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Unforgettable Birthday Gifts For Everyone

July 2, 2015

Whether you’re just meeting a friend for the first time or you’ve known someone all your life, odds are they probably have a birthday. For as long as birthdays have existed – Claudia Severa sent the first documented birthday invitation around 100 AD – so too has the pressure to find the perfect gift. Yet birthdays themselves actually aren’t all that distinguished; just today, 15 million people will celebrate their special day. How could anyone hope to stand out?

Fear not! Since one of the world’s most celebrated birthday months is nearly upon us, we’ve put together a list of our favorite uncommon gifts that are sure to make the other 14,999,999 people jealous! From all of us here at UncommonGoods, we hope this year is a good one!

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“I’m 21 This Year…Again!” (Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Gifts)

Whether a beer, wine, or cocktail connoisseur, these gifts are sure to quench those who have truly aged to perfection.

Birthday Wine Box | UncommonGoodsA bottle of wine is a nice gift, but it’s only a keepsake in the sense that the birthday boy or girl might keep it until their next dinner party–and then they’ll drink it already, for Pete’s sake! Gift that bottle in a Birthday Wine Box and they’ll have something special to actually keep. (And to stock with more wine once that gift bottle’s gone!)


Having trouble coming up with a gift for your beer-loving buddy? Drink outside the box with this Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener, made from reclaimed redwood beams – perfect for building your own six-pack!

 

 

Or, if liquor’s more their thing, bring some extra flare to their bar with a rock-solid embodiment of your appreciation. | Stone Drink Dispenser 


Don’t take a chance on a great birthday gift – but do with what cocktails you’ll serve for a little added spontaneity, surprise party or no. | Mixology Dice

 

Show the birthday guy or gal that they’re worth a bump up from the salt line and lime wedge standard. | Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

 

A clever take on the morning brunch favorite with the recipe built right in! | Bloody Mary Diagram Glassware

 

 

 

You might want to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song a few extra times this year… | Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses

 

 

Go for a DIY take on a crisp and classic drink without the stress of gift wrapping elaborate distillery equipment. | Homemade Gin Kit and Tonic Making Kit

(Not sure if your giftee will toast to homemade tonic? See the kit put to our test in this gift lab.)

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If gin’s not their thing, help ease the aging process for your favorite whiskey lover while accelerating the aging process of their favorite whiskey – with a personalized touch. | Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Bubba Jones crafts handmade steins as toastworthy as their recipient. Cheers to another year! | Tankard Stein

 

Still thirsty for more? Check out more beer, wine, and cocktail gifts here >>

 

Bag o’ Laughs (Funny Gifts)

If they’re more of a comic than a cook, you’ll need to up your humor game and pack the laughs. Any of these ironic, side-splitting gifts are sure to deliver.

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Should I get them this book? –> Is it their birthday? –> Yes –> Do they like funny books? –> Yes –> You should get them this book. | Inconsequential Dilemmas

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Ironic and iconic, this cup is meant to imitate the original paper version, a symbol of the NYC morning rush. | Ceramic Greek Coffee Cup

 

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Elwood’s distinctive colorful charm is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, no matter what year you’re celebrating. | Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug

 

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Judgmental Ned or any of his other overgrown avian pals are sure to be a big hit. | Ned – Ostrich Portrait

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These adorable and easy-to-care-for ducks come with cute boots, so you won’t have to worry about them waddling around and leaving a trail of frosting. Each is handmade, and has its own personality. | Spotted Wellies Garden Ducks

 

 

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Drop the big one on a coworker, or subtly tell your boss off on their special day. | F Bomb Paperweight

 

Searching for someone with an uncommon sense of humor? We’ve got plenty more laughs here >>

 

 

 

More Cake Please (Foodie gifts)

You’ll want to ensure that the foodie in your life has something new to whip up after the cake’s been devoured! Treat them to one of these cool culinary presents.

 

Crafted with wood from old European buildings and a natural beeswax glaze, this Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand is the perfect place for the birthday chef’s secret recipes.


Add a pinch of these Dessert and Baking Salts, each a scrumptiously curated flavor combination of sweet and salty. You might want to present this gift early, or you’ll wish you had come cake time!

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If they’re more into sour than salty, the Citrus Juicer is the way to go!

