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DIY Mother’s Day Card

April 19, 2016

DIY Mother's Day Card Printable Template

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve outgrown your macaroni art years. Maybe you already picked up the perfect Mother’s Day present, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for a creative gift for mom, but just because you aren’t sitting down to handcraft a gift masterpiece doesn’t mean you can’t include a little something handmade. Print off our template and follow the simple instructions below for a DIY Mother’s Day card and show mom that you’re not too old to whip up something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge!

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Gift Guides

Everything Wedding : A Guide for Gifts from “Yes” to “I Do”

September 12, 2015

Wedding Gift Guide | UncommonGoods

The question was popped, the ring is on, and happily ever after is underway. Sure, you really only truly need each other, but if you’re doing the whole fairytale wedding thing, you’ll need some gifts along the way. Whether you’re planning a traditional ceremony and reception or throwing a shingdig that breaks the “rules” in all the best ways, you’ll find something for everyone helping you celebrate and some gems for your own registry here on our Everything Wedding list!

Know just what you’re looking for? Jump to gifts for your reception, registry, bridesmaids, groomsmen, groom, bride, flower girl, ring bearer, or parents.

A Splendid Affair
You want your wedding day to be a day like no other, and you know getting the little details just right can make a big difference. These special accessories for your special day add that extra dash of magic to your reception. 

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Instead of tucking a book full of names away after your big day, why not display art made by everyone who celebrated with you? | Thumbprint Alternative Guestbook – Ash Tree

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You + Your Partner = Married! Now that’s something to toast! | Etched Champagne Flutes – Set of 2

Faux Bois Vase | UncommonGoods

Fill this vase with your favorite flowers for a centerpiece that has your name all over it. (Or at least your initials.) | Faux Boix Vase

 

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This keepsake Happily Ever After Cake Cutter and Server is the perfect reminder of the day you were able to have your cake and eat it too.

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Getting that little couple on the top tier to look just like you and your love is a piece of cake, thanks to this DIY Wedding Cake Topper Kit.

One for the Registry
There are few times in your life when it’s totally acceptable to tell your friends and family exactly what to get you. Add these gifts to your registry and spend less time after the honeymoon returning duplicate blenders. 

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The Start of Something” by David Fleck is a great way to start your art collection together.

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You may be hot for each other, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get chilly in your home from time to time. | Personalized Tree Throw

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Whether your honeymoon will be your first trip together or you’ve already traveled the world as a twosome, the Personalized Wedding & Anniversary Pushpin Map is a great way to map your many adventures.

 

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Entertaining as couple doesn’t mean that friends will have to come to you. | Travel Mini Bar

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You may be done with dessert for a while after some serious wedding cake intake, but these bowls will have your back when you’re ready to bake. | Nesting Stoneware Mixing Bowls – Set of 3

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The many meals you’re about to enjoy together will be even more magical served on pieces from the Birch Porcelain Dishware Collection.

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You two have a natural attraction to one another and your relationship is built on a sturdy foundation. The Double Tiered Teak Root Serving Platter features two trays made from natural teak and a sturdy iron stand. Coincidence?

Wine Glasses | UncommonGoods
You’re both interesting people with colorful personalities–a match made in heaven. If you happen to also enjoy wine, the Multicolor Ombre Stemless Wine Glass Set just might be your match made in Merlot.

Beauties for Bridesmaids
They’ve been there for you through the awkward years, the life changing moments, and everything in between. Let’s face it – there’s no one else you would rather have by your side during this special milestone than your best friends.  Though there are no words to express how much their friendship means, these mementos will say it all. We’ve gathered our favorite gifts to show your bridesmaids how important they are in your life, no matter what happens.

