Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

It’s the season of mistletoe,‭ ‬gingerbread,‭ ‬candy canes‭ … ‬and endless hours gift-wrapping‭! ‬No matter what I get for my dear friends and family during the holidays,‭ ‬my favorite part is wrapping the actual gift.‭ ‬I’m no Martha Stewart,‭ ‬but I do like to put a different spin on the packaging.

Helping me in my endeavor is‭ ‬Printed Puppy‭ (‬ http://www.printedpuppy.com ‭)‬ which has doggie bags that are definitely not for the dogs.‭ ‬With playful puppies asking‭ “‬Let’s Play‭”‬,‭ ‬or‭ ‬bossily ordering to‭ “‬Fetch the Car‭”‬,‭ ‬these gift bags will definitely bring a smile to the recipient,‭ ‬even before they open their present.‭

I’ve made unusual gift tags over the years,‭ ‬using photos,‭ ‬ornaments,‭ ‬even twigs.‭ ‬This year,‭ ‬I’m going simple by picking up some luggage tags from the‭ ‬ASPCA‭ ( ‬www.aspca.org ‭) ‬Instead of‭ ‬filling‭ ‬the‭ ‬address info‭ ‬section‭;‬ I’ll use the blank area for a holiday message instead.‭ ‬And it’s also a gift in itself that can be used on‭ ‬the next trip.‭ ‬Available in‭ ‬31‭ ‬breeds,‭ ‬from the sad-looking Basset Hound to the happy Yorkie.

For cat lovers,‭ ‬the Happy Holiday Catnip Cookies are a perfect present.‭ ‬Two handmade fabric Fortune Cookies are stuffed with fiberfill‭ ‬and‭ ‬certified organic catnip,‭ ‬kitties will think these are the cat’s meow‭! ‬And they come with fortunes too,‭ ‬complete in their own take-out box.‭ ‬No need to gift wrap,‭ ‬it’s complete.‭ ‬Available from‭ ‬Jake and Micah‭ (‬ http://www.jakeandmicah.com ‭)

For those last minute holiday visits with friends,‭ ‬just tie a ribbon around the‭ ‬Candle with a Cause,‭ ‬created by‭ ‬Jax and Bones to help‭ ‬Rescue Train‭ ‬a nonprofit‭ ‬dog and cat rescue. 100%‭ ‬of the proceeds,‭ ‬when purchased on‭ ‬www.jaxandbones.com‭ ‬ go to benefit‭ ‬www.therescuetrain.org‭ ‬ to save a life of a homeless dog or cat.

It’s the thought that counts,‭ ‬so put some thought into not only the gift but the wrapping too.‭ ‬Happy Shopping‭!

All Wrapped Up Sterling Silver & Leather
Always remember your guardian angel is near when you wear this All Wrapped Up bracelet. BRACELET DETAILS Length: 21 in. Closure: slip-thru Metal: sterling silver Inscription: Guardian Angel Features: ...
Brand: All Wrapped UpMerchant: Kohl's
$60.00
$16.99
All Wrapped Up Sterling Silver & Leather
Keep inspiration near when you wear this lovely All Wrapped Up bracelet. An exploration inscription, butterfly accent and flower charm make it the perfect way to stay inspired. BRACELET DETAILS Length...
Brand: All Wrapped UpMerchant: Kohl's
$60.00
$16.99
All Wrapped Up Fancy Jasper & Crystal Bead Sterling Silver Leather Wrap Bracelet (Brown)
Featuring fancy jasper beads, champagne crystals and a bronze-tone leather cord, this wrap bracelet will add natural beauty to any ensemble. BRACELET DETAILS Length: 23.5 in. Closure: slip-thru Metal:...
Brand: All Wrapped UpMerchant: Kohl's
$60.00
$16.99
Originally published December 2008
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