This is the most fun I’ve ever had putting together a gift guide, because I am completely in love with all of the products. But it was also the hardest, because there are SO MANY great gifts on the Uncommon Goods website. They sent me some items to review, and I saw many more at a holiday showcase they put on a few weeks back. It was on a night of torrential rains, the kind where your umbrella doesn’t really help you because A) it’s too busy turning inside out and B) the rain is coming sideways.
So when I got to the event I was soaked and a little miserable and wishing that I was home and warm and dry. But I was so glad I went! I guarantee you, no matter who is on your list, you can find a gift for that person at Uncommon Goods. This list is but a small sampling of what they have to offer, of things that I saw personally.
Why Shop Uncommon Goods?
Uncommon Goods is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY and focuses on handcrafted gifts that don’t harm animals, the environment, or people (their lowest-paid seasonal workers start at 50% above the minimum wage).
Half of what they sell is made by hand, most right here in the U.S. And about a third of the items they sell are made from recycled or upcycled materials. Many items come with some info about the artist and the product, and how it got to you.
So, you can purchase from Uncommon Goods knowing that you’re supporting a company that aims to do good things in the world, without sacrificing quality.
And you still have time:
Place your order by 5pm ET on Thursday, December 17th, choose Economy shipping or faster, and you’ll receive your order before Christmas.
Place your order by 5pm ET on Friday, December 18th, choose Standard or Preferred shipping or faster, and you’ll receive your order before Christmas.
Place your order by 5pm ET on Monday, December 21st, choose Expedited shipping or faster, and you’ll receive your order before Christmas. (Not valid for PO Boxes.)
Place your order by 5pm ET on Tuesday, December 22nd, choose Express shipping, and you’ll receive your order before Christmas. (Not valid for PO Boxes.)
So check out the following for lots of fabulous gift ideas from a company that can cover your entire gift list!
What’s that? You don’t want me picking things for you? I totally get it. You can check out great stocking stuffer ideas here, a fabulous collection of gifts under $25 here, and a huge collection of gifts under $50 here.
For People Who Love Unicorns
What? That’s not your entire list? You need new friends.
But for the people on your list who like unicorns, you can’t go wrong with these items.
For People Who Like To Eat
There are so many gorgeous cutting boards available, I had a hard time choosing a favorite. But since I always serve cheese and crackers at parties, I fell in love with this Ampersand board, with a channel for the crackers. Get it? Cheese “&” Crackers?? You can find it here.
If there are two foods that I hate to put out at parties, it’s pistachios and olives. Why those two? Because they both have a part that’s not eaten. When you put pistachios and olives out at a party, the question becomes, what do the guests do with the shells and pits?
Well, these serving dishes have solved both problems. The Pistachio Pedestal has a bottom tray for the shells (you can buy it here), and the Olive Server has a place to put pits (the lid comes off for easier emptying). It also has a spot for toothpicks. You can buy it here.
I make so many recipes these days that need the yolks separated from the whites, and I usually use my hands, like a neanderthal. Not anymore! This gorgeous piece of stoneware is as functional as it is beautiful, giving me perfectly separated eggs every time! You can buy it here.
I never know what to do with the butter knife. It’s too big and top-heavy to fit into the butter crock without falling out, and after using it we don’t want to rest it on the table and get things all buttery. Usually we balance it on the dish, but we’re always knocking it off when we reach for something nearby.
The genius solution? A balancing butter knife! It stands up next to the butter all on its own, and the buttery part will never rest on something else and get it dirty! Plus, it just looks so cool sitting on my table. Get it here!
This adorable little bowl, the Ooma Bowl, is specially designed for chips and dips. Of course, I can’t have chips or real dip until my gallbladder comes out, so I’ve had to settle for baby carrots and fat-free French onion dip. SO not the same. The first thing that’s going in that bowl after my surgery next week? Tortilla chips and guac!! You can find the bowl here.
You can find lots more food-related gifts on the site.
For People Who Like Booze (And Other Drinks)
From innovative decanters to gorgeous glasses to art made from wine paraphernalia, there’s a lot choose from when it comes to drink-related gifts. Here are some of my favorites.
Put a little more cave-man in your man-cave with this stone drink dispenser. Buy it here.
This home microbrewing kit would look great just sitting out on a table not doing anything. But you can also use it to make beer. Find it here.
Of all of the cool coasters on the site, I think these cracked glass ones are my favorite. You can get them here.
I don’t drink wine, and yet every time I see one of these flight sets at a restaurant, I desperately want one. I could do a soda flight. Or, you could buy it for someone who actually drinks wine. Find it here.
For People Who Like Holidays
This bronze menorah would make an amazing gift. Buy it here.
These simple, beautiful wooden ornaments would be welcome on any tree. Find them here.
For People Who Are Just Plain Weird
Books help your brain. So put those things together with these Brain Bookends, found here.
It’s a doll. With guts and organs. That are somehow cute. There’s a girl version too. Find them here.
Because who doesn’t want baby booties shaped like food? Find them here.
Can’t get off of your phone long enough to spend quality time with other people? Don’t bother – just play the Game of Phones. Find it here.
Check out the Uncommon Goods site for much much much more!