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You know those “Holy Grail” searches that seem to go on endlessly? (See: HG foundation and HG hairspray, for two…) For a lot of people, one of those searches is for the ultimate gift source – one place you can always turn for the perfect item, no matter the occasion, age, or style of the loved one. For my sister, that place has long been Uncommon Goods, and I’m starting to think she’s on to something!

I think all but one of her gifts for our family this Christmas came from their site, and all were big hits at unwrapping time. Uncommon Goods is her go-to for wedding and shower gifts, too!

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but it seems like many of the couples whose weddings I’ve been invited to recently have either not registered for anything, or asked for cash. If you (like me) prefer to give something tangible as a gift (perhaps in addition to cash!), then a site like Uncommon Goods comes in super handy.

Today, I’m sharing my picks for unique gifts for groomsmen, gifts for the bride (perfect for a shower), and creative wedding gift ideas, and a bit about why I included each below. But, I think the best gifts are always uniquely fitted to the recipient, so if none of my picks are doing it for you, definitely go browse Uncommon Goods’ site yourself – I guarantee you’ll find something to love!

1. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit. For the gourmet chef in training (or, just your resident taco lover friend!). My brother-in-law would love this.
2. A Wooden Tic Tac Toe Set. Slightly random? Perhaps :) But this would make a classy coffee table addition in any bachelor pad, and win your groomsmen uncle of the year awards for sure!
3. All Natural Shoe Care Kit. File this under things your groomsmen wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves, but that they’ll be happy to have. I feel like millenials are bringing back some of the “old school” things we associate with our parents but that never should have fallen out of fashion, and a lovingly-cared-for pair of shoes is one of them!
4. Multi-Tool Box of Wonders. Clever gadgets are a slam-dunk gift for guys in my experience. The Pocket Monkey (which fits in a wallet!) is especially cool!

1. Adventure Blanket. I love bridal shower gifts that get the couple excited for their marriage, so that’s how I themed these gift picks! A waterproof, foldable blanket is perfect for encouraging picnics, hikes, and beach days for the newlyweds.
2. Date Night Bucket List. No more boring date nights! Your couple won’t skip a beat after the excitement of the wedding dies down with these 25 ideas.
3. Table Topics. I want a set of these for myself! Even approaching my five year anniversary (and 13 years with my husband!), there are things we don’t know about each other, and I think these cubes of conversation starters would be such a fun way to keep our dinners or road trips surprising.
4. Woven Straw Placemats. These are just fun and cute :) But again, I love that they’d encourage your couple to make even a simple weeknight dinner a special occasion!

1. Hand Embroidered State Pillows. I know these beauties have been around for a few years, but I still get all the heart eyes over them! Especially for couples who have moved away from their beloved South, these pillows are a sweet reminder of home sweet home.
2. Timbrephone Acoustic Phone Amp. So they can pump up their Spotify playlist for impromptu after-dinner dancing in the kitchen.
3. Smartphone Instant Photo Lab. This cool gadget lets couples create analog Polaroid-style photo prints from their smartphone or tablet. Encourage them to take snaps throughout the night at their next dinner party, then give them to guests as favors!
4. My Cinema Lightbox. So they can leave sweet messages to greet each other when they arrive home.
5. Do Good Cotton Hammock. So they can feel like they’re still on their honeymoon, even in the backyard.
6. Scratch Map Deluxe. For a couple with a serious case of wanderlust, this map will let them track which countries they’ve traveled to together. Imagine how sweet it will be to look back on their 25th or 40th anniversary and reminisce over all that they’ve done!

Uncommon Goods is working to change the way business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision they make, something that is near and dear to our company’s heart. In addition to making great gifts, they’re steadily working to make themselves more environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and a rewarding place to work. Head to their site for all of your gifting needs!

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a company we’ve used and loved for years. Thank you for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Molly Dansby reply

    love how pretty the site looks today! i’ve been checking in here on and off for nearly 10 (!!!) years. this is my favorite iteration yet! so fresh + clean.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thank you, Molly!! This is just a little intermediate facelift, with hopes for a bigger remodel in the future, but we’re super happy with it, too! :)

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Hope y’all had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving weekend!

