If you're looking for a unique gift idea for, well, anyone, look no further than Uncommon Goods. Founded in 1999, the Brooklyn-based company places special focus on selling quality goods that are sure to please - and are, in many cases, handmade in the USA and support small businesses! Whether you've got a housewarming party to attend, are looking for a birthday gift for the myriad of children's birthday parties you're sure to be attending now that school is back in session, or need something special for that hard-to-shop-for man or woman on your holiday list (your boss, perhaps?!), you'll be sure to find the perfect item to have shipped from Brooklyn with love!
It's never too early to start shopping for the holidays, and that is exactly what I had on my mind when I visited the Uncommon Goods website last week. Between Jack and Ava both having birthdays between now and the end of the year, I've been attempting to stock up on gifts a little at a time when I see something I love for them, and that was definitely the case! Ava has really taken an interest in art since school started back up, and so I was happy to find these fingerprint art kits for both Jack and Ava. Art projects that require little else except your finger and that I can do with both my four-year-old and 11-month-old? Sign me up!
Two of our absolute favorite things are books and animals, and so when I saw this , I just knew that we had to have it in our repertoire! The book is oversized - perfect for little hands and big imaginations - and contains interesting facts about a wide-range of animals you'd find at the zoo, from zebras to elephants to red pandas and armadillos. I learned something on nearly every page!
Not wanting my husband to be left out, I ordered, "What I Love About You by Me" - a book with a fill-in-the-blank prompt on each page that asks questions like, "I love going to (blank) with you." and "I love how you always (blank)." I thought it would be a nice stocking stuffer this year, and seeing as how I'm attempting to be more mindful in my marriage, it seemed like the perfect choice!
Last, but not least, I had to get a little something for myself, too. I'd seen these towels carried in a local boutique, and had fallen in love with them, so when I saw that Uncommon Goods carried the line, I just knew I had to have the Austin City dish towel! I think next time around, I'm going to need the larger Austin pillow for our room - I've been coveting it for quite some time now! I just love these personalized lines and they fit so perfectly with our home decor!
I also snagged a copy of 642 Things to Write About - a book that, as a writer, I was really excited to unwrap when it arrived. Expect many new and unexpected writing prompts to come!
One of my favorite things about Uncommon Goods is their commitment to social and environmental best practices. They are a founding B Corporation - a title that speaks to their commitment to fair wages, environmental issues and giving back to their community. They also participate in a program known as Better to Give, and give $1 from every purchase to a non-profit of your choice - including RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, and Reach Out and Read. Since the beginnings of the company, they've given over $300,000 to non-profit corporations worldwide! Looks like you'll have twice the reason to feel good about your holiday purchases this year!