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Uncommon Knowledge: How Romantic is the Animal Kingdom?

February 14, 2016

The Happy Elephant | UncommonGoods

So romantic. Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of Uncommon Knowledge—a place where we can talk about all the romantic things animals do for each other. For one, sea otters hold hands when they sleep. They do this mostly so they don’t drift away from their pals while they snooze on their backs in the water, but the result is true intimacy.

Another romantic gesture? Penguins will propose to new mates with a pebble. Many penguins assemble their nests out of pebbles, so really, it’s a way of offering their beloved a promise to build a home with them. Maybe we can follow suit and start replacing engagement rings with a nice adjustable rate mortgage?

Brolgas cranes, like most cranes, are monogamous and will mate with the same partner every year, typically at the same nesting spot. However, the brolgas know a thing or two about keeping the romance alive—no matter how many years they’ve been together, the brolgas will still court their mate with an intricate mating dance. Ooh la la!

Okay, let’s do some rapid-fire romance: Ready for a puppy fact? Male puppies will intentionally let female puppies win when they play-fight so they can get to know them better. Like seahorses? They’re monogamous and will hold each other’s tails when traveling.

Ain’t love grand?

 

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Gift Guides

Non-Traditional (But Totally Adorable) Gifts for Your Valentine

January 25, 2015

Creative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a chance to show your someone special that they’re always on your mind. A card with a big, red heart smack-dab in the middle is a nice place to start, but these less-conventional gifts are perfect for taking it to the next level, at any stage in your love story.

 

A Twist on the Traditional
We’re not saying you should skip the chocolate, because chocolate is delicious, but adding one of these more unexpected Valentine’s Day gifts is sweet AND original!

Personalized Love Birch Cuff | UncommonGoods

You’re in love. You want to shout from the rooftops and immortalize this epic romance by carving your initials into everything. Show your affection without excessive noise or vandalism with a stunning Personalized Love Birch Cuff instead.

 

Hanging Heart Vase | UncommonGoods

Flowers are a safe bet for Valentine’s Day. But, as the old saying goes, presentation is everything! |  Hanging Heart Vase 

Joystick Future Fossil | UncommonGoodsShow your partner that when it comes to love, you’re game. | Joystick Future Fossil 

Anatomical Heart Pendant | UncommonGoodsIf you’re going to give her your heart, make sure it’s anatomically correct. | Anatomical Heart Pendant 
You Are Beautiful Earring Bowl | UncommonGoods

 

You already tell her she’s beautiful every day, but this little message is a nice added reminder. | You Are Beautiful Earring Bowl

 

Send the Message
From “Hey, I think you’re cute,” to flirtatious first date banter, to deep “You complete me” conversations, relationships are all about communication. Here are a few ways to say “Be my Valentine” that blow conversation hearts right out of the candy dish. 

Lil Mib Message in a Box Recorder | UncommonGoods

“I love you” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” will get even bigger smiles when they come from Lil’ Mib.

Love Letter Kit | UncommonGoodsSaucy texts are fun and all, but a handwritten love letter is really something special. This Love Letter Kit even comes with calligraphy instructions for those with less-than-fabulous handwriting.

Crumple the Make-it-Yourself Bear | UncommonGoodsAnd if you don’t find the right words on the first try, Crumple The Make-It-Yourself Bear is the perfect place to stuff your less-than-perfect drafts.
Love Yarn Bowl | UncommonGoodsWhat better way to say “let’s get cozy together” than a little knitting? | Love Yarn Bowl

Our Love Story-A Journal | UncommonGoods
Our Love Story-A Journal, because your romance is one for the books.

Heart Book Box | UncommonGoodsSpeaking of books, sometimes what’s in the pages can surprise you. Stash a little treasure in the Heart Book Box to let your Valentine in on the secret.

 

Pre-Date Primping
We know that you love each other no matter what, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a little extra sparkle on your big date night. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Mens Military Field Grooming Set | UncommonGoods

Clean up while you man up with this no-nonsense, vegan grooming collection. | Men’s Military Field Grooming Kit

 

 

Spa in a Bag | UncommonGoods

If you’re planning a destination Valentine’s Day (lucky!), or looking to recreate your favorite spa experience, this portable set is a must-have to achieve that head-turning glow. | Spa in a Bag 
Collar Stay Punch | UncommonGoods

Look sharp without rushing around trying to find those pesky collar stays! | Collar Stay Punch 

 

My Heart is Always Yours Necklace | UncommonGoods
Let your accessories speak for themselves. | My Heart is Always Yours Necklace

 

Romantic Evening In
Whether you’re cooking a candlelit dinner together, or ordering in from your favorite spot, these goods will set the mood for a delicious, cozy evening with your favorite person. 

 

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board | UncommonGoods

 

Because this special night is all about savoring “you & me” quality time. | Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

 

Pi(Z*Z)A Stone | UncommonGoods

 

Take another little pizza my heart now, baby. | PI(Z*Z)A Stone

 

Molecular Flutes | UncommonGoods

You might not be able to explain your bond, but you know it’s strong. Cheers to finding that allusive chemistry! | Molecular Flutes 
Ooma Bowl | UncommonGoods

You share everything else, so why not cozy up to your favorite snacks together? | Ooma Bowl 

 

You're Intoxicating Heart Bottle Opener | UncommonGoods
For all of the hopeless romantics who are guilty of being drunk on crazy, beautiful, intoxicating love. | “You’re Intoxicating” Heart Bottle Opener 

 

Get Steamy
You know how all that romance makes you feel sort of…sexy? Go with it.

DIY Soy Candle Kit | UncommonGoods

Set the mood by getting crafty together, and then ignite the flames. | DIY Soy Candle Kit

Fondue for Two | UncommonGoods

Incorporating cuisine into an intimate evening doesn’t have to be cheesy. Throw some chocolate in the Fondue for Two pot for an extra-enjoyable dessert.

