Gift Guides

Gift Lab: How to be a Happy Camper with the Portable Camp Grill and Charger

November 10, 2017

Food, Drink, and Garden Merchant Assistant Maia settles in for a wee bit of rustic eating.

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Portable Camp Grill and Charger

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I was raised to be a capable outdoorswoman. I can set up a tent without once consulting the directions and identify edible plants and tubers in a pinch, but to my chagrin, I never proved to be a very good study in the art of fire-making. The last camping trip I organized, I managed to forget the matches and lighter at home, and thus served my fellow campers lukewarm pasta salad, sans pasta (so… salad) for dinner.

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Gift Guides

Gifts for Impossible-to-Shop-for Women

November 10, 2017

 

We’ve all got a gal we’re crazy about, but who, come holiday season, makes us… well, a little bit crazy. Whether she’s your mom, your sister, or your best friend, it seems like she’s already got everything. What could you possibly find to surprise her? Good news, friend: Here at UncommonGoods, we’ve got plenty of unique gift ideas, some of which your tough-to-shop-for lady friend hasn’t even heard of, probably. Read on for more on 15 such items, including chocolate champagne bottles, self-rolling yoga mats, and earrings that don’t match (on purpose, of course).

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Gift Guides

Gifts for Impossible-to-Shop-for Guys

November 8, 2017

Stop us if this guy sounds familiar: He already has everything he needs (and a lot of things he doesn’t). He seems to own every book ever written about his favorite subject and definitely doesn’t need another sweater. You feel like it’s impossible to figure this guy out or surprise him with anything short of a monogrammed hovercraft. He is… Mr. Impossible-to-Shop-for. At times, even the savviest shoppers can feel stumped by a member of this elusive subspecies. Never fear—read on for some of our most uncommon offerings, from mind-bending fractal puzzles to great-smelling solid colognes, tackling your trickiest guy-gifting conundrums.

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Maker Stories

Listen Up: A Chat with Spring Hofeldt

November 8, 2017

Back in 2015, we first spoke with artist Spring Hofeldt, who then remarked that she hoped her paintings would make others “chuckle, giggle, snort, laugh out loud, or smile on the inside.” Two years and one full collection later, the chortles keep on coming. This time, Spring is back with a series of suitably playful (and ever-so-slightly surreal) works riffing on four familiar phrases: “Listen Up,” “Take Your Time,” “Stay Sharp,” and “Remember Your Strengths,” each shown clockwise from top left below.

To honor the induction of this new group of works into our assortment here at UncommonGoods, we spoke with Spring a second time—about what inspires her, how she creates, and what she finds most rewarding about her career. Read on for more, complete with gorgeous views of the interior of her Brooklyn studio.

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The Uncommon Life

37 Enchantingly Uncommon Facts about Unicorns

November 7, 2017

Ever wondered what a Unicorn’s horn is called? Are unicorns real, or is the mighty beast just a myth? How do you catch a unicorn? We rounded up 37 enchanting facts about everyone’s favorite elusive horned horse to make it easy to find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about unicorns in one magical article.

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The gleaming, magical horn that’s captured our hearts is officially called an alicorn.

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Alicorn isn’t just the name for a unicorn’s horn. It’s also the name for a horse with wings and one horn.

 

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While Nessie may still be the Highlands’ most notable mythical creature, the Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

 

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Scots celebrate the majestic equine on National Unicorn Day each April 9.

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Gift Guides

Pet Gifts for Animal Lovers and their Cuddly Counterparts

November 7, 2017

If you’re anything like us, your pets are pretty much part of the family. There’s nothing like the wags of joy you receive when you come home to your pup after a long day, or the purr of appreciation your cat gives in return for a simple scratch behind the ear. We can all learn something from the unconditional love our pets give us daily, and the holiday season is the perfect time to start spreading those warm, fuzzy feelings. Impress your fur-babies and your pet-obsessed friends with these irresistibly adorable finds.

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The Uncommon Life

Counting Down to Giving Tuesday
with America’s Iconic Cats
(and American Forests)

November 6, 2017

*Editor’s note: Here at UncommonGoods, we’re counting down to Giving Tuesday—an annual day of giving back observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—by sharing stories from our Better to Give partners. First up: American Forests, the country’s oldest conservation organization and our longest-standing not-for-profit partner, with whom we’ve recently teamed up on an initiative dubbed Wildlands for Wildlife, which aims to protect the Endangered Species Act. Through our Better to Give program, which allows you to choose a non-profit partner at checkout to receive a $1 donation at no additional cost to you, we’ve donated over $385,000 to American Forests since 2010. Today, we’re proud to share their story on ocelot recovery through forest restoration.

Biologists from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) stumbled upon an ocelot den site, where they observed a three-week-old male kitten. Credit: USFWS

Written by Eric Sprague, American Forests Director of Forest Conservation Programs

Just before Christmas last December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) posted cat photos on their website. While everyone loves cat photos, they aren’t exactly noteworthy in their own right. Except these were not your typical cat photos.

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