Giveaway :: Uncommon Goods

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel like the world is my oyster every time I sit down with a well curated catalog. Ever since I was a child, I have spent many a night with my feet tucked under me on the couch, circling item after item in catalog after catalog. Before bookmarks and online wishlists, there were folded down pages and highlighters. I could tell you this obsession passed as I grew older, but I would be lying. And I like you too much to lie to you. In fact, I have a stack of catalogs sitting next to me right this very moment, begging for attention. On the top of the pile is my absolute favorite: Uncommon Goods. What better way to kick off our February theme of “We Heart It” than to bring you the cream of the crop?

To say that I’m over the moon to showcase Uncommon Goods for our January finale is an understatement. They help me accomplish the often unattainable status of “best gift-giver EVER” on many an occasion. From fun gifts for guys to creative gift ideas for women, there is something for everyone. And we’re not talking your run of the mill can opener and/or keychain (not that there’s anything wrong with can openers or keychains.) Rather, we’re talking one of a kind, unique gifts (Catapult Kit!) that make your heart swell with pride and you will find yourself high-fiving strangers for no apparent reason. That is what pure happiness does to you, my friends.

Uncommon Goods is giving away an extraordinary Photo Gift Set to one lucky reader! This set includes one Diana Camera with a pack of Black and White Film and a set of Sticker Frames. To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, February 7th.
What is the most unique gift you have ever been given?
Please begin checking the winners box on February 20, 2012 to see if you’ve won. Good luck!
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  1. 1
    ChristineBlaylock says:

    I was given a paper beaded necklace by my little brother many moons ago. Love it.

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    katherine w says:

    My sister is a crafter-extraordinaire and for Christmas she gave me a beautiful pair of homemade earrings and a couple of headbands she made. Last year it was handmade notecards with a different design on each. So those are the most unique gifts I’ve received to date, but as long as she’s still crafting there’s no telling what’s next!

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    Jessica C says:

    A 4GB flash drive. My old 256MB one wasn’t cutting it anymore and I was envious of mu husband’s 4GB. I tried to talk him into trading me, teasing him that he only loved me 256MB worth and not a full 4GB. One day a 4GB flash drive (in pink) arrived for me with the explanation that he loved me a lot more than 4GB.

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    Shanley says:

    my cousin offered to be a surrogate mother for my husband and i. I can’t honestly think of a more generous, sincere or unique gift than that.. her kindness and selflessness is absolutely overwhelming.

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    dwyer says:

    For my 30th birthday, my friend whose husband is a neon bender designed and executed a giant neon hot dog for my wall because (obviously) I love those meaty treats. Every time I turn it on it is as if there is a hot dog vendor right in my living room!

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    heather f says:

    my husband took me on a jet boar ride down the Rogue River for my 50th birthday. We spent the night at a rustic resort and then zoomed back the next day. it was a lot of fun.

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    Lindsay says:

    My Mum recently made my sister and I a pillow – on the front is an orange union jack (for our dutch/ British heritage) and on the back is a pattern made out of a pair of my Dad’s pants that I swear we thought he would never get rid of, this sort of 70s print elastic wasteband jeans. Anyways we thought it was hilarious and an awesome gift to have forever, and she included photos of Dad with us when we were VERY small wearing the pants, and then Dad just last year wearing them with us! Now the pants (and memories) live on indefinitely in our pillows.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    a tattoo that i had been wanting for years celebrating my cancer survivorship.

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    Margaret says:

    My favorite gift of all-time was homemade fortune cookies with sweet notes inside each one from my boyfriend. 🙂 Personal gifts always mean more to me!

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    shannon says:

    For my birthday last year my husband gave me a vintage Polaroid land camera, model 150.  It was mint condition, in its gorgeous leather case.  But the best part was tucked away inside:  pictures that were taken with it by its original owner in the 1960s.  They include photos taken at a bus terminal, a successful bear hunt, family photos, and my favorites – ice skating at Rockefeller Center in NYC.  I love the memories that this camera captured, but I wish I knew more of its stories.

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    Nicole Friedrich says:

    I just got the weirdest gift from my Dad..it’s some sort of foot rocker. He finds the oddest stuff and quickly assumes I MUST HAVE IT. Supposedly it helps with foot pain…we shall see!

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    Todd Robichaux says:

    My grandfather gave me his old fishingpole before he passed away and the “Diana” pictures remind me of a lot of the pictures we took together when I was younger.

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    Emma says:

    My grandfather’s oldest dog, seventeen at the time, gave me his chewed up tennisball one day when I was feeling blue and had a bit of a cry in my grandparents’ garden. Clearly, he wanted to give me something that always gave him comfort. The dog made sure I took it with me when I left, and waited anxiously at the door to ensure that it would not fall out of my pocket. I still have that tennisball somewhere. <3

    What a glorious giveaway! Thank you, BSP and UncommonGoods!

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    Diane says:

    My husband…who doesn’t do sentimental gifts. ever. Created the most amazing bag for me. It has beautiful pictures of my children on it. It may not be the most unique gift out there but it sure is to me. love it.

