November 30, 2010 10:15 PM

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the animal-loving accessorizer in your life? We explored Etsy and found some chic, adorable creature–inspired creations – from precious necklaces to steam-punk pins – sure to suit everyone on your holiday list.

If you’re seeking a simple, yet elegant gift, check out Mieko Takahashi-Shull’s silver necklaces. Our personal favorite is the Baby Koala charm that she designed after a trip to Brisbane, Australia. “I visited Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and saw baby koalas holding onto their moms,” she tells “They were so cute!”

Made using precious metal clay that becomes pure silver when fired in a kiln, she shapes each piece individually and often draws inspiration from her two cats, her 5-year-old Bichon Frise named Kumo – and nature. There’s an animal for everyone’s liking in her collection, which includes ducks ($28), penguins ($25-$33) and elephants ($28).

Looking for something with a colorful pop? Then visit Robin Eileen’s Etsy shop, where you can peruse her beautifully decorated animal lockets. An illustrator by trade, Eileen wanted to create something “sweet and sentimental, and inexpensive enough for ordinary people to have,” she says.

Eileen scans her hand-painted designs and then prints them on a special paper that is applied to vintage lockets from the 1970s. She offers a variety of bird designs in her shop – from an owl to a crane (both $35) – and in January she will start accepting customized requests.

Want something a little edgier? Then seize one of Niffer Desmond’s steam-punk animal brooches or necklaces. Desmond, who “up-cycles” found objects such as watch faces and antique jewelry, explains that her 19Moons shop creations are “all about combining and transforming materials in creative ways.”

From a gold beetle ring ($72) to a lizard brooch ($49) to a butterfly necklace ($65), each piece of the eco-conscious line is unique. Desmond, who has a background in assemblage art and animation, is inspired by both natural and man-made objects – “anything that visually sings,” she says. She enjoys marrying organic forms and old technology into visual metaphors, “like clockwork, to symbolize the mechanical movements of reptiles, birds and bees,” she says.

From the simple and elegant to colorful and steampunk, there’s something for everyone. Happy shopping!

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