Here’s to all the extra plates of cookies, extra comforting hugs, and extra helpful advice we get from our grandparents. Now it’s your turn to show those holders of infinite wisdom (and, it seems, infinite candies) that you care. We put together a list of presents that’ll guarantee a good face-smush or cheek-pinch in appreciation.
These days, brewing and distilling industries are experimenting constantly, so it’s hard to keep track of a beer or whiskey lover’s favorites. Today, it’s this saison beer and that high-rye bourbon—but next week it’s that single-hop IPA and this small batch Islay single malt. The last thing you want to see at gift-giving time is that polite smile that says the hooch you chose is so three weeks ago. Surprise them with a gift they didn’t see coming instead. Something to elevate their drinking experience, or express their passion for their beverage of choice—like the 14 beer and whiskey lover gifts below.
Red and green? We’re campaigning to change Christmas’ official colors to red and white. Show the wine lover on your list that you appreciate their generosity—and their generous pours.
Whether you’re meeting the parents for the first time or the twenty-first, it’s never easy to know what, exactly, you should present as your holiday offering. A bottle of wine, while delicious, can be impersonal. A matching set of holiday sweaters? Too personal. To hit that yuletide sweet spot, look for something that’ll bring tidings of comfort and joy to their home. Wrap it up, present it with confidence, then gather around the table or fireplace to enjoy the reason for the season: loved ones coming together.
Skillfully cutting found aluminum cans into sequin-like disks and positioning them in beautiful art doesn’t sound easy. Make that art about four feet wide and construct it in the back of a van, and you’ve got yourself a whole new challenge. That’s what Hannah Dreiss and Nemo do when they create their Recycled Aluminum Moving Mosaics. When they’re not using their van as a studio, they’re literally taking the show on the road. They travel with their pieces from art show to art show, calling their van/studio home sweet home along the way. Read on to find out how cans became their main medium, how cancer brought them closer together, and how their favorite things about #vanlife.
Good news, super Santas! You don’t have to go broke nabbing gifts that your loved ones will appreciate this holiday season. Here at UncommonGoods, we’ve got plenty of impressive wares priced at $50 (or less), and we’ve collected 14 of our favorites here. Whether you’re on the lookout for something edible, play-with-able, or merely functional, we’ve got a good that fits the bill… and then some. Read on for more.
We don’t have to tell you that teenagers go through a crazy roller coaster of changes. They’ve bid farewell to the “little kid” years and they’re on a quest to find a voice (and, perhaps, the #perfecthashtag). This period of self-discovery is really awesome and we’re all about encouraging individuality. So we hand-selected 20 of our coolest items for the savvy, curious, and fun-loving teens in your life. These gifts aren’t just Instagram-worthy keepsakes, they’re also little stamps of uniqueness during this holiday season and beyond.
She’s a master of mindfulness, an arbiter of incense, a face mask aficionado. She’s your most wellness-obsessed friend—and thanks to all the gift choices on our list, you can easily add to her self-care stockpile. Let’s do a few deep, cleansing breaths…and let the shopping begin.