has raised more than $400,000 in donations and has found homes for more than 2,300 animals.

Of course, adopting an animal is a big commitment and no one should make such an important decision lightly. But you can look at the adorable babies in Macy’s windows until January 4, 2015.

So if you are having trouble finding a gift for that crazy uncle or auntie, how about making a donation to the SF SPCA in his or her name? Our furry friends deserve the support and you can cross one more item off your gift list. Here is more info:

Best wishes,