Uncommon Goods Giveaway

Let’s talk about Christmas gift giving for a second.

I know each family has different ways of handling Christmas gifts. Some buy for every person, some draw names, some just do a White Elephant (or Dirty Santa, or Yankee Swap, or a variety of other names.)

We have done each of those ways. It used to be that we got a gift for each person, and while I appreciate the thought behind that, it’s stressful. (I’m talking aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins here). Then we started drawing names, which was much easier…unless you drew that impossible person, then it was really stressful. If your only giving one gift it had better be awesome, right? In the last few years we started doing the white elephant, and I have to tell you…it is awesome. (Read about it here on Wikipedia if you have no earthly idea what I’m talking about.) It’s great because you just buy a gift without anyone in mind, just something useful or unique that people wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. And then you get to play a game around it, stealing gifts from your loved ones and making silent strategies with your spouse. I’m sure some of y’all think this sounds terrible and completely grinch-like, but I think it’s great.  Then again, gift receiving isn’t my love language…I’m an acts of service girl (if y’all haven’t read this book on love languages, order it now. Seriously, it will change your marriage.)

I say all of that to say that today I have a great giveaway from Uncommon Goods, which is a fantastic place to buy gifts…no matter how you go about it. They have really unique gifts…lots of handmade stuff and things you’ve never seen anywhere else. So instead of buying someone $50 worth of batteries or swapping gift cards you can get them something totally unique and awesome. You can provide the gift that everyone fights over and steals during your White Elephant.

Adam and I actually have to buy seven White Elephant gifts, plus stuff for the kiddos, so here are some of the things I’ve picked out…

(if you’re related to me you can stop reading now).

kinetic sand

This is kinetic sand, and I’ve wanted to play with it ever since I included it in an article I wrote for Houzz. It’s 98% sand, and the other 2% is some sort of binding agent that makes it not like sand at all. I think I might just get some…you know, for the kids.

floating cup

I’m not a big tea or coffee drinker, but I still think this mug is cool and would make a great White Elephant gift. I mean, it’s a floating cup with a built-in coaster. That’s awesome.

 fish tank garden

Adam and I don’t have any pets, and with two little boys I don’t think I can handle one. Except a fish…a can handle a fish. This tank would be great in my kitchen since it is also a aquaponics system and we could grow some fresh herbs within arms reach.

shower squid

If your house is anything like mine then you will think this is pretty neat…even though it looks crazy. You hang all your shower bottles from these “squid arms” and you don’t even have to remove them to use them. My kids main goal during a bath is to dump out as much body wash as possible the second I look away, but with this that couldn’t happen. It’s like money in the bank.

Urbano eco trash can

These little guys are trash cans. Big whoop right…a trash can. But these are built to also store those plastic grocery bags that live under your sink, so they are ready to go when you take out a bag. two birds, one stone. Now if only they came in more colors.

Ziplock candy dish

A glass candy jar that looks like a ziplock bag…how fun is that? I also think it would look great with a beta fish in it.

DIY girl jewelry

Okay, last one. For all you DIY girls..how about a handmade sterling silver level necklace? Or some stud earrings that look like screw heads? Bet you’ve never seen jewelry like that before!

Uncommon Goods has offered to give one lucky reader a $75 gift certificate so you can buy some Christmas gifts (for yourself or someone else – I won’t judge!) Use the rafflecopter below to enter, it loads a kinda slow but it should show up. (Sign in with either your e-mail or facebook and follow the directions on the widget.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, with every purchase you make Uncommon Goods will donate $1 to the charity of your choice.  Since starting this program (Better to Give) over 12 years ago they have donated over $700,000 to charities worldwide.

Now go finish your shopping :)

*I received monetary compensation in exchange for hosting this giveaway. 

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  1. jamie lynn says:

    we are not buying presents for each other this year (we’re all broke) but i pretty much want *everything* in your list above!! especially the jewelry at the bottom – how cool is that?! i’ve seen that ziploc bag candy dish thing all over pinterest forever and i’ve always thought it was cute. my father’s wife would love that. my brother would get a huge kick out of the sand. my dad would love that mug (we’ve always had a coffee mug thing). and my niece and my sister in law would love the fishbowl. there, that’s all my shopping! so you can see why i totally need to win this :) very awesome giveaway Ashley thanks for the opportunity!! :)

  2. I LOVE THIS POST AND GIVEAWAY! I found uncommongoods before Christmas last year and had so much fun getting unique gifts for my family. I’m excited for this giveaway:) Also, I love when I hear someone mention Gary Chapman’s book on love languages – my fiancé and I have both recently read it and it has made our relationship so much clearer. Our languages are so different and knowing what makes each of us feel loved has done so much just since we read it a few months ago. :)
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    • I had never heard of them before they contacted me to see if I wanted to host a giveaway, which surprises me, since it;s right up my ally. Thats what I get for always going directly to amazon.com for shopping!

      And yes, that love languages book is awesome! It really does clear things up…I didn’t even know I was an acts of service girl until I read that book. Adam is an acts of service person too, so we keep pretty busy doing things for each other.

  3. Hey Ashley! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I have entered several of these on other blogs and have wondered how I will find out if I am the winner…? I always seem to be logged in already. Do they send an email or something?

    • I always e-mail the winner to let then know they have won, and the winners name is also displayed on the rafflecopter widget after the giveaway closes.

  4. We have run the same gift giving gambit and for the last few years have landed on this solution; adults/family units buy for children 14 and under. Age 15+ does the White Elephant. It has worked out well and this year the ‘older’ little kids want to also do a WE. Cute.

  5. We do four presents for each other –
    1 = something hand made
    2 = something bought
    3 = a charitable donation
    4 = something yummy to eat

    works well every time x

  6. Wow, these are great ideas. We usually buy for the kids and parents, grandparents and then the siblings/spouses don’t buy for each other. Not sure what we will do this year though. We still haven’t decided!
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  7. Ashley, I just ordered the 4 Kinetic Sand for Xmas gifts. I can’t wait to get the package! I ordered an extra by accident…maybe I’ll keep it for our family. Love the level necklace!

  8. I saw that sand in the Brookstone catalog and I want some! Maybe even want that rubbery shampoo holder thingy which looks like it would be perfect in the shower that cleans the males of this house.
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  9. What cool gift ideas! I love them all! Thanks for the chance to win the gift voucher.

  10. These are awesome gifts! I love that squid, and the kinetic sand. Thanks for the great giveaway! This year I’m doing mostly DIY gifts, trying to keep it inexpensive, though costs can mount with those, too. We’ve cut drastically down on Christmas gifts over the years, and it’s been a good thing. Not just because of money, but also lowering stress, getting kids’ expectations more realistic, and putting more importance on family and shared experience back into the holidays.
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