By Sharon Gomes Thomas
It’s the season of mistletoe,â€ â€¬gingerbread,â€ â€¬candy canesâ€ … â€¬and endless hours gift-wrappingâ€! â€¬No matter what I get for my dear friends and family during the holidays,â€ â€¬my favorite part is wrapping the actual gift.â€ â€¬I’m no Martha Stewart,â€ â€¬but I do like to put a different spin on the packaging.
Helping me in my endeavor isâ€ â€¬Printed Puppyâ€ (â€¬ http://www.printedpuppy.com â€)â€¬ which has doggie bags that are definitely not for the dogs.â€ â€¬With playful puppies askingâ€ “â€¬Let’s Playâ€”â€¬,â€ â€¬orâ€ â€¬bossily ordering toâ€ “â€¬Fetch the Carâ€”â€¬,â€ â€¬these gift bags will definitely bring a smile to the recipient,â€ â€¬even before they open their present.â€
I’ve made unusual gift tags over the years,â€ â€¬using photos,â€ â€¬ornaments,â€ â€¬even twigs.â€ â€¬This year,â€ â€¬I’m going simple by picking up some luggage tags from theâ€ â€¬ASPCAâ€ ( â€¬www.aspca.org â€) â€¬Instead ofâ€ â€¬fillingâ€ â€¬theâ€ â€¬address infoâ€ â€¬sectionâ€;â€¬ I’ll use the blank area for a holiday message instead.â€ â€¬And it’s also a gift in itself that can be used onâ€ â€¬the next trip.â€ â€¬Available inâ€ â€¬31â€ â€¬breeds,â€ â€¬from the sad-looking Basset Hound to the happy Yorkie.
For cat lovers,â€ â€¬the Happy Holiday Catnip Cookies are a perfect present.â€ â€¬Two handmade fabric Fortune Cookies are stuffed with fiberfillâ€ â€¬andâ€ â€¬certified organic catnip,â€ â€¬kitties will think these are the cat’s meowâ€! â€¬And they come with fortunes too,â€ â€¬complete in their own take-out box.â€ â€¬No need to gift wrap,â€ â€¬it’s complete.â€ â€¬Available fromâ€ â€¬Jake and Micahâ€ (â€¬ http://www.jakeandmicah.com â€)
For those last minute holiday visits with friends,â€ â€¬just tie a ribbon around theâ€ â€¬Candle with a Cause,â€ â€¬created byâ€ â€¬Jax and Bones to helpâ€ â€¬Rescue Trainâ€ â€¬a nonprofitâ€ â€¬dog and cat rescue. 100%â€ â€¬of the proceeds,â€ â€¬when purchased onâ€ â€¬www.jaxandbones.comâ€ â€¬ go to benefitâ€ â€¬www.therescuetrain.orgâ€ â€¬ to save a life of a homeless dog or cat.
It’s the thought that counts,â€ â€¬so put some thought into not only the gift but the wrapping too.â€ â€¬Happy Shoppingâ€!