Uncommon Awesomeness at UncommonGoods
I love buying presents for friends and family – finding the perfect thing they don’t even realize they wanted. I like to think I’m pretty good at gift giving. I start months before the occasion until I find the perfect gift. One of my favorite resources is UncommonGoods. They carry thousands of unique and unusual gifts, from fun jewelry and cool accessories to creative home decor and kitchen items. They have some of the coolest gifts.
Here’s 10 ideas for your next gift!
How beautiful are these handcrafted tumblers made from blown glass? The glass is decorated with a flurry of white flecks and deep swirls of color, which evoke the bubbles and cracks found in ancient glacier ice. The glasses are sturdy enough to be a mealtime staple, but so beautiful that they are sure to make an impression on dinner guests.
What do you get when you combine food, chemistry and art? You get to deconstruct any dish, to change the look and feel of any ingredient, to impress dinner guests, and to take your tastebuds on an adventure–also known as molecular gastronomy!
Turn your kitchen into a food laboratory with this how-to kit that teaches you how to transform liquids, like honey, into jelly-like cubes, gelify chopped produce into flavor-packed beads, or even morph melted chocolate into a delicate powder or spaghetti-like strands. You’re only limited by your imagination! So go ahead, play with your food!
You may enjoy the great outdoors, but for the love of brown butter, you’re no animal. Keep camping (and other out-of-kitchen activities) a civilized affair with this culinary travel kit, which includes essentials such as nesting non-stick pots, crush-proof, heat-resistant strainer lids, and color-coded tableware. The durable nylon tote doubles as a wash basin.
For cerebral stimulation, look to the great civilizations that shaped history. Designed to engage your puzzle-loving mind, this set of brainteasers is inspired by the inventions and achievements of five global civilizations. Sample the mystery of Chinese tea, reverse engineer the Greek water mill, solve the challenge of Egyptian ? (Pi), unlock the Roman keys, and try the Aztec passion flower. Part pure puzzle and part cultural exploration, they’re coffee table-worthy designs and natural conversation starters.
Going off the grid always got them fired up. This integrated generator system lets you cook, boil, and charge, all using the power of a compact, smokeless furnace. The kit includes a lightweight, portable grill and “KettlePot” attachments, plus a built-in charger that can power your smartphone or other USB-chargeable devices by converting heat into electricity. It also includes a flexible USB light which illuminates the grill and surroundings. This space-saving, comprehensive camp kitchen runs on renewable biomass such as twigs, pine cones, and wood pellets.
Give your favorite brew an exponential boost with a heavy duty mug made for the math elite. Featuring equations and formulas (“handwritten” on a chalkboard-colored background) that would make your high school calculus teacher proud, this smart design is perfect for number-crunchers and coffee and tea drinkers alike.
Transport yourself to the beach with a sea glass stone plucked from its depths. I have this ring and receive so many compliments on it.
Handcrafted from unique pieces of sea glass set in pure sterling silver, these bright bangles can be worn as individual accents, or stacked together for a lovely layered look. I only have one, but I am looking forward to collecting the other two.
Whether baby is trying to stand or learning to take their first steps, help make efforts a success with a set of slip-resistant socks. Designed to give little feet extra traction, these infant socks feature playful animal designs and a neutral palette. The boxed collection contains six pairs (two white, two black, two gray), but daring dressers can intentionally mismatch socks of the same color for even more possibilities. I wish they came in adult sizes!
Your dog may be adorable. Your cat may be cute. But can they compete with a glowing group of thousands of tiny pets? Bioluminescent plankton called dinoflaggelates illuminate this spherical environment when you gently swirl it. Just let them bask in indirect light during the day and they’ll treat you to a soft blue light show at night. Quiet, compact, and easy to care for, the glass sphere lets you hold one of nature’s most magical phenomena in the palm of your hand. It makes a unique interactive aquarium, and an awe-inspiring work of living art that won’t bite the hand that feeds it.
I’m always finding new and awesome gifts here. What are your favorites?