Better to give than to receive

November 16, 2015

Nesting Stoneware CAD 195.25

Nesting Stoneware CAD 195.25

uncommongoods (UG) is a great online shop that I’m surprised I didn’t hear about sooner. It prides itself on carrying a range of products, from jewelry to home decor that are made in ethical environments (click here to browse), to high standards and by artisans in the U.S. UG prides itself on supporting designers by promoting them through a variety of ways, including hosting studio tours, design challenges and panel series that connect local jewelry artists and designers to help them improve and develop their businesses.

UG also gives back to charities through its Better to Give program. With every purchase you make with UG, it donates $1 that is divided among its charity partners. Since the Better to Give program started 12 years ago, UG has donated more than $1 million to charities around the world. Check out the link above to see a list of their partners and their donation totals. Pretty impressive stuff.

The kind folks at UG have asked me to help them promote their upcoming “Giving Tuesday Campaign” that starts on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. It is themed around the well-known phrase, “It is better to give than to receive” and focuses on their Better to Give program.

In the lead up to the campaign, UG is asking its followers on social media “Why is it better to give than to receive?”

  • Give your answer on either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
  • Include both #BetterToGive and #GivingTuesday hashtags

Submit your response by December 1 and you will be in the running to be chosen by UG to have your answer posted on its social media platforms and to receive $500 to give to your choice of one of their charity partners. There will be one winner chosen from each platform (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, December 1, shop at UG and it will double its donation of $500 on your behalf.

For every person who uses the #BetterToGive hashtag tomorrow, UG will also donate an extra dollar to its Better to Give partners with a cap of $5,000.

In addition, if your post tags a specific Better to Give charity partner, that one dollar goes to that specific partner.  If there is no mention of a partner in the post, that dollar gets spread evenly among all partners.

I spent some time browsing UG’s wonderful line of products today and have listed my faves in several categories for you to check out – early Christmas shopping perhaps?

I particularly like the handmade jewelry pieces from Emilie Shapiro of New York City. Check out her pieces here and tour her cute studio here.



Gifts for her

I had my sister and mom in mind when I was browsing UG’s great line of products made just for that special woman in your life. O.K., so I also had myself in mind, but can you blame me?

Gifts for the little ones

My favourite gift that I got as a child was a telescope from my uncle Dave. I think the first thing I looked at up close was my spit…it was the first thing the kit suggested I check out, don’t judge! Anyhow, I put my kid cap on and put these on my list for wee ones.

Please note that I am receiving a small honorarium from uncommongoods for helping to promote their campaign. It is important for me to emphasize that I only accept monetary or product compensation from individuals and organizations whose values and aesthetics align with my own and this blog. In each case, I make a point of being transparent about it and adding a one-liner at the bottom of those particular posts.


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