When I worked in England and I don’t know if this is still the case now, but when it was your birthday, it was your responsibility to bring cream cakes to the office for everyone. While this seems to be a bit backwards, at least you were guaranteed to get a cake you actually like. This doesn’t seem to happen in America. Sometimes there is a monthly “birthday celebration" with a cake for the entire office, but nothing like those delicious real cream cakes of my memories.
Why am I going on about this? Well, I work in a big office and there are birthdays almost every week. I don’t buy presents for most people, but the couple I do
like buy for usually end up with alcohol. We’ve morphed into regular beverage connoisseurs. The problem is, you can get a little bored with the same old bottles of wine or gin. [No, really you can….]
This last Christmas, I was surfing the interweb looking for something alcoholy - but cool - as you do, and I came across the best website. Uncommongoods is a website selling handmade, recycled and organic products which contain no leather, feathers or fur. It may sound a bit like a hippier version of Etsy, but don’t be fooled. They actually have really great stuff and you can pretty much find something for everyone. For example, and going back to my alcohol obsession, I got these glasses for my lady boss. Yes, she likes a tipple too and her poison is gin. These were absolutely perfect, except maybe there's not enough gin. (*smile*)
|Great Gifts for Women|
Each item has information on where it’s made, how it’s made and who made it. Some items are made to order and have longer ship times, so you might want to check that out if you are ordering for a birthday and have a deadline.
Everyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for anything, anything, England-related and the more obscure the better. Not for me silly plastic items with a Union Jack sticker on it, no I want something with a bit of class!! My poor husband has to live with my obsession and England is slowly but surely taking over the house. I even buy him British things now and again and I found these beauties which will be great for our upcoming wedding anniversary, because I’m sure he can’t wait to get a few more London-themed items. [*sigh*]
|But who wouldn't want these coasters of London?|
You really should take a look if you want to be that "cool" person who gives the best gifts that everyone will want to use and not just put in the cupboard to re-gift later. Oh, and another nice touch...every shipment comes with information to obtain a free shipping label so you can re-fill the box with donations and send it off to a charity. See, the more you buy, the more you can donate! Can't ask for a better excuse than that, can you?
This post was sponsored by uncommongoods.com. The opinions are completely based on my own experience.