I like supporting companies who are committed to doing social good. So when Uncommon Goods offered to send me some free stuff to check out for y'all, I said sure. The big catch is that I insist on full disclosure to you all: if I get a product free, I'll say it. If I hate a product, I'll say that, too. So here is my quick, honest look at three things from Uncommon Goods (which is actually a site I like a lot).
First, let's take the Nerd Herder Gadget Wallet (pictured right, $36). I was stoked about this little number, because it's handmade in the US and looked like a possible one-stop solution to my Dennis-the-Menace-style pocketfuls of stuff. The catch? It's way too big. It holds my iPhone, cards, ID, cash, and more--but it's much larger than my current wallet (which is a plain black thing--as standard and dull as you can possibly get). When it's full, it looks more like a pocketbook than a wallet (eek). It'd actually be a great gift for an edgy, purse-carrying femme (or maybe someone who always carries a bag?), but as a butch who wants to keep stuff in her pockets, I'll pass.
Okay, now we're speaking butch. These titanium multi-tool collar stays ($30; I wish they weren't made in China) won't be the best screwdriver, bottle-opener, or thread-cutter you've ever owned, but will definitely be one of the coolest, and will perform each task the description lists. Awesome gift for a butch buddy, groomsman, dad, mom, or yourself.
Finally, don't tell my butch buddies, but I'm a bit of a sucker for those little inspirational books with dweeby personal growth exercises. (I actually find some of them quite helpful, thankyouverymuch.) 7: How Many Days is a particularly fine example of this done-to-death genre. It includes cool little exercises designed to jar you out of your routine, brainstorm for the future, match your values to the ways in which you're living out your earthly existence, etc. If you're into it, a steal at $10.
Hope these are moderately useful. What other sorts of things would you like me to review? (And if you make or sell anything you'd like me to review, let me know!)
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