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The Uncommon Life

World’s Greatest Boss?

October 13, 2011

Boss’ Day is coming up, but there’s still time to find the perfect gift for the excellent executive in your life.

Before the proclamation of this special day you could only show your boss how much you cared on his or her birthday, during the holidays, and at mandatory company events. Then in 1958 Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee of State Farm Insurance Company, decided that bosses should have their very own day each year.

Aiming to not only create a day to show bosses that they are appreciated, but also to improve employer-employee relations, she registered Boss’ Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to her admiration for her great boss, we’ve been celebrating this annual national holiday for more than 50 years!

Mark your Perpetual Calendar

Usually, Boss’ Day is on October 16, which Patricia chose because it was her Boss’ (who was also her dad) birthday. Since that happens to be a Sunday this year, you can show your boss they’re a superb supervisor by celebrating on Monday the 17th.

In honor of this managerial Monday, we’ve created a collection of our favorite gifts for bosses inspired by our fantastic boss, UncommonGoods Founder Dave Bolotsky.

Dave is a great boss because he values our opinions, puts employees first, and makes UncommonGoods a fun place to work.

Do you have a great boss? We’d love to hear why!


This Just In: Desktop Nesting Trio

August 31, 2011

Jamie said: “Good looking, eco-friendly, great idea to help people with disabilities.”

Tamara said: “Clever use for recycled rubber.”

Rachel said: “This are very interesting and on your desk would be something to start conversations with. Then they are made in AMERICA and by people who probably enjoy their work! I would love to tell people where they could get one just like it!”

We love that this set of three desk organizers is handmade from recycled rubber by folks in a job creation program in Wisconsin. Our voting app users agreed that these sturdy baskets are a cute (and practical!) way to store pens, pencils, paperclips, and more.


Top Comments of the Week

August 25, 2011

Our voting app is bursting with notable quotes from uncommon users. Here are a few of our favorite comments from the past week.

Clifford said: “I’m always on the lookout for thoughtful green gifts for friends who garden. I wouldn’t give anything made from resin. This is a winner. Very charming and organic looking.”

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This Just In: Screwball

August 25, 2011

Renee said: “Love it! I already have the “f” bomb! So clever.

Breen said: “it’s quirky – which keeps it is line with uncommon goods point of view…”

Handmade by long-time UncommonGoods artist Fred Conlon, the Screwball is one part pun and one part paperweight. Thanks to votes from our community, this wacky weight is now in our lineup. If you want to weigh in on more potential products, visit our community voting app!


Open Up

August 24, 2011

Ann said: “Another exceptional handcrafted item – very unique and a great gift choice!”

Made from repurposed railroad spikes and driftwood, this letter opener could make a great gift for someone with a sharp sense of style. Do you agree with Ann that this iron accessory is exceptional? Visit our voting app to tell us what you think!

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