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Even if you can’t talk as often as you like, you can still remind your best friend that she’s beautiful every day.| You Are Beautiful Cursive Wood

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Now she can have her cake and wear it, too. (Yes, there’s Wedding Cake whipped Shea Crème involved!) | Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin

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Your wishes were her commands. Thank your bridesmaid with a jewelry holder that won’t let anything unravel under pressure. | Jewelry In A Bottle

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Now that all the hard work is done, it’s time to get spirited away in style! | Porcelain Flask

 

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As they say, new friends are silver and old friends are gold. | Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace

Great Gifts for Groomsmen
These guys have stood by you  through thick and thin.  Now, they’re standing with you while you make it official. Show them you’re happy to have them at your side with one of these thank you gifts. 

Beard Pack | UncommonGoods

Your best man may have a bushy beard, but he’ll still look his best for your big day thanks to the Beard Pack.

On the Rocks Set | UncommonGoods

Your groomsmen proved they could handle their booze at your bachelor party. Fair enough, but the On The Rocks Set says you’re up for slowly sipping whiskey over taking rounds of shots next time you drink together.

Wooden Beer Caddy | UncommonGoods
You’re tying the knot with your someone special, but your not about to forget to have suds with your buds. Fill the  Wooden Beer Caddy with a 6-pack of your groomsmen’s favorite brewskies to show you’re still up for grabbing a cold one anytime.

Bottle Opener Cufflinks | UncommonGoods
Cufflinks are a traditional groomsman gift. These cufflinks put a twist on that tradition, while getting the best of bottle caps that don’t twist-off. | Stainless Steel Bottle Opener Cufflinks

Multi-tool Collar Stays | UncommonGoodsYour groomsmen helped you prepare for this moment. Help them be prepared for anything. (In style!) |Titanium Multi-Tool Collar Stays

Groomin’
Your guy is certainly something special, so getting him a special present to celebrate the day the two of you say “I do” is on your pre-wedding to-do list. Tell your groom you’re all in by going all out with one of these gifts.

Silver Type Key Cufflinks | UncommonGoods

Give him one Silver Type Key Cufflink with your initial and one with his to celebrate the new chapter you’re about to write together.

Personalized Whiskey Barrel | UncommonGoods
It’s hard to believe that your relationship could ever be any more perfect, but like whiskey, love gets even better as it ages. | Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Tree Ring Pen | UncommonGoods
This Tree Ring Pen is the perfect way to say, “You put a ring on it. I’m ready to put down roots so we can grow together.”

Deluxe Shave Set | UncommonGoods
Your groom will be well groomed on your wedding day, thanks to the Deluxe Shave Set.

 

Make Your Bride Blush
Sometimes you still can’t believe she’s actually going to be your bride, but then you pinch yourself, realize it’s really happening, and get back to planning your future together. The first step? Finding the perfect gift to give your new wife as you enter matrimonial bliss. 

Personalized Birch Cuff | UncommonGoods

Carving your initials in a tree is romantic, but having your initials carved in a Personalized Birch Cuff is more environmentally friendly. (And it’s much easier for her to wear this bracelet than tote a tree down the aisle with her.)

Personalized Anniversary Journal | UncommonGoodsYou only get one wedding day, but you’ll celebrate many special occasions together. Show her you’re looking forward to celebrating year after year with this Personalized Anniversary Journal.

Latitude Longitude Pendant | UncommonGoods

The Latitude/Longitude Pendant can serve as a pretty reminder of the place you met,  where you got engaged, or even the exact location where you’re about to share your first kiss as a married couple. Now that’s where it’s at!

Floral Batik Kimono | UncommonGoods
She’s about to spend a long day in a fancy dress. Give her something comfortable to change into when the festivities are over that she can also relax in for many cozy nights at home together to come. | Floral Batik Kimono Robe

Spa in a Bag | UncommonGoodsYou’re ready to spend the rest of your life pampering her. Start with the Spa in A Bag.

 

Hey, Kids!
Specializing in ring delivery and flower petal dispersion, these kiddos played an important part in your wedding. Whether as a “thank-you” or a bribe for good behavior, it’s always a good idea to make sure the kids are happy when so much is on the line.

