Brands shift and change over years and new ones replace the others, but there are a few that have staying power. Remember when Pottery Barn literally just sold chunky pottery? There are some catalogs that I have been shopping with for as long as I can remember. One of those shops, which I now order from online instead of from the pages of a catalog is UncommonGoods.
Finding the perfect gift is something that is important to me. I want recipient of my gift to feel appreciated and to receive a present they actually want and will use. Now that everybody seemingly has access to everything at their fingertips, buying the perfect gift can be trickier. You can search for hours through Etsy but that can be a dangerous black hole. UncommonGoods reached out to me recently, to see if I would do a sponsored post and because I have loved this shop from the days before there even was an Etsy (or at least I didn’t know about it then) I was happy to. I love that UncommonGoods seeks out handmade goods from both local artists and small manufacturers. They sell many products made with recycled and organic materials. They also do not sell anything made with leather, feathers or fur.
Whether it is for a birthday present, an anniversary, or just because you want to treat yourself to something new for the home, your purse, or your children’s room, UncommonGoods has all the best things to choose from.
My husband is constantly cleaning our iPhones and we totally appreciate his fear of germs because those phones do get pretty gross. You just can’t see the germs. This year already the kids have started school with a coughing, sneezing virus. This little pod on Dan’s bedside table will totally make his day and night. I just have to figure out if I want to give it to him now (Happy Friday!) or wait until Chanukah and Christmas to give it to him.
I also love looking for unique presents for the children to bring to birthday parties for their friends or for me to give my own children. I love this rain gauge. It isn’t really a child’s toy but I know the kids would get a kick out of tracking rain levels especially now that we have a little raised bed growing some fall broccoli and a shortage of rain.
If your child has got the travel bug or wants to learn more about the world, this is a fun addition to their room. They can scratch off where they have been or if world travel isn’t in the budget for now, they can scratch off countries as they learn more about each culture, or maybe try foods from different regions. The possibilities are endless.
For wedding gifts and anniversaries, UncommonGoods has so many beautiful, unique personalized housewares and artwork. I love the birch bark bowls, tree stump rings and glasses with initials and a heart engraved on them, but sometimes personalized doesn’t need have your names etched in. I have always loved these lumen oil projector lamps. The trees remind me of the times that my husband and I have enjoyed in Vermont as a couple when we used to go skiing and hiking there and now the trees up in Tremblant National Park where we go for the summer as a family. It is personal without being personalized.
What gifts are you shopping for lately? I know many friends who are going to weddings and baby showers. Happy uncommon shopping!