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Make Your Own Mother’s Day Card
in 6 Easy Steps

May 2, 2018

Make Your Own Mother’s Day Card in 6 Easy Steps

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve outgrown your macaroni art years. Maybe you already picked up a great gift for mom, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for a the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but just because you aren’t sitting down to handcraft an epic gift masterpiece doesn’t mean you can’t give mom a little something handmade. Print off our free template and follow the simple instructions below for a DIY Mother’s Day card. After all, you’re never too old to whip up something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge!

What You’ll Need

Materials

Our template (Just print this easy-to-follow template to get started. Click here to print: DIY Mother’s Day Card)
Scissors
Pen or Pencil
Tape or glue (Optional)

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Gift Guides

Our Favorite Products This Week: Jewelry Edition

May 2, 2018

With more than 4,000 uncommon goods to choose from, you might need some help finding your new favorite things. Each week, we’ll round up a mix of the brand new, the tried-and-true, and our personal picks. This week, we’re narrowing down the list a little more, just in time for Mother’s Day!  Our Jewelry Buyer, Sharon, picked out a few of her favorite jewelry pieces and told us what she loves most about them.

1. Necklaces that showcase origami animals in sterling silver.

Origami Menagerie Necklaces | UncommonGoods

Sue Beatrice created these super fun origami necklaces exclusively for UncommonGoods. I love how each one is packed with personality. They bring me joy and make me smile.Sharon Hitchcock, UncommonGoods Jewelry Buyer

Origami Menagerie Necklaces – $72 Buy Now »

 

2. Bangles that let you keep those you love close to your heart.

Personalized All Heart Bangle Set | UncommonGoods

I’m crazy for these pretty bangles, each personalized with a name of a loved one, and linked together with a golden heart.

Personalized All Heart Bangle Set – $70-175 Buy Now »

 

3. Lowercase letters cast from real leafy twigs.

A to Z Letter Necklaces | UncommonGoods

The designer of this collection, Nancy Nelson, is inspired by nature and collects bark and twigs on her walks. These lovely initial necklaces were cast from bits of twig and leaves.

A to Z Letter Necklaces – $78 Buy Now »

 

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The Uncommon Life

Slainte! The Surprising Story of Irish Whiskey & St. Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2018

The Shamrock GlassCelebrating St. Patrick’s Day

You might not feel particularly lively the morning after a festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but that doesn’t stop many from partaking in the “water of life” in honor of Ireland. In other words, the rivers of Irish Whiskey will flow on March 17.

This golden-brown beverage has a rich history, so we thought we’d share a little more about Irish Whiskey.

Whiskey StonesWhiskey Stones & Rocks Glass Set – $58 Buy Now »

 

Uisce on the rocks, please.

Where did whiskey come from?

Actually, whiskey as we know it came to be in Ireland. In the 6th century monks used distilled grains as the base for medicines. They called it “Uisce Beatha,” in Goidelic, or “water of life,” thanks to its healing properties. (While some may argue that whiskey doesn’t have any healing properties, keep in mind that it is antiseptic and a pain killer.) Over time, the spirit became known as “whiskey,” a mispronunciation of “Uisce.”

Whiskey Tasting Glass
Whiskey Tasting Glass & Chilling Coaster – $40 Buy Now »

 

Irish Spirit

Whiskey love spread across Europe over time. For example, to Scotland, where it developed in to Scotch. It’s said that Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed imbibing in the distilled drink, and Peter the Great once proclaimed, “of all the wines, the Irish spirit is the best.”

Irish Whiskey Shamrock Glass
Sham-Rock Glass – $48- $50 Buy Now »

 

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The Uncommon Life

Birthstones By Month: What Do they Mean?

February 14, 2018

Birthstone meanings by month:

MonthBirthstoneMeaning
JanuaryGarnet Protection
FebruaryAmethyst Wisdom
MarchAquamarine Serenity
AprilQuartz or DiamondStrength
MayEmerald Hope
June Pearl or AlexandriteLove
JulyRuby Vitality
AugustPeridot Beauty
SeptemberSapphire Truth
OctoberTourmaline Healing
NovemberCitrine Joy
DecemberTurquoise Friendship

What is a birthstone?

Birthstones are gems that are associated with a birth month, each stone has a unique meaning and significance. Like horoscope signs, when you ask someone “what is your birthstone?” they almost always know the answer. Today you’ll commonly see birthstones in jewelry pieces, like necklaces, bracelets, rings, or earrings as reminders to celebrate your birth month all year long. Besides jewelry, birthstones or the colors symbolizing the stones show up in many other types of gifts and keepsakes making birthday shopping easy and fun. Birthstones are a part of modern society and since ancient times it is widely believed that wearing your birthstone is a symbol of wellness and good fortune. See which birthstone is meant for you.

What is the origin of birthstones?

Christian scholars in the 5th century made the connection between the twelve gems in the Breastplate of Aaron, twelve months of the year, and twelve signs of the zodiac. They theorized that each gem was connected to a certain month or astrological alignment and that they would receive therapeutic benefits for wearing one during that time.

To receive the full benefit, people took to wearing one stone for each month of the year and attributed a different meaning and value to them. Eventually this practice was modified so that a person would only wear the stone for the month they were born in (hence the term birthstone). There was a great amount of disagreement over which stone should represent a calendar month until 1912 when Sears published an “official” list of all the birthstones and the months they represented. Since then there have been a few modifications here and there but the list remains largely unchanged.

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Gift Guides

Pet Gifts for Animal Lovers and their Cuddly Counterparts

November 7, 2017

If you’re anything like us, your pets are pretty much part of the family. There’s nothing like the wags of joy you receive when you come home to your pup after a long day, or the purr of appreciation your cat gives in return for a simple scratch behind the ear. We can all learn something from the unconditional love our pets give us daily, and the holiday season is the perfect time to start spreading those warm, fuzzy feelings. Impress your fur-babies and your pet-obsessed friends with these irresistibly adorable finds.

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Gift Guides

21 Awesome Gifts You Can Only Get at UncommonGoods

November 3, 2017

We all know that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. On top of juggling parties and trying to snack responsibly in the face of all those tantalizing treats, there’s an often-unspoken seasonal antagonist: gifting anxiety. The sinking fear that your gift recipient will already have what you’ve picked for them. Or worse, they won’t like it. Or, worst of all, they won’t want your offering because they’ve seen it everywhere and They’re. Just. Over. It. The good news is, there are plenty of wow-inducing gifts still out there. In fact, they’re in here. Yep, in this this very gift guide you’ll see 21 “Where’d you find this?!” gifts. Go ahead and consider us your secret weapon for battling gifting anxiety. (Whether or not you want to let your giftees in on the secret is totally up to you!) Continue Reading…

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Gifts for Teens: 20 Cool Gifts for People Under 20

October 23, 2017

More than any other age group, teenagers go through a crazy roller coaster of changes. Once they bid farewell to the “little kid” years, they really start to explore who they are, who they’re not, and who they want to become. They are on a constant quest to find a voice (and, perhaps, the #perfecthashtag). We think this period of self-discovery is really awesome. Here at UncommonGoods, we’re all about encouraging individuality. So we hand-selected 20 of our coolest items for the savvy, curious, flourishing and fun-loving teens in your life. These gifts will not only be Instagram worthy keepsakes, but also little stamps of uniqueness during this holiday season and beyond.

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