Spring is a busy time for many people. We are finally out of the Christmas season,and are rapidly approaching the wedding and graduation season, as we hurtle towards summer? Plus, a special someone you might know (ahem) has a big birthday coming up in April and I thought it might be nice to give you some hints in case you’d like to get me something. Or, anyone else who might be celebrating, of course. In this gift guide, I’ve chosen some of my most favourite items for people who have it all from UncommonGoods. I hope you like these ideas as well as I do.
Anniversary Gifts that will make you glad to be married!
Anniversary gifts can be hard. Once you’ve been married a few years, most people usually just buy themselves what’s on their wishlist, and so I know, at least for me, it can be really tricky to find something personal but not too obvious, special but not insanely expensive, and just plain cool.
Amid a field of incised hearts, up to four lines (seven characters each) can be personalized with your names, anniversary date, or a sweet message to surprise the one you adore. Handmade in Greensboro, North Carolina.
For anyone who likes to play games together, this is a really neat option. You can get your names, a special phrase or place, something meaningful and as cheesy as you desire as the game board. How fun is that?
Watch with amusement as the one and only Gnome-Be-Gone frees your garden of a kitsch little Euro invader. Who does he think he is, wearing tiny red dunce caps and pushing inefficient wooden wheelbarrows? Tuck a few made-in-the-USA Gnome-Be-Gones into your flowerbeds and watch the demented yard goblins get toted away. Set includes one gnome and two Gnome-Be-Gones.
Who doesn’t love to hate everyone’s favourite garden decorations? These hilarious little monsters, for one. Imagine the looks your garden will get when passers-by notice that your gnome appears to be getting gnome-napped? These guys made me laugh so hard, and would be an awesome and humouous gift for your gardener friends.
More than just a handsome homage to a whiskey-loving couple, this miniature oak barrel ages spirits to peak flavor, just like its full-sized siblings found in professional distilleries. Its petite proportions accelerate the aging process, meaning that the recipient’s choice of liquor will hit its prime up to ten times faster. Before first use, make sure to cure the barrel for 3-5 days, as mentioned in the included instructions. Turn the barrel and taste the contents weekly, and when they reach their ideal oakiness, enjoy a glass straight from the tap. Made in Virginia exclusively for UncommonGoods.
My husband is a fancy scotch guy. I immediately thought of him when I saw this. How neat would it be to age your own whiskey? As I know from many years of gift giving, good spirits are expensive, and you ever really know if the recipient will like it, as everyone’s tastes are so different. This beautiful barrel would make a really neat conversation piece,and gives any whiskey lover an excuse to get creative in getting their drink on, just the way they like it.
Even hummingbirds won’t be able to resist this vibrant yard ornament blooming with ingenuity and handcrafted appeal. Instead of tossing misprinted guava juice tins, artisans have trimmed and transformed the pliable metal into delicate daisy petals that feature the tin’s exuberant medley of prints in primary colors. At the center of the bloom, curious hummingbirds will discover the flower’s nectar reserve, contained in a recycled glass well. Suspend the powder-coated steel spiral hanger or find an open space to stake the feeder in view and treat yourself to a feast for the eyes as you treat your feathered visitors to a treat for the beak! Handmade in Mexico.
I have always loved watching hummingbirds. There is something magical about these teeny tiny little birds who can flutter around faster than we can see. Everyone has those iconic little red feeders, but I love these ones because they are both beautiful and functional.
Happy Birthday to… Me!
I have a big birthday coming up in less than a month and decided to share a few items that I would love to get as a gift. They always say that the best gifts are ones hat you’d like to get yourself, and all of these choices fit the bill to a T. A bit quirky,fun and very different, these gift ideas are sure to put you in the good books of anyone getting them, especially me. Hint, hint.
This amazing companion is actually thousands of pets in one–tiny, bioluminescent plankton called dinoflaggelates (“dinos”) that illuminate their dinosaur-shaped environment when you gently shake it. Just let them bask in indirect light during the day, and they’ll treat you to a soft blue light show at night. Quiet, compact, and easy to care for, Dino Pet lets you hold one of nature’s most magical phenomena in the palm of your hand. It makes a soothing, natural nightlight, an interactive aquarium, and an awe-inspiring work of living art that won’t bite the hand that feeds it (dino food, included).
I can only imagine how pretty this would be in the middle of the night. I have always dreamed of going to one of those lakes where this happens regularly, but in the absence of a large travel budget,this would be an incredible way to experience bioluminescence at home. It would also be a really cool science lesson for anyone, young or old.
This ephemeral sand-scape artfully demonstrates the universal principle of entropy through a fascinating, ever-changing microcosm of natural elements. Simply rotate the glass ring and watch as delicate drifts of light and dark sand shift into deserts, mountains, clouds, rain, oceans and smoke, all ebbing and flowing into one another.
I am a sand and water baby, of this I am certain. Being in or near the sand and the ocean is my happy place, and this stunning piece is a perfect reminder for those days when all you can do is dream from thousands of miles away. I think it would be perfectly relaxing and calming, a middle of the day meditation tool or just a gorgeous reminder of what is out there.
These stunning birthstone wishing ball were created to capture a single wish, accomplishment, or meditation every week for the coming year. Each shimmering ball of hand-blown glass comes with 52 tiny slips of paper for you to pause once a week throughout the year and record a message of hope or gratitude. Coil them up and tuck them in the tiny hole near the base and they become a permanent part of the display. These wishing balls are available in twelve different colours, each representing a birthstone.
WhenI first saw these, I was taken instantly with the gorgeous multicoloured one, which, coincidentally, happens to represent April, my birth month. This ball is definitely going on my birthday wishlist this year! What better way to kick off a milestone year than a ball full of amazing thoughts and wishes.
