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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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Gift Lab: How To Produce a Peppery Pickle

August 19, 2015

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Product: Global Peppercorn Sampler and Pickling Jar Set

Research:
I’d like to speak about something really important to me and millions of other Americans like me: my personal relationship with the dill pickle. Consider this a Pickle Monologue.

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The first batch of pickles I ever made was bittersweet –and I’m not talking bread & butter: those are nasty. No, I’m talking about a metaphorical kind of flavor, one that you can’t actually taste over the vinegary brine, fresh dill, or zesty peppercorns, but is nonetheless real. It was the summer before I would be moving to Brooklyn for my last year of high school, and I made pickles late into the night for a pickle-party where I would be parting with several friends. The secret ingredient that made the brine so good? Tears.

No – I really decided to make pickles as a selfish and misinformed act of appropriation. I had this idea that Brooklyn was full of bearded men making sun tea (see below), and I wanted to make sure I would fit into place.

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Gift Lab: Rolling Out DIY Sushi

August 11, 2015

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Product: Sushi Making Kit

Research:
I typically eat sushi 2 – 4 times a month and it has never crossed my mind to make it myself. Upon seeing this product, I suddenly became obsessed with wanting to create it for myself and others – I craved sushi almost every day. The kit looked like it would be easy and not a fussy/stressful meal to prepare, which made me more eager to try.

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Celebrate Sisterhood – Gift Picks for Your Sis

July 31, 2015

Gifts for Sisters

Sister can mean the one who was born into your immediate family or the “sister” who is your closest friend. Sisters are the ones that nurture you, support you, and laugh and grow with you. Any way around it, you’re definitely more than a little similar, probably look a bit alike, and have definitely gotten on each other’s nerves a few times.

In honor of Sister’s Day – August 2nd – we’ve put together a collection of our favorite gifts for the world’s best sister. Sister’s Day is a day to surprise your sister with something special – or meet up with your girlfriends for a night out! But most of all, it’s a time to simply enjoy each other’s company, which doesn’t require a special day. Whether she’s younger, older, or not even officially related to you, we’re sure you’ll find something she’ll love.

 

Gifts for Women | UncommonGoods

Big Gifts For Little Sis
Your little sister is someone who looks up to you (and helped teach you to be someone to look up to), taught you how to be patient (despite driving you a little crazy), and inspires you to be responsible (and have some fun while doing it). Her oh-so dramatic entrance into your family may have changed the dynamic a bit, but she’s a gift deserving of being spoiled with a great gift of your own. She’ll love it!

 

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Because her presence in your life is simply invaluable. No matter where the next years take you and what changes occur, you’ll always have a special connection that will never break. | Connected Hearts Necklace

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No matter which one of you was icier towards the other from time to time during the occasional spat, she’ll love the cute decor! | Ice Pops

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Now that she’s old enough to appreciate some personal space, she’d appreciate the Door Harp as an added seal against pesky little intruders… even though you suffered the hard way when she was littler: “Ugh, get out of my room!”

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No matter if she’s a tea lover, coffee guzzler, or she’s still sticking with hot cocoa, the Zenguin Mugs are a cute and witty appeal to your mutual need to chill from time to time.

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Whether she’s young enough to curl up next to you as you read along or she’s been reading legal briefs for a few years (but you read author Laura Numeroff’s If Your Give a Mouse a Cookie  with her as a kid), she’s sure to appreciate the adorable sentiment of What Big Sister Does Best (customizeable with the name of big sis!).

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The Bedside Smartphone Vase celebrates the person you’ve helped her blossom into while giving her a place to dock the smartphone your parents definitely let her get at an earlier age than you.

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Even though she’s a different beast, you’ve learned to each find your niche and rely on each other for support – your relationship is, in a word, Symbiotic.

 

 Sister, Sister!
Maybe you were actually born on the same day, or maybe you’re just close enough in age that people can’t believe you’re not twins. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to let her know you’re happy to have her by your side with one of these sweet gifts. 

 

You are Beautiful | UncommonGoods

Because no one can be told too many times. | You Are Beautiful

Butterfly Puddler | UncommonGoods

You spent mornings fighting over the bathroom when you were kids. The Morning Glory Butterfly Puddler is a great way to tell her that you appreciate that time she let you have the first shower. (After all, waking up to fluttering butterflies in the garden is much more fun than waking up to find that someone’s already used all the hot water.)

