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Shopping is time-consuming and stressful, so it’s no wonder many of us often default to buying generic, unmemorable gifts just to get the whole process over with. We’ve all been guilty of it, and part of the reason is the dearth of unique options that live in one, easily shoppable place.
UncommonGoods, the online shop inspired by the founder’s experiences roaming craft fairs and trade shows, highlights the best of independent makers from around the world. Selling thousands of unique products, it’s one of the few places we know we’ll always find something cool for our loved ones, whether they’re hungry home cooks, die-hard sports fans, or classic old souls.
If you see a lot of gifts from the site that you like, or you think you’ll shop UncommonGoods beyond the holidays for other gifting occasions, sign up for its Uncommon Perks shipping program. Shipping prices ordinarily start at $ 4.95 and depend on your order value and desired shipping speed, but this $ 19 annual membership will get you free standard shipping on all US orders, regardless of order value.
Before you dive into the treasure trove that is UncommonGoods, check out our 30 top picks from the site first. These gifts are far from ordinary.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
A beautiful and unconventional puzzle
If regular puzzles just aren’t challenging enough for them, these nature-inspired ones exercise their brain in new and exciting ways.
A pair of lamps made for long-distance relationships
Everyone is busy these days, and it’s not as easy to keep up with loved ones as we all wish. A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you’re still thinking of them even when you don’t have time to talk. Our editor uses them to keep in touch with her parents.
A very exact cutting board
A perfectionist’s cheese plate cannot be arranged without this cutting board, which ensures precision and guides serving sizes.
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