Gift guide: Pet lovers

Running out of steam already? Holiday shopping can be a challenge, and the longer your shopping list, the more time and effort you need to put in. This year, think outside the box. Instead of struggling with clothes (“is this the right size?”) or choosing cute but useless seasonal items, start thinking about the things your recipients love. Is your friend or loved one a pet person? Well then, we’ve got some ideas for you.

One of the great things about shopping handmade is that you’re shopping unique. By thinking outside of the box (and outside of the big box stores), you’re opening up a whole world of possibilities for gifts for the animal lovers and pet owners in your life. And so, Handmade Long Island presents this installment in our 2013 gift guide, a selection of creative gift ideas for pet lovers!

Yin yang hand/paw pendant by STACE Glassworks

The bond between a pet and an owner is so strong, and it is illustrated beautifully in this handmade fused glass pendant. A yin yang shape holds a human hand print and a dog paw print, these two just halves of a whole. How sweet (and only $25)! Also available in different colors or as earrings, and don’t miss customized pet tags and a plethora of other great gifts. Best pf all, STACE Glassworks is involved with Long Island animal rescue groups and donates a portion of animal-related items to these groups, so you’re choosing a great gift and helping out. See more at

Dog bone mosaic ornament by Hampton Mosaics

Some ornaments are only appropriate from Thanksgiving through Little Christmas. Then there are some, like this beautiful dog bone mosaic ornament, that are appropriate for year round display. $35 and available in several colors, these beautiful ornaments are a great gift for the dog lover in your life. Don’t miss out on Hampton Mosaic’s other ornaments (stars, doves, snowmen, etc.) plus a variety of stunning home decor pieces. For more, visit

Breed items by Pet Portraits by Beth Weiner Lipson

Artist Beth Weiner Lipson offers her beautiful animal artwork on a variety of items including mugs and greeting cards. Does your sister love her Pit Bull? Is your best friend obsessed with her Chihuahua? Looks like you just found the perfect gift. To learn more, visit or visit Pet Portraits by Beth Weiner Lipson on Facebook.

The Handmade Long Island Gift Guide includes items made by members of the Handmade Long Island directory who have e-commerce websites or online shops. Visit the directory for the full listing, including artisans who can be seen at local craft fairs and events and who offer customized designs. Please note that items included above may sell out or change price at the discretion of the business owner.

If you miss out on your favorite item, please review the rest of the website or shop – you’re sure to find another piece you love just as much!