Show Them. You Know Them
By Judith Cookis
Alice Liberson, owner of
DogmaCatmantoo in Ann Arbor, sells
Chanukah treats and toys for animals.
"I have squeaky toys in the shape of a
dreidel, menorah and I even have
gelt," says Leiberson. "I have Jewish
stars and bagel squeaky toys which are
great for every day. Can you imagine?
I even have a cow plush toy that says
`Oy Vey' when you shake it." Call
Any true animal pal loves all crea-
tures, so how about a donation in
your friend's name to the Michigan
re you sick of buying Mom
her favorite perfume? Can't
stand the thought of rum-
aging through another
sweater bin for Grandpa? This year, get
creative with your gift giving. From
cooking lessons to crystal dog collars or
a celebrity biography, often the best
gift is the one that's not so obvious.
Think hard about your recipients' hob-
bies, their secret indulgence, their
occupation or even their alter ego.
Yes, it might be the all-business
office type (and former garage band
singer) who would love concert tickets
to the headbanger's reunion tour.
Still stumped? Surf the Web for
some inspiration. Sites like www.sur-
prise.com , www.holidaygiftideas.com
or www.ebay.com offer cost-conscious
to extravagant suggestions.
Some of the following ideas are
inexpensive; others require a little
more bankroll. But one thing's cer-
tain, these gifts will be met with over-
whelming appreciation. And maybe,
just maybe, you won't get a
coffee mug or earmuffs in
next year's family grab bag.
Know someone who loves his
pooch as much as his family? Maybe
more? Commission a portrait of Fido
in all his glory. The Uppity Puppy
gourmet doggy bakery and_boutique
in downtown Royal Oak works
with artist Kevin O'Brien, who
paints custom 11x14 pet portraits
($135 plus matting and framing).
Give him two to three weeks and
at least four, color photos, and
he'll create a lasting professional
portrait. Or give someone a glass
bulb ornament, custom painted with
his or her pet's loveable mug ($27 and
up). The bakery also sells dog collars
and leads made of Austrian crystal,
luxurious pet beds, clothes and organ-
ic treats like "pup pizza," soy-nut but-
ter cookies and carob bagels. Call
Pewter wine coasters
and wine opener,
Humane Society or The Detroit Zoo?
For gift donations to the humane
society, call (248) 799-7400 or visit
www.michiganhumane.org . Detroit
Zoo gifts help fund equipment and
medicine for the veterinary hospital,
educational programs, and conserva-
tion efforts for endangered animals.
Call (248) 541-5717 or visit
Bring the spa to her with luxurious
European bath and body products.
Decorate a basket and fill it with
assorted goodies like French milled
soaps, fragrant Tocca candles and
Deep Steep's all-natural Honey Bubble
Bath and assorted lotions from Muse
in Berkley. Call (248) 544-MUSE.
At Ruby's Balm in West Bloomfield,
stock up on L'Artisan Perfumier and
Creed fragrances. Call
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