If you’re a Southern Weddings reader, chances are that you are a bride and/or a Southern belle, or you know one. Since we believe that a thoughtful gift, chosen with lots of care and love, can be a great way to show someone how much they mean to you, we’ve created two gift guides to share today that we hope will be helpful this holiday season! First up, a few sweet gifts for a bride-to-be that will help her celebrate her engagement and prepare for a meaningful beginning to married life.

A. A monogrammed pendant ($135) | Engrave it with her married monogram to wear on her honeymoon! Order by tomorrow for Christmas Eve delivery.
B. Love Never Fails tee ($25) | This sweet reminder of what matters most will become a wedding errands staple.
C. Script monogram catchall ($14) | This pretty plate could double as a ring dish on the wedding day.
D. Nesting pouches ($49) | These darling nesting pouches are perfect for staying organized, and we love that the purchase supports a great cause.
E. Bow tie necklace ($298) | We adore this darling, bow tie-inspired bauble, perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party!
F. The Southern Weddings Planner ($36) | Our brand new keepsake Planner, full of all the advice and resources we’d share with our own sisters and best friends.
G. Calligraphy kit and workshop ($130) | A sweet gift for a bride planning to address her own invitations!
H. Married Y’all banner ($24) | Perfect for a Southern wedding getaway!
I. Leather passport cover ($78) | Send her off to her honeymoon and newlywed adventures in style!
J. White Jasmine & Mint perfume ($120 for 3.4 oz) | A sweetly Southern wedding day scent.
K. Ceremonial marriage certificate ($45) A beautiful wedding day keepsake that comes in black and gold foil.

Stay tuned for our Southern belles gift guide, coming up next!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    This post is brought to you by Mouth – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

    Getting treats in the mail on a semi-regular basis is one of the best parts about working at Southern Weddings, in my opinion. We actually have a whole shelf in the office devoted to sweet and savory goodies! When the kind folks at Mouth offered to send us one of their signature gift packages, we jumped at the opportunity – after all, they love many of the same things we do:

    — handmade and small batch food
    — discovering the new and the delicious
    — beautiful packaging
    — tasting things on little wooden spoons (!)

    Yes, they really list that last one on their website, which makes us love them all the more. Mouth sent us the Bee Happy Taster, which came packaged in their cute cotton reusable bag.

    The goodies were beautifully (and securely – no crushed cookies here!) packaged, and everything was delicious. My favorite was the honey lavender shortbread cookies, while Nicole and Morgan preferred the nectar candies. Of course, this one taster package only whet our appetite for all that Mouth has to offer, which we discovered when we started clicking around their site…

    Mouth has SO many options for gifting — perfect for your engagement, when gifting opportunities abound! My husband would love the “pickles every month” subscription (tucking that one away for Christmas!), while I was drooling over the “cookies every night” subscription. I love the story behind the cookie subscription, too – a bedtime cookie and glass of milk was a tradition Mouth’s CEO shared with his Dad as a boy, which is why it’s on the roster today. I love companies with a story behind why they do what they do!

    From cocktail hour to coffee, peanut butter and jelly to a grilled cheese taster, there’s something for everyone. Though the whole site is fair game for wedding gifting, they’ve got a special nuptials section, including picks for bridesmaids and groomsmen. There’s also a “gifts under $50” section that’s worth checking out!

    Finally, we loved clicking through all the options for wedding favors, starting in the candy section… there’s lots that would leave guests happy here!

    The kind folks at Mouth are offering Southern Weddings readers 20% off through the end of November with coupon code Southern20! You can browse all of their delicious offerings right here (though we’d suggest not doing so around lunch time!).

    And tell me: What food would you most like to have delivered to your doorstep every month? Like I said, cookies are where it’s at for me, but I also wouldn’t say no to a biscuit subscription…

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    1. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

      Love the packaging design and my mouth is watering from the pictures. The wedding favor options look fantastic, some must try flavor combinations!

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