Wine Pairing Towel Set | UncommonGoods

You two already make a great pairing, but this Wine Pairing Towel Set ensures that the wine and food selections you choose to enjoy during your hangout time are equally well coordinated.

Seven Sister's Necklace | UncommonGoods

This stellar necklace depicts the “seven sisters” astral collection, inspired by Greek Mythology. They’ll keep it close, so they’ll never seem light-years away. | Seven Sisters Necklace

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The macaron is pretty close to perfect. It’s colorful, sweet, and there’s nothing else quite like it. Does that sound like someone you know?  | Les Macarons II

You Help Me Grow Planter | UncommonGoods

The You Help Me Grow Planter is a great way to let her know you appreciate all of the seeds of inspiration she’s planted in your life.

 

 A Sister is a Forever Friend Necklace | UncommonGoods

Nothing beats one of those sisterly heart-to-heart talks, but if a busy life has you behind on bonding moments, you can sum up what you want to say in a single line: A Sister Is A Forever Friend.

 

She’s Got It All
Your big sister is someone to look up to. She helped you become the person you are today. Be it her graduation, a new job, an engagement, or the birth of a child, you’re looking for a way to express how proud you are of her. Restorative, elegant, and sentimental, any of these gifts are sure to do just that – and give you a leg up to make up for all those times you had to (literally) look up to her.

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An excellent way to catch the attention of your ever-reading book-lover of a sister. She’ll get her nose out of the pages at the scent of one of the Literary Candles – themed to the scent of a favorite novel – before returning afresh with new olfactory inspiration.

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Artfully crafted, these alluring, colorful coasters are made from Brazilian agate rock under a philosophy of bringing elements of nature closer to the everyday home. | Agate Coasters – Set of 4

Sisters Globe | UncommonGoods

This radiant Recycled Glass Tree Globe molds shattered glass into a timeless symbol of your relationship with your sister. Even if things have broken in the past, the tree encapsulated inside the globe voices the impervious and always-growing nature of your relationship.

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Reminiscent of memories of summer playtime, the Dandelion Paperweight captures a fleeting moment with your sister forever  in a beautiful glass sphere.

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Celebrating Matisse’s artistic adage, this print is a reminder to always look for beauty and inspiration in your life – else you won’t see it. With a sister in your life, there are always flowers to be seen. | There Are Always Flowers

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Perfect for leavening up the kitchen decor, this Baking Duo Embroidery Hoop Art is a callback to childhood memories of baking with your sister – the true baking duo.

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Spritz up your sis’ routine with this collection of therapeutic-grade essential oils, aromatic medleys, and pleasant vibes. Each scent is hand-blended and suited for a specific place in your sister’s daily routine. | Aromatherapy Deluxe Gift Set

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You’ve always put her on a pedestal. Let her put her earrings, necklaces, and more on the Pedestal Jewelry Holder.

Garden in a Can | UncommonGoods

She watched you grow up and took care of you when you needed a little help along the way. After that, watching the Garden in a Can grow into fresh herbs will be easy peasy. (Or should we say easy leaves-y?)

 

Love You Like A Sister
So, you’re not technically siblings. Big deal! She’s been there for you through thick and thin, and that makes her family in your book. Celebrate your sister from another mister with a gift that says, “thanks for sticking around, even though you totally didn’t have to.”

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For a classic brunch date, you and your de facto sis reach for the tomato juice, vodka, and horseradish to make spicy, savory Bloody Marys, made intuitive by Alyson Thomas’ graphic representation of the classic eye-opener. | Bloody Mary Diagram Glassware

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She’ll love the vibrant cherry blossoms delicately shed from the tree evoked in this beautiful spring scene. | Cherry Blossom Snow Globe

See Myself In You | UncommonGoods

They say opposites attract, but you and your “sister” see everything the same way. The I See Myself In You Pendant offers a simple, reflective expression of the affinity between both sisters and best friends – one in the same in your case. | I See Myself In You Pendant

