Some people are easy to buy gifts for. My two year old for example.. at the moment anything with Paw Patrol on it would make him happy. My one year old is also easy to impress, he likes to play with empty cardboard boxes. Some people are not so easy to buy for, and with Christmas on the horizon, I can find myself browsing websites or trawling around shops for hours without anything really jumping out at me.
Earlier this year, I mentioned a website called Uncommon Goods, and if you haven’t paid them a visit yet, now would really be a good time to do so, as I am pretty sure they will solve your gift buying dilemmas with gifts that will really impress! Uncommon Goods are based in New York, but also deliver to the UK. I’ve spent hours trawling their website and found it difficult to narrow it down to just a few things to share. I must admit though, my list is really inspired by things that I would love to receive myself… if you happen to be looking to send a present my way!
Barn Star Glasses
Barn Stars are traditionally hung on barn doorways to add a decorative touch and a little bit of luck. This set of six glasses features a different coloured barn star on each, each with a different meaning. Great for gatherings to avoid mixing up who’s drink is who’s! I’ve got a barn star on my living room wall in pale blue.. and I’m happy to find out that blue means ‘peace’. Perfect!
Pearl the Unicorn Doormat
A doormat! How’s that for a unique gift? This unicorn is called Pearl and has rainbow leg warmers to match her mane. I’m sure she’ll raise a smile with visitors before you even open the door to them.
Fluorite Wine Chillers
I’m back to drinks again.. well, it does seem as though we’re having a party with these gifts! These wine chillers are made of fluorite, which is a beautiful purple stone from where we get the world ‘fluorescent’. They come in their own velvet bag which you put in the freezer for a few hours and then use to chill your drink without diluting it. Perfect for the bottle of wine your visitor has just brought over your unicorn doormat.
Is it time for snacks? Fermented foods have been so popular this year, and who doesn’t love a pickled cucumber at a party? Making my own fermented food is actually something I’ve wanted to try for months, and this Fermenting Crock would make it very easy. All you need to do is add the ingredients and leave for 1-2 weeks for it to work it’s fermenting magic. Each crock is handmade individually by ceramicist Daniel Bellow at his studio in Massachusetts.
Pastel Bamboo Bowls
How about something to serve those party snacks in? I love these pastel nesting bowls which are made from 70% bamboo fibres and when they reach the end of their useful life, are fully biodegradable. Aside from being very useful for serving the snacks at this party we’re having, I think these would make brilliant sorting bowls for my children to play with.Unicorn Pillow
Now we have our snacks and drinks, it’s time to relax on this beautiful embroidered unicorn pillow. This is quite an enchanted and magical party, don’t you think?
This lovely jar is handmade in Vermont by Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick. It invites you to add your hopes and dreams on scrolls of paper, and is decorated with a poem about growth and renewal. I think I’ll wish for an enchanted unicorn party.
As well as being an incredible place to buy your gifts, Uncommon Goods is a pretty unique company. They run their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York, where their lowest paid seasonal worker is paid 50% more than the minimum wage. They support independent designers and makers, and believe it is their responsibility to impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase, they donate $1 to charity, and have so far donated over $1 million to charities all over the world, including the International Rescue Committee which responds to the word’s worst humanitarian crises.
You can go and see what else they have to offer at www.uncommongoods.com
*This is a collaborative post with Uncommon Goods*