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A Year’s Worth of Winning Designs

A Year’s Worth of Winning Designs

Happy New Year! We're excited to see what 2013 will bring, and we have big plans for the next 12 months. We're planning more sneak peeks Inside the Artist's Studio, interviews with designers from across the country, behind the scenes looks at what goes on here at UncommonGoods, great gift ideas, and of course, brand new design challenges! But, before we announce our first challenge of the year, we're taking a look back on the great designs that came to us through our 2012 design challenges and the people who created them.
Natural Beauty: Nancy Nelson’s Forest-Inspired Jewelry

Natural Beauty: Nancy Nelson’s Forest-Inspired Jewelry

Take one look at Nancy Nelson’s jewelry and it’s obvious that she’s deeply inspired by nature. The organic shapes, earthy feel, and, in some cases, the actual natural elements used—such as the raw semi-precious stones in her Aquamarine Branch Ring...
Uncommon Gifts for the Eternal Hostess

Uncommon Gifts for the Eternal Hostess

There hasn't been a holiday for which she couldn't plan the perfect party. And, showers--bridal or baby--she's ready with cute games and an even cuter cake. She is the Eternal Hostess. This holiday season, show her that you appreciate her hospitality with one of these handsome housewares that she'll be proud to display at her next shindig
Uncommon Gifts for the Urban Lumberjack

Uncommon Gifts for the Urban Lumberjack

The Urban Lumberjack may reside in the city--a forest of concrete and steel--but that doesn't stop him from embracing his manliness. No one's really sure exactly what his chin looks like, since it hasn't been without a beard in years. He looks great in a flannel. His stocking cap is his favorite accessory, and to him, calloused hands aren't a problem, they're just the result of a good day's work. He's ruggedly handsome; sophisticated, yet street smart; and stylish in a down-to-earth fashion. Sure, he's not always easy to shop for, but if you're pining to find the perfect gift for this masculine metropolitan man, one of these city-chic gifts with outdoorsy appeal will surely get you out of the woods.
Uncommon Gifts for the Earth Mama

Uncommon Gifts for the Earth Mama

The Earth Mama is a special lady. She's in touch with her surroundings. She's down with nature--whether it's the wind, grass, and trees encapsulating her country hideaway, or the energy of the bustling city streets and other people, all sharing the planet and working with one another. She's been called a hippie, a new ager, a granola girl, and a bohemian. But she doesn't mind, because she dances to the beat of her own music and knows that her tune is just one song on the universe's eternal playlist. So what do you gift someone with such deep love for the sublunary world? One of the organic, handmade, responsibly-created goods on this list could be the perfect uncommon gift for an unconventional gal.
Uncommon Gifts for the Vinylphile

Uncommon Gifts for the Vinylphile

There's a certain breed of music lover who, when given the choice, always takes the slightly gritty sound of vinyl on a turntable over a digitally remastered CD or a quick-and-clean download. Whether they love hard, fast rock or soft, soulful sounds, the vinylphile prefers their tunes straight from the grooves of an LP or EP. They may have specific tastes when it comes to their favorite recordings, but finding the perfect present for the owner of those particular ears doesn't have to be a pressing problem. For the record, one of these gifts for vinylphiles might just be the chart-topper they're looking for.