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Or, maybe spicy is their thing, and pre-made hot sauce falls short of their heat needs. | Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

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For the always-on-the-go BBQ lover, who’s sure to rule “Great Gift” when they take this case to court. | Portable Briefcase BBQ Grill

A robust gift for any coffee lover who loves to chill just as much as they love a hot cup of morning glory. | Coffee Cold Brew Gift Set

(Watch a member of our team whip up a batch of homemade cold brew in a very cool gift lab.)

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How many ounces is that? No one wants to break the flow of amazing cooking to check the metrics. Solution? A tasteful wrist piece for a cook that doubles as a measurement conversion tool. | Cooks Cuff

 

Want to see what else is cooking? Find more great foodie gifts here >>

 

 

More Exciting than Socks (Kid-Friendly Birthday)

Stop! Drop the socks and sweaters! Any of these kid-friendly gifts will elevate you to the coveted position of favorite aunt or uncle.

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Hard pressed to find something great for a sweet kid? Look no further! | Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Press Set

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Treat the birthday boy or girl like royalty. | Ring Jewel Ice Pop Mold

This cute and customizable octopus is a great piece for kids’ rooms, especially those who love adventure or all things ocean. | Personalized Eight Legged Sailor

 

 

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He shoots, he scores! Perfect for hot cocoa, cereal, or tomato soup for a fun twist on a tasty treat. | The Mug With a Hoop

 

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Inspire your favorite whiz kid with creative fun and scientific knowledge with this set of super geeky science blocks. Each side of each block presents a different fact. For science! | Super Nerdy ABC Blocks

 

Still looking? Find toys, games, and loads more cool stuff for kiddo here >>

 

For the Sporty Sort (Gifts For Sports Fans)

Score big this year with the MVB (most valuable birthday) with one of these gifts for sports lovers and outdoorsy types. Whether a baseball, golf, or hockey fan, the MVB is sure to cheer like you got them tickets behind home plate.

 

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Score as many points as possible with the birthd – wait, it’s golf, so you’ll want to score as few points, got it? Point is: they’ll love it! | Golfer’s BBQ Set

 

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It’s never the wrong time of year to crack open a cold one for their favorite team. These bottle openers are game used by the players who provide the drink-worthy moments. | Game Used Hockey Stick Bottle Opener

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The Snow Ski Wine Rack is perfect for a slope-shredder with a taste for wine. Just don’t try to strap on the skis after the rack has been relieved of its charge…

 

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Grounded in baseball pastimes, this home-run hitting pen is made from authentic wood and paint from your baseball fan’s favorite stadium. | Ballpark Seat Pen

 

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You can’t gift wrap an actual college stadium, but this is the next best thing! | College Football Stadium Art

 

Gooooooooaaaalll! See more gifts for sports fans here >>

 

Put a Bow on Top (Jewelry & Style Gifts)

For the friend who already thinks they have the greatest gift – their sense of style – one of these fashionable pieces will have them looking nicer than the box you wrapped it in.

 

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Commemorate a special month with this timeless piece that will make her feel like a birthday girl all year long. | Dots Calendar Necklace

 

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Cherish the little bits of luck in her life so far with this spirited yet deeply sentimental piece. | Pennies from Heaven Locket

 

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For someone inspired by the natural world, celebrate her birth and the Earth’s. | Story of the Earth Bracelets

 

22302_zoom1Whether she stars in a solo show or has a supporting cast of bright young talent, she’ll love this shining necklace handmade by Catherine Weitzman. | My Lucky Stars Necklace

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Your favorite yogi might wake up with a series of sun salutations, but they’ll enjoy wearing this reminder of the morning’s practice throughout the day. | Yoga Cuff

 

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Keep them feeling homeward bound, even when they’re miles away. | Custom Map Key Ring

 

For someone with an exquisitely elusive sense of style – check out even more jewelry options here >>

 

Make a*Birth* Day of It (Relaxation & Grooming Gifts)

Sometimes the best gift for a busy person is simply a moment of respite, but all of these relaxing amenities are sure to pair nicely.

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Roll out the yoga mat for a calming, age defying birthday. Roll it back up into this beautiful Hand Loomed Yoga Bag.

 

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The collection of aromatic teas soothe the senses, all the while benefiting longevity and aging skin. ~ And many more! | Green Herbal Tea Kit

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Rather than gift someone in need of relaxation another errand, bring the spa right to them! | Spa in a Bag

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Three blissful mini-vacations in one, the Sea Glass Scents Bath Gift Box offers waves of relaxation inspired by the sea.

