We all know that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. On top of juggling parties and trying to snack responsibly in the face of all those tantalizing treats, there’s an often-unspoken seasonal antagonist: gifting anxiety. The sinking fear that your gift recipient will already have what you’ve picked for them. Or worse, they won’t like it. Or, worst of all, they won’t want your offering because they’ve seen it everywhere and They’re. Just. Over. It. The good news is, there are plenty of wow-inducing gifts still out there. In fact, they’re in here. Yep, in this this very gift guide you’ll see 21 “Where’d you find this?!” gifts. Go ahead and consider us your secret weapon for battling gifting anxiety. (Whether or not you want to let your giftees in on the secret is totally up to you!) Continue Reading…
Each month, we have the privilege of bringing you a look inside an artist or designer’s creative space. Sometimes we hop on a train and head someplace nearby in Brooklyn, sometimes we hit the road to see friends a little farther from New York City, and every now and then a jet-setting contributor will helps us feel a little closer to a studio that seems worlds away. These adventures are always entertaining and inspiring, and they give us chances to get to know the people who make the goods we sell a little bit better.
While planning some upcoming Studio Tours and reminiscing about the many great experiences I’ve personally had seeing where our products are made and meeting the people behind them, something occurred to me: We make products. Right here at UncommonGoods, a team of product designers, developers, and managers is at work coming up with brand new uncommon creations.
I realized that despite all of the studios I’ve personally visited, the folders of photos from other folks’ tours I’ve sorted through, and the blog posts I’ve edited, I still haven’t given our readers a look at the place where we develop our very own designs. But that’s about to change. Welcome to this behind-the-scenes look at our Brooklyn office, where you’ll see works in progress, inspiration and advice from our Product Development team, and even a quote from The Boss (Springsteen, that is; not Dave Bolotsky).