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    Keith Rush says:

    I started to get into cooking… mostly grilling. Last christmas, my awesome wife got me a collection of spices from all over the world.

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    Jacqueline says:

    It would definitely have to be the cement “Rhino baby” sculpture my dad gave to me two Christmases ago. It’s a black cement sculpture of an old fashioned baby doll’s head and in the center of its head is a rhino horn. When I unwrapped it I was speechless. My dad said it made him think of me. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not, but I love my Rhino baby.

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    Amanda Avutu says:

    One day a few weeks ago, my mom’s recipe box, like a telephone line into the past, arrived in the mail thanks to my sister. “Ma’s Butter Cookies” caution to cook for 10-12, adding in caps, with double underlining, WATCH! I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to go through those recipes–written on the backs of greeting card envelopes and receipts–to *hear* my mom’s voice, again. 

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    Courtney says:

    The most unique gift I received was a hollow pencil that’s made of wood (the lead sits inside), it was given by my aunt who’s always finding cool things, and I use it whenever I’m sketching outside. All I have to do is buy lead for it. The wood also smells very earthy.

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    Nicole says:

    My friend made me a handmade Totoro collage using papers from magazine! I always love handmade gifts the best, especially ones that are of the type that are reflective of my relationship with that person.

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    sarah marie says:

    it seems like Jacqueline’s dad and my dad would get along! my dad’s given me a lot of random christmas gifts (he tries to one-up himself, setting the bar high at a neon-light-up-martini-glass, and i love them all) but i think the large (really, very) palm tree candle holder with monkeys all around it is the most…um…unique.

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    Kathy says:

    My husband gave me a scooter one year for Christmas.

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    A typewriter for my birthday. I use it all the time, too!

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    hanna says:

    Ooh not sure. Maybe my ring I got a few years ago.

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    linda says:

    a pair of scissors from a friend…odd, huh?:)

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    Kahani says:

    my boyfriend recently gave me a great gift: an absolutely beautiful big vintage key (which seems even more romantic than jewelry to me because of its history and because it’s so unique), a framed typographical print that he made himself of my name in hundreds of different fonts (i love design and am notorious for calling out people who use comic sans), a great pocket-sized notebook (from the company semikolon because he knows i love grammar and punctuation), stunning lavender roses, and a sweet card. It was such an amazing present because it showcased our relationship and how well he knows me perfectly.

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    Tina_R says:

    My sister and her daughter’s sent me the bestest ever get well present. This was when I was recovering from a broken hip due to an auto accident in Mexico. (Large truck vs Pema GasTanker going the wrong way… guess who loses and who’s fault it is, even if the tanker is going the wrong way in your lane of traffic)

    I had to be in a type of traction for several weeks. Not enough books and not enough TV to keep me occupied. At that time I wasn’t knitting so didn’t have that to distract me. A few days after admission a HUGE box arrived from my sister. This box was full of small brown paper wrapped packages with notes on them. The instructions in the box indicated that the gifts were to be opened one a day. This became quite a game for the Nurse’s Aides and I. Since I couldn’t get out of bed, they would bring over the box and watch me choose and open one gift. The gifts were frivolous little things… games, puzzles, candy, books and other goodies.
    To this day (and this was quite awhile ago) remembering that gift still floors me. Especially knowing that my sister didn’t have a sitter at the time, so she took her daughter’ along as she scoured the stores. They were about nine and ten at the time.

    Funny I haven’t thought about this for a long time… hummmm mother’s day is coming sooner than I’ll realize so nows the time to start finding little goodies for her. There’s a few other’s I can think to surprise in this fashion. For example my older sister is fighting Ovarian Cancer. Yup this is a perfect way to give back to friends and family. Especially if they aren’t expecting any gifts (un-birthday gifts)
    Thanks for the opportunity to walk memory’s lane and to have that memory inspire me to bless others.

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    Annie says:

    For my birthday a few years ago, I received a book called “Happy Birthday or Whatever” by an author named Annie Choi. MY name is Annie Choi, and my friend had found this book ABOUT a birthday for MY birthday by a girl with the same name. It was so clever and thoughtful of my friend to give me such a unique gift. 🙂

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    Gali says:

    My father rarely buys gifts for anyone but the two gifts I remember most for the uniqueness came from him – both were hats. He knows that I like quirky hats (and with the weather in Helsinki you need them a lot) and so he got me this really random and warm monkey-faced hat that probably was aimed for 10 year old children and not 25+ year olds! And yet he knew I would love it and its uniqueness!

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    timi says:

    A few months into our relationship, I mentioned briefly that I’d really like to learn to knit or crochet, as my grandmother always used to but I never asked her to teach me before she passed away. My now-husband, who before this instance was not much of a gift person, remembered what I said and went to a knitting supply shop and pored over needles and yarn and accessories for ages, putting together a lovely basket of goodies along with a how-to book so I could teach myself to knit. It was a sweet and thoughtful surprise. Now I enjoy to crochet and knit, and think of him as I do. 🙂

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    Renee A. says:

    My oldest daughter gave me a binder ring holding pretty papers that each said something nice about me…what she loved about me,thanking me,etc. It was a very heartfelt gift that I loved and still love…personalized homemade gifts are the best!

