Gift Guides

Housewarming Gifts

September 30, 2010

Looking for that perfect gift for a housewarming party? Look no further. Gaby Germaine, UncommonGoods’ photographer, lists her 10 favorite products perfect for any new home. Find them all at

    1. Recycled Windshield Bowl: After photographing this vase, I couldn’t even wait a whole day before buying one for my mom. It’s such a delight to visit home and see it on the dinning table with a fresh bouquet of flowers from Mom’s garden. Each season breathes new life into this item. Fill it with pinecones, ornaments, seashells, or anything that inspires you. The options are endless—I’ve even used it to serve fresh lemonade at a party!

    2. Monogrammed Sachets: I love the letter G, though I’m probably biased by the fact that I have two Gs in my name 😉 I’ve been collecting monogrammed or G shaped items for several years now, and was really happy to add this sachet to my collection. It’s so fragrant, and revamps the traditional sachet with its modern design.

    3. Reclaimed Tool Bowl: This bowl is like an “I Spy” game! From chains to wrenches, padlocks and gears, the details here just keep me so interested in exploring this piece. I am in love with its one-of-a-kind nature and the effort behind each bowl—the artist literally pulls items from dumpsters for these!

  1. Teak Wood Coasters: Nothing tells friends “I care about your new home” better than protecting their surfaces from dreaded water rings! I love their handmade charm and the variety of rich, wood grains visible in each one. These natural coasters are a striking addition to any home.

  2. Diana Camera: What better way to personalize your home than with pictures of your loved ones? I’ve gifted this camera to a few friends, and always have a great time watching them slow down, think about what they’re shooting, and see the art they’re creating. I love the soft focus, vignetting and washes of light this camera provides.

  3. Fleur de Lys Candle Tumblers: These candles are like antique treasures with sophisticated scents—mistletoe is my favorite. Its light, fresh scent adds as much ambiance to your home as the soft candlelight. I’ll be sad to see it burn to a finish, but also excited to reuse the tumbler.

  4. Bonsai Speciman Gardens: City life can sometimes leave me feeling removed from nature, so I’m always looking for ways to bring the outdoors, in. These little gardens do just that. They soothe my need for a little spot of earth in this world. They’re also a great housewarming present that’s already boxed, ribboned and ready to gift.
  5. Stencil 101 Decor: I have dreams of painting a Houndstooth wall in my home. I absolutely love the wide variety of stencils this book provides. Each one is such a great way to spruce up your space. There’s a chosen wall at home just waiting for me to transform it with paint and one of these eye-catching patterns.
  6. Pictorial Webster’s: When this book came into the design studio to be photographed, everyone started calling dibs on the first copy. It’s on the top of my home wish list! It’s vibrant illustrations mixed with dictionary terms keeps you thumbing through … often times, smiling with delight. It is a fun, creative take on a coffee table book.
  7. Reclaimed License Plate Map: From the moment I arrived for my interview at UncommonGoods and saw this map in the entryway, I was in love. It’s such a statement piece. I think every home needs at least one conversation piece. This would definitely be a splurge for me—but one that I’d be sure to cherish for years and years to come!


  • Reply Catherine October 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I’m really impressed with these ideas. They help me see your products in a different light. I think “Gaby’s Picks” should be a regular part of your blog!

  • Reply Marguerite October 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I really enjoyed looking at “Gaby’s Picks”. I love the Recycled Winshield Bowl and had not noticed the stencil 101 Decor before … that’s something that looks very interesting! Thanks for the ideas.

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