I was recently given a gift certificate to check out different Valentine’s Day products at Uncommon Goods. I was able to check out three different items I’ve had my eye on for awhile. I’d like to tell you a little about Uncommon Goods before I show you what I selected. The company was started in 1999 as a way to feature unique products that are in harmony with the environment. Based in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal the mission of the company is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Most of the products are made in the USA and half of the products are handmade.
The first product I selected was the Butter Churner ($30). We’ve been buying raw milk for a couple years now and each bottle has all the cream that rises to the top. It’s a beautiful thing to see in my fridge. I have not made much use of the cream by itself even though I’ve wanted to. I thought this would be a fun project for the girls to help me with. They’ve both made butter in mason jars with a marble before so this was much easier for them.
This is a sturdy churner! It will take about ten to twelve minutes to get your fresh butter. You can pass it around the family if your arms get tired. The directions say to let your cream sit out for two hours so that it is room temperature and I highly recommend following that. The colder it is, the longer you will churn! Included in the directions are recipes for Cinnamon Butter, Parmesan Basil Butter, Chili Butter and Buttermilk Fruit Scones.
The second item I chose was a Portable Cheese Melt Utensil but it is no longer available so I won’t go into to much detail on it. We love fondue around here and this is a fun way to make cheese melt fast. It’s basically a little plate with tea lights under it to keep it nice and warm. There is a fondue for two set that is still available if you are interested.
The third item I chose was Liquid Glass Thinking Putty. This stuff is silly putty for grown ups! It’s absolutely crystal clear in the container and then turns a milky color when you play with it. I’m seriously bummed that Riley left the putty out and the cat rolled on it. Cat hair and clear putty don’t really mix well so it had to be thrown away. When my brothers and sister come over we pull out the putty while we are talking after dinner. It’s a fun way to provide tactile support for those who need it, plus it makes us feel like kids again!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there are so many gift ideas available. 314 of them to be exact! If you want to narrow it down a little bit there are some great gifts for men or husbands. Of course if there is a gift guide for husbands you can be sure there are some gift ideas for the wives as well.