Picking the perfect present for a proud party planner isn’t always, well, a party. They have the food, music, and games covered. Yes,they already have everything their guests need to have a great night down, but that doesn’t mean they won’t love to get one of these special gifts to help them create a fresh presentation for appetizers or add a little extra flair to their tablescapes.
One day very soon, you may arrive to work and find a fun diversion to your morning ritual: one of the women in Marketing approaches your desk and asks if you want to pick a name for your office’s annual Secret Santa. In the spirit of the season, you agree and reach your hand into a pile of small papers filled with names of your colleagues. Anticipation is rising as you wonder who will travel through your fingers, and who may have already picked your name. When you open your final selection, you learn that you picked that new guy in Accounting. And then you realize you know absolutely nothing about him.
The art of fulfilling your duties in an office Secret Santa can be complicated, whether or not you know your co-workers well. You might have to buy a gift that fits a particular price range, or you may have to recall every interaction you’ve had with your giftee in order to spark one good idea. On top of all of this, there’s the pressure of keeping your identity a secret until the final reveal. Since you might get a call from HR if you start snooping around your co-worker’s desk for hints, we’ve created this gift guide to inspire that perfect Secret Santa find instead. (As for how to keep your gift a secret, we can only suggest that you fess up if you end up picking your own name out of the hat.)
Everyone knows someone who seems to already have everything. You know, that person whose living room looks like a museum of beautiful objects. Whose kitchen is fit for a professional chef. Who is always toting the latest gadget or the most fashionable fashion accessory. Folks who already have it all can be difficult to shop for, but as purveyors of the uncommon, we’re here to to show you a few things that will leave them excitedly asking, “Where did you find this?!”
*Editor’s note: This list might look a little familiar, since we brought you Man Cave Must-Haves last year. Don’t worry, we updated it with some of our latest picks, so you’ll be sure to uncover the perfect artifact for your favorite man cave dweller this year, too!
Many years from now, when archaeologists of the distant future excavate the sites of 21st century man caves, they’ll get a glimpse into the daily life of today’s modern man. We want them to take a look at the artifacts they find and be amazed. But before future archaeologists can be amazed by their findings, it’s up to us to make sure those man caves are fully loaded with all of the coolest things. It’s also up to us to make sure that our modern-day men are totally blown away by the holiday gifts they get this year. Help the man cave dweller in your life create a truly impressive domain with these must-have goods.
1. Does he retreat to his man cave when he’s gearing up for a big game or winding down from a long day? Either way, he’ll need a place to stash his keys.| Kinetic Gear Key Holder
2. The first thing visitors to any man cave notice (aside from how the bar’s stocked) is the decor. Keep it as classy as it is manly with this Single Malts of Scotland Tasting Map.
3. Ordering pizza is good, but a home-cooked meal is better. (Yes, nachos for dinner = totally acceptable when it comes to man cave dwelling!) | Stoneware Nacho Plate
4. The guy on your gift list is already cool, his beer should be too. | Chillsner
5. Some things just go together. Like beer and man cave or bottle opener and pint glass. | Beer Opening Glass
6. What’s more tranquil than a cave? Watching sand slowly fall into beautiful, unrepeatable patterns while relaxing in a man cave.| Deep Sea Sand Art
7. It might not be a mastodon tusk, but we’re pretty sure your man cave dweller will appreciate it anyway. | Das Horn
8. That mini-fridge can only hold so many six packs, but thanks to the BottleLoft, so many is a couple more than before.
9. The discovery of fire added the first light to the dark dude den. The Lune Light adds light, color, and extra cool.
10. Dudes need doormats too. This one is is full of rugged charm. | Reclaimed Fire Hose Mat
11. Traditionally, drinking games mean the winner gets bragging rights and the loser gets a hangover. This Mini Beer Pong set is complete with smaller cups, so game night means sampling a selection of brewskies without overdoing it. But the winner still gets bragging rights.
12. He might like to spend alone time dwelling in his cave, but he knows there’s a great big world beyond its walls. Help him celebrate his favorite places out there with City Skyline Wooden Routings.
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!
“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.
A 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
(Not sure if your giftee will toast to homemade tonic? See the kit put to our test in this gift lab.)
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.
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
Ironic and iconic, this cup is meant to imitate the original paper version, a symbol of the NYC morning rush. | Ceramic Greek Coffee Cup
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
Judgmental Ned or any of his other overgrown avian pals are sure to be a big hit. | Ned – Ostrich Portrait
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
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!
If they’re more into sour than salty, the Citrus Juicer is the way to go!
Or, maybe spicy is their thing, and pre-made hot sauce falls short of their heat needs. | Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
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.)
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.
Hard pressed to find something great for a sweet kid? Look no further! | Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Press Set
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
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
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.
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
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
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…
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
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.
Commemorate a special month with this timeless piece that will make her feel like a birthday girl all year long. | Dots Calendar Necklace
Cherish the little bits of luck in her life so far with this spirited yet deeply sentimental piece. | Pennies from Heaven Locket
For someone inspired by the natural world, celebrate her birth and the Earth’s. | Story of the Earth Bracelets
Whether 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
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
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.
Roll out the yoga mat for a calming, age defying birthday. Roll it back up into this beautiful Hand Loomed Yoga Bag.
The collection of aromatic teas soothe the senses, all the while benefiting longevity and aging skin. ~ And many more! | Green Herbal Tea Kit
Rather than gift someone in need of relaxation another errand, bring the spa right to them! | Spa in a Bag
Three blissful mini-vacations in one, the Sea Glass Scents Bath Gift Box offers waves of relaxation inspired by the sea.
A Deluxe Shave Set is perfect for the man who prefers a bare face over a deluxe beard.
Kind of like gifting good vibes in a box, this Meditation Box is customizable for a personal touch.
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
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 >>