Love Grows Here

If a relationship is a living thing, none is more vibrant and healthy than what the two of you have. The Love Grows Here Terrarium acts as a microcosmic manifestation of that relationship – lush, living greenery encapsulated in a stylish jar – complete with a customizable figure holding the sign “I <3 You.” | Love Grows Here Terrarium

Butterfly Spikes | UncommonGoods

She’s always willing to help you see the bright side of any situation. Help her see some brightly colored butterflies. | Butterfly Attracting Garden Spikes

When Life Gives You Lemons | UncommonGoods

When Life Gives You Lemons, you make lemonade, so it’s only natural that when life throws a great gal your way, she becomes an honorary inductee to your family. | When Life Gives You Lemons by Jodi Kostelnik

Four Seasons | UncommonGoods

In the yearlong cycle from Winter, to Spring, to Summer, to Fall, the only constant seems to be that you’re perennially drawn to each other’s company. The Four Seasons Necklace celebrates the unique beauty of her favorite season while embodying the spirit that keeps you as close as sisters.

 

Treat Yo Sis 
Maybe she’s always been the most industrious of the litter and she deserves an aromatic day of restorative relaxation – or maybe she’s always been the spoiled one. (And you’re fine with that. Heck, you’ve helped do the spoiling.) Either way, treat your sister to a set of scrubs and spreads or a centerpiece for quiet reflection.

 

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Perfect if a hot cup of aromatic goodness is her quickest route to serenity, the Green Tea Herbal Kit includes nine herbs and three varieties of eco-certified, organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka. Plus, it puts the tea in sisTer.

 

Flavor Infuser Water Bottle | UncommonGoods

Show your sis that it is possible to indulge without throwing health out the window. | Flavor Infuser Water Bottle

 

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Bring the spa right to her and treat her with the works – she deserves it! The Spa Experience Tin boasts “farm fresh,” all natural approaches to revitalization with ingredients like goat’s milk, lavender, truffles, and whipped shea cream.

Check out our gift lab so see a member of our team see just how spa-worthy the tin is!

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If she’s shea obsessed, indulge her in the Shea Butter Gift Set. Each blend of soothing salve is hand blended and contains all natural ingredients – and an especially high shea content for an extra smooth finish.

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Inspired by the ancient Indian theory of acupressure, this mat and pillow supply the perfect amount of pressure that releases endorphins similar to those we receive after an intense workout. If not for providing a bit of productive pressure, what are sisters for? | Acupressure Mat and Pillow

Thumb Waterer | UncommonGoods

 

Is her garden her happy place? Let sis take tending to her flowers to another level of tranquility with the Thumb Waterer and it will be almost like her troubles are washing away in the rain.

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Sisters nurture each other as lifelong sources of inspiration and encouragement, and this attractive journal is a place to ground those feelings. The journal itself is motivating, made from  thin strips of sustainable-sourced alder wood engraved with the message “Do What You Love, Love What You Do.” | Do What You Love Wooden Journal

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This low-tech tablet allows your zen-seeking sister to peacefully reflect on thoughts before they disappear into the sands of time. | Meditation Box 

 

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Elegant to Edgy: A Guide to Jewelry You’ll Love

July 30, 2015

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As UncommonGoods’ Jewelry Buyer, I see a ton of the beautiful pieces that I bring into the assortment end up making fabulous gifts for stylish women. I love seeing my selections making people happy on birthdays and during the holidays, but I also enjoy thinking outside the gift box to find necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings that jewelry lovers will want to buy for themselves.

I hand-picked these pieces not only because they make me smile, but also because they span a variety of styles–classic, contemporary, elegant, edgy, and even eclectic.  Each design is special, unique, and totally unexpected, and I personally want them all for my own collection. (And I think you will too!)

