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    UncommonGoods Gift Guide For College Students

    November 17, 2016 Amanda Cross 7 min read
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    Disclaimer: My lovelies at Uncommongoods sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

    Can you believe that next month is December? It's almost time for the most magical time of the year, Christmas! With Christmas around the corner I thought I would get a heads up and post my very first gift guide of the year. We all want the very best presents right? Even if you are not currently looking for Christmas presents, finding cool items for potential gifts is great for birthdays and anniversaries. I recently discovered this awesome online website called Uncommongoods which features tons of amazing gift ideas for all sorts of people! I simply adore the stuff on this site,  y'all!

     Uncommon Goods Gift Guide For College Students | Are you searching for the perfect gift for the people in your life? Check out this awesome gift guide using products that make you feel good about shopping.

    About UncommonGoods

    What I love about Uncommongoods is that it combines my two favorite things: shopping and supporting small businesses. This holiday season, buy something a little unconventional and search for the perfect holiday gift. Not only that, support other people's ability to have the same awesome holiday season by buying their products.

    Uncommongoods strives to do the following things:

    1. Make a positive impact on the world and in the workplace by having integrity. They strive to provide a fair wage to all their workers, offer healthcare to all their full-time and most of their part-time workers, and treat those who come in contact with their company with respect.
    2. Uncommongoods is committed to offering products that are handmade, recycled, and organic. On top of that they strive not to share any products on their site that harm animals or people.
    3. Uncommongoods cares about the paper they use and works with the Forest Stewardship Council to get recycled paper if they mail out catalogues. They always strive to reduce the paper that they create in their company and bring more of their business online.

    These are just a few of the points in Uncommongoods mission that I adore. You can really tell that being an environmentally conscious, people loving company is something that means the world to them.

    Gifts For The Reader

    One of my absolute favorite thing to do during winter break is read all the books. Christmas usually falls around the middle of winter break so I love to get books during Christmas that I can read for the rest of the break. Here are a few books that I adore on the Uncommongoods website.

     F This Test; $9.95 F This Test; $9.95

    F This is such a funny book series. I have a few of these novels laying around and I absolutely love looking at them. This one in particular is called F This Test, and I think that any college student can agree with the sentiment on this one. Sometimes you go into a test and you aren't sure what you are doing. These books are a quick and funny read and they have quite a few books in this series on the website. Any student (in high school, college, or graduate school) would appreciate the laughter that this book brings. Click here to grab this book

     642 Things To Write About; $17.00 642 Things To Write About; $17.00

    Readers are usually writers, and writers block sucks. Sometimes you just need a little something to get your creative juices flowing. I adore this book on the Uncommongoods site called 642 Things To Write About (click here to see the product). This book is filled with lots of prompts (and writing space) to get your creative mind racing. This is the perfect present for any reader who wants to dabble in writing.

     Banned Books Morph Mug; $12.00 Banned Books Morph Mug; $12.00

    College students live off of coffee, so naturally mugs are a great addition to any college student collection. This mug is cool because it starts off censored, but as your pour your favorite hot beverage in this mug the censorship slowly fades away! How neat is that? Click here for more info.

    Gifts for the Techie

    This next section is for people who love technology. I am not a super techie, but I love a good gadget here and there. These are my three pics for those gadget lovers!

     Smartphone Instant Photo Lab; $169.00 Smartphone Instant Photo Lab; $169.00

    This is such a random technology object, but it seems like such a cool little gadget. It's expensive (which makes it a good gift so you can ask others for it) at $169, but if you are a technology lover, you probably expected it. This is a Smartphone Instant Photo Lab, click here to see this product. Essentially, you can attach your smart phone to this device and you can make polaroid style photos from any smart phone picture. Awesome, huh?!

    This would totally help you spice up your dorm or apartment room. Photo string lights anyone?! Or, you can even pick up this photo display or this photo display from Uncommongoods!

     Laser Projection Keyboard; $150.00 Laser Projection Keyboard; $150.00

    Does typing on a regular keyboard here feel boring? Check out this Laser Projection Keyboard on Uncommongoods! This keyboard is so awesome, and again a bit pricy, but who doesn't want to have the literal coolest keyboard? This keyboard would be such a conversation starter, and if you have a desktop like me–would help you clear some of the clutter on your desk! Think about how much space you could finally take back on your small dorm room desk with this cool tech gadget!

     Bedside Smartphone Vase; $32 Bedside Smartphone Vase; $32

    The last techie item I am going to cover is this awesome Bedside Smartphone Vase from Uncommongoods. This vase comes in mint and white and it would be such an adorable addition to any office or bedside table for the woman who loves technology. I am not sure why I love this vase so much, but it is just such an awesome piece, I seriously want one for my home right now! Plus, the colors are so feminine!

