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’Tis the season for our most love-hate love task: shopping for the impossible Valentine. It’s one thing to find the perfect bestie friendship bracelet or box of chocolate. But once we’ve Skydanced past the gifts we know how to give, we’re left racking our brains for that one person who either insists they have everything or wants nothing. (Sweet, finger-licking lies.) It’s more likely that giftee expects nothing, but would truly revel in a present that packs a sincere, but delightful punch. Something that feels specific and thoughtful. Enter Uncommon Goods.
If you’re new to Uncommon Goods, here’s the skinny: the e-tailer is a happy, highly curated corner of the web where the best and most unique gifts curl up and hold hands. There are DIY kits galore; from a personalized reel viewer to a mini root beer brewery. There are gifts for both the sensible folks in your life and the loosest cannons you know. (And of course, every type of hot sauce lover.) The site’s puzzles are instant classics — and the cheese boards? Très ample. Whatever sensory delight you land on, the present will always feel like a winner.
We scoured Uncommon Goods for the best of the best in Valentine’s Day-ready swag and weren’t disappointed in what we found. Ahead, a selection of out-of-the-box ideas packed full of clever goodness for boos of all ages and persuasions.
Gift your outdoorsy partner a super-soft bamboo bandana stamped with an original collection of scenic national park illustrations.
Therapy Dough, $15
This grown-up version of a childhood classic lets your loved one relive their youthful fun, along with providing adult benefits like stress relief and aromatherapy.
A bucket list you can most certainly complete together.
Instead of the regular fresh-flower route, try surprising your sweetie with an unexpected bottled bloom they can keep forever. These pretty vials were crafted utilizing ancient Japanese techniques; suspending everything from hydrangeas to amaranths in color-preserving mineral oil.
Better hurry and grab one of Uncommon Goods classes for an interactive V-Day surprise before they book up completely. The popular offerings span the likes of pasta-shaping to cocktail-crafting and (our favorite) “Death By Chocolate” truffle-making lessons. After receiving a kit with all the ingredients you’ll need, tune into your virtual class led by chef and culinary instructor Sydney Willcox who will teach you and your boo how to: create chocolate ganache filling; temper chocolate for a shiny-crisp shell; shape and dip truffles; create artful designs with toppings.
Create Your Own Reel Viewer, $29.95
Gather snapshots of your favorite memories together and add them to your very own nostalgic slideshow. (You’ll receive the viewer in the mail first, along with a redemption code that you can use to upload up to seven images to your custom reel, which will ship separately.)
This delicious DIY s’mores kit is the perfect Valentine’s Day activity for some wiggly little ones.
Send a loving message with these edible treats in the form of buttery, savory-sweet shortbread cookies.
Add some spice (literally) to your day of love with this bursting-with-flavor DIY hot sauce kit.
Your favorite history buff is always attempting to put the pieces together. Celebrate a special day — birthday, anniversary, milestone — with this 500-piece puzzle, an interactive memento made from the Chicago Tribune front page of your choice.
A birth month mug for the tea drinker in your life…
… and the tea to go along with it, in a February 14th-ready silhouette.
Hemp Massage Cube, $55
Help relax the muscles of the athlete in your life with this massage cube — it contains organic plant butters and oils meant to soothe sore muscles and soften skin.
For a V-Day brunch, create instant mimosas (or bellinis) with sweet cubes that dissolve into your favorite champagne.
The Kissing Mugs, $65
Not a boozy-brunch couple? Your and your boo’s prized morning brew makes for a romantic treat with the help of these lovey-dovey mugs.
This hand-forged and personalized trivet is a Pioneer Woman-inspired heirloom in the making.
Valentine roommate won’t be disappointed when you gift them this very functional cheeseboard for your weekly Bachelor viewing parties.
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