what to get someone who has everything

At some point during the holiday season, or perhaps a different joyous occasion throughout the year, I’m sure you have thought, “What to get someone who has everything?”  While this post won’t help with the holidays that just happened (unless you’re a really delayed gift giver, which if that’s the case, I’ve got you!), I’m sharing this post so you’re able to tuck this little secret into your back pocket for the next time you need to purchase a gift for someone who has everything.  Or for someone who may not have everything, but you’re totally lost in what in the world to get them.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to UncommonGoods.com.  I’m telling you, they’ve got the most unique gifts that you won’t find elsewhere and that are sure to please any recipient.  Furthermore, they’ve got a great mission.

At UncommonGoods, we’re working to change the way business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision we make. We’re steadily working to make UncommonGoods more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work.

Not only can you find an awesome gift, but you can feel good about it, too!  Their website is so easy to navigate.  It’s organized into 11 categories: gifts, fun, home, kitchen & bar, art, jewelry, women, men, kids, sale, and this just in.  Each of those categories then has tons of subcategories.  For example, if you click on women, there is an accessories subcategory with nine different options, there is a “by interest” subcategory with things like geek, cooking, business, and more, and then there is a “who are you shopping for” subcategory so you can really narrow down your search.  You could literally spend hours on the site just browsing!

Let’s take birthdays, for example.  Everyone has them, and most likely you celebrate with gifts.  There are 259 items in the birthday gifts category.  Here are a few that are my favorites:

  • Birthstone Wishing Balls: Not only are these gorgeous, but they come with 52 slips of paper for you to pause once a week throughout the year and record a message of hope or gratitude for you to insert in the ball.
  • New York Times Custom Birthday Book: This is a collection of the New York Times front pages from each year since your birth, personalized with your name and birth date, and preserved in a handsome library binding.
  • Construction Plate & Utensils: I know a certain little boy who would LOVE this!  This makes eating fun for little ones.
  • Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden: Keep your garden indoors and enjoy the beauty of flowers all year round with this easy to maintain kit!  Comes with certified non-GMO seeds in assorted colors.
  • My Cinema Lightbox: I actually received this as a Chanukah gift this year, and it’s SO much fun to create new messages!  (Check out my Instagram for some examples!)  It includes a total of 100 letters, numbers, and characters.
  • Birth Month Mini Dish: These gorgeous, stained glass bowls are handmade to represent each of the 12 traditional birthstone gems.

Another way to browse through the Uncommon Goods website is through the category of Anniversary Gifts.  HERE are my favorites:

  • Intersection of Love – Photo Print: Obviously I love this because it uses “Williams” as an example, but you could really get creative here and commemorate the moment paths first crossed with this intriguing, personalized art.
  • Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand: I think anything made from wood is nice, and this particular piece would give anyone’s kitchen a dash of rusticity.
  • Cheese & Crackers Serving Board: The “&” symbol makes this a perfect anniversary, wedding, shower, or engagement gift!
  • Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit: My siblings and I bought this for my parents a couple of years ago.  Succulents are low maintenance and the wood-framed garden is a work of living art.
  • Homemade Gin Kit: How fun to make your own alcohol!  They also have a homemade beer kit!  Definitely a fun do-it-yourself project for couples.
  • Lumen Oil Candle Shadow Projectors: This modern oil candle illuminates a tiny stainless steel tree, casting enchanting shadows on your wall.

My other favorite category to look through is home decor.  My picks:

  • 60 Hour Candle: Made from coiled beeswax, this candle is designed to burn longer than traditional shapes.
  • Deep Sea Sand Art: Bring a calming presence to your office with this desk sculpture that forms natural landscapes with sand. Simply rotate the glass ring and watch as delicate drifts of light and dark sand shift into deserts, mountains, clouds, rain, oceans and smoke, all ebbing and flowing into one another.
  • Personalized Mixtape Doormat: Relive the nostalgia of making a mixtape!  They have other personalized doormats, as well.
  • Blowing Leaves Copper Mobile: Mobiles aren’t just for kids anymore! This adds a nice touch to any home.  There’s also a beautiful butterfly mobile.
  • Recycled Glass Elephant Nightlight: The soft glow of this painterly nightlight illuminates a sweet scene of a baby elephant tagging along with its parent for protection against the backdrop of night. They also have flowers, owls, and sheep.
  • Cloudy Day Toilet Paper Storage: Everyone needs a fun way to store TP!

Aren’t these gifts so much fun?  They’re eclectic and can be found for any occasion.  I guarantee you can find something for your special someone that they don’t already have.  There’s also a wide array of price ranges to fit your budget.  Uncommon Goods is definitely my go-to for unique gifts!

What’s the most unique gift you’ve ever given or received?

~Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Foodie Gift Guide

I love love love shopping for people and deciding what to get them for the holidays.  Giving is definitely more fun than receiving for me, especially when I find something that I know they’re going to love.  However, some people are just downright hard to shop for!  You know the ones… They’re the ones who have everything and need nothing.  Know what the perfect solution is? FOOD!  Everyone loves food, and these items make the perfect gift for even the hardest person to shop for!  Giving food items is unexpected, and most of the time, my recipients aren’t familiar with these brands, which makes it all the more fun.

These are also perfect if you need to do any last minute shopping.  Buy it online, print out a card, and it will be delivered to their house!  So easy. Best unique gift ever.

The Foodie Gift Guide of 2014

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Note: This post is not sponsored. These are not affiliate links. I truly believe in these companies, spend my own money on them, and think they make great gifts.  I’ve gifted most of them already in the past!

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  • NatureBox: Deliciously fun, naturally easy snacks delivered to your door. This is a snack box subscription and you have the choice of gifting two months, five months, or ten months.  I love gifting subscriptions because it’s like the gift that keeps on giving.  Everyone eats snacks, and these are definitely not your typical snacks.  Plus, they’re healthy – bonus!
  • Sizzlefish: Pure natural seafood delivered to your door.  I gifted this to my brother and his wife for their wedding back in the summer.  They didn’t “need” anything else, and love cooking. Sizzlefish has several different options of fish such as the new product sampler, holiday sampler, or the paleo prime.
  • Perky Jerky: All natural, ultra premium beef or turkey jerky that contains NO nitrates, NO preservatives, and NO added MSG. All the boys in my family got this for gifts one year. There are four flavors, and none of them disappoint.  They make for a delicious, healthy snack.  And who doesn’t love jerky?
  • Blue Apron: Complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving, 35 minutes to prepare, pre-portioned ingredients to save time and reduce waste, easy to follow beautifully printed recipe cards. This is actually one company that I haven’t tried myself, but Lindsay and Courtney both reviewed it and I think it sounds like a really fun gift!  It eliminates the need to decide what’s for dinner, prepare a grocery list. or even go to the grocery store.  Everything you need comes to you!

And now for my peanut butter lovers…

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  • A Loving Spoon: Honey vanilla bourbon peanut butter. This stuff is RIDICULOUS!  It’s created by FitFluential Ambassador Sarah Kay Hoffman, so you’re also supporting a small business.  This stuff is the bomb.
  • NuttZo: The only seven nut and seed butter on the planet! This is the real deal.  It’s for the ultimate nut and seed butter lover.  It’s gourmet, and they have an amazing story, too.
  • PB CravePeanut butter with a twist. It comes in four mouth-watering flavors: choco choco, coco bananas, razzle dazzle (my favorite!), and cookie nookie.
  • Peanut Butter & Co.Ten cool flavors to savor that come in jars or on the go squeeze packets! Flavors: smooth operator, crunch time, cinnamon raisin swirl, the heat is on, white chocolate wonderful (my favorite!), dark chocolate dreams, the bee’s knees, mighty maple, old fashioned smooth, and old fashioned crunchy.

For the person who loves to have healthy, convenient snacks on the go in bar form:

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Or, you could put together a basket with any of the above items or below items:

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  • Love Grown Foods:  Their mission is to create incredibly delicious foods that are full of nutritional benefits and that are available to everyone, while educating kids, parents, and teachers on the importance of eating healthy. Three fabulous products: Power O’s: made navy beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils, Super Oats is a hot cereal blend that pack a SUPER nutritional punch and cooks in three minutes, Hot Oats make healthy eating easy, convenient, and affordable (single serve cup is full of flavor, fiber, and protein), and Oat Clusters is a gluten-free granola that is sure to satisfy! So many healthy options!
  • CocogoReal fruit hydration in a handle little package. It’s naturally flavored freeze dried coconut water that comes in grape, lemon-lime, and passion fruit. [Use code ITZLINZ for additional 10% off.]
  • Mamma ChiaSeed your soul. Mamma Chia makes vitality beverages, chia squeeze packets, energy beverages, and of course, chia seeds.  Chia seeds contain powerful antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3s.

There ya have it, folks! Something for everyone!  Make sure you check out their social media pages because many of the brands often run promotions or specials during the holidays which makes your job even easier!

What foodie item do you think would make a fun, unique, delicious gift?

what to buy an expecting mom and a baby

Hi friends!  I thought I’d write a post on what to buy an expecting mom and a baby based on my experience.  Since baby William is almost two months old, I’ve gotten a feel for what I’ve used and what I haven’t, and I thought it may be helpful to share.  Obviously this is my personal opinion, but I hope you find it helpful next time you’re shopping for a baby shower present or a gift for a new mom and baby.

