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Holiday Shopping Challenge: Make “Uncommon” Common

Shopping with (com)passion, creativity, simplicity, and frugality is the only way I can make the task enjoyable.  Buying something new and full price puts a lump in my throat unless I know it has been made with the intention of improving lives or blanketing the world in beauty.   So when Halloween is over and the official season of gratitude and giving begins, I compile “the list”.   You know the one—teachers, grandparents, neighbors, parents, spouses, kids, mail person, and/or anyone else you wish to offer a little holiday cheer to.  I then decide how to meet the above criteria and get started.

This year I am woo!! hooing!!!! because I have found the perfect company that meets my standards and they have such a variety that I can do a ONE STOP SHOP!!!  How is that for simplicity!  Back in September I introduced UncommonGoods in a post and received incredible feedback—plus a few incredible birthday gifts……..

Recycled Hummingbird Feeder

Recycled Hummingbird Feeder

UncommonGoods Gift Certificate

UncommonGoods Gift Certificate

I have decided to throw 100% of my support behind their company and make UncommonGoods “common” for all of those on my “list”.  Since it is the beginning of my brainstorming session, I thought it might be fun to have it right here on my blog.  Hopefully it will inspire you to do the same.  Clicking on each photo will take you directly to the order page for that item………simple…..simple……simple!!

However if you wish to choose your own you can start right on their holiday gift collection page……click HERE to get started being “common”!

Here I go now with “THE LIST”:

Teachers:  Having older kids means we have many teachers, so it is imperative that we think outside of the box.  We were so excited to discover the holiday record coasters!!  They come in a set of 6 which means we can split them up and make fun packages with a coaster, seasonal soda, and a candy cane………….woolah—teachers are done!!!

Holiday Record Coasters (set of 6)

Holiday Record Coasters (set of 6)

Grandparents: Towels and aprons always make me think of my grandparents.  That is why I loved these items.  I smell cookies and pies baking now!

State Dish Towels

State Dish Towels

State Apron

State Apron

Neighbors:  There is just no denying how cool these mugs are……..I want them for us too!

Face Mug--cookies not included

Face Mug–cookies not included

Parents:  Buying for the parents is always the toughest.  When I saw this vase I was sold.   Siblings are always looking for that special something to go in on and this is perfect:)

Brick Memory Vase

Brick Memory Vase

Spouse:  These mugs in a basket with some candles, fair-trade tea, and chocolate would make the post-holiday relaxation even sweeter.

Personalized Porcelain Mugs

Personalized Porcelain Mugs

Kids:  I hope my kids don’t read this post because I found something to please each one of them.

For the boy who loses his glasses

For the boy who loses his glasses

A ticket stub diary for the rock star to fill up

For the boy who loves to rock!

"she made rainbows" iphone cover--because she makes them daily

It’s called the “she made rainbows” iphone cover–perfect fit for my girl

Mail carrier:  All year long our mail carrier, Ginny, brings us packages full of joy–we always try to remember her during the busy season!

Bag of Cheer

Bag of Cheer

Family gifts:  Our families all live in another state.  Every year we try to get a package to the house where they will be gathering.  I found some great things to include this year-yippee!!

Random Acts of Kindness Cards

Random Acts of Kindness Cards

Eco Dough

Eco Dough

Things that are just too cool:  Ok, these are WAY out of my price range, but I had to show them.  It is incredible what people can create.  I am always mesmorized by items like these…….

Road Tested Chair

Road Tested Chair

Seat Belt Chair

Seat Belt Chair

With only a few exceptions all of the items I showcased were handmade and recycled.  I also made an effort to stay in my budget, unless it was an item I thought there would be multiple people contributing to.  There are always great sale items and for those who prefer to shop through a catalog there is that option as well.  Follow these links for sale and catalog options.

Now finish up your order and put that shopping list to rest………..share the post and we will definitely make UncommonGoods “common” this shopping season!!

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Shopping Challenge: Make “Uncommon” Common

  1. k martindale on said:

    Uncommon Goods should read this Coming Alive post and pay you for the endorsement. Seriously, your writing (whatever the topic) is always very well written and they really should send you a check! I think I’ll call them! Love, K

    Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 03:34:46 +0000 To: katywalker1@hotmail.com

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