Personalized M Is For Me Book | UncommonGoods

She might not remember the details of your special day, but she’ll always remember the influence you had in her life. Start your journey together with the Personalized M is for Me Book.

Amazing Earth Puzzle Blocks | UncommonGoods
If your little flower girl thinks you’re old, imagine how amazed she’ll be by the many dynamics of the earth! Mind blown. | Amazing Earth Puzzle Blocks

Links of Love Necklace | UncommonGoods
Links of love to show that you have lots and lots of love. | Links of Love Necklace

 

The Mug With A Hoop | UncommonGoods

A slam-dunk choice for the mini VIP in your life! | The Mug With A Hoop

Unique Ways to Say Thank You
Watching a son or daughter say their vows can be a bittersweet moment for any parent. Giving a sentimental gift is a way to show your continued appreciation of everything they’ve done to help you get here. Whether as a statement of gratitude for your new in-laws or a reminder to your parents that just because you’re starting your own family doesn’t mean you’re ditching theirs, we’re sure they’ll take well to any of these timeless gifts.

Mother of the World Necklace | UncommonGoods

Sometimes, it only takes a few special words to convey the infinite amount of love and appreciation we have for someone. This necklace does just that. | Mother of the World Necklace

Agate Coasters - Set of 4 | UncommonGoods

Nothing shows your gratitude like a gift that was 80 million years in the making. | Agate Coasters – Set of 4

Custom Wedding Cufflinks | UncommonGoods

After your big day, people may forget what was said, but  your dad will never forget how he felt when he walked you down the aisle in your  wedding gown. Show your appreciation for your pops with this one-of-a-kind keepsake. | Custom Wedding Gown Cufflinks

Family Vintage Box | UncommonGoods

Like a fine wine, a thoughtful thank you gets better with age. | Family Vintage Wine Box

Druze Serving Platter | UncommonGoods

The ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks all held the belief that semiprecious stones like agate possessed the power to protect its owners from evil and danger, and that it also produced delightful dreams, After all of the hard work that went into your special day, eternal protection is the least you can offer. | Druze Serving Platter

See more wedding gifts | UncommonGoods

The Uncommon Life

The Best of Uncommon Knowledge: 10 Tidbits to Tighten Your Trivia Game

September 10, 2015

The Best of Uncommon Knowledge | UncommonGoods

Have you ever wondered why so many things are referred to as things or why we wish upon stars? We do, and we’re not about to just sit around wondering! Each week we go out and find a bit of Uncommon Knowledge that answers one of those less-than-pressing, but certainly entertaining, questions. We’ve compiled quite the collection of trivial tidbits over the years, and we figured it was about time to find out which fun facts our readers find the most interesting. The 10 questions below received the most clicks from customers when featured in our weekly emails. (We threw in the answers, too.)

Why are moonshine jugs marked XXX?

Personalized Whiskey Barrel | UncommonGoods

 Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Most of us have only seen them in cartoons or caricatures, but we all know what it means: an old-fashioned jug marked with XXX is full of moonshine. It turns out that the marks refer specifically to moonshine’s distilling process. The moonshiners would start by distilling a mash of fermented sugar cane pulp. The resulting liquid, known as the “singlings,” is foul-tasting and a mere 30-40% alcohol by volume. To get the kick that moonshine is known for, it has to go through two more distillations—rendering it almost 100% pure alcohol. The three X’s on the jug were meant to signify that its contents had completed that triple-step process, and also that it might just be strong enough to knock your shoes off, curl your hair, and take your breath away for the next thirty-six hours.

Why do refined people have blue blood?

