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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Gals You Love

January 31, 2017

10 Valentine's Day Gifts for the Gals You Love

Where would you be without the beautiful tropical fish, the poetic, noble land-mermaids, the spectacular clouds of brilliance better known as your “Galentines”?! If those stunning compliments are confusing to you, start watching Parks and Rec. Even if you’re not a fan of the show, though, now’s the time of year to celebrate a very special holiday that originated on it — Galentine’s Day. It’s technically the day before Valentine’s Day, and it’s a chance to show the women who keep you going just how much you love ’em. Give your best girls something unexpected this year with the help of our Galentine-specific guide.

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Crush the Clichés: Our Least Mushy Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 27, 2017

UncommonGoods | Our Least Mushy Valentine's Day Gifts

For many, Valentine’s Day means Cupid’s arrows, red roses, and hearts on EVERYTHING. But for a lot of other folks, the thought of presenting someone with a giant teddy bear holding a plush heart that reads, “I Wuv U” seems a little silly. Sure, we appreciate the classic approach to V-Day gifting, but we’re all for celebrating the holiday without all that over-the-top, sentimental, gooey stuff, too. In honor of those lovebirds who are sweet (but not sappy) and romantic (but still realistic), we created this collection of lovable gifts, minus the mush.

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Super Sweet Gifts for All Your Valentines

January 23, 2017

Whether you’ve settled down with someone who sends you over the moon, are falling hard for a guy or gal you can see yourself with for the long haul, or are just getting to know a new flame, you’re probably thinking about getting them a gift for Valentine’s Day. Of course, February 14 isn’t only about romance. It’s also a time to show the other great loves of your life how much you appreciate them. Celebrate those close to you, whether they’re friends, family, or happen to have fur or fins, with this assortment of super sweet gifts for all of your valentines.

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Gift Lab: First-Time Fermentation

December 26, 2016

Marisa | UncommonGoods
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Years ago, I came across Wild Fermentation, a book by Sandor Ellix Katz that turned me and millions of others onto the idea of home fermentation. I don’t remember how I came across it, or why I bought it. But I read the first few chapters and became enthralled with the IDEA of fermenting.


The book, published in 2003, made Katz a fermentation rockstar. (I’m not kidding, he really is) As for myself, as I read, I was all ready to leave Brooklyn and move to the author’s organic farm commune in Tennesee to begin my new, fermention-centric lifestyle. Because I liked the IDEA.

I successfully made delicious yogurt a few times. And I’ve made a lot of bread, though not sourdough bread.

But despite feeling totally gung-ho, fermentationally speaking, that’s as far as I went. Katz made a passionate, informed case for probiotics (and this was back in 2003, before it was a thing). Almost all store-bought sauerkraut, he said, is pasteurized, which kills the probiotics.

I wanted to make my own sauerkraut and achieve Total Gut Health. But I looked into buying a stoneware crock with a weight (to weigh the cabbage down), and for a beginner, they seemed rather pricey and heavy. I didn’t feel it was wise to commit to something like that without knowing I’d use it more than once.*

And I got stuck there. For years. Until I saw our DIY Fermentation Crock.

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Gift Lab: Will Our Wax Warmer Melt the Competition?

December 21, 2016

Product

Circle Stoneware Wax Warmer & Wax Melts

Research

So, I kind of had an understanding of how the product works. I have the Glade plug-in version of it. I wanted to try this product because it’s super cute and I wanted to see if it would work the same as the Glade version. Also the product is something I would like. I love essential oils, and I usually burn scents everyday, so I knew I’d use it a lot.

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Really, Really Last Minute Gifts

December 19, 2016

We’ll keep this short since you’re probably in a bit of a rush. How did the holiday shopping season slip by so quickly?! Thanksgiving came and went and the clock has been ticking extra fast ever since. Now those last few giftees on your list are hanging over your head and you’re stuck on how to find them each something that doesn’t seem like you bought it at the gas station on the way over to the party–right? Or is that just us? Anyway, we’ve put together some no-fail, last minute gifts that feel personal, fun, and not rushed at all. (We won’t say a word.)

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Gifts for Him: A Huge Gift Guide for Guys

December 17, 2016

What do the phrases, “Man, this is tough.”, “Oh, brother, where to start?”, and “Dude, seriously? What am I supposed to get?” have in common? Other than opening with a nod to some hypothetical male, you’ve also probably uttered them rhetorically when wondering what in the heck to buy for an actual man in your life. We know guys run the gamut from sports fans to geeks to foodies (and many are all of the above and more at once!), so we created this list of our favorite gift guides featuring stuff for hard-to-shop-for fellas.

 

He’s a modern man, but he still spends as much time as possible living in a cave. His man cave, that is. Help him turn his personal space into a truly impressive dude domain with this collection of cool guy gifts. | See more Man Cave Must-Haves>>

 

He already owns enough ties to open his own men’s fashion store. His kitchen is loaded with gadgets that could make a professional chef swoon. His book, record, and every other collection you can think of are so complete you don’t even know where to start when it comes to finding just what he needs. Saying he’s hard-to-shop-for is an understatement, but don’t worry. We have a whole list of things we bet he doesn’t already have. | See more Gifts for Someone Who Has Everything>>

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