It’s almost time for “caroling in the snow” (or sand if you live at the beach), decking out the Christmas tree, holiday parties, sitting by the yuletide logs and general holiday merriment. Followed (or proceeded) by a feeling of panic, because the majority of the population is involved in a conversation with a friend or loved one that is all too familiar “What do you want for Christmas?” With a dreaded response. “I don’t know get me anything.” Sometimes it’s an even more complex answer of “Just surprise me.” We all know what happens when we “surprise”someone, it ends up as a “Secret Santa” gift next Christmas. Then an all too familiar feeling of panic sets in, what do you get the person who doesn’t want or need anything for Christmas? Well, a few weeks ago I was contacted by UnCommonGoods asking if I would do a product review for the holidays. They could very well be the answer to the all too common holiday syndrome of “Christmas Present Angst”, because UnCommonGoods has holiday “home-runs” for everyone. As most of you are aware, I love to shop so pair that with an opportunity to partner with a retailer that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts and consider me “sold.”UnCommonGoods was founded in Brooklyn, NY (I love NY!) and they run their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. In fact, if you are ever in NY they offer Studio Tours, which gives you a look inside the work-spaces and minds of their artists and designers. They even allow you inside their creative studio. So the next time I’m in NY, I’ll be hailing a cab straight to their front door.
This unique company believes in using their business to “impact the world in a positive way.” In a world where so many goods are mass produced it’s refreshing to see an organization that empowers local artists and designers to develop their businesses through events such as “How to Make it Happen.” UnCommonGoods has also formed Non-Profits that support critical initiatives such as “American Forests and “Reach Out and Read,” to name just a few. With offerings that range from jewelry to home goods, I was faced with the daunting task of coming up with some “picks” in time for the holiday season, so I wanted to share with you some of the “unique designs and handcrafted gifts” that you will find at UnCommonGoods (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/christmas-gifts/christmas-gifts). They made my job very easy, and making a decision on what to highlight very hard. Yes, so many choices and so little time until Christmas…
Just a few of my many favorites for the man in your life, or even woman. For more gift ideas visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/holiday/christmas/christmas-gifts-for-men 1) Camera Bookends-made from Vintage Cameras, each one of a kind. 2) Hybrid Wall Clock-made from using mirror like discs from recycled or discarded computers. 3) Ballpark Prints-prints on archival paper from some of the most famous ball-parks in the U.S. 4) Driftwood iPhone Docking Station. 5) Gold Leaf up-cycled beer bottle tumbler set. (I’m obsessed with these)…
Some perfect ideas for the woman in your life- wife, friend or girlfriend…for more fabulous ideas visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/holiday/christmas/christmas-gifts-for-women. These are just a few that I thought would make that “special someone” very, very happy…1) A European inspired street scene becomes a desk accessory. 2) Agate Desk Clock. 3) Gold Leaf Wine Glass Set. 4) Vintage Camera Pillows-Original photos by Ronda J. Smith printed on sateen. 5) My Life Story-Thought provoking prompts to spark a colorful memory.
Need a hostess gift? I love the thought of bringing some really unique gifts to the party. Visit http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/christmas/christmas-gifts 1) Gold Leaf Stemless Gold Leaf Wine Glass Set. 2) Ombre Stemless Wine Glasses-each is hand-blown from recycled glass. 3) Agate Coasters. 4) Double Tiered Serving Tray (made from teak root). 5) Stainless Steel Bread Box-the beechwood lid flips over to do double duty as a wooden cutting board.
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Until next time,
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So I hope you are inspired to shop early, and pick something UnCommon over the holidays…
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