Gift Guides

How to Make a Gift Bag

How to Make a Gift Bag

I tend to procrastinate when it comes to gift wrapping. I purchase the gifts I want to give and stuff them under the bed or on a shelf in the closet until right before Christmas. Then, while I'm fantasizing about radiantly glazed holiday hams and sweetly spiced rivers of eggnog, I'm also faced with making a pile of presents bright and giftable. Those odd shaped, extra-uncommon gifts pose a particular challenge. I suppose I could skip the fancy wrap and just stick bows on things that don't pack up pretty. Or, I could put any asymmetrical or otherwise un-rectangular products in big boxes stuffed with lots of tissue paper, then wrap them. I go with option three--a fancy gift bag...
How to find a gift for your best friend

How to find a gift for your best friend

When Twitter Giveaway Winner Jodie Evans received her $500 gift certificate, she knew just what to get her best friend. And that's how best friends are. When you know someone so closely, it's easy to find that perfect gift. So rather than let me tell you what you should get your best friend, let me call out 8 of our favorite gifts that symbolize what a great friendship is all about.
Best New Gifts of 2011

Best New Gifts of 2011

When people ask me, "What makes something an uncommon good?" I typically explain that it's a product with a unique, unexpected or additional element of creative design. It's an item that is remarkable in that, "We haven't seen anything quite like this before" or, "Who would have thought of that?" or "I'm sure I haven't seen this anyplace else." Or, another way to explain this, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart might say, "I know it when I see it."
Holiday Gifts Your Teen Will Love

Holiday Gifts Your Teen Will Love

The holiday season is is in full swing, and we're pouring through our assortment selecting great gifts for everyone on your shopping list! Many of our picks are inspired by our Twitter contest winner, Jodie. She won a $500 UncommonGoods shopping spree earlier this year, and we've had a ton of fun helping her choose the perfect gifts for her favorite people. Although Jodie doesn't have a teen on her shopping list, many parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents (to name just a few) do. With this in mind, we picked a few of our favorite gifts for teens...
Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Ornament Say About You?

Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Ornament Say About You?

It’s time to deck the halls and get jolly! That tree isn’t going to trim itself, but before you start stringing popcorn chains and throwing tinsel all over the place, take a moment to choose your favorite ornament from our lineup. Your choice may just help you pinpoint your holiday décor style and plan a seasonal look as uncommon as you!