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Gifts for Baby

  • Anything from the registry:  Us ladies make registries for a reason! If you do choose to stray, heed my advice below.  Either way, attach a gift receipt. It makes it a lot easier on moms during a time in their life when nothing feels easy.
  • Board books: I love setting these up in the baby’s crib or on his play mat for him to look at and be visually stimulated.  Babies get bored easily, so I change them often.
  • Cloth books: These are good when babies start moving more and wanting to touch. Anything with various texture will be most appealing.
  • Any books: Clearly I’m a teacher and think you can never have too many books! But itz true and books never go out of style or get old.
  • Rompers: All babies, boys or girls, look adorable in rompers. I received tons of onesies, but wanted something that resembled more of an outfit when I started taking William out. Rompers were perfect because they’re easy to get on and off, and they have easy access for frequent diaper changes (make sure that area does have easy access with snaps or zippers!). Also, I recommend sizes 0-3 months or 3-6 months because William only wore newborn sleepers and onesies at first.
  • Sleepers: If you’re going to buy clothes, buy sleepers (or rompers, depending on the season).  Sleepers that snap or zip are the easiest, especially for those middle of the night diaper changes. Buttons are cute, but a real pain and not very practical. I prefer cotton as I think itz the softest and most comfortable for babies new skin.
  • Activity Gym: (Check registry to see if they have a specific one they want!)  Babies can lay on these right away, and eventually have tummy time on them, as well (with supervision, of course).
  • Toys: Toys that don’t require batteries, that is.  Toys that are colorful and have contrasting patterns are best for newborns.  Some brands that I’ve grown to love are Whoozit, Lamaze, Taggies, and Sassy. I’m sure there are several others; those are just the one I’ve become familiar with over the last two months.
  • Sophie GiraffeItz a classic and itz adorable. Yes, itz a bit overpriced for what it is, but every baby must have one.
  • Wubbanub Pacifier: Not a necessity; I just think they’re super cute. I don’t let William sleep with his, but I do use it while he’s in his carseat as it stays in his mouth better as there’s a little weight on it with the stuffed animal.
  • Diapers and Wipes: I know itz not the cutest gift, but let’s be real – every baby needs a plethora of these and you can never have too many. For diapers, I would go with Huggies or Pampers as those are the only brands I’ve tried. For wipes, I would go with WaterWipes as you can use them right when you get home from the hospital as they’re completely chemical-free.
  • Monogrammed / Personalized Gifts: I personally love all of these, but obviously it would depend on if the couple is sharing the baby’s name prior to birth. Items we received that I love are a stool, mini-chair, towel, backpack, and duffle bag.  I received a tervis tumbler cup that read, “Itz William’s Momma” which I absolutely LOVE. Another fun unique gift I received was a personalized piggy bank, and the card had $5 of quarters taped inside to start him off.
  • Anything Homemade: Itz always special when someone you love puts their time into making something for the baby.

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Gifts for Expecting Moms

New moms don’t need much (besides lots of love and support!) in terms of materialistic items, so these are some breastfeeding essentials. Most of them I learned about only after I started nursing and needed to start pumping. Check with the expecting mother to see if she’s planning on breastfeeding, and definitely attach a gift receipt in case breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned or she doesn’t end up needing one of the items.

  • Milk Storage Bags: I used the Medela ones at first which were great because they were smaller in size when I wasn’t producing quite as much. Once my milk really came in (and I became a true cow), I’ve been using the Lansinoh bags. They’re larger in size and less expensive.
  • Quick Clean Sterilizing Bags: These are for the breastpump parts and bottles. I have the Medela brand, but there are others available.
  • Hands-Free Pumping Bra: Since I had to pump so much at the beginning, this was a must as pumping is not very fun. At least this holds the suctions in place and gives you access to your hands. I have the Medela brand and like it.

So, yes, itz all related to breastfeeding and pumping, but itz something I didn’t anticipate needing right away, so my mom had to go out and buy them for me. If you give them as a gift with a gift receipt, the new mom can always return them if they’re not needed.

william linz

Don’t be offended by my next list.  Any gift is very much appreciated, so I don’t want anyone to think I’m being ungrateful for something we received. However, I’m looking at it from more of a practicality standpoint and what we really needed prior to baby William’s arrival.  If you gave us one of the items on the next list, thank you. Itz the thought that counts, and your love and generosity is appreciated.

The following items are on the list due to the excess amount of them that we received. If they are listed on the registry, by all means purchase it.

What NOT to Buy an Expecting Mom or Baby

  • Onesies
  • Blankets
  • Bibs
  • Stuffed animals
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Anything for babies older than one year

As adorable as some hooded towels, onesies, stuffed animals, blankets, and bibs are… a baby only needs so many.  Plus, I do William’s wash very often as I don’t like to let his soiled items sit, so I could really get by with way fewer of the items than we have. Anything for babies older than one year just gets put in storage and who knows if I’ll remember to take it out when itz time. I’d rather have my essentials for a newborn first, and purchase items needed for older babies later. Plus, there’s always birthdays and holidays for that!

william newborn

photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography

What would you add to any of the lists?