Random Gifts of Fun and Joy: A Gift Guide and Giveaway

Posted on | December 3, 2013 | 27 Comments

It’s about this time of every year when all the insane holiday shopping starts. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and millions of gift guides. It’s just too much. The point of the holidays is family, friends, food, cocktails, love and laughter. Gifts should simply be an extension of that. Let’s not over think it, folks. They don’t have to be expensive or huge. I’m a fan of gifts that surprise and delight the receiver. That’s really all a gift needs to do. So I present to you: Random Gifts of Fun and Joy.

I was contacted by the lovely people at Uncommon Goods which is an amazing company headquartered in my very own home of Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been a fan of Uncommon Goods for as long as I can remember, so when they asked me about working together I jumped at the chance. My mom got the catalog when I was growing up and I would marvel at all the unique novelties. As a business, Uncommon Goods is one I am proud to support and to feature here. They make a point of featuring artists and designers, half of their products are made by hand, a third use up-cycled or recycled materials and almost everything is made in the USA. Wow. It’s always refreshing to see a company that is striving to make a positive impact in addition to turning a profit. (Are you listening, Wal-Mart?)

Besides being a thoughtful company, they also sell really interesting, whimsical things. In fact, they specialize in the exact type of holiday gifts I have been talking about.. In fact, they specialize in the exact type of holiday gifts I have been talking about. The kind of gifts that are just delightful to give and to get. So, when Uncommon Goods offered to send me some of their products, I decided to select my favorite things from their gifts for $50 and under.. These are perfect for anyone on your list and I’ve included my own unique way to instantly personalize them. You know, if you feel like you want to go the extra mile.

And now for the fun part: Uncommon Goods is giving one lucky Old Sweet Song reader a $50 gift card so you can do some of your own holiday shopping. They have a great selection of stocking stuffers. Or screw it and get something for yourself. No judgement.

Here’s how to enter:

- Join the Uncommon Goods mailing list
- Leave a comment here weighing in on your favorite item from my picks.

I’ll be selecting a winner Friday, December 6th. Good luck, y’all!

A huge thanks to Uncommon Goods for sending me these products free of charge so I could try them out myself before recommending them to you.



27 Responses to “Random Gifts of Fun and Joy: A Gift Guide and Giveaway”

  1. carina
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    I love that glass zipper bag, I would totally put dog treats in that baby!

  2. Mergie
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    I love them all but if I were to choose one, it would be that unicorn cup. I need that cup in my life.

  3. Becca R
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    Love the flavor infuser water bottle!

  4. meredith
    December 4th, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    The flavor infuser water bottle is so on my list too!

  5. Leslie
    December 4th, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    My favorite item from your picks is the glass zipper bag. It is so unique!

  6. Keiley
    December 4th, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    The city map glasses: I can get drunk and learn about different cities!

  7. leathergal
    December 4th, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    love the glass zipper bag and the city map glasses:)

  8. Sarah
    December 4th, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    The Unicorn Mug of course!

  9. lauren
    December 4th, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    uncommon goods is one of my favorite places to grab a gift! out of your picks, i love the glass zipper bag the most…it would fit in perfectly on my desk! :)*

  10. Karen
    December 4th, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I’ve had that zippered glass bag pinned for months! Also loving the city glasses.

  11. Julie
    December 4th, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    glass bag
    thanks for the giveaway

  12. Sally D
    December 5th, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    Oops. I misunderstood. I would pick the map glasses from your list.

  13. Leandra Allmon
    December 5th, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Bulleit Bourbon!!

  14. Rachel H
    December 5th, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    The map glasses are too cool!

  15. ashley
    December 5th, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    definitely that dang unicorn cup. it’s weighing heavily on my mind.

  16. Andrea
    December 5th, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    You did good. I’d love that mug and some awesome tea bags. MMMmmm tea.

  17. Jessie
    December 5th, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    You had me at bourbon. (The glasses, obviously)

  18. Anton
    December 5th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    The glasses, as long as they come in Belfast and Portadown varietals.

  19. Emilie
    December 5th, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    I really like the flavor infused water bottle

  20. Nadia
    December 5th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    I love Uncommon Goods! My fave is the zipper bag (and accompanying M&Ms of course).

  21. rachel
    December 5th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    I like the Stumptown coffee.

  22. Wehaf
    December 6th, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    Nothing better than a rainbow unicorn mug, my grandmother always used to say!

  23. biddy
    December 6th, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    How couls you not love that glass bag? And those glasses! Ah heck I just love everything on uncommon goods!

  24. Nora
    December 6th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    I’ve been eyeing that flavor infused water bottle. I’m into that idea!

  25. Jennifer
    December 6th, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    I need that unicorn mug for my tea RIGHT NOW.

  26. Darren
    December 7th, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    city glasses! those are perfect for anyone.

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