Anatomical Heart Pendant | UncommonGoodsAnatomical Heart Pendant 

They don’t. No one does. Blood does vary in color—but only from bright red to dark red. The fact that some blood vessels appear blue beneath the skin is actually trick of the light. Much in the same way that the ocean looks blue even though water itself has no color, when light passes through the outer layers of our skin and bounces off a blood vessel, the frequency most likely to bounce back out to our eyes is blue. That does not have any effect on the color of the blood itself. However, this misconception has long been a tool for supporting class distinction. Starting as far back as medieval Spain, being able to see veins of “sangre azul” beneath pale skin was a mark of a privileged, sheltered life that was unavailable to the sun-tanned working class. And though now we live in an age where sun-starved office workers dream of luxuriating out on the beach somewhere, our blue-blooded illusion of the upper class remains.

Are you a citizen of Pelisipia?

Scratch Map | UncommonGoods

Scratch Map

If Thomas Jefferson had had his way, you might be. In 1787, the newly-formed government of the United States passed an ordinance claiming the land south of the Great Lakes as American soil. Called the Northwest Territory, this act established the pattern by which the government would expand its borders westward: by creating new states rather than by expanding existing ones. Thomas Jefferson was one of the early proponents of this plan. The author of the Declaration of Independence turned his pen to the map of this new frontier, drew straight lines dividing the area into seventeen proposed states, and invented names for them all using a combination of Latin and Native American words. Some of those names, like Illinoia and Michigania, were adapted into official usage. Others, however, would have given an entirely different flavor to the American landscape. Can you imagine hailing from the great states of Metropotamia, Equitasia, Chersonesus, Assenisipia?

Can math save your toast?

Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags | UncommonGoods

Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags

We’ve all experienced the devastating loss of freshly buttered toast. One careless knock off the plate, a case of…butterfingers…en route to your mouth, and the whole slice goes plummeting to its certain doom—almost always to land butter-side down. Conventional wisdom would suggest that you only stand a 50-50 chance of completely ruining breakfast. However, conventional wisdom does not take into account the nature of bread. Bread is made up of delicious pockets of air, which affect its drag as it falls. Cover up those pockets with butter, and you have a rotation situation, meaning (according to science) the bread is only able to rotate one and a half times on its way to your kitchen tile. If your table is standard height, this means you’ll probably be cleaning butter off the floor in the near future. So what’s a bruncher to do? After dropping 100 perfectly good pieces of toast, food science specialists determined that an eight-foot tall table would allow for a full 360-degree rotation, and the salvation of your morning carbohydrate. Incredibly tall toast fans rejoice!

Does short hair make women wild?

Honey Bears Shampoo and Conditioner Set | UncommonGoodsHoney Bears Shampoo and Conditioner Set

It sure must have seemed that way in the early 20th century. Women had worn their hair long in Western culture for centuries, and the latest look at the turn of the century—the Gibson girl—required long tresses piled luxuriantly on top of the head. So during WWI, when women began cutting their hair at ear-level, it was considered rather scandalous. But 1915 was a tipping point, when famed ballroom dancer Irene Castle introduced the “Castle Bob” haircut. Suddenly short hair for women entered the mainstream, along with other shocking fashions, such as high hemlines and cloche hats—which could only be worn by those with short hair. Hairdressers were initially so resistant to the new trend that women would line up outside of men’s barbershops just to get their locks sheered. So did the bob make women wild? Not exactly. The fact is that, in the beginning, short hair was a practical choice for women during the war who were joining the workforce. Long hair is lovely for a magazine spread, but impractical when working with heavy machinery. And even Irene Castle picked her signature look for its ease when dancing. It was only later, in the 1920s, when women—now with a literal weight off their minds—began wondering what additional kinds of liberation they might enjoy.

Did you inherit DNA from both parents?

Genetic Code Glasses | UncommonGoods

Genetic Code Glasses

Yes and no. The kind of DNA that we typically think of in our cells, which is responsible for giving you your father’s nose or your mother’s dimples, definitely comes from both parents. However, that’s not the only kind of DNA you have. Inside your cells are a variety of “organelles” that perform specific functions. One of those, the mitochondrion, is known as the cell’s power plant. It also happens to contain its own independent set of DNA. Research suggests that this genetic material actually has a separate evolutionary origin than our regular DNA, and that mitochondria may have once been bacteria that established a symbiotic relationship within our cells. The other surprising fact about mitochondrial DNA? Children only inherit it from their mothers.

