Disclaimer: UncommonGoods allowed me to choose several products to share with you in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.
G began giving me suggestions for Santa in July. So, while we’ve yet to experience Halloween, Daylight Savings, or Thanksgiving, Christmas has not been far from my mind for several months. It always seems to sneak up on me faster than I want, so I’m learning to start making notes of potential gifts when it’s still 90 degrees outside.
A few weeks ago, UncommonGoods reached out to me about helping them spread the word about their Christmas gift guides. After reading about who they are and taking a look at what they offer, I was more than happy to say “yes!” I found something for everyone on my shopping list — even Mr Boots, which isn’t an easy feat!
Who is UncommonGoods?
Founded in 1999, UncommonGoods provides a central location for artists and creators to market their products. In fact, half of what they sell is made by hand! The privately-owned retailer features unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items they carry are created in the USA, and about one-third of their collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.
In 2007, UncommonGoods became a founding B Corporation, which established an independent third-party certification of a company’s sustainability. The Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community.
Like I said, I found something for everyone at UncommonGoods. They’ve got a great selection of gifts under $50 for those who are shopping with a budget like I usually am. I kept G (4) and L (2) in mind as I narrowed down my wish list and chose the toys I kept getting drawn to.
These are made in Connecticut by a father-son team (yay USA!). The trucks are made out of Wood Plastic Composits, like the ones outdoor decks are made from. I was blown away at the quality of these. They’re made to last. Each truck is like a puzzle. The loose-fitting pieces make it easy for little motor-enthusiasts to take the trucks apart and put them back together.
Our local children’s museum has a huge metal wall that you can stick magnetic tubes and chutes to. A crank to the side pulls balls up the wall and drops them out the top, hopefully into the tubes and chutes. The boys love this activity, and I immediately thought of it when I saw this play set. And guess what? They love this! It’s definitely added a new element of fun to their bath time routine.
This puzzle is made out of FSC-certified natural beech wood, which means the wood is not illegally harvested, harvested in forests where conservation values are threatened, or from genetically modified trees. FSC-certified wood also has not been treated with hazardous chemicals, which is something to consider when giving young children toys. The boys can use the wooden animals in pretend play, stack them to make towers, or use the outlines in the box to piece the puzzle back together.
One of G’s favorite centers at preschool is getting to play with the Mr Potato Heads. I was thinking about getting one for him for Christmas, but I think he’ll have just as much fun (and maybe a little more) with this. He’ll be able to create robots, cars, aliens… I cannot wait to see what sort of creations G comes up with! It does come with small pieces, so it might be something he uses while L is napping.
You can check out UncommonGoods’ Christmas guide here. You can browse based on interest, kids, grandparents, price, etc. You can even create an account and make wish lists to keep track of all the gifts you want to give (or receive!).