Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Uncommon Christmas gifts ideas and $25 Uncommon Goods gift certificate giveaway

Do you struggle with getting unique gifts for those on your list? Well look no further than this post today for some great ideas! The wonderful people at Uncommon Goods not only let me try out a few of their products, but also are offering a giveaway- teamed up with little ol' me! (See bottom of the post for more details!)
If you are in search for some unusual or uncommon gifts, look no further than Uncommon Goods, where you can find some awesome Christmas gifts here. Don't forget about those stocking stuffers either- get great stuffer ideas here. Or, if you're like me and on a budget, see here for their gifts under $50.
Now here are my picks for some great uncommon gift ideas:

Uncommon Gifts for the Uncommon People on your list
If you're like me, you have certain friends and family that seem to have EVERYTHING. When the holiday season comes around- you are stumped at what to get them. Well, I have a few ideas to help save you during this already-stressful time of year!

For the at-home bartender:
Mixology dice

Click here to get Uncommon Goods Mixology dice.
These are perfect for those who love playing bartender at gatherings or parties. My husband and I are often stumped at what drink to mix up when friends are over (besides the classic wine and beer), so this product struck me as a wonderful helper! Your mixologist friend will surely be excited to try these dice out- whether they are an amatuer or a seasoned bartender. Pair up with a hard liquor of your choice, and you have the perfect gift for that future or at-home bartender.

Mixology dice

Mixology dice

The first drink I made using the Mixology Dice was a honey vanilla-vodka with peach cocktail- tasted great!:
my first roll of the Mixology dice

end resulting drink from using Mixology dice

How the dice work:

Other gift ideas for the bartender:
Whiskey & Rum Making Kit- $25-$75
Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool- $39.95
Molecular Mixology Mojito Set- $30
Whiskey Taxonomy Glass Set- $45
Beer Pop Chart- $35

For the aspiring writer:
642 things to write about book

Click here to get Uncommon Goods "642 Things to Write About" book.
As a blogger, I often find times where I need a little creative writing inspiration. I have a LOT of friends and co-workers who are writers, so this book is a perfect gift for them. It is filled with writing prompts that just help you really think and/or get creative. Sometimes you need a little boost to get your creative juices flowing, and this book certainly helps with that. Pair it up with a pretty pen, and you have your holiday gift in the bag for that novelist-in-training you know.
Here is a little taste of some of the prompts in the book:
642 things to write about book inside

Other gift ideas for the writer:
Storymatic game- $29.95
My Life Story so Far- $28
Calligraphy Starter Kit- $35
Pocket Bookbinding Kit- $28
Literary Scarves- $42
(or for the artist who draws better than they write): 642 Things to Draw-$17

For the foodie:
3 tiered foldable bowl

Click here to get Uncommon Goods 3-Tiered Twist and Fold Bowl.
This bowl(s) is honestly one of the coolest kitchen containers I've come across. I always complain I don't have enough cabinet space for all the cute kitchen dishware, but this little baby is perfect to deal with that dilemma- it folds up! So cool! Whether you need to entertain or store your fruit in your kitchen, this great product is perfect to save you space. If you have someone on you Christmas list that is a foodie or the hostess-who-is-the-mostest, this gift is for you.
It collapses down to this:
3 tiered foldable bowl

Check out how it works:

Other gift ideas for the foodie:
My Family Cookbook- $35
Foodie Dice- $24
Salts of the World Test Tube Set- $40
DIY Granola Kit- $35
Italian Cheesemaking Kit- $29.95

Bonus gift idea: Great gift to give to your mother or daughter- Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set, which you can pick up here. This wonderful product helps the Mother/Daughter bond to grow by sharing letters between each other.

So, has this given you some ideas for Christmas gifts for your hard-to-buy-for friends and family? If none of these fit those on your list, be sure to check out all of these products and MANY other uncommon but totally awesome Christmas gifts here at Uncommon Goods.

But before we get to the giveaway, here's a little insight into the Uncommon Goods company.
Uncommon Goods is a privately-owned retailer, based out of Brooklyn, NY, that strives to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand! Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. If you're a local artist or designer, they have various events and design challenges here that you can get your work out into the marketplace, or if you need help to improve and develop your artistic business, you can check out their How to Make It events panel series here. I also love that this independently-owned company is proud to donated $1 to the non-profit of your choice with every purchase you make, through their Better to Give program here.

Now, without further ado- here is how YOU can win a $25 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods.
Entries are done through the Rafflecopter below. 

$25 Uncommon Goods Gift Certificate giveaway!

The Must dos: 
You MUST like both Uncommon Goods and Madcap Frenzy (my blog page) on Facebook for your entry to count towards the giveaway- use the Rafflecopter below, so we know you liked us through the giveaway! (If you've already liked us, just check off that from the Rafflecopter below).

Extra chances to win:
You can get extra chances to win by-

  • Following Uncommon Goods and Madcap Frenzy on Twitter
  • Tweeting that you entered the giveaway 
  • Answering a question through the rafflecopter- What is the best Christmas gift you've ever recieved?
  • Or leaving me a comment on my blog (on this post)- What would YOU get from Uncommon Goods if you won the gift certificate?
Please feel free to stop by every day to tweet the giveaway for more chances to win. If you've entered, please share with your friends and family- who knows- if they win, they just might get YOU a gift from Uncommon Goods with their gift certificate. ;)
The giveaway is only up for a week- ending next Tuesday at 11:59 PM EST- so it will be a Thanksgiving present to you if you win! The winner will be notified by personal message/email. Good luck! 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Uncommon Goods and start your Christmas wishlist, pick up Christmas Gifts here- especially those that are under $50 here, or stuffing those stockings here. They are the perfect place to get gifts for those very uncommon people on your list. ;)

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Uncommon Goods for these awesome products and their fantastic giveaway- I hope you find their company as inspiring as I do!
Have a great day!


  1. What a great giveaway! I love this because I have a boyfriend that is proving difficult to shop for. I have NO idea what I'm going to get him for Christmas. This might just be the answer to my problems!

  2. I would get the Himalayan salt shot glasses.

  3. I'd get the Italian Cheesemaking kit for my hubby.

  4. I'd get the Stemless Aerating Wine Glasses - Set of 4.


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