Are beards good for you?

Razor Pit Sharpener | UncommonGoodsRazor Pit Sharpener

It has been scientifically proven that beards are awesome. For one thing, a beard can literally save you from cancer, by blocking 90% of the UV rays that would ordinarily be hitting your face. Since UV radiation also causes signs of aging in skin, a beard can keep you looking younger longer. Facial hair can also reduce your trouble with allergies, by trapping dust and pollen. On the other hand, shaving can cause skin irritation, ingrown hair and bacterial infections. So don’t just grow that beard to enhance your rugged manliness. Grow it for your health.

Why do you want to eat a baby?

Egg Roll Baby | UncommonGoods

Egg Roll Baby

You know all those times when seeing a newborn makes you say, “Oh, what a sweet baby! I could just eat you right up!” Or that inclination to pop those cute little toes into your mouth, or to blow a raspberry on that roly-poly tummy? Research suggests that you do those things because babies make you subconsciously think about food. It’s the smell that does it. The scent of a newborn baby activates the area of the brain that controls food cravings, and prompts a release of the feel-good chemical dopamine. Fortunately, this hunger doesn’t drive us to literally eat our young. Instead, it gives us a craving to nurture, feed and protect those precious little dumplings.

How powerful is a name?Personalized Subway House Sign | UncommonGoodsPersonalized House Sign – Times Square Subway

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but an embarrassing nickname can haunt you for centuries. King Alfonso IX of Leon, for example, is still recorded in the history books as “The Slobberer” because of his tendency to foam at the mouth when angry. Sometimes, however, the nicknames stick so well that we don’t even realize they are nicknames. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was given his nickname because he used the word “che” so often—it’s the Argentine equivalent of saying “dude” or “bro.” The ancient Greek philosopher Plato was actually named Aristocles. The name Plato was supposedly given to him by his wrestling coach, and means “broad”—perhaps the ancient Greek version of “tubby.” But when a nickname sticks, sometimes the best defense is to run with it. When James Hickock couldn’t shake the nickname “Duck Bill”—a reference to his large nose and protruding upper lip—he instead altered it just a bit, and became known as Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous gunslingers of the American West.

Why are wedding cakes so tall?

Gold Rimmed Serving Pedestal | UncommonGoods

Gold Rimmed Serving Pedestal 

Those hilarious videos you’ve seen online, where hapless newlyweds accidentally topple their towering wedding cakes, are actually right in line with a centuries-old tradition. Before wedding cakes as we know them were developed, a tradition in medieval England was to celebrate a marriage with a towering pile of sweetened buns. The bread was heaped high on the table, and if the couple could reach across for a kiss without knocking any over, they were said to be guaranteed a life of happiness together. It seems likely that the guests would leave the stack just short enough for the bride and groom to succeed—and yet, the entertainment value of seeing it fall must have been a sore temptation. So, perhaps all of these collapsing confections in the videos are not accidents, but exactly what the wedding cake was originally designed to do.

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The Uncommon Life

What is Best for NYC?

September 8, 2015

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and B Lab, the non-profit organization behind the B Corporation network, are calling out New York City businesses to become Best for NYC!  The Best for NYC Challenge is a free impact assessment to help business leaders identify where their businesses excel and where their business could improve to strengthen the bottom line and New York City. Through this campaign, B Lab will provide tools for small businesses to measure, benchmark, and improve their economic and social impact like the leading B Corporations.

At the end of 2015, NYCEDC and B Lab will celebrate businesses that have taken the Best for NYC Challenge and are working to build a better business and improve quality of life for all New Yorkers.

UncommonGoods is proud to be a model for the Best for NYC qualification challenge. Check out the video below of UncommonGoods CEO David Bolotsky to learn more about UncommonGoods’ journey to socially responsible business. You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BestforNYC.