Apr 28, 2012

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Uncommon Goods Gifts For Mom Review and Giveaway!

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Ah Mother’s Day, the one day a year we get to relax, do what we want, and feel the love and thanks of our family for all we’ve done! For those of you with little ones as young as SAP is (3 years old), mother’s day has yet to yield those results, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself something special! I know SAPsDaDa would treat me if he could, but he “never knows what I want”…. I think it’s a guy thing! So while shopping for gift ideas for mother’s day for my own Mother I decided to make a list for him of thoughtful gifts I would love myself, and realized that so many of my favorites I’ve been dying to get my hands on come from UncommonGoods.com!  Everything from their personalized jewelry to their unique wall art, there is something for every mother!

This Custom Fingerprint wall art is truly one of a kind!  Thinking perfect bridal shower gift!

I was first introduced to Uncommon Goods when I was looking into awesome kids gifts and reviewed their Constructive Eating set and Cate and Levi Purse Pal SAP loves!  Since then I got hooked window-shopping every week when I get their email newsletter in my inbox and read their uncommon knowledge facts, vote for their future products, and see what’s new in their store!  I’m usually a very simple person, but realized when I was able to choose my own Mother’s Day Gifts I had a very difficult time narrowing it down with so many great choices all in one place!  I  mean, when a company has not only unique items but also upcycled, recycled, and eco-friendly products all in one place, how is a mama supposed to choose?!

The Growbottle and Whiskey Stones were both wonderful Mother’s Day gifts made in the USA!

After much debate I chose a couple items I thought were very much “me”!  Uncommon Goods had a great selection of herb planters and one in particular stood out to me as fully “green”…the Growbottle!  Made from an upcycled wine bottle and with eco-friendly, non-toxic supplies like clay and wool,  you can grow your very own herbal garden!  Even better, the seeds offered are organic!  I choose organic basil since that is the herb I use most often throughout the entire year save for my herbs for teas, and now I will have my own little herb plant to take care of!

Made from an up-cycled wine bottle, this planter is truly eco-friendly and unique!

The instructions for set up of the growbottle were very easy and well illustrated, I was impressed at how simple everything was and how everything fit together so perfectly!  I had been worried about possible sharp edges on the bottle since it was cut in half but no need was warranted it was rounded and looked great set up!

All the pieces from the growbottle!  The instructions were very easy to follow and everything was well labeled.

The first couple weeks the growbottle just needs a warm area to sprout, so I have it displayed on my bed’s  headboard but intend to move it to our window sill come summer warmth.  It is great having something all my own, these days it feels like everything is shared with the daughter or hubby!  That’s my favorite thing about the growbottle as a mother’s day gift besides it’s up-cycled nature.

My growbottle on my headboard all set up!  I can’t wait for the seeds to start to grow!

The second “me” item I chose is a bit unconventional as a mother’s day gift, but I think is perfect for me and many other Moms out there!  Uncommon Goods carries a nice selection of what are called Whiskey Stones, which are basically soap stone used to cool off a drink instead of ice or plastic cubes.  I am an avid whiskey drinker but did a big no-no and kept it in the fridge to keep it chilled.  Wrong thing to do with whiskey!  The same thing applies with wines as well, wine just like whiskey should be stored at a cool but not chilled temperature for the best taste.

A very distinctive look, the Whiskey Stones will set you apart at the party, or just let you enjoy a glass at home!

Though not as often as I’d like the nights I get to relax after SAP finally falls asleep in her bed I grab a glass of wine to unwind and enjoy with a cutting board of cheese and crackers….yum!  When I saw the Whiskey Stones at Uncommon Goods I knew this was my answer to my whiskey and wine dilemma and the perfect gift for me for Mother’s Day:  something I would use often to enjoy my myself and the little time I get to myself!

The stones came with a nice bag to keep them in and I liked the little map of where they were made that was on the package!

The set came with 9 square soap stones in a small tote bag and I’m personally starting to think soap stones will become more commonly used in our household over regular ice!  Since receiving the stones in their nicely displayed box and prepping them in the freezer I not only have used them to cool my whiskey (now stored at room temperature instead of our fridge!), or a glass of wine at the end of the day, but also for regular drinks too from white grape juice to our make-at-home soda!  We like how they cool off the drinks but do not make them too chilly to drink, and best of all, don’t water down our drinks.  Another upside we hadn’t considered with the whiskey stones is that you don’t have to “make” them.  Ice has to be made, but the stones can just be put in and taken out of the freezer, there is less prep in them and so one less thing to do when cleaning the kitchen!

