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Father’s Day Gifts for the
Impossible-to-Shop-for Dad

May 24, 2017

If you’re already browsing our blog, chances are good that this ain’t your first Father’s Day rodeo. Give yourself some credit—you’re probably a seasoned gift-giver! At times, though, even the most dedicated among us can feel stumped by someone whose tastes elude us, and we all know Dad can be an enigma. Never fear—read on for a round-up of some of our most uncommon Father’s Day offerings, from grown-up fidget toys to beer-scented candles, filling voids you never knew existed.

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20 New Gift Ideas for Father’s Day 2017

May 19, 2017

It’s that time of the year again! You’ve finally found the perfect gift for Mom, and now you can relax your gift-hunting muscles… for about five minutes, lest you leave Dad in the dust. No need to start your search for another tired tie this Father’s Day, though—you’re bound to find something perfect for Pa in this selection of 20 gifts ideal for even the most exacting of the paternal population, be they gardeners, at-home chefs, or even amateur historians. The best part? Everything’s new since last Father’s Day.

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Sale into Spring with Our Favorite Wallet-Friendly Designs

February 28, 2017

Sale into Spring

The word on the street (and on our sale page) is that we currently have more than a hundred uncommon goods available for less than their original prices. Each of these items is unique and was brought into our assortment for being extra-special, but we’ve decided it’s time to play favorites. Why? Because with so much great stuff on sale, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. So, to help narrow down the selection, the blog team picked a pile of our most-loved goods from the sale list.

Under $10

Bull Terrier Socks - UncommonGoods

These super-cute socks are super worth five bucks. (And your “dogs” will look darling in them.)| Bull Terrier Socks | $4.99

Mini Stegosaurus 3D Model Kit - UncommonGoods

Stegosaurus went extinct about 145 million years ago, but its cardboard counterpart is still roaming our assortment…for now. | Mini Stegosaurus 3D Model Kit | $6.99

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Gift Lab: First-Time Fermentation

December 26, 2016


Research
Years ago, I came across Wild Fermentation, a book by Sandor Ellix Katz that turned me and millions of others onto the idea of home fermentation. I don’t remember how I came across it, or why I bought it. But I read the first few chapters and became enthralled with the IDEA of fermenting.


The book, published in 2003, made Katz a fermentation rockstar. (I’m not kidding, he really is) As for myself, as I read, I was all ready to leave Brooklyn and move to the author’s organic farm commune in Tennesee to begin my new, fermention-centric lifestyle. Because I liked the IDEA.

I successfully made delicious yogurt a few times. And I’ve made a lot of bread, though not sourdough bread.

But despite feeling totally gung-ho, fermentationally speaking, that’s as far as I went. Katz made a passionate, informed case for probiotics (and this was back in 2003, before it was a thing). Almost all store-bought sauerkraut, he said, is pasteurized, which kills the probiotics.

I wanted to make my own sauerkraut and achieve Total Gut Health. But I looked into buying a stoneware crock with a weight (to weigh the cabbage down), and for a beginner, they seemed rather pricey and heavy. I didn’t feel it was wise to commit to something like that without knowing I’d use it more than once.*

And I got stuck there. For years. Until I saw our DIY Fermentation Crock.

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Pet Gifts for Animal Lovers and their Cuddly Counterparts

November 10, 2016

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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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Gifts for your BCF (Best Couple Friends)

November 7, 2016

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Some people just get a BFF, but you’re lucky enough to have BCF (Best Couple Friends). There’s no such thing as a “third wheel” when you’re hanging with your Best Couple Friends. They’re your Cory and Topanga, Marshall and Lily, Chandler and Monica. They’re always up for a double date, and usually don’t mind when you tag along as a single on their nights out. You play Dr. Phil when you catch them in the midst of a disagreement and they play “mom and dad” when yours are out of reach. They’re your favorite people, and you can’t imagine one without the other. Show your gratitude of those times you accidentally did interrupt their date night and gift them something they can share as couple with these BCF gift ideas below!

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Gifts Someone “Who Has Everything” Doesn’t Already Have

November 3, 2016

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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?!”

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Perfect Presents for the Party Planner

November 1, 2016

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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.

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