As I walked through row upon row of booths at the NY International Gift Fair this week I was keeping an eye open both for great kids companies and other companies whose designs and sensibilities were well suited to children's spaces and family homes. I didn't expect that one of my first stops would be at a company that primarily caters to dog and cat owners, but, hey, sometimes you gotta think outside the litter box.
In addition to the 12 gauge steel pet feeders they're best known for These Creatures offers their signature motifs on leash hooks. And if you can hang a leash on them you can surely hang keys, scarves, hats and even children's jackets or hoodies.
The hooks comes in two sizes, deluxe (3 hooks) and mini (2 hooks), three colors (parakeet, coral or limesicle) and a variety of designs (birds, squirrels, spaceships, dogs, seahorse, star and a rabbit with a cupcake - why not?) ranging in price from $28 - 48. They also have bookends ($34) in two designs and four colors. And, of course, you can shop These Creatures for really attractive dog and cat feeders, hanging ornaments, magazine racks, business card holders and small garden fences.
Lastly, I should mention that These Creatures is the work of brother and sister team Andrew and Amy Finkel who are just as friendly and nice as could be.