    This would also be such a great gift for an anniversary or even Valentine's Day is it too early to think about February? Could you imagine getting or giving flowers in vase that doubles as a stand for a phone? Best gift ever!

    Gifts for the home

    The last gift set I am sharing is for the home. Pieces in this set will liven up any dorm room or apartment to make things feel just a little more home-y. Uncommongoods is amazing because they have a gift guide of amazing gifts for women!

     Pacific Ocean Gift Set; $53.00 Pacific Ocean Gift Set; $53.00

    Sometimes you have someone in your life who you just don't know how to buy for. When I come across those people, they usually get a set of some kind. The reason I love this Pacific Ocean Gift Set from Uncommongoods is that it's totally made with love by a maker in California. This set is so different from sets you would normally find at a store. It's beautifully crafted and totally gift worthy. With this set instead of saying I totally don't know how to buy for you, you can say that and say that you support a small business in California!

    This set would make any bathroom feel luxurious and home-y. The person getting this gift would have the perfect spa day all set up for them with this cute little set. You need this on your wishlist or your give list!

    Just a note, I think this would be the perfect gift for a mother or your boyfriend's mother.

     Wine Soaps; $28.00 for four bars Wine Soaps; $28.00 for four bars

    Okay, who doesn't want to bathe with wine (responsibly of course). If you have an apartment of your own and you have a bathtub, this is just such a perfect gift for you or the friend who loves wine! These wine soaps come in a perfect box (great for wrapping if you aren't the best wrapper like me!) and they come in the scents Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio. You have to pick these up from Uncommongoods!

     Agate Coasters; $64 for four coasters Agate Coasters; $64 for four coasters

    Last, but not least in our gift guide we are going to talk about these adorable Agate Coasters from Uncommongoods. Coasters, if done correctly, can be such a fun way to protect your furniture from stains and decorate your apartment. I love agate because each piece is so unique. These coasters, while pricey, are just such a great addition to any fashionista's apartment (plus I am sure you could use them as an Instagram prop too.)

    Are you looking for a gift for your boyfriend or A male family member?

    This post really touched on things I thought women would like more, because that's my audience after all, but Uncommongoods even has a gift guide for men. If you are looking for a cool gift to get your dad, brother, or boyfriend you can get that here too!

    Final Thoughts

    Uncommongoods has so many adorable items on their website, it's the perfect place to look for a gift for your friends or request as a gift for yourself (in fact the collection I just linked features a great list of gift ideas for women)! The collection of items on their website are so unique and they have such a great message that The Happy Arkansan can really get behind. I love supporting small businesses and giving back to the community and the earth as a whole. My mission is to leave this place in a better place than I found it in and I believe that Uncommongoods believes in that mission as well.

    Thanks again to Uncommongoods for giving me the opportunity to explore their website and their mission. Whether you are looking for a birthday present or a Christmas gift, Uncommongoods should be your first stop!

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  • Mel November 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Uncommon Goods has the best unique gifts. Forget my college age step daughter, I want some of these for myself. HAHA! The smart phone photo lab is definitely going on my Christmas wish list.

    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      The smartphone photo lab is seriously so cool! I’d love to be able to take some of my photos on my phone and quickly turn them into real pictures.

  • Carly November 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Um that Laser Projection Keyboard is so awesome! Great gift guide! xoxo

    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Carly! I am definitely crushing on that keyboard. All I have right now is a basic white keyboard for my desktop.

  • Fatima Zehra November 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Such a unique gift guide. So many interesting items. Thanks for sharing

  • Linh November 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Love these picks and those gadgets are so neat! That projector keyboard one is way cool!

    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I am also crushing on that projector keyboard Linh. Glad you loved the guide!

  • Jill November 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    The techie gifts look really cool!

    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      They certainly do, Jill! Thanks for the comment!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    What a fab list! Such cute unique ideas!

    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for the comment Rebecca! These gift ideas are certainly uncommon.

  • Jasmin Suknanan November 17, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    This is so great! I’m in love with cute mugs and snag one any chance I get! I’m also in love with the smartphone instant photo gift — I think I’ll definitely look into getting one for my dad for Christmas!


    • Amanda Cross November 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      That is so awesome Jasmin! I am so happy that you found a potential gift idea for your dad. You will have to let me know how it turns out!

  • adriana November 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I love those agate coasters! They’re so pretty, I need to check those out!

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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