When he’s not galloping through a magical forest filled with fireflies, fairy nymphs, and shimmering pools of water promising eternal youth, Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug is a fanciful companion to your coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
Handmade out of stoneware, this mug would be guaranteed to make anyone smile, even first thing in the morning. If you need a bit more cheer, perhaps on a Monday morning, there is a matching cereal bowl. And if unicorns aren’t your thing, there is also a llama mug (that I may or may not be coveting, ha). How could anyone feel grouchy drinking tea or coffee out of a cheery unicorn’s tummy?
For the guy who has it all
I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying gifts for the guys in my life. I don’t want to just get the obvious video games or fancy booze for every occasion, yet, when it comes to crunch time, that is usually what I end up getting. Luckily, UncommonGoods has a really awesome selection of gifts for guys that are far beyond the usual suspects. It will definitely be my go-to from here on in.
Produce a piquant variety of hot sauces with this DIY kit, offering cayenne, ancho, curry, and chili spice packs. Simply follow the instructions, combining the spices with the included peppers, vinegars, and brown sugar to create your own handcrafted condiments. Six bottles and customizable labels let you package and present up to six of your own small-batch sauces that’ll turn up the heat on your favorite foods.
For my hotsauce loving husband, this would be a really fun (but possibly slightly dangerous, haha) gift. We always have a rotating collection of different hot sauces, and as a matter of fact, I just brought one back from St Thomas for him. I know that he likes to eat his hot sauces, though, so one just full of extract and nothing less wouldn’t be that great. With the kit, you can put as much or as little hot as you want, and can customize the sauce exactly to your tastes. How cool would it be to be able to add “hot sauce creator”to your credentials?
Spice up your Moscow Mule by making one of its essential ingredients—ginger beer—from scratch. With this kit, you can ferment up one gallon of piquant ginger beer from all-organic ingredients in about a week’s time. It comes packaged in an embroidered mesh bag for easy brewing, and while the standard soda is non-alcoholic, you can also make a spiked version: The brew’s final ABV ranges from 0–10% depending on your desired flavor profile. Once your mixer is ready, whip up a round of cocktails (the kit makes enough for 32) and pour into the antique-finished copper mugs with brass handles. The natural interiors will age with each use, giving the mugs a unique vintage quality with time.
Good Ginger beer can be really hard to find, but not anymore with this super cool kit. With the option to make it with alcohol or without, you an make a refreshing treat for everyone. Plus, you have the option to get the kit with two copper mugs, which, let’s be frank, make you look cool simply by holding them. Be careful, though, because if your ginger beer is too good your friends might start placing orders. Haha.
These 100% Arabica beans are infused in small batches with just a touch of Kentucky’s signature spirit, giving them an irresistible aroma and unique flavor profile. Brew a pot to accompany post-dinner party conversation or for a Sunday brunch kick. Caffeinated, but contains no alcohol. Roasted in Tennessee.
Another thing my husband loves is coffee. Good, dark, strong coffee. I think this would be an interesting combination for anyone, like him, who likes coffee and bourbon, and would be a way to feel kind of naughty on a Monday morning when you need a real kick to get going.
With an interior divider made of a swatch of a game-used jersey from your choice of NFL team, this wallet is a fun, functional way to carry your fandom with you wherever you go. Each piece of football history is hand-cut and selected to feature at least two colors of the iconic uniform. Having come right off the field in a regular season game, these swatches show varying amounts of authentic wear. Officially licensed by the National Football League, each wallet includes a tamper-evident hologram sticker on the uniform piece to ensure authenticity and comes gift-boxed with an authentication instruction card.
My husband is a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan and has been one as long as he’s followed the NFL. He has jerseys for his favourite players,which makes it hard to buy football themed gifts for him. This wallet is such a cool idea. Pieces of a game worn jersey incorporated into a wallet is a really cool way to have an authentic piece of your favourite team with you all the time and show of your team spirit.
These are a few of the coolest and most unique gift ideas I have seen in a long time. UncommonGoods has tons of gifts for all ages, from kids to seniors. If none of these are to your liking, here are a few other categories to check out:
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Better to Give:
One really cool thing that I discovered about UncommonGoods is that they, as a company, love to be able to give back to the community. That’s why they created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from them when you checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since the program was created and the charitable organizations you can pick from include RAINN, Reach Out and Read, American Forests and the International Rescue Committee. You can learn more about each organization, including donations to date right here.
Handmade, Recycled and Organic Products:
Sustainability has become a huge buzzword lately, but despite lofty goals, sometimes what we, the average consumer and they, the business, see as “sustainable” are two totally different things. UncommonGoods is committed to offering a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with their suppliers – all the way from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since their founding, they’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – they are committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals. Basically, when it comes down to it, they put their money where their mouths are, and by supporting businesses like this, so do we.
A Positive Impact: In the Workplace, In the World:
At UncommonGoods, sustainability means more than just being “green.” They believe sustainability starts with integrity in everything they do, treating each individual inside and outside our company with dignity and respect, offering health insurance to all full-time (and most part-time) team members and providing a fair wage to all. I think this is a fantastic part of the company, and I know that I am always willing to support businesses that treat everyone they are involved with – staff, suppliers and customers – fairly and decently.
I really love finding new places to buy gifts, especially handmade ones. I see UncommonGoods becoming a dangerous addiction. I hope that you think these gift ideas are as cool as I do, because I think that this site has some of the neatest things I’ve ever seen.
This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods.com, however, all choices of products, opinions and thoughts are mine. As always, I am sharing this with you because I think you will like this as much as I do, and you know if I didn’t, I wouldn’t share it or agree to work with a company.