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Gifts for Men: 12 Must-Have Artifacts for the Man Cave Dweller

October 11, 2015

*Editor’s note: This list might look a little familiar, since we brought you Man Cave Must-Haves last year. Don’t worry, we updated it with some of our latest picks, so you’ll be sure to uncover the perfect artifact for your favorite man cave dweller this year, too!

Gifts for Men: Must-Haves for the Man Cave Dweller | UncommonGoods

Many years from now, when archaeologists of the distant future excavate the sites of  21st century man caves, they’ll get a glimpse into the daily life of today’s modern man. We want them to take a look at the artifacts they find and be amazed. But before future archaeologists can be amazed by their findings, it’s up to us to make sure those man caves are fully loaded with all of the coolest things. It’s also up to us to make sure that our modern-day men are totally blown away by the holiday gifts they get this year. Help the man cave dweller in your life create a truly impressive domain with these must-have goods.

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1. Does he retreat to his man cave when he’s gearing up for a big game or winding down from a long day? Either way, he’ll need a place to stash his keys.| Kinetic Gear Key Holder

 

 

Single Malts of Scotland Tasting Map | UncommonGoods

 

2. The first thing visitors to any man cave notice (aside from how the bar’s stocked) is the decor. Keep it as classy as it is manly with this Single Malts of Scotland Tasting Map.

Stoneware Nacho Plate | UncommonGoods

3. Ordering pizza is good, but a home-cooked meal is better. (Yes, nachos for dinner = totally acceptable when it comes to man cave dwelling!) | Stoneware Nacho Plate 

 

Chillsner | Beer chiller | UncommonGoods

4. The guy on your gift list is already cool, his beer should be too. | Chillsner 

Beer Opening Glass | UncommonGoods

5. Some things just go together. Like beer and man cave or bottle opener and pint glass. | Beer Opening Glass

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6. What’s more tranquil than a cave? Watching sand slowly fall into beautiful, unrepeatable patterns while relaxing in a man cave.| Deep Sea Sand Art

Das Horn | UncommonGoods

7. It might not be a mastodon tusk, but we’re pretty sure your man cave dweller will appreciate it anyway. | Das Horn

 

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8. That mini-fridge can only hold so many six packs, but thanks to the BottleLoft, so many is a couple more than before.

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9. The discovery of fire added the first light to the dark dude den. The Lune Light adds light, color, and extra cool.

 

Reclaimed Fire Hose Mat | UncommonGoods

10. Dudes need doormats too. This one is is full of rugged charm. | Reclaimed Fire Hose Mat

Mini Beer Pong | UncommonGoods

11. Traditionally, drinking games mean the winner gets bragging rights and the loser gets a hangover. This Mini Beer Pong set is complete with smaller cups, so game night means sampling a selection of brewskies without overdoing it. But the winner still gets bragging rights.

 

12. He might like to spend alone time dwelling in his cave, but he knows there’s a great big world beyond its walls. Help him celebrate his favorite places out there with City Skyline Wooden Routings.

 

More Gifts for Men | UncommonGoods

 

 

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Gift Lab: Ctrl+Alt+Del (iciousness) with the Keyboard Waffle Iron

October 8, 2015

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Product: Keyboard Waffle Iron

Research:

I used to love waffles, but forced myself into pancakes. I didn’t want to be bothered with finding a place to store a waffle maker once I purchased it or the hassle of having a bunch of cords in the kitchen. The Keyboard Waffle Iron, without explanation, is pretty cool, but the fact that I could (possibly) make a good looking waffle and be able to store it is what especially caught my interest.

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Gift Lab: Easy Weaving Without Jumping Through Hoops

September 29, 2015

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Product:  Easy Weaving Loom

Research:
I already know how to knit and crochet, so I’m ready for a new textile challenge. The Easy Weaving Loom caught my eye the minute I saw it in This Just In. After watching this video I was sure I was up for the challenge. It seems simple enough, and once I get the hang of it I can begin to explore different materials and textures. There are endless possibilities!

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Hypothesis:
I completed my experiment in June, and I wanted to make something that would be useful right away. The product story claims that when using this item, “In no time you’ll have a professional looking woven masterpiece than can become a stylish scarf, or cellphone or sunglasses case.” A stylish scarf, while fun to make, would not have be seasonally appropriate. And while the projects that are possible are not limited to these three, I decided a sunglasses case was a good place to start. It’s basic and small enough to finish quickly, so I figured it was good practice and I’d be making something to accompany me to the beach in no time!

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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

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Gift Lab: Fun with Fabric–Solar Photography & Tie-Dyed Textiles

August 27, 2015

Jille | DIY Textiles Kit | UncommonGoods

Products: Indigo Textile Dye Kit & Solar Photography Kit

Research:

As a Graphic Designer who studied painting and drawing in undergrad, my entire life has revolved around different craft projects. Lately, I’ve gotten too far into the computer and am looking to take a step away from pixels to explore some analog creativity. I’ve decided to pair these two items  together because they both deal with positive/negative space relationships, one additive and one subtractive. Both kits also use the color blue and involve fabric. I remember doing tie-dye and photo imprint in high school, but haven’t experimented with it since then. I’m excited to jump in!

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