My friend Nicole is the best gift-giver. Some of her best presents to my family have included a beautiful, small travel purse that I still wear daily eight years after she gave it to me as my “moving-to-Australia” gift; an NYC bus that Finn adores; and a quirky penguin onesie for my newborn daughter.
A few Christmases ago, I was lamenting how hard it was getting to buy for some people in my family. She recommended I pop onto Uncommon Goods, a site that offers unique, sustainably-made gifts for people of all ages. The company works with artists and small business and manufacturers, who make creative wares often made from recycled materials.
The result is some pretty cool shit. For my husband’s birthday last year, I gifted him a gin-making kit, a hot-sauce-making kit and a small book about all the things I loved about him. Some of my favorite items currently on the site for occasions I have coming up include:
Thinking about gifts for the men in my life, including my favorite uncle and my father-in-law who both have birthdays this summer:
- Peanut butter sampler – I don’t know about you, but we lovvvve peanut butter in my house and I love trying flavor-infused anything.
- Smartphone instant photo lab – Something cool for anyone but especially the older set who relied on 35mm and Polaroids.
- Beer cap states – Because it’s something cool to do with something you’d normally just throw away.
One of my best friends is pregnant and these are a few cool gifts for parents-to-be that have caught my eye:
- 2017 birth year box – I love keepsakes like this. It’s like a time capsule.
- Baby fortune cookie booties – Oh. My. Cute.
- Periodic table building blocks – I received this as a gift for my newborn daughter at my baby shower. So creative and cute—plus it will help me brush up on that chem I learned 18 years ago.
Can you believe we have FOUR weddings between the end of July and early October?! Here are a few beautiful gift ideas for the soon-to-be-married folk:
- Personalized anniversary pushpin world map – Obviously, I love travel so I’m in love with this fun map and decorative item for the home.
- City skyline wooden routing – Unstated and unique.
- Personalized wishing wall – Really love this as a smaller way for guests to honor the couple that can then be displayed in the home.
If you’re in need of a gift that’s not lame, and that’s made responsibly to boot, head over to Uncommon Goods and take your pick.
This is a sponsored post, but as always, my opinions are my own.