3 Stone Sea Glass Necklace | Courtney Gillen | UncommonGoods

What is more nostalgic than sea glass? Courtney Gillen uses gorgeous real sea glass to make this necklace. It can be a wearable reminder of childhood days spent collecting rocks and shells at the beach or a tribute to a bygone seaside vacation. No matter why you wear it, it’s an easy way to keep the ocean close without going overboard with the nautical theme. | 3 Stone Sea Glass Necklace

Stalactite Slice Ring | Emilie Shapiro | UncommonGoodsThis statement ring truly does make a statement. Artist Emilie Shapiro is known for her use of gorgeous raw stones, and in this case, she goes all out. The eye-catching gem is actually a stalactite, formed over millions of years. One word: WOW. | Stalactite Slice Ring

 

Sterling Silver Wings Bangle | UncommonGoodsIt can be hard to take a chance when you don’t know what the outcome will be. The artist behind this beautiful bangle, Christine Street, uses the messaging “she took the leap and built her wings on the way down” to say it’s OK to take a chance and pursue a dream. | Sterling Silver Wings Bangle 

Tibetan Bell Necklace | Jen Pleasants | UncommonGoods

Inspired by meditative Tibetan bells, this handcrafted necklace makes a soft, soothing sound. As if the gentle tone wasn’t enough to bring on a serene smile, artist Jen Pleasants  finishes each bell clapper with a personal touch, a hanging heart. | Tibetan Bell Necklace

 

Mixed Metal Earrings | UncommonGoods

 

Fernanda Sibilia creates a rustic feel by hand-hammering these mixed metal circles and letting oxidation add its own special touch, a unique patina. No two earrings are the same, but those intentional imperfections make each set a perfect pair. | Trio Mixed Metal Earrings

 

Personalized Birch Cuff | Nancy Nelson | UncommonGoods

 

Nancy Nelson gets her inspiration, and materials, from nature. The bark that created the cast for this brass cuff is the perfect backdrop for Nancy to carve your initials. The little heart cutout is an extra drop of  sweetness. | Personalized Love Birch Cuff

 

Sky Glimmer Necklace | UncommonGoods

The artist behind this piece, Eileen Baumeister McIntyre, captures the feel of the sky as dawn breaks by adding glossy glass enamel to fine silver. The finished “petal” has a subtle, shimmery ombre effect that’s simple and sophisticated. | Sky Glimmer Necklace 

Hydrangea Gold Dipped Lace Necklace | UncommonGoods
Inspired by pre-Columbian jewelry, Tulianna Garces, takes lovely pieces of vintage-inspired lace and transforms them into gilded necklaces. The lace is dipped in 24kt gold and then meticulously cleaned by hand so the detail comes through, creating a special piece that isn’t easily replicated. | Hydrangea Gold Dipped Lace Necklace

Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace | UncomonGoods

The floral motif isn’t the only style that shines in dipped lace. The delicate fabric is the perfect starting point for Tulianna’s heart-shaped creations as well. | Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace & Mini Gold Dipped Lace Heart Earrings.

Penny for Your Thoughts Necklace | Trudy James | UncommonGoods

This whimsical necklace features an adorable mini penny!  Trudy James creates a teeny-tiny replica of a penny with perfect detail and places it in each pendant, so you won’t have to offer your spare change to get folks to tell you they think of this charming piece. They’ll pay you compliments unprompted. | A Penny for Your Thoughts Necklace

 

Golden Slice Agate Necklace | UncommonGoodsThe raw look of this shimmering stone is earthy, yet glamorous.  The designer, Lucy Dalton, hand selects each agate and then accents the chain with little gold nuggets to create a perfectly pretty piece with just the right amount of edge. | Golden Slice Agate Necklace

Anatomical Heart Pendant | UncommonGoods

Whether you love edgy jewelry, want to show off your interested in biology or anatomy, or just want a necklace that stands out, this piece by Justine Brooks is a great way to show that you march to the beat of your own heart.   | Anatomical Heart Pendant

 

Jewelry for Every Style | UncommonGoods

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Gift Lab: Grow Your Own Organic Cilantro

July 2, 2015

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Product: Garden-in-a-Can: Grow Organic Cilantro & Citrus Juicer

Hypothesis:
I’ve been told cilantro is really hard to grow so I was skeptical. Could it really be that easy? Just pop the top, bury the seeds and water for a few weeks? And would lime juice help me win the guacamole competition? My answers were yes! and yes!

Research:
When I heard we would be doing a more gardener-novice-friendly grow kit, I jumped on the chance to test it out. If all goes well, I’d have fresh cilantro in the house for the Purchasing team guacamole competition in a few weeks! I also knew then that lime (and tons of it) would be my secret ingredient, so I employed the help of our new citrus juicer to get the best results!

