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Sky-High Romance & Rodeo No-Nos: Announcing Our #UncommonDate Contest Winners

February 17, 2016

Winners of the Uncommon Date Contest from UncommonGoods

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your uncommon date stories. We expected to hear some tales of romance and a few funny anecdotes about dates gone wrong, but we had no idea we’d get so many great entries–making it pretty hard to pick just two winners.

In the end, after many “Aw, that’s SO sweet”s and plenty of chuckles, we decided on one date that we wished we could replicate and one we’d rather not.

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Instagram Challenge: COMMUNITY

January 13, 2016

 

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

Photo courtesy of treasuresandtravelsblog.com

Our next Instagram Challenge theme is COMMUNITY. There’s no guidebook to show us what a community is supposed to look like. It’s a concept that holds a special meaning to everyone and, with modern technology, it can live virtually anywhere. Here at UncommonGoods, we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without our passionate and diverse community. When we think of our community, we picture our neighbors in Brooklyn, our inspiring artist family, our fellow B Corps partners, our team, and, most importantly, we think of you. Whether it’s breaking bread with your blood relatives, or watching Community with your closest companions, we want to see what this concept means to all of you! While sharing your photos, be sure to use the hashtag #UGInstaFun to be in the running for a $50 gift card. Visit here to see the creative entries we’ve received so far and scroll down to view inspiration from UncommonGoods’ community. (Check out #InsideUG to see more team photos!)

Instagram Challenge | Community | UncommonGoods

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Buzz-Worthy: Attention-Getting Goods

January 7, 2016

It already seems like years ago that everyone was debating the colors of the infamous dress that broke the Internet back in the first weeks of 2015. (We were a #blueandblack office!) There’s no doubt that we witnessed some crazy trends this past year.

Through all the noise, it turns out that you didn’t need a pizza-loving rat to go viral in 2015. We took a look back at our biggest trending moments, from getting published in print, to appearing live in front of a studio audience, to becoming “Instagram famous.” We’re excited to share our top talked-about products of 2015!

Pistachio Pedestal 

Featured in the December issue of Food Network Magazine.

Pistachio Pedestal | Food Network Magazine | UncommonGoods

2016 Bubble Calendar

See it pop on the TODAY Show.

2016 Bubble Calendar | UncommonGoods

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit 

Featured in Parade Magazine’s online holiday gift guide.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit | UncommonGoods

People Feeder

Featured in the December issues of Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine and Real Simple Magazine.

See it in Real Simple’s online gift guide for men!

People Feeder | UncommonGoods

DIY Smartphone Projector

See it on LIVE With Kelly and Michael’s online gift guide for teens.

DIY Smartphone Projector | UncommonGoods

Mary Jane’s Earrings

Featured in the August issue of Bust Magazine.

Mary Jane's Earrings | UncommonGoods

Wine Sack 

See it in action on the Wendy Williams Show and the TODAY Show.

Wine Sack | UncommonGoods

 

Foodie Booties

Featured in the December issue of Food Network Magazine and modeled by the adorable @FoodBabyNY on Instagram. 

 

Foodie Booties | UncommonGoods

Hot Dog Booties | UncommonGoods

 

The Mug with a Hoop

See it in action on New York’s PIX 11 and WGN Chicago

The Mug with a Hoop | UncommonGoods

 

Planet Lollipops

Recommended in Fashion Consultant Clinton Kelly’s online shopping guide and featured in US Weekly’s holiday gift guide.

See it in US Magazine’s online gift guide for foodies!

 

 

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

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It’s Better to Give Because…

December 9, 2015

We’re proud to support our Better to Give partners and the positive impacts they’re making on the world all year long, but on December 1, 2015, we were able to step-up our giving game and donate more to help them do good.

The first day in December this year was Giving Tuesday, a “global day dedicated to giving back.” To celebrate, we asked our community to tell us why it’s better to give than to receive, and we received some pretty on-point answers.

Better to Give | UncommonGoodsFor every answer we received on  Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, we donated $1 to our Better to Give partners. We also chose one answer from each platform and donated $500 to a non-profit organization of the person who shared that answer’s choice.

  • Twitter winner @EtheRealGrrl said “It’s #BettertoGive than receive because nothing is more fulfilling than contributing to another person’s happiness.” She chose our Better to Give partner RAINN to receive our donation in her name.
  • Our Instagram winner @zlauzia picked  The Next Door–an organization that isn’t currently one of our partners, but is definitely a worthy cause. She said, “It is always #bettertogive. There is no better joy than that of giving – regardless of what it is – a smile, your time, a shoulder, your love, a hug, money; let’s make every day #givingtuesday.”
  • On Facebook, Clara Waldhari told us, “Giving — of yourself and/or through a material item — is the best way to know you are alive and in tune with this wondrous universe. Giving from the heart is healing for the giver and the receiver. #BettertoGive and #GivingTuesday” She selected the international children’s rights organization Save the Children to receive $500.

In addition to the extra donations made through our social media campaign, we also doubled the donation for every shopper who selected a Better to Give Partner at checkout when purchasing on our website. (Did you know that every time you shop at UncommonGoods you have the opportunity to select a non-profit partner from our line-up and we’ll donate $1 to that organization at no cost to you? Learn more here.)

Better to Give | UncommonGoods

It's Better to Give | Learn More

Thanks to our social media followers who participated in the campaign and the shoppers who selected non-profit partners to receive our special $2 donation, we donated a total of $5,799 on Giving Tuesday.

Of course, it truly is better to give than to receive all year round, so don’t forget to check out Better to Give next time you place an order with us and we’ll donate $1 to the non-profit partner of your choice.

 

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Instagram Challenge: BACK TO SCHOOL

September 1, 2015

Instagram Challenge | Back to School | UncommonGoods

The next Instagram Challenge theme is BACK TO SCHOOL. The end of summer vacation usually accompanies a deep sigh heard ’round the world for students. But instead of feeling like we’ve reached a dead end in the year, there’s something special about September that always signals fresh beginnings. Even if you’re decades past your high school graduation, there’s no denying that there’s a familiar shift of energy this time of year; a feeling that there are endless possibilities ahead.  Whether it’s your organized collection of school supplies (#ThingsOrganizedNeatly), your favorite new lunch-to-go, or your child’s creative academic crafts, we want to see how you’re kicking off the school year! While sharing your scholastic shots, be sure to use the hashtag #UGInstaFun to be in the running for a $50 gift card! Visit here to see the entries we’ve received so far.

Have a great school year, everyone!

 Instagram Challenge | Back to School | UncommonGoods

Anything is Possible | Instagram Challenge | Back to School | UncommonGoods

Congratulations to @gillianandmomo for winning our Found Objects Instagram Challenge with this uncommon photo of vintage buttons, lost and found. 

Instagram Challenge Winner | Found Objects | UncommonGoods