It’s that time of year. Gifts will be bought. But before you resort to the same box of fruit, boring bathrobe, or box of chocolates, why not take a look at some far less common gifts?
I love buying gifts that can be shared by the whole family, and there is a lively selection here. There are fantastic gifts for families, of all ages.
And to make it really unique, there are a large collection of gifts that can be personalized, including cutting boards with your name carved on them.
If your gift recipients are into food and drink, you are sure to find something a little more fun and unique at Uncommon Goods. It’s a site that puts together gifts that are just a little more fun and personal than the usual fare. Many of the items are either handmade or carefully curated by an individual artisan. Just one example is the work of Jill Rikkers, a blacksmith. On her page, she tells the story of her passion for blacksmithing, and the inspiration for her gorgeous hand-hammered serving pieces.
I’ve long enjoyed the world of salt. Faced with a plain bowl of vegetables, grains, or salad, you may not feel up to concocting a seasoning scheme. That’s where smoked, seasoned, and uniquely flavored mineral-rich salts come in. A sprinkle of crunchy, special salt is best enjoyed on a simple dish, and this site has several collections of interesting salts, all packaged for gift giving.
Or try one of these collections.
If your gift recipient is into adventurous food, perhaps they are looking for something that allows them to bring a gourmet experience to life. Uncommon goods has several molecular gastronomy kits, so you can play around with making little beads and blobs and foams, without investing in a full-on kitchen lab and chemicals.
Of course, when we entertain, we are looking for unique and fun serving pieces. There are plenty here, from the hand hammered spoons and pie servers to cool platters, glasses and coasters. One fun one is the stone drink dispenser, an artisan made chunk of stone that holds an upside down bottle of wine or spirits, with a stone handled tap.
And to solve the ever present dilemma of how to keep the casserole warm, there are a few lovely handmade soapstone pieces, which act as a trivet and a warmer, so your guests can mingle and eat at their leisure.
On the beverage front, I am a tea lover, and I promise you that the tea drinker on your list would love one of these fun assortments. All you need to know is whether they like it spicy, low- caff, or black and green, and one of these will fill the bill.
For wine drinkers, both novice and expert level, tasting wines side by side is always an illuminating exercise. Now they can conduct a wine flight tasting, with a cute wine flight set. There is a whole selection of wine-related gifts, too.
There are so many more gifts on the site, I can’t possibly get to them all. Give it a click and see if you find the perfect gift!
(Full disclosure: this is a sponsored post, wherein I recommend some products I truly like.)