Nothing like a glass of wine to relax!  The stones worked great with my Wisconsin wine, chilled it without watering them down!

The stones are made from natural soapstone, so quite eco-friendly and non-toxic, perfect for a more natural family (it seems to be perfect for mine!).  My main worry about the stones was that they might crack our glass cups when dropped into the glass, but I have come to realize that is pretty unlikely to happen.  The edges of the stones are rounded and the soapstone is not too heavy, especially if the stones are put in before pouring your drink in the cup there is no worry at all!  It was an experiment to find out how many stones to use in a glass and know now a minimum of 2 or 3, so if you are drinking a small glass of wine they will take up a fair amount of room….fair reason to refill the glass when you are done!  Overall these worked great for our needs and the look they provide in our drinks gives it a more distinctive look I can’t wait to try out when company is visiting!

Thanks to Uncommon Goods I’ve had a great Mother’s Day even before Mothers Day, and I am looking forward to many years of happy mother’s days now with hubby knowing my “uncommon” taste in gifts!

What SAPsMaMa Loves About UncommonGood’s GrowBottle and Whiskey Stones:

  • The Growbottle upcycled an old wine bottle, so you are reducing waste and reusing!
  • Very unique, both products are very distinctive and show the personality of the owner!
  • Both products are non-toxic and use only eco-friendly substances
  • Both these products (as well as a majority of other Uncommon Goods products) are made in the USA!
  • Both gave me something I as a Mom can enjoy for myself, something every Mother needs every now and then!
  • I like Uncommon Good’s Commitment to the Environment and their Uncommon Mission!  I agree, sustainability does start with integrity in everything you do!  It shows!

Suggestions For Improvement:

  • I would love if Whiskey Stones were offered in other shapes as “Wine Stones” such as in heart or flower shape, perfect for the wine glass
  • I like how GrowBottle offers a replant kit if you need it, but I think additional seeds and nutrients would  be great for the herbs just in case it is needed.  A wider variety of organic herbs would be wonderful too so I could expand my collection!

Meet Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. At UncommonGoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures. We have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone.

UncommonGoods presents shoppers with an array of special features that make shopping at UncommonGoods an entertaining, convenient, and uncommon experience. These features include handmade goods, featured artists, uncommon knowledge, commitment to the environment and the better to give program.

Connect With Uncommon Goods

Website: http://www.uncommongoods.com/

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You can purchase any of the unique and great “uncommon” items from Uncommon Goods on their Website!

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Uncommon Goods would like to give one lucky SAPsMaMa follower a $50 Gift Certificate to their store to pick out your own unique Mother’s Day Gift!

You can win this great prize in our Green Your Mom Event between May 1st – May 7th with other awesome green products and sponsors to help you enjoy yourself as mothers this Mother’s Day!

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The product(s) provided for the review (1 GrowBottle and 1 set of Whiskey Stones) was sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. Text in italics is taken from the sponsor’s website or otherwise cited.  This giveaway is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Facebook in any way.
  1. I would love to try their products, they look awesome!

    • Oh my goodness! They make Wooly Willy ptleas!? I would have dropped dead from glee if I’d had this as a child I’m almost positive Wooly Willy magnet toys were what originally made me want to become an artist. Well, that and Lisa Frank folders!

  2. Wow! What a great review and giveaway! So much awesomeness to choose from!

  3. That grow bottle is so fun! I love uncommon goods. I always get so excited to flip through their catalog when I get it!

  4. oh how neat, I really like the grow bottle and can totally see myself having one.

  5. They definitely have some unique products! I love the little paper pots for holding tissues. Cute and functional!

  6. Teresha says:

    The grow bottle would make a very original gift idea!

  7. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love Uncommon Goods! Every time I look at their web site I find something new I want! LOL

  8. desiree says:

    those are unusual gift and would be fun to ha ve

  9. JR Pickett - Vicki Vix on rafflecopter says:

    I love the growbottle. I’d love to have a shelf of them in the kitchen with herbs. Love that it’s reusable and is an upcycled product. Neat idea. Great review. Thanks.

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