Uncommon Gifts From UncommonGoods

My husband is the best gift giver ever. Every gift I’ve ever received has been thoughtful and meaningful and wonderful. His love language is definitely one that includes showing how important I am by giving me something I’d never pick for myself.

He’s a pretty good guy.

Me on the other hand, well… ahh… I’m pretty much the worst.

When I even remember that a gift should be given, I’m more likely to order an e-gift card for a favorite online location. I used to try really hard. And I failed hugely. In our 25 years together, there’s been many gifts returned (and I’m totally ok with that!).

This gift-giving thing is not my forte. I need all the help I can get.

 

Uncommon Gifts From UncommonGoods

I was thrilled to find UncommonGoods which is now my go-to site for all things gift-giving.

Check it out: I know you’ll agree with me.

This shop is brilliant, smart, useful, amusing, and even affordable.

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This is a different kind of online company that has a story behind it.

Inspired by his experience at a Smithsonian craft show in 1999, UncommonGoods owner Dave Bolotsky had a vision to create something that had never existed before: an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly unique goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper.

Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods.

 

UncommonGoods Graduation Gifts

UncommonGoods asked me to check out their line of graduation gifts since that time of year is right around the corner. They must have sensed a mom like me would need some help in this department!

A few of my kids are doing the “move up” thing where they go to a new level of school this year which means I could use some gift ideas for them. I love the collection of books, nicknacks, and positive messages the company offers.

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

Where Will You Be 5 Years From Today?

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

Lessons I hope my children take to heart: aim high! Dream! Fly!

As a mom who hopes her children excel at whatever they do (with an emphasis on being damn good human beings) I appreciate UncommonGood’s commitment to sustainability as explained in their mission statement:

To us, sustainability means more than just being “green.” We believe sustainability starts with integrity in everything we do, treating each individual inside and outside our company with dignity and respect, offering health insurance to all our full-time (and most part-time) team members and providing a fair wage to all. 

Yes. All the yes.

 

UncommonGoods Gifts For Writers

And even without an official graduation happening in my house, I could always use some ideas when it comes to my writer husband. Like I’ve mentioned, I’m the worst.

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

 

This one leaped off the site at me. Writers need to write to be happy and fulfilled, but sometimes you need a nudge in the right direction. Here are 642 pushes for him to work through.

Some of these prompts are hilarious. Some will be creative and some will be introspective.

I love them.

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

If you have a dreamer, creator, or traveler in your life, check this site out. Gifts for men and gifts for women were easy to find and, hey, I managed to find something wonderful for myself.

 

UncommonGoods Gifts for Travelers

I can’t wait to see my blogging friends in Florida in a few weeks. There’s the first trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania coming up. D23 Expo, happening this summer, promises to be ah-mazing (please let Lin-Manuel Miranda be there this year! Please oh please oh please oh please…) plus visits to see family in a few states as well.

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

UncommonGoods Uncommon Gifts for the people you love Graduation | Mothers Day | Fathers Day

Treat yo’ self! And the ones you love with UncommonGoods.

Thanks to UncommonGoods for being awesome as a company, providing clever and interesting gifts, and for sponsoring this discussion.

Uncommon gifts for uncommon people. Check it out for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, graduation gifts- and more! Traveler | Writer | Creative 

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Patty Holliday


Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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