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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Tech or Kickin’ It Old School – Day 6 of 12 Days of Shopping

When Pragmatic Mom and I brainstorm on gift giving, it’s fun and interesting to see how many different ideas we can come up with together. I liked the low-tech or old school gifts, and found quite a few cool things this year..

Etsy is my go-to for cool on line handmade stuff – Here are a few links you’ll love.

Bowls and Serving – I made a Pinterest board of Bowls…maybe I have a problem?

Hostess and Gourmet

Pillows

Handmade winter gear – don’t know how to knit? No problem.

Closer to home I found some great things at the SOWA Open Market like Zooguu  and Seven Acre Toys.

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget the Holiday Market at SOWA…and check out Pragmatic Mom’s High Tech Gift Ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are more suggestions

Back to Basics – Day 6 of the 12 Days of Shopping – Going Low Tech and check out Pragmatic Mom’s post on high tech gifts.

in case you need some other ideas.

The 12 Days of Shopping

 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping – Granola versus Homemade and Personal – Granola from Flour and Barefoot Contessa.

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Pragmatic Mom and Capability : Mom

 

 

Back to Basics – Day 6 of the 12 Days of Shopping – Going Low Tech

It has been a long two weeks. I have been stashing catalogs where ever I could hide them before my husband throws them out. I wanted them for this series of posts and my own personal use… Hmmm…perhaps that explains the immediacy with which these are normally dispatched into the recycling bin.

Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods on Capability Mom blog's 12 days of shopping
Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods

My assignment, go low-tech (Pragmatic Mom has the high tech gifts covered). These are my favorite low, and I mean low, tech gifts (thus the old school catalog finds).

I love the Uncommon Goods catalog – super cute and cool gifts in a great range of prices. Anything from Periodic Table of Elements Blocks for your budding science genius to door mats made out of flip flops or lobster rope.

Arts and Letters:

 

Paper Source's Unravels Pencils

For all ages:  Art Supplies like paper and colored pencils or journal and nice pen, books, wooden toys (yes, for all ages).

Green Planet Kids is a Newton store with a great selection of back-to-basic toys and there are these oh-so cool stocking stuffers from Paper Source (love these peel-y pencils).

Back to Basics: Homemade treats, prettily packaged, with recipe attached, maybe some clove fruit from Pragmatic Mom, little handmade lavender sachets (you can buy lavender in bulk and fill fabric squares with it, so nice), special keepsake ornaments (we give my mom one every year) or a The Hanukah Candle Kit.

Love You More Pillow - Paper Source

 

Cozy Comforts:


Cashmere socks, scarves or sweater, mittens, a favorite team sweatshirt or baseball cap, yoga or fitness gear, fleece from Northface for that particular teen, a Snuggie (I caved and bought these last year!)

 

C is for Chocolate – always! Get some sweet Lindt truffles and put them in a pretty container. Last year I found a template on Martha Stewart’s site for turning a candy bar into a Santa.

Books are a basic and always welcome (even if you know only one book the child has liked, a good bookstore or librarian can give you many more suggestions).

If you are looking for year round reading for kids, I really like the publications from Cricket MagazineMuse for ages 9-14 years and Babybug, Ladybug, and  Cricket for younger children. I also love Stone Soup for the tween age, too.

Upcycled Pom Hat
Upcycled Pom Hat - Uncommon Goods

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags

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