Thursday, 21 September 2017

UncommonGoods - Top 5 Gift Ideas

I have started thinking about the C word over here at Life Unexpected and that has involved a number of different lists being made, because this year I am really struggling to come up with ideas for people. It definitely does get harder with each year that goes by, because what do you get for people who already have everything?  I have already decided that this year we are going to make sure that we just get Leo items that we know he will use, after having a huge toy cull over the last month or so, the last thing we want to do is be inundated with new toys all over again...

With that in mind I have taken to the internet on the hunt for new and exciting places to get started with the Christmas shopping (it really is never too early!), I love coming across new companies online because it allows you to browse through a selection of products that you may have never come across before, and that is exactly what happened when I discovered UncommonGoods. 

UncommonGoods was founded back in 1999 in Brooklyn, New York and they set out to feature unique gifts such as jewelry, d├ęcor, tabletop items and handcrafted presents that have been created in harmony with our environment and without causing any harm to animals or our fellow human race. They are  proud to be a founding B Corp. B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems around the world, this means that they meet a rigorous standard on a wide range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community.

I love companies like this because you really do get to see some interesting and one of a kind pieces, and that is exactly why I have picked out 5 of my favourite UncommonGoods Gift ideas to share with you.

I have picked these 5 items out with thoughts of my the older family members such as siblings, parents and close relatives. 

Personalised Family Print

My brother and his wife are moving into their new home in the next week or so, and I couldn't help thinking just how lovely this print is. I do love a unique gift idea, especially ones that you can customise it to reflect your own family members and this art by Mary and Shelly Klein is just lovely. You can customise the skin tones, hair, clothing colours and create a really gorgeous piece that is personal to the chosen recipients. 

It's printed on 100% archival enhanced matte paper and framed in Black BonanzaWood.

Intersection of Love - Photo Print


I really like this piece, and was actually looking at it as a potential stocking filler for the other half as this fit us better as we aren't married, and obviously both have different surnames. You can put both of your surnames on the sign along with a special year (and you can even add in a second special date, like maybe the day you got married).

Scratch Map Deluxe


This got me thinking about Luke again, he has a real love globes and maps (You just need to look at his flat where there are two rather large maps of the world on display!), and I thought that a world map where you can scratch off where you have been was just a brilliant idea. 

The map is printed in refined gold-and-black palette, and with the eraser you can scratch off the places that you have been! When you take the layer off you uncover bursts of colour underneath along with infographics and facts about the world. It is printed on sturdy cardstock and made within the UK. 


Come In, Go Away Door Mat
I love a good door mat, especially one that reflects my sense of humour. The writing reads differently depending on which way you are reading it, one side says 'Come In' and the other 'Go Away'. It is sure to baffle your guests.

It's made out of coconut husks and made in India.

Nordic Tea Light Trough


I have been loving all the Autumn weather that is a sure fire sign that Winter is on the way, it's encouraging nights in with the candles flickering and a blanket to snuggle up with. This Nordic inspired tea light holder is a great addition to your hibernation, it has room for a whole row of tea lights and makes a beautiful silhouette of the forest. 

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