It’s that time of year again. We’re all making our lists and checking them twice. Or if you’re like me, three or four times after I check my budget. We’re finding gifts for the special people on our list, and hopefully, paying some attention to where and how they are made.
Uncommon Goods has long been one of my favorite stores for unique and unusual gifts, many of which are also eco-friendly in some way. Check out these five home gifts that will wow your loved ones:
1. Reclaimed Wood Periodic Words
If you have a science buff on your list, a teacher, a fan of Breaking Bad, or if you’re trying to get that teenager just a little more interested in science in a practical way — they’ll appreciate these words made up of elements from the periodic table. You can also offer up a hidden lesson in ecology, because these pieces are handmade in Michigan of reclaimed wood that otherwise would’ve wound up the landfill. Price: $10-20/ea. (aff)
2. Continent Pillows
The world is a beautiful place, and these pillows are a not-so-subtle reminder that life is a whole lot bigger than the tiny slice of it that we inhabit each day. More than the design, though, the story behind these pillows is what makes them extra special. They are handmade by artisans in southwest India and provide them with fair wages and development opportunities that otherwise might never be available. Price: $95 for set of 3 (aff)
3. Tea and Coffee Towels
You know the person: She can’t leave the house in the morning without a big cup of coffee or a stop at Starbucks. Or maybe she’s more like me and prefers a steaming cup of tea. Either way, she’ll appreciate these organic cotton towels printed with tons of useful information about her favorite beverage. They’ll make for great conversation with fellow coffee and tea lovers Price: $14 for coffee & $14 for tea. (aff)
4. Instruments Artwork
We all have a music lover on our list. If that person also happens to be an art lover, like quite a few of the creatives I know, they’ll absolutely swoon over these instrumental works of art. The artist, Denise Fielder, carefully cuts silhouettes from the yellowing pages of vintage and antique papers, assembling them into instruments we can all recognize. They are handmade in San Francisco, and like all handmade pieces, no two will be exactly alike. That will definitely appeal to an artist’s sense of independence. Price: $125.00/ea. (aff)
5. Driftwood Lamps
As a woman who practically grew up on the beach, I love the look of driftwood. It is a perfect example of the beauty mother nature can create. So I am a huge fan of the person who thought to turn it into lamps. These particular pieces are scavenged from the beaches of Red Hook, Brooklyn and assembled into tripods worthy of even the most modern decor. Price: $225-295 (aff)
Do you know anyone who would appreciate these beautiful pieces? These are just a few of the many, many gorgeous, eco-friendly gifts you’ll find at Uncommon Goods for pretty much anyone on your list. I’m already loading up my shopping cart to get a few hard-to-shop-for folks off my list early.
If you’re still stumped for ideas, check out the Green Gift Guide, which includes gifts from Uncommon Goods and a ton of other places to help you shop green for the holidays.
Disclosure: I have received compensation for sharing these gift ideas with you. However, as usual, all opinions are my own and 100% authentic.