Aromafork | UncommonGoods

 

Tease the taste buds with the AromaFork kit and let your senses of taste and smell have a little rendezvous their own.

 

Love is Art | UncommonGoods

Love can be a little messy, but in this case, that’s a good thing. Get a little dirty, make sweet art, and have almost as much fun cleaning up afterward. | Love is Art Kit

 

Wake Up Together
The stars have aligned, and Valentine’s Day is finally falling on a Saturday this year! Here are some essentials to enjoy a sweet, relaxing morning with your special someone.  

Love Bird Coffee and Tea Set | UncommonGoods

Two soy lovebirds with an extra shot of espresso, coming right up! | Love Bird Coffee and Tea Cup Set 

First Light | UncommonGoods
Your Valentine might not love mushy songs first thing in the morning. Here’s a more subtle way to say  “you’re the wind beneath my wings.” | First Light

What I Love About You By Me Book | UncommonGoods

At the end of the day–and the beginning of the day–it’s the thoughts that count. | What I Love About You By Me Book 

 

Happily Ever After
Whether you’re newlyweds or a self-proclaimed “old married couple,” Valentine’s Day is another chance to show that the spark is still there. (And it’s stronger than ever!)

Intersection of Love Art | UncommonGoodsMarriage isn’t exactly a destination, but it is a pretty exciting point in your journey together. Celebrate the Intersection of Love with personalized art.

Have & Hold Stemless Wine Glasses | UncommonGoods

You’ll always have each other to hold. Consider these glasses to hold your wine. | Have & Hold Stemless Wine Glasses

Marital Bliss Card Game | UncommonGoodsNow you can literally earn points with your spouse. | Marital Bliss Game

Love Grows Here Terrarium | UncommonGoods

 

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but a happy marriage just might. | Love Grows Here Terrarium

 

Love a Little (One)
Cupid might not be aiming for your fur babies or newborn babies, but how could you possibly resist? These tokens will be sure to show your adorable Valentines what you mean when you gush “I love you!”

 

XO Booties | UncommonGoods

Time for your baby’s first Valentine’s Day? Cover those cute little toes with x’s and o’s! | XO Booties

 

Catnip Chocolate Covered Strawberries | UncommonGoods

More meow-worthy than Meow Mix, this sweet dessert is sure to satisfy the sassiest of kittens! | Catnip Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Squeaky Dog Donuts | UncommonGoods
As if your pups needs another reason to glaze you with kisses. | Squeaky Dog Donuts 

 

Uncommon Valentine's Day Gifts

The Uncommon Life

Love Songs We Love

February 14, 2012

I love a good love song. I’ll admit I always get a sappy grin on my face when I hear Etta James’ “At Last,” I spent way more time picking music for my wedding than picking out a dress (I ended up walking down the aisle to Tom Waits’ “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” and dancing with my Mr. to M. Ward’s version of “Let’s Dance”), and I have been the gifter of a ‘mixed tape’ more than once.

But I’m not the only one who loves a good romantic tune. With Valentine’s Day on the way, love is in the air around here, and my coworkers were more than happy to share their favorite love songs.

Karen, a purchasing associate, just got engaged a few months ago, and she was happy to share her go-to love song. She’s actually thinking of playing “8 Days a Week” by the Beatles at her wedding.




What is she getting her soon-to-be husband for Valentine’s Day? She’s looking past the chocolate assortment in the the heart-shaped box in favor of his favorite, Peanut M&Ms. She says she’d also like to get him a Growbottle as an inside joke. “I’ve killed his plants before,” says Karen. “He went away for a week once and all of his plants died.”

UncommonGoods buyer, Candace, also wants to get her fiance something with a special meaning. Since she met her fella in Brooklyn, they fell in love here, and they live near the Brooklyn Bridge, she’s thinking the Brooklyn Bridge Pillowcase Set would make the perfect gift.

While her favorite romantic song at the moment, “Bless the Telephone” by Labi Siffre, isn’t about Brooklyn, her dream Valentine’s date takes place here. She and her groom-to-be are planning a Feb. 14 visit to the bar where they met, then dinner at a romantic local restaurant.




And it isn’t just the ladies at UncommonGoods that get a little sentimental around Valentine’s Day. Customer service supervisor, Erik, shared his pick, “Cupid” by 112.




He says he likes love songs that show the how, “when you’re in a serious relationship with someone, it’s all about commitment.” He’s all about making his girlfriend feel special on Valentine’s Day. He says he likes to cook her dinner, because a home-cooked meal has more feeling to it. He also likes giving unique, handmade gifts, like the Glass Heart Vases.

Marketing assistant Rocky also thinks Valentine’s Day is best celebrated dining in and just spending some quality time together. He said he thinks the Bunny Couple Sculpture makes a great gift, because it symbolizes just hanging out with someone you love. And what song would he listen to while spending the night in? Stevie Wonder’s “As.”




Warehouse lead David’s perfect date is just the opposite. He says he likes to spend the day in the city with his wife. “[In New York] you can get off the train anywhere and find something great to do. You don’t have to plan anything.” Since he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, he loves being able to head to Manhattan to walk in Central Park, check out the theatre, and visit museums.

He also has a sense of humor about romantic gifts, and gave his special lady Porn for Women. This laid-back take applies to his favorite love song too. David chose Frank Sinatra’s “Funny Valentine” because “Sinatra doesn’t talk about how beautiful of perfect she is, but how she has little quirks that he loves.”



Do you still need a last minute gift for your funny valentine? Here are our employee suggestions.


GrowBottle / Brooklyn Bridge Pillow Case Set / Heart Vases/

Bunny Couple on Couch Sculpture /Porn for Women