I have loved browsing for gifts for friends and family over the last couple of months. Now that presents are wrapped and ready to pass on, it was nice to take a little time to browse for me. So, cuppa and mince pie in hand I headed to Uncommon Goods as I’d heard they now ship to the UK.
If this is a new name to you too, firstly let me share a little of what Uncommon Goods are all about…
Back in 1999 their founder, Dave Bolotsky, had an idea of reducing the distance between talented artists and craftspeople around the world and the public that would love to own their creations. The Uncommon Goods online marketplace was born and has expanded year on year to deliver the best ideas for both the people in your life and your home by carrying thousands of unique and unusual gifts. They also now have an in-house product development team working hard on new creations to add to the collections.
More from Dave and the Uncommon Goods mission on sustainability and environmental friendliness:
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…
Since our founding, we’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – we’re committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.
We created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from us at checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since we created this program.
UncommonGoods is proud to be a founding member of B Corporation, an organization created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. The B seal means that a company has met the standards…on issues ranging from providing a living wage, to lessening their impact on the environment, to giving back to the community.
I like the cut of their jib and I think you will too. So what did I find?
A lot of very lovely stuff indeed. Since entering back into the world of relationships I’ve realised I’ll be needing more original ideas in the areas of both birthday gifts and anniversary gifts. Uncommon Goods have a fine selection of both, many of which can be personalised for your requirements.
These aren’t what I’m looking for at the moment but a few things already caught my eye (some of which could be left around as hints for my own birthday in February…or indeed the equally close Valentine’s Day!)
A brilliant feature I discovered whilst browsing is that some product images can be made life size. I don’t know about you but I’ve often been caught out when something arrives and is a lot bigger than you thought or disappointingly smaller.
As for me…home is still a work in progress even though my kitchen is finally finished so checking out new and original home decor ideas is always a pleasure. I’ve put the credit card out of reach for now but will definitely be coming back in the new year!
Uncommon Goods isn’t the cheapest place to shop but certainly isn’t wildly expensive either. If you want quality over quantity and a good ethical background, I recommend having a browse of their online marketplace yourself.