This whole gift season thing can be a bit overwhelming. As if it wasn’t hard enough to find the right gifts, now we’re trying to be mindful about what we’re buying, where we’re buying it from, and who I’m buying it from! Enter my hunt for eco-friendlier gift ideas from Uncommon Goods.
Anything from their site is a great gift idea, but these are some extra sustainable gift ideas. Many are made from recycled, upcycled, or reclaimed materials. Others help reduce waste (in style of course)!
Gift Ideas from Uncommon Goods
These eco-friendlier gifts from Uncommon Goods are a fun way to support a company doing good as well as artisans around the world. Not to mention, some of these products are just too good. I won’t lie that I may just be picking out things I like and finding people to give them to! There’s nothing new there though!
What is Uncommon Goods?
Uncommon goods is similar to Etsy in that artisans can sell their products on the platform. The main difference is that Uncommon Goods vets all products and, I think, stores them to sell (rather than products shipping from artisans themselves).
One of the major selling points of the company for me is that they were one of the first B-Corp companies – businesses using their success for good in the world. You can read everything they tout in terms of sustainability and accountability here.
A few highlights though (in case you don’t have time for the whole list) is that they use recycled or sustainable materials when possible (and encourage artists to do the same).
They also opt for environmentally friendlier packing materials. They also have a give back program, donating $1 to a charity of your choice with every purchase!
I also love that you can read more about the artist on each piece sold on the site.
Unique Gifts from Uncommon Goods
A wife and husband team based in Georgia make these beautiful ceramic mugs. With a silicone lid you’ll be sipping your steamy drink in stylish, eco-friendly comfort!
Women in India sew reclaimed saris into beautiful pieces, including this scarf! Every piece is unique and you’ll be supporting female artists trying to lift up their communities and living standards!
Naturally dried and sterilized, the cherry pits in these pillows act as insulation. Warm them up in the microwave/oven or cool them down in the freezer to your desired temp. Then use like a heating blanket or hot water bottle to ease away pain!
Now that I understand “reclaimed,” I have a love and appreciation for any project that uses it. These cookbooks stands (in white and blue) use reclaimed wood. They have a lovely ledge and a sturdy stand. You can also put your phone or tablet on here to read while cooking!
These steamer bars from Uncommon Goods are where my gift-giving ideas research all started this season.These little bars sit on the floor of your shower and fizz when water hits them. They release essentials oils and soothing aromas into your shower. Each one last 3 showers and the set comes with the dish!
Based in San Francisco, this is a Nor Cal “local” artist!
Upcycled glass fragments are melded together into this beautiful bowl. Glass artist Mira Woodworth collects glass pieces to make into beautiful art pieces. Colors vary between each piece and there’s a silver version in place of the copper to match any decor!
Based in Sacramento, this is a Nor Cal “local” (and super Sacramento local) artist!
I’m a sucker for a good platter. This reclaimed wood platter is a beautiful counter or kitchen table topper. Sold with and without the recycled glass lid (handle made of salvaged, galvanized metal)!
One of four styles (this elephant one is adorable), these recycled glass nightlight offer an on/off switch and are the cutest way to brighten a dark bathroom, hallway, or a bedroom. It’s a thoughtful gift people can use again and again.
An industrial vibe with an sustainable edge, this tabletop is made from a wine barrel head with steel border and legs. It’s the perfect addition to any home that’s trying to appease multiple styles!
Music lovers and older gift recipients alike will love these upcycled 33 ½ record coasters to hold their drinks and keep tables protected. Each set has a different mix of covers and genres, so you can gift them to multiple people!