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A Deluxe Shave Set is perfect for the man who prefers a bare face over a deluxe beard.

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Kind of like gifting good vibes in a box, this Meditation Box is customizable for a personal touch.

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Who’s to say a rugged man’s man wouldn’t enjoy some TLC? These salves, scrubs, and balms are designed for course hands and aching feet. | Working Man’s Hygiene Kit

 

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Made from reclaimed Saris, this luxurious Upcycled Cotton Sari Robe adds a dash of exoticism to their around-the-house wardrobe.

 

Explore many more ways to relax here >>

 

 

The Uncommon Life

Cooking Local Pinterest Contest

September 21, 2012

Do you look to your favorite pinner when it’s time to make dinner? Are you always hungry to share your love for your city or state? Then our latest Pinterest contest is for you. We’re combining fabulous food and hometown pride in the UncommonGoods Cooking Local Contest.

Cook up your best board and leave a link and an email address in the comments below and/or on the original pin in our Cooking Local board and you’ll be entered to win an UncommonGoods prize package featuring designs from CatStudio.

The package includes a Hand-embroidered Pillow, a Geography Apron, and a Geography Towel. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, October 5 on our blog.

Follow us on Pinterest for more updates. Good luck and happy pinning!

 

Entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, October 4.

Open to US citizens only.

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Uncommon New Designs: Foodie Favorites

January 9, 2012

Whether you’re a great cook, a self-proclaimed foodie, or a competitive eater in training, you’ll love these epicurean-friendly new designs.

In fact, our community voting app contains a medley of tools to get you baking, broiling, chopping, and whipping.

The Twisk Whisk is just one of these clever kitchen inventions.

The Twisk transforms from a robust round mixer to a slim flat mixer with a simple twist, and it’s easy to store in flat form. This whipping wonder is pretty impressive, but a few other new products up for voting are just as innovative.

The Cut and Collect cleans up the prep process a bit, while Nesting Utensils and this collapsible Cookbook Stand help you stay organized.

Now, you may want to share your home-cooked creations with your family, but this can be a chore if you’re serving picky eaters. Fortunately, one of the newest additions to our assortment can help.

My Food Passport encourages kids to take tasty travels through trying new foods. Once the journey is complete, they can stamp their passport with a sticker to prove their culinary courage.

We have something new for those who are already quite adventurous and love to try a variety of flavors, too.

These Stoneware TV Dinner Trays are perfect for portioning your favorite main courses, veggies, and desserts.

Would you love to get cooking with new foodie favorites? Visit our community voting app to add your comments to the mix, or stop by our this just in page to see more uncommon new designs!

Gift Guides

Gift Analysis: The Urban Foodie

June 29, 2010

If you’re brainstorming a birthday gift for a foodie, I strongly recommend squashing the urge to take them out to dinner. But they live for foie gras! I hear you. If they’re anything like my brother–a seasoned eater who fist-bumps up-and-coming chefs on a weekly basis (I’m looking at you, Marc Forgione)–chances are they’ve been there, tasted that. They’re the original picky eaters. How many times have they shooed away an entree, waving it back to a restaurant’s kitchen as you nervously twitch towards the water boy? If you’re quietly counting, they pass the taste test.

A foodie, not unlike a bargain hunter, lives for the thrill of discovery. Hand them what they didn’t hunt on a silver platter, and half the flavor’s gone–figuratively speaking. Unless you’re treating them to a five course tasting menu, here’s an idea for an unexpected gift: the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit. Your wallet–and five-star friend–will thank you.

Mobile Foodie Kit

This little pack gets so many things right: It’s portable, chic and chock full of organic spices. A case of bland chicken? Shake a leg with garlic powder! Wimpy hot wings? Tabasco to the rescue! Sandwich falls flat? Salt, pepper and basil–stat! How do they love you? Let them count the herbs, spices and ways you’ll make their day.

I gifted this at a pub gathering two weeks ago. Sitting at a sticky table of friends glued to the screen of a World Cup game, pints and painted faces cresting with anticipation, I tapped Chris on the shoulder and handed over the tin. His eyes scanned: Mobile. Foodie. Survival. And before he read another line his fingers broke into the tin like a third grade birthday boy. “Powdered ginger! Wasabi! Onion powder, ooh.” The tinkering continued, and I left, satisfied that my gift was cool enough to tear him from a high-stakes soccer game. Mission accomplished.