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    julia says:

    A horse. 
    A beautiful grey thoroughbred named Miles for my 13th birthday. Well technically I bought him, but my parents supported me in my venture and certainly contributed more than their fair share. 
    Best present ever! 

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    Linnea says:

    My significant other gave me a weekend in a small northern Minnesota town to go dog sledding and snowshoeing. It is the perfect gift because the weekend will include all things that I love and am craving…dogs, crisp, fresh air, relaxation, and natural beauty. We are leaving tomorrow and I wish that I had this camera to capture moments from the trip.

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    Tiffany A. says:

    My grandparents gave a necklace made out of the diamonds from my mothers engagement and wedding ring. My mother passed away when I was 16 so it was so special and unique to have a piece of my mom with me on my wedding day!

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    Melinda K E says:

    A friend surprised me with a ceramic bowl she had custom made with pieces of a broken china plate that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. I think it was such a sweet gesture and by far the most unique gift I have received.

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    Sherry Schafer says:

    My husband of 8 months handmade, handstitched me a pair of moccasins. He started from scratch with a piece of leather. I was amazed. He spent so much time on them. I love them.

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    AmyB says:

    When I was about 7 years old my older brother made me a Gus-Gus (you know, like from Cinderella) toy out of pom-poms and felt. It was so out o character and I felt very special.

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    Kelley says:

    In college, I spent a semester abroad in Japan. When I got back, my fiance gave me a very special little journal. Every day during the five months while I was gone, he wrote a sweet little journal entry for me, mostly telling me about how much he missed me and couldn’t wait to see me when I got back. It’s one of the most precious things I have.

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    Kat says:

    The most unique gift I received was a surprise birthday party from my mum when I was little…now it wasn’t just an ordinary party, my mom bought several HUGE baskets of fruit that was in season, and held a fruit eating competition among my friends. It was absolutely fun and unforgettable!

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    Monica says:

    This giant green gummy bear! It was so cute and when you squeeze its belly it lights up. It was totally me. Sooooooooooo adorable and oh so perfect for my quirky lifestyle.

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    Jenni says:

    When my husband and I had first started dating, he made me a beautiful painting for our 6 month anniversary. He had created a stencil off of his ring-fingerprint and created a huge 4×6′ work of art in reds and blacks. It was his way of giving me something similar to a promise ring on a students budget. It still hangs in our kitchen, and is my favorite piece of art in the entire house.

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    Meg T says:

    I’m going to answer this one for my husband. When my husband was about 8 his grandma gave him Bill Cosby’s “Fatherhood” book. Unique and probably under appreciated at the time : )

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    Tara M says:

    When I was heading off to college my Dad gave me a toolbox. He had personally gone to the hardware store to fill it up, until then I think he had always deferred to my Mom for the gifts. He was so giddy giving it to me, you could see his pride. It meant a lot to me then and it still does in fact I still have it.

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    julie r says:

    My uncle paid for my plane ticket for my study abroad in college, one of the biggest expenses of the whole trip. I was and will always be incredibly grateful for helping me go on that once-in-a-lifetime trip! It meant so much to me.

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    Lauren P. says:

    For Christmas one year, my sister gave me a car safety kit. It included jumper cables, an oil funnel, gloves, rope, a blanket, a flashlight, and a folding shovel all stored in a bright orange bag with reflective triangle on the front. I was 21 at the time and rebuilding a somewhat difficult relationship with my 23-year-old sister. Strangely enough, I can’t imagine a better gift to show me she loved me than that safety kit. In the five years since that Christmas, we have grown closer and I’ve used nearly all the contents of my kit.

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    jane golden says:

    I was once given a coloring book  made specifically for me featuring myself, my dog and some of my favorite things. I also got custom crayons and a special note. Most unique gift I ever got by far.

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    Eryn Laviolette says:

    My parents wedding album. My Dad passed away recently so it holds an extra special place in my heart. Not to mention it is amazingly vintage and so much fun to look at!

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    Natalie Craig says:

    My boyfriend made me a side table for my birthday with a cement top and wooden legs. He even took measurements of my sewing machine so it would fit perfectly underneath.

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    Sarah says:

    i had an ex who had an eye for the bizarre (but usually lovely). he would always find the coolest/weirdest stuff for me. one of the most unique was a tramp art/found folk art piece.

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    Elizabeth says:

    The most wonderful and unique thing I’ve ever been given was a book that my husband made for me in order to ask me out.  We’d been friends for many years, but he used lots of pictures of us (and some he’d taken of me), handmade the paper (embedding pictures in the pages themselves!), typed it on a typewriter and bound it himself with ribbon.  It was a “story of us.”  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  

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    Christina P says:

    My then boyfriend painted wine bottles with CSNY quotes from songs that were personal to our relationship, filled the bottles with colored water and created LED lights for the bottles to sit on, placed on a shelf, and it lit up very nicely.  It was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten, I loved it and I still have it, even though its no longer up on my wall.  Saving it for the memories you might say.

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