So much of the holidays these days are about large corporations. Turn in the TV for 2 seconds and you will see many vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday. While sometimes their prices are good, the gifts are far from unique, are often made overseas with lax human rights and environmental standards, and the money does not support local communities or artists themselves.
That’s why UncommonGoods is a fabulous choice for holiday shopping. Their mission and goals align with mine. Just check this out:
“Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is an privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including our warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.”
A gift from UncommonGoods not only supports the artists who create original work, but workers who package and send them make a liveable wage. You can even read about each artist. I love to know exactly who I am buying from– unlike so many nameless, faceless corporations. Here are some of my picks of handmade, unique gifts under $50:
1. A Grand Adventure Set (grandparents!)
It is hard to buy for grandparents! Beyond anything photo related, what we really need is quality time doing memorable things. This card set will provide the motivation and inspiration for just that to happen. In a sweet little set, the cards give mini-adventure ideas for grandparents and kids. When each adventure is complete, then it becomes a way to remember those special times. A sweet and simple gift for all grandparents.
2. Tagua Frangement Cascade Earrings (girlfriends!)
This is a completely unique gift for the women in your life. These bright colors go with everything and more importantly, they are sustainably made and prevent poaching of ivory and support developing communities. They are made and carved from Tagua Nut from Columbia.
3. Cheese and Crackers Serving Board (friends and family)
This little beauty has some of my favorite components. It is made in Vermont and is made from maple trees. It is artfully crafted so you can stand up the cheese and crackers in the carved “&” sign. Unique, clever, functional and safe. All set for gifting!
4. Mother and Daughter Letter Book Set: Treasured Passages. (Daughters and Mothers)
This is an amazing little book. It inspires mothers and daughters to share stories, memories, and bits of themselves that might never be shared otherwise. It was inspired by a daughter who lost her mother too young, and realized she wanted to make sure her own children had a keepsake that shared a great deal about her life story. One reviewer has been saving the book for years, collecting bits of memories and keepsakes. She is including in this book the letters she has written her daughter every year for 20 years. The book includes little pockets for notes, and inspiration and categories to motivate. This is such a lovely gift that I would like one to use with both of my daughters!
5. Mixtape Glasses Set (anyone over 35)
Oh, the days of the mixtape. Perfectly matching songs, pressing the record and play buttons with perfect timing and that satisfying “cha-chunk!” sound. My brother, well, he created true art with his masterful mixtape creations. I miss them so.
For a fan of vintage, and for parties, these are a great gift. You can write the names of your guests on these with the included wax pencil– so they can keep track of their beverages. Or you can write your favorite 80s tune such as, Jukebox Hero (he’s got stars in his eyes!) in the space provided. These are made and decorated in the U.S.A.
UnCommonGoods has many other great items– such as many gifts for kids. Most handmade right here in the U.S., or supporting developing countries and environmental causes. There is a lot to love here.
*This is a sponsored partnership with UnCommon Goods. I only share with readers what I think are safe, responsible, and high quality gifts with a mission that supports human rights and the environment.