Tis the season for holiday shopping (at least amongst the forward-planners in our midst), and who doesn’t want impressively original gift ideas? Not that we don’t love getting and giving candles, but nothing really says “I love you” like dinosaur garden statues or logs that grow shiitake mushrooms, are we right? Thankfully, unique gift emporium UncommonGoods is here with these and more surprising offerings sure to amuse and delight everyone on your list. And the timing couldn’t be better, as UncommonGoods just introduced a new program called Uncommon Perks, whereby for $19 a year, customers can get free standard shipping on all orders through the site. Read on for our picks, and get shopping before all the good stuff is gone!
For the Quirky Gardener
Dino-philes and green thumbs alike will surely appreciate these steel garden sculptures, which were made by hand in Arizona.
Buy It! Velociraptor Garden Sculpture Set, $180; uncommongoods.com
For the Farm-to-Table Fanatic
Maybe your significant other takes an interest in micology, or maybe they like locavore dining. Whatever the case may be, this shiitake mushroom-growing kit, which is good for up to three years’ worth of fungi, is certain to please.
Buy It! Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit, $30; uncommongoods.com
For the Tequila Enthusiast
Those who appreciate a fine tequila will love this set of four reusable, hand-carved shot glasses made from Himalayan sea salt. Salud!
Buy It! Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, $28 for a set of four; uncommongoods.com
For the Sports Fan
Not fun: Scraping snow off your car in the dead of winter. Slightly more fun: Scraping snow off your car with a novel hockey stick snow brush. Perfect for the hockey-viewer (or player) in your life.
Buy It! Hockey Stick Snow Brush, $25; uncommongoods.com
For the Cat Fancier
Any friend of felines knows that cats need something to scratch on, and we’d rather it be this cute cat-sized laptop scratcher than the new couch.
Buy It! Laptop Cat Scratching Pad, $35; uncommongoods.com
For the Avocado Toast Addict
No ugly brown avocado halves to be found here! These specialty kitchen items are made from BPA-free silicone and ensure more efficient avocado storage. The pit pocket can conveniently be pushed in or out depending on which half you’ve saved.
Buy It! Avocado Huggers, $7.95 for a set of two; uncommongoods.com
For the Animal Lover
Animal enthusiasts (or anyone who appreciates the cuter things in life) will go wild for this beginner-level felting kit, which provides materials and guidance for making 2-3 tiny, adorable wool hedgehogs. Thoroughly aww-inducing.
Buy It! Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit, $20; uncommongoods.com
For the Beer Drinker
Exalt six packs with these peel-and-stick magnetic strips, which adhere to the ceiling of your fridge and allow you to store bottles of your favorite brew up high. Not only do they free up precious refrigerator real estate, they look pretty darn cool.
Buy It! BottleLoft, $38; uncommongoods.com
For the Eco-Conscious
This ingenious solar-powered charger is portable and powerful — it’s around the same size and weight as an iPhone and delivers a full charge in two hours. It also emits light for up to 150 hours, if you please. And for each purchase, the makers of the device will give one solar-powered light to people in areas of the world without electricity. Now that’s illuminating!
Buy It! Solar-Powered Charger & Light, $59.95; uncommongoods.com
For the Friend Whose Phone is Always Dying
For those in perpetual need of a phone charger, this bracelet is a game-changer. Its long-lasting lithium battery charges up to 50 percent in 40 minutes — not to mention it makes a good-looking accessory!
Buy It! Phone-Charging Bracelet, $149; uncommongoods.com
For the Humorist
The jokester in your life will find endless amusement in this Bluetooth-connected, banana-shaped wireless handset, which is designed to take your cell phone calls sans radiation exposure. It’s USB-rechargeable and made from recycled plastic for maximum appeal.
Buy It! Bluetooth Banana Phone, $40; uncommongoods.com