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Our Guide to First Anniversary Gifts: Looking Good on Paper

July 5, 2017

Although it may seem like a modern invention—much as Valentine’s Day is allegedly a racket concocted by greeting card companies to, well, sell more greeting cards—the custom of giving special gifts to commemorate one’s wedding anniversary has, in fact, been traced to years gone by. We’re talking long, long ago, way back to the era of the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands first began to bestow silver wreaths upon their wives in honor of their 25th year together, with golden wreaths reserved for their 50th.

So where’d we get the “traditional” year-by-year list of anniversary gifts? It’s a bit of a mystery. (And if you’d rather get a head start on your shopping than read about any more gift-giving history, click here.) Although the Victorians likely expanded a bit upon the practice, by 1937, only eight anniversaries were considered indispensable gift-giving occasions: the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th. We do know that that year, the American National Retail Jewelers’ Association released a new, more comprehensive list of anniversary gifts by year, now known as the “modern” list, identifying a unique material to confer upon your sweetheart for each year through the first 25 and for every fifth year after that, extending all the way through to the lofty milestone of the 90th anniversary.

While we’re hardly slaves to tradition—heck, “uncommon” is half of our brand name—we here at UncommonGoods thought it a worthy challenge to make our way through the traditional list of anniversary gifts by year and select some of our most uncommon offerings for each, all the way up to the big 5-0. First up: the first anniversary, customarily marked by the giving of gifts made of paper.

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Even Better than Dad Jokes: Funny Father’s Day Gifts

May 29, 2017

Hail, friends! We are living in a golden age of dad jokes, wherein corny puns and the frustrated groans of the nation’s teenagers reign supreme. What better way, then, to celebrate this Father’s Day than with a teensy bit of humor? Read on for a brief selection of goods hand-picked to give Dad a leg up when it’s time for him to practice stand-up. (Sorry. We’ll see ourselves out.)

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20 Father’s Day Gifts for
Dad’s Man Cave

May 27, 2017

Between changing diapers and navigating the many moods of adolescence, fatherhood can be tough. Enter the man cave, a masculine oasis filled with goodies designed for the utmost in paternal relaxation, from special mixology tools to decorative objects tailored to his own individual tastes. Want to help Dad deck out his den this Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Read on for our selection of 20 gifts complete with the man cave seal of approval.

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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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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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