Experiment:
So, I did just that! I opened up the can, gently buried all the seeds about an inch under the surface and then poured about 2 shot glasses of water in every day or two to keep it looking moist.

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It’s Coffee Time: 8 Uncommon Facts About the World’s Favorite Bean

June 23, 2015

Summer is a telling time for coffee drinkers; the heat naturally flushes out the untrustworthy fair-weather “It’s too hot for coffee” types from their ruse and lets us know who we can really trust. I started drinking coffee as a kid – funny given a popular myth regarding the discovery of the bean’s stimulating properties. Coffee originates from Ethiopia, allegedly first noticed by a goat herder named Kaldi whose goats began acting jumpy after eating several wild coffee cherries. The bean has since grown to become an essential part of global food culture – the second most widely traded commodity after crude oil – and the basis of millions of people’s livelihoods (and others’ mornings).

In honor of one of the world’s favorite beverages, we’ve compiled 8 coffee facts about our favorite gifts that will have coffee lovers buzzing no matter how they take it.

Coffee Cold Brew Gift Set

1.) Cooler than you think: It’s never too hot for coffee, but for those who are after a refreshing and revitalizing afternoon drink, cold brew is for you! Plus, cold brew coffee may actually be more flavorful! When coffee grounds are exposed to hot water, acidic oils are extruded that don’t dissolve at lower temperatures. This gives coffee its bitter kick, but masks some of the fruity, aromatic flavor retained by cold brew. Check out our gift lab to see the Cold Brew Set in action!

 

 

The Coffee Towel

2.) Mornings on tap: Here in North America, one third of tap water used for drinking is used to brew coffee! Soak up a little extra with this towel – perfect to hang nearby your coffee station to dry mugs between mornings.

 

 

 

Coffee Explorer Set

3.) Sadly, you can’t wear the Coffee Belt: Though the most coffee is consumed by the global north, coffee can only be grown in a region straddling the equator known as the ‘Coffee Belt’ (or Bean Belt). The Coffee Explorer Set takes you on a tour of the belt with four varieties from Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras without having to board an airplane. That could get expensive quickly; the only U.S. state in which coffee can be successfully grown for commercial purposes is Hawaii, which explains why backyard bean growing hasn’t quite taken off.

 

  

 

Coffee Liqueur Making Kit

4.) Before on-plane temperature control: This DIY take on coffee liqueur promises a different kind of buzz than your morning cup of Joe. Coffee Liqueur’s distant, freckle-faced cousin, Irish coffee, was conceived in the 1940s by the head chef at now-Shannon International Airport to warm American passengers on cold winter flights. When asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, the chef labeled it ‘Irish Coffee.’

 

 

Le Café Personalized Art

5.) Stimulating more than your mornings: Turn your kitchen or dining room into your own café – maybe you’ll spark an important intellectual movement! European coffee houses, precursor to modern cafés, are often credited with helping to spark the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries for their role as public places for discussion. Plus, coffee benefits short term memory recall!

 

 

Ceramic Greek Coffee Cup

6.) Classic CoffΣΣ: Immortalized in ceramic, the classic Greek motif coffee cup is an iconic symbol of the New York City morning rush. Makes a perfect gift for a coffee loving New Yorker, who drinks (on average) close to a whopping seven times more coffee than inhabitants of other major cities!

 

 

Café Collection Soaps Set

7.) Caffeine Vaccine: With these soaps active in the shower and caffeine active in the bloodstream, you’ll be extra safe from unwanted microbes! Long credited speculatively with antiseptic properties, a 2011 study indicated that caffeine may be more effective than ampicillin at inhibiting bacteria like staphylococcus, salmonella and E. coli.

 

 

Espresso Pop Chart

8.) Who needs unions when the boss has a bean machine?: Depicting 23 different kinds of espresso, the Pop Chart serves as an aesthetic reference for any espresso lover! Just don’t spend too much time staring at it with mouth-watering daydreams of bold, Italian goodness – espresso was first invented in the early 1900s as a means to decrease the time laborers took on their coffee breaks. Get back to work!

 

 

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