Attention Razzle Frazzlers—we have big news! We’re doing our very first giveaway, just in time for holiday shopping season, and best of all, it’s with one of my all-time favorite companies: Uncommon Goods.
I first learned about Uncommon Goods when Brittney was the editor-in-chief of Surviving College and she ran a giveaway of the most awesomely nerdy HTML beer glasses. While I regrettably lost the giveaway, I’ve been hooked on the company’s adorable, quirky and unique items ever since, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when they contacted me asking to do a product review.
Since we’re foodies and amateur bartenders, we fell in love with just about everything from Uncommon Goods’ “Stocking Stuffer” collection, which just happens to include a ton of fun items for your kitchen and home bar, among other things (you can see the whole collection here). We couldn’t have been happier with the products they sent us:
Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag
Okay, how freaking cute is this? It looks like an unusually sturdy zip-top bag, but it’s actually an incredibly well-designed hand-blown glass bowl that’s as fun to look at as it is functional. It’s currently sitting on our countertop for leftover Halloween candy storage. [Buy it]
The Ultimate Cocktail Bar Tool
This terrifyingly awesome object is essentially the Swiss Army Knife for bartenders. It’s a ten-in-one tool that includes a zester, muddler, knife, reamer and channel knife for fruits; a jigger, stirrer and strainer for mixing and portioning, and of course, your basic bottle opener and corkscrew. Toss out any other bar tools you have—this baby is all you’ll ever need. [Buy it]
Fruit Keg Tapping Kit
Full disclosure, we actually haven’t gotten a chance to try this out yet. In case you were wondering, a good watermelon is pretty hard to come by in the middle of fall, but as per the item description’s suggestion, we’re planning to make some spiked cider and serve it from a pumpkin with this awesome keg tapping kit. Just cut the bottom to make a flat base, scoop out the insides, and stick the faucet through. Who needs one of those plastic drink dispensers when you can make yourself an all-natural one? [Buy it]
Popcorn Bowl with Kernel Sifter
While this might be a little too big to fit in a stocking, it’s definitely the bowl you never knew you needed. This glazed stoneware serving bowl comes with a removable slotted disc that sifts out those annoying little unpopped kernels from a bowl of popcorn. We just happened to have a few bags of microwave popcorn when we got the Uncommon Goods package, so we tried it out almost immediately. It really does work—not a single rogue kernel in the batch. [Buy it]
What I love most about Uncommon Goods is the company’s commitment to supporting artists and designers, as well as the environment. Half of their inventory is handmade products, and about a third of their collection utilizes recycled and/or upcycled materials. Uncommon Goods is a certified B corporation, which means they hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to employee wages, environmental impact, giving back to the community and other issues (for more info on B corps, you can read this nifty article I wrote for Business News Daily on the subject a few years ago. Uncommon Goods is actually one of the 81 founding B corps that started the movement back in 2007).
On top of all that, Uncommon Goods also works with several non-profit organizations, including RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International and Reach Out and Read. Through their Better to Give program, the Brooklyn-based company donates $1 of every purchase to the charity of the buyer’s choice, so you can feel confident that your money will support not only a hard-working artist or designer, but also an important social cause.
Want to shop Uncommon Goods this holiday season? Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 18. Good luck and happy shopping! This giveaway is now closed (winner). Thank you to everyone who entered!
Disclosure: Uncommon Goods sent us the products featured in this post in exchange for a review. We received no monetary compensation for this post. We were not required to do a giveaway, and voluntarily chose to give away a gift certificate out-of-pocket. Opinions belong to the author.