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……..
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!!!
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!
Neighbors: There is just no denying how cool these mugs are……..I want them for us too!
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:)
Spouse: These mugs in a basket with some candles, fair-trade tea, and chocolate would make the post-holiday relaxation even sweeter.
Kids: I hope my kids don’t read this post because I found something to please each one of them.
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!
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!!
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…….
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!!