Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace featuring unique goods with story behind every product. Their mission is to seek out artisans working in a developing, emerging designers and seasoned artists who make each of their pieces by hand. I’ve long been an admirer and shopper of Uncommon Goods for interesting gifts for friends and family, and today I’ve featured some of my recent favorite picks that would make great gifts (see above).
With the hubby and my 7th anniversary next week, I’ve been looking for copper and/or wool gifts, which are apparently the things you’re supposed to buy to commemorate the occasion (too bad he already owns Moscow mule mugs — d’oh!). Luckily, Uncommon Goods had some anniversary gift ideas.
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ONE: NESTING LOTUS BOWLS, $340 // TWO: MULTICOLOR OMBRE STEMLESS WINE GLASS SET, $85 // THREE: HANDCARVED WOODEN COOKBOOK STAND, $79 // FOUR: EARTHENWARE COOKER, $54 // FIVE: PINEAPPLE TUMBLER, $35 // SIX: HIMALAYAN SALT PLANKS WITH GRILL TRAY, $50
Of course, I can’t do a little internet shopping without finding something for myself, and I fell in love with this donabe, or Japanese earthenware cooker ($54), and just had to try one out for myself. I’ve long lusted after a clay pot to call my own because I absolutely love crispy rice dishes and eggy Korean bibimbap made in pots like these.
When my cooker arrived, it came with a little page providing instructions on how to season my new little pot correctly (it involves cooking up a very sludgy congee) and information about Iga, Japan, where my donabe was made. Uncommon Goods is committed to offering goods from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner, and I could feel it in the rough-hewn, handmade feel of my cooker.
Another thing to note about Uncommon Goods is its commitment to giving back. When I went to check out and pay for the gifts I’d gotten for the hubby (and me), I noticed its Better to Give Program, which allows customers to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from Uncommon Goods at checkout, such as RAINN, Women for Women International and American Forests, to name a few. How cool is that?!
As for a recipe to make in a donabe, I’ll publish exactly what I made in my donabe tomorrow, but I drew inspiration from this Bon Appetit recipe.