Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Review: Uncommon Goods gift guide*

I've just finished a busy run of work and during this brief period while I still have some money in the bank I've been getting as much Christmas shopping done as possible. I love buying presents and spend ages searching for gifts that are unique and quirky but also have a personal touch for my friends and family.

I was really excited to be contacted by Daniel at Uncommon Goods because not only did it give me an excuse to browse the website for hours and oogle all the precious things of the shop, but they were kind enough to let me choose some items to help me review their website.

UG is a marketplace style site run out of Brooklyn, New York specialising in unusual, handmade goods. Don't worry, most of their gifts can be ordered internationally and prices can be seen in British pounds which is handy. The company strives to minimise environmental impact as much as possible, both themselves and their artists use sustainable or recycled products where possible. They are also part of a program called Better To Give which allows customers to choose a parter to donate $1 of their orders to, something I'm sure all of us can get behind.

I went ahead and chose some bits, they're all items I loved personally but also all pretty affordable so they would make great gifts. If your taste is drastically different to mine don't fear, there is a huge range of products on the site.

Miniature things, who doesn't love them? So cute!! I knew instantly I needed to give this tiny boat to a friend who loves everything nautical. I love a gimmick so the oar for scooping out the salt pleases me greatly. It will make such a sweet addition to the dinner table or even just kept on the kitchen counter. This little, pewter boat was handmade in Nova Scotia which makes it that little bit more special I think.

This one is right up my street, I'm a big fan of anything anatomy/medical themed and I had the huge dilemma of which organ to chose. In the end it seemed a no-brainer to go for a classic heart. I'm currently having an internal struggle whether to keep this for myself or gift to a friend I know would also adore it. Sharing is caring right? (I want it.) There are 13 different organs to choose from, I kind of need the uterus too.

Oh be still my beating heart, is this not a thing of beauty? Pineapple, check. Gold, check. Functional, ding ding ding. I love this so much, it looks most majestic on my makeshift bar and too pretty to use but I'll be drinking out of this bad boy a lot over the Christmas season I'm sure, and you better believe I'll be smug about it. I wouldn't normally spend £25 on a tumbler for myself so this did feel like a treat and would make a super special gift for anyone else with as impeccable taste as me. *winks*

How sweet is this? I love the illustrations on this game which is what first caught my eye. My friends and I tend to get together for games nights from time to time and it's something my family like to do at Christmas as well so I feel like this will get some good use. It's all very compact and portable so is a good one to chuck in your bag and take out, I can't wait to have an excuse to play it.

Last but definitely not least is this awesome print, as you can see it goes perfectly with my slowly growing gallery wall. I love the simple, monochrome design, it's very much my style. There are quite a few great prints on the site but this one jumped out at me, I'm really glad I chose this.

I spent an awful long time looking through the Gift section on Uncommon Goods, trying to whittle down what I wanted and once I'd finally made a decision I was really excited to receive the box of goodies and find that they were just as wonderful as they looked on the site. They arrived quickly and were packaged well to protect everything inside, the quality of the products is perfect and I'd feel very confident ordering from UG in the future.

I did notice that because the site has such a wide range of gifts it's easy to find something for everyone, I always struggle shopping for the men of my family but there are some great bits and pieces for all the guys in your life here and here. It's always the trickiest part of Christmas shopping for me.

Also if you like what I've shown you so far in this post, do check out the Uncommon Collection which features exclusive products meeting the highest standards for uncommon design, sustainability and doing good. This is such a nice idea to showcase those items that are specifically environmentally friendly and using resourceful business practices in their creation.

I'd love to hear what you thought of the items I chose or if you've spotted anything else on the site you'll be ordering, it's so nice to discover a little haven for new and original products so you can really feel like you're giving your loved ones something special. It's the same excitement I get from markets, second hand stores or even TKMaxx - the treasure hunter in me is content.

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