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Best Gifting Practices – Uncommonly Good

For a long time now we have had a present cabinet. Yes, as in gifts. And, no, I am not super organized. It’s for when I need an emergency gift, you know, when you’ve forgotten an event is coming up – What, you don’t do that? Well, I do and sometimes the cabinet is stocked and I breathe a sigh of relief, and sometimes I am down to some hair ties and a pen.

So I clearly can’t leave special events like birthdays, graduations, weddings or anniversaries to chance, those need more planning, and, well, I have that covered, too. Actually, UncommonGoods does. When they contacted me to share my gift giving practices, I was thrilled – I love their site because they have cool, creative gifts in a wide range of prices, and make shopping by occasion super easy. Located in Brooklyn, NY, they select works from talented artists and artisans, and, as an added bonus, they’re a B Corporation. What is that? It means they do work on social and environmental problems, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community. That’s to the good of everyone.

But you need gifts.

Our family just wrapped up one graduation season, and while the next is a ways off, the holidays are around the corner and I’m betting on UncommonGoods to help with my list. Love this dreamy retro camera that takes romantic, light soaked photos and will charm any photographer, artist or film student. The Diana Camera is super cool, dare I say hipster? – and uses 120 film.

The Diana Camera at Uncommongoods.com from Capabilitymom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math mug Uncommongoods from capabilitymom

Less art and more math? There’s fun with numbers in this math-y mug or great geeking out clock (equations included).

geek equation clock uncommongoods from capabilitymom

Looking for something a bit more personal? You’re covered there, too, with gifts that can be made to honor a special someone. And I love that the Uncommongoods site lets you search by occasion, interest, price, and category. No small feat, that.

And having just reached a milestone wedding anniversary, I also know a bit about great gifts for anniversaries (or weddings). Keeping it personal is key, and so easy to do here. My favorites for couples include these gorgeous faux bois personalized mugs, just pair with your favorite fair trade coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new go-to gift: Put together a mixed six pack of local craft beer, the beer labels are cool and the names are usually funny, and if you put that together with these wordy glasses, you have a really thoughtful gift. And you might even pick up a vocab word or two.uncommon goods wordy beer glasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling the sentiment? Me, too. Love this company,

 

 

Check out their blog  which features their artists, design inspiration, and even more gift guides.

 

Disclaimer: While I did receive payment for sharing this post, all opinions are always my own.

Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com

Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com (you know you could use the help getting ready for the holidays)

I like to shop, bargain shop if the truth be told, anyone can just shop, but shopping with the clear purpose of getting great stuff and saving money – well, that’s how I have to shop – it’s part of my imprint now and no small source of pride, and while I am able to thank you if you like an article of my clothing, more than likely I will include the story of the deal I got on it. I’m working on just saying ‘thank you’. I’ll let you know how that’s going.

When I attended a Shoebuy.com event this fall and learned a bit about this local company (and their free shipping and return policy), the more I learned, the more I liked them. So when Style Expert Courtney Barry at Shoebuy.com offered some suggestions for a teen gift guide, I was happy to test drive it past my in-house team of very discerning teens (my nieces and daughters). 

Here’s a look at what Courtney came up with and is teen approved:

Every sporty girls needs a pair of flashy kicks that they can rock both in the classroom and on the field. Brands like New Balance and Asics offer sneakers that will give your teen the best of both worlds in terms of style and performance, while Marmot, Patagonia and Prana offer some great active-wear clothing options that your teen will be sure to love:

Sporty? Can’t go wrong with some cute sneakers, some leggings and an athletic top.

 

 

Is your teen a bit more glamorous?

For your fashionista, stick to colorful prints and metallics this holiday season. A great pair of leopard flats can add a touch of glam to any outfit, while a bright and flashy metallic bag or jacket can bring the perfect amount of shine to a dreary snow day.

 

Edgy:

If your teen has an edgier style, try a darker combat boot, an army green jacket or a great black leather bag. These options are great for casual days in, but can also be dressed up for a night out on the weekend.

Classic:

For your timeless teen, chic simplicity should be key! Consider a beautiful pair of ballet flats or a cozy neutral sweater this holiday season to give them a classic look that will never go out of style.

 

So far, my in-house team panel has voted yes Sporty, Classic and Glamorous with a smattering from the Edgy category. Shoebuy.com has terrific sales and private sales events. I got a Patagonia jacket for 40% off the regular price. Now that’s how I like to shop!

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Events Page (it’s free to join and you hear about the private sales).

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to Shoebuy.com to facilitate this post. #sponsored

Uncommonly Good Gifts

Uncommonly Good Gifts

While my posting frequency may be down, it’s not that I have been just lying around binge watching Netflix or anything (ahem), it’s just I haven’t been writing about what I have been up to but I’m back on track, well, at least with the writing thing, and on the plus side, I am up to date on Mad Men.

Okay…What exactly have I been doing? Hmm…cooking, baking, driving, shopping, planning parties, schlepping, you know, JUNE.  I’ll share the cooking and baking for a day that it’s not 100 degrees out and will share my latest shopping spree which has involved mainly graduation gifts.  Not to worry, I found plenty of things for hostess gifts, birthdays and anniversaries, too!

It’s always a challenge to find gifts that are special but don’t break the bank, and I think (eyes modestly downcast) I have it covered with a little help from Uncommon Goods.

I have long been a fan of Uncommon Goods and recently when they asked if I would review a product…I was thrilled! But what to choose? I focused on personalized gifts because I was in that mode, but they have great gifts for any and all (yes, even for guys – the most difficult people to buy for of all). And the categories are neatly arranged (by cost, type of gift or recipient), which saves on shopping time and you know I’m all about that.

I love this vintage typewriter key necklace (I have a thing for old typewriters), and evidently it’s cool (my youngest quickly voted on it). Find it here.

So what happens when you order from Uncommon Goods?

 

I also love this necklace for one (or all three?) of my sisters, mom, sister-in-law, aunt or, anyone, really, and it would have extra meaning for someone going to or graduating from one of the Seven Sisters Colleges or a maybe a classics major. Find it here.

From the Uncommon Goods website:

Look to the stars to commemorate the unbreakable bond of sisterhood with a mythic pendant, twinkling with the Pleiades constellation. Also known as the “seven sisters,” this astral cluster famously connects the seven sisters of Greek mythology: Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope and Merope.
 

 There are great gifts for families, hostess, couples and some sweet baby gifts, too, like a personalized constellation blanket – (link to it and other great baby gifts here) and I like these math glasses for my dad or a math tutor – just giving them makes me look math-ier (more numerative) than I am in real life. Always good.

 

 

 

 

 

Uncommon Goods is Brooklyn, NY based company that does good as well as having great gifts (most items on their site are made in the USA and at least half are made by hand – they are very artist/artisan friendly…love that). More personalized gifts can be found here. How hipster of me? I know, right?

Disclaimer:

I received a necklace to review for this post but was not compensated in any way…plus I gave the necklace away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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