I’m not totally sure that I’m allowed to say the ‘C’ word right now.
Spoiler alert time because here it is… Christmas. I know. I’m sorry.
It’s a little bit early, even for me. But I’ve found that over the past few years of living in the UK, Christmas approaches sooner and sooner each year. With no Thanksgiving to buffer the holidays, everyone starts their Christmas planning once the leaves start falling to the ground.
And while I’ve never been one of those people who get their shopping done early… I think it’s time to change the record. I’m sick of scrambling at the last minute to sort everyone’s presents. It’s in my nature, but this year, I’m trying to break the habit. I need to get into the spirit and channel those clever people who get their shopping done extra early.
I’m actually making lists and checking them twice (had to be done). And I’ve always like the element of unusual or bespoke gifts. I like the personalisation behind them that demonstrates, yep, I’ve thought about this in great detail, all about your likes and dislikes and finally, I’ve found the perfect thing. 2017 is the year for the bespoke, the uncommon and the downright innovative.
Family and friends, take note.
So I thought, perhaps it’s time to throw in a cheeky little guide for those looking for their Pinterest-worthy presents in one handy spot. Ever heard of UncommonGoods? I hadn’t either, but I’m glad I did because it’s making my planning 1,000 times easier this year and their backstory of sustainability and ethically sourcing their products makes me feel better about shopping. And who doesn’t want to feel good about shopping? We all do.
Ever since UncommonGoods was founded, they’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur. In fact, they’re committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.
And in the spirit of gift giving, they launched the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows customers to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from them during checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since we created this program.
So you don’t have to feel guilty for buying (hallelujah) your pressies this year. My favourite stocking stuffers include gems like, G.I. Joe’s doing yoga (I mean, how great would these be for Joe?!), through to practical pieces for the avocado lover in your house or quirky donut and coffee earrings.
Or if you’re looking for slightly bigger items, I’d recommend fun gifts like pretty colour changing lightboxes for the blogger or social media savvy person if your life. The dog obsessed gets cute pupper mugs (me, me, me!). Decanters and quirky martini glasses also do the trick.
Last, but certainly not least, if you’re like me and are obsessed with all things personalised then hey ho I’ve found just the thing for you. And I realised upon my search that we actually ordered this print nearly four years ago for our wedding. Oh yeah, I’ve even got the picture proof that it happened.
I know it’s a shorter Christmas guide right now, and it’s more about places to find those fun, quirky gifts for the people they love. I’m always scouring the internet to find sources like these to shop from, so I wanted to share my favourite finds with you too.
What’s the quirkiest thing you’ve ever given or received as a Christmas gift before?
PS. This post is sponsored in collaboration with UncommonGoods.com, but all opinions are my own and all gift selections are ones that everyone I know should now be expecting in their life.