Gift Edit 2023

20 Unique Uncommon Goods Gifts Guaranteed to Wow Your Giftees

published Sep 28, 2023
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Happy holidays! This feature is part of Apartment Therapy's Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Is there anything better than surprising someone with a truly unique gift? While it’s a treat to see the joy someone gets out of a surprising gift, finding those gifts is easier said than done. However, there’s one place that has a knack for rounding up fun, quirky, and unique gifts that always get people excited: Uncommon Goods. One of our favorite places to source everything from a fun gift to a unique kitchen gadget you never knew you needed, Uncommon Goods is a retailer you should always keep on your radar — especially around the holiday gifting season. To give you a little taste of what you can expect to find, we rounded up 20 of the best Uncommon Goods gifts sure to impress your next giftee. From unique personalized finds to fun classes, we’re confident you’ll find a great gift for someone on your shopping list — and don’t be surprised if you end up picking up something fun for yourself, too.

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Shopping for the book-lovers in your life can be hard, but with this book nook you’re sure to make any reader's day. This bedside accessory features a dedicated spot for their book (open to the page they're on!), reading glasses, beverage, and phone for an organized display they’ll love returning to night after night.

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Part sports memorabilia, part functional home decor, the MLB Stadium Sculpture Candle is one our favorite gifts for sports fans. Topped with a laser-cut wooden replica of the stadium of your choice, this candle — aptly named “Field of Dreams” — smells like a breezy day at the ballpark with notes of eucalyptus and citrus.

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For a unique take on the annual advent calendar, pick up the Through the Window Puzzle Advent Calendar. This fun find lets your recipient enjoy a daily mini puzzle that features images of family holiday traditions. The best part? All 24 puzzles can be placed together to great one cozy winter image!

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One gift that I personally can’t wait to gift this year is this luxe olive oil dipping set. With a bottle of artisanal Spanish olive oil, a gourmet oil dipping spice kit, and two snack plates, it’s perfect for anyone who loves a good tapas night.

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Help your giftee find their peace with this customer-favorite floral arranging class. The 90-minute class is led by expert floral artist Nsombi Woodson and will leave your loved one with the most beautiful bouquet and some skills they’ll be able to keep forever.

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If you have someone on your shopping list that’s looking to hit all 63 U.S. parks, this bucket list water bottle is the perfect thing for their next adventure. Made of stainless steel, this powder-coated bottle features a laser engraving of every park and comes with matching stickers so they can decorate the bottle after visiting each park.

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Looking for a personalized gift for the game-lovers in your life? This wood-cut “four across” game is the cutest way to go. What better gift for a couple could there be than to have their names and an important date carved into a classic two-player board they can pull out each game night?

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Pet parents wear their love for their furry friends on their sleeve — and now they can do that literally. This custom sweatshirt features an embroidered picture of their pet (simply upload a picture of Fido and you’re set) that’ll sit across their heart for an especially sweet gifting moment.

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A gift any wannabe drink connoisseur is sure to get a kick out of, the Home Bar Hero: Mixology Class will instantly up their cocktail game. This 90-minute class is hosted by one of Brooklyn’s most engaging mixologist, Amy K, where she’ll teach your recipient how to make three craft cocktails with our Flavored Simple Syrup Set: a Cucumber Chili Margarita, a Left Hand, and a Gimlet. Talk about a spirited gift.

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Perfect for the football fan in your life, the New York Times Custom Football Book is a hard gift to beat. Bound in a gorgeous library binding, this book features a collection of New York Times articles covering their favorite NFL team through the years so they can retrace the history of the team as they flip through the historic pages of the NYT’s archive.

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That friend who always orders their food extra-spicy will get a kick from having 12 days of heat. Like all great hot sauces, these have specific flavor profiles and funny names to match (Psycho Curry, Oh My Garlic, and Habanero Evil are our faves), and they may help someone on your list discover their next favorite sauce!

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Have someone in your life that’s both a foodie and a history buff? We found the perfect gift. Each month, this fascinating recipe subscription series delivers replicas of real handwritten recipes from some of history’s biggest figures including George Washington, Emily Dickinson, and Rosa Parks, for a gift that’ll have your giftee checking their mailbox with glee.

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Finding fun stucking stuffers for kids always feels harder than it should be. Make your holiday mission easier this year and pick up this artistic stocking stuffer set. What do you get with it? Each collection comes with a kids' drawing passport, a DIY eraser kit, a sunprint kit, scented colored pencils, and a set of adorably designed rainbow tattoos.

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No access to a campfire? No problem! This chic little s’mores kit comes with everything your loved one needs to (safely) enjoy the tasty treat anytime, anywhere. Complete with a stylish handmade base, stainless-steel skewers with a glass to store them, a roasting pit, and a snuffer for when they're ready to put out the flame, the only thing left to do is pick up some chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

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Looking for a fun DIY gift for kids? This ornament advent calendar lets the little ones in your life count down to Christmas by making a new ornament each day. At the end, they’ll be left with 25 new decorations they’ll look forward to hanging year after year.

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Drinking coffee is often a rushed process as you hurry to get out the door, but this Nibs & Sips virtual event will force your gift recipient to slow down and truly appreciate two of the most important substances that most of us take for granted. With this experience gift, they’ll get a curated selection of chocolate bars and coffees, and they'll get to enjoy each one while learning about their distinct flavor profiles. Delicious, indeed.

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A fun stocking stuffer for the zodiac-lover, these star sign socks will keep your favorite astrologist cozy all winter long. Available in all 12 star signs, this set is made from a breathable bamboo for an especially comfy find they’ll love throwing on as they make their way through the next Mercury retrograde.

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Want to introduce your little one to the wonderful world of guitar? The Loog guitar (and this Learn to Play Acoustic Guitar set) is the perfect place to start. Beloved by parents, rockstars, and kids alike, this guitar is about the same size as a ukulele and features an adorable design that comes bundled with flashcards, an app, and free video lessons. An innovative way to teach guitar, the Loog has only the first three strings of a regular guitar (same strings, same tuning); it teaches traditional finger placement that can be easily applied to a six-string guitar, which is something sure to excite kids as they get older.

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No one likes a cold cup of coffee, so make sure they never have to deal with one ever again with this self-warming mug. Complete with a gold-plated stirring spoon, all they have to do is place the ceramic mug on top of the smart base and their coffee will stay perfectly warm for up to six hours! Best of all, the heating pad features a zero-gravity switch, meaning it only activates when the mug is placed on it for added safety.

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If you're looking for a real conversation starter for the music-lover in your life, going outside of the box may just be your best bet. This vertical record player not only suspends discs at a nearly 90-degree angle (turning their favorite music into a work of art), but it also houses an FM radio (with alarm!) and anterior notch that's perfect for displaying the album cover as you spin.