Uncommonly Good UncommonGoods

When I was younger shopping for birthdays, for Christmas, anniversaries and so on was about finding something that worked, that didn’t cost the heart and was easy to get hold of. Don’t get me wrong, I put thought into gifts but perhaps not as much thought as I do now.

Nothing dramatic has happened to alter my way of shopping or rather my thinking about shopping in general, I guess I’m just a little older and a little wiser.

I still value good quality, best price and convenience when it comes to shopping however I’m a keen advocate for shopping locally, supporting Fair Trade and look for brands who, like UncommonGoods (where I’ll be doing some of my Christmas shopping shortly), have an ethical leaning and a strong mission statement that speaks to me. At the end of the day there are thousands of retailers both online and off for me to choose from and so I can afford to be picky who I choose to give my money to.

I don’t know about you but I like to look for gifts that are a bit different, unique or a least quirky enough to fit my “they broke the mould” set of family members and friends.

I have awkward people in my life and by awkward people I mean people who sometimes (every year) end up with toiletries and socks. These are usually men and when I buy gifts for men I want to find something more like these. An random gift choice some might say however I have a brother in law who would love these Kabob Grilling Baskets for his summer-time birthday…..


For birthdays I want something less generic, something personal to the recipient and something with a smidge of awesomeness. These Birthstone Wishing Stones for example which may be found here would suit at least two of my friends (and are something I’d be thrilled to receive myself)!


I repeat again, ROY if you are reading…. I’d LOVE these for Christmas my lovely husbeast.

I’m also a sucker for personalised items. I don’t mean bog-standard one size fits all stuff that you see everywhere, I’m talking about something a little different such as this fab find, a personalised four in one game. I love it!


Shopping for others can be a grind, a chore and sometimes downright frustrating however if you find stores that identify with your likes and dislikes it can be an absolute pleasure. So, you know what my shopping stance is, what’s yours? There’s no wrong way to answer that question but I find it interesting to hear about people’s shopping experiences and their recommendations.


Written in collaboration with the mentioned business.

Indra A4 Embossed And Stoned Leather Journal

When Not On The High Street (NOTHS) got in touch and asked if I would like to review something up to the value of £50 from across their site, I nearly passed out with excitement. I adore the items they stock and think that being able to buy from independents in this way is a great way to shop.

I decided to buy some art work, then I thought I’d get something as a treat just for me, then I found the Christmas stuff, and then the fashion ranges…. needless to say that I was browsing all evening with a wishlist as long as your arm saved in my basket at the end of it. What I chose in the end was a gift for my husband, Roy.

Unlike myself, Roy is hugely creative, he writes, sings, plays guitar, writes songs and is a fabulous artist. As the review request came through a couple of days before his birthday I thought I’d see if I could find something as an extra treat and was thrilled when I found this:

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The images here don’t actually do the item justice so have a look at the product page for more info.

The Indra A4 Embossed And Stoned Leather Journal which would normally retail at £34.95 is a perfect gift for someone like Roy. The quality is undeniable, it looks fabulous, it feels great and is useful, or it will be, once he decides what he wants to use if for (I think he is still at the “it is too lovely to spoil by using” stage).

This item ticks all of the boxes for me too as it is an eco-friendly and fair trade product. The paper for example is made via a charity in India that support the provision of education for women in the area. Even the Khadda paper is recycled as it is handmade from leftover cloth from the garment industry.

The journal arrived on the morning of Roy’s birthday and he was thrilled, and I mean THRILLED! He has even taken it to work to show a couple of mates (who have all cooed over it!). I would call that a win, and I will definitely be buying  gifts in the future from NotOnTheHighStreet, especially now I’ve seen for myself an example of what they sell.

So, thanks NOTHS, you have made my husband very happy! If anyone has any questions about NOTHS then why not give them a shout on Twitter or visit their Facebook page.