Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

One of my favorite online sites for picking up truly unique gifts is which a beautiful site for finding handmade treasures. Most are organic, or made from recycled materials. More importantly, it’s a destination for showcasing creative people who are determined to break away from the cookie cutter box store existence that we have grown reliant upon. So pick up something one-of-a-kind for your mom, sister, best friend or boyfriend this Valentine’s Day from Etsy.

Show your kitty loving boyfriend how much you love both him and his cat with these felt Valentine Heart catnip cat toys. Crammed full of 100% organic catnip, this catnip will send your cat to the Moon! Handmade by someone called OhBoyCatToy.

Sending cards to your loved one because you want to remain an admirer from afar? Then send one of these remarkably individualized breed cards from LydiaAndPugs. You can choose a dog breed that is hand painted – they are completely personalized – you choose the dog breed, envelope color and of course, your pooch’s outfit!

LoveArtWorks has the cutest lovebirds. These 2 little birdies are so in love and shining with the Love Light Dish under the wondrous glow of the starry night. A great place for pooch to slurp up his dog treats, or as a place holder for your keys, so they’re within easy reach as you head out the door for a walk with your dog.

Keep forgetting to pick up dog food? Or you have to tell your room mate that kitty needs her vitamin? Then use one of Chalkboard Placemats from CustomKids. Hearts on one side and practical chalkboard on the other, these will be great under dog or cat bowls. And you can scribble gentle reminders as well. How heartily practical!

Check out all these great handmade items at

Originally published February 2010
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