This week we’re featuring some of our favorite gifts and retailers that will make your holidays merry and the faces of gift recipients bright. First up is our favorite low tech games from the company behind the catalog that my kids love to obsess over when it arrives in the mail. It’s one of those catalogs that have things not seen anywhere else. If you go to UncommonGoods, they’ve made it easy by breaking down gift ideas by pice or recipient with gifts for kids here or gift for dad here, and of course, gifts for mom here. Also, it’s a feel good company in Brooklyn that treats their employees well as a B Corp company that has to meet rigorous standards on wage levels, environmental impact and giving back. Half of what they sell is handmade and most of that is made in the U.S. All good.
We’ve picked our favorite low tech games that appeal to most ages and take little time to set up. We have strategy board games that take an eternity to set up and longer to play, which means they don’t come out often. These favorites are so pretty, they can stay out, ready for impromptu play.
We were lucky enough to be gifted the Pucket game from UncommonGoods and it’s become a fast family favorite. It’s a gorgeous wood game ready to play right out of the box that only takes minutes per match. The game was created by David Harvey after he saw old men playing a similar game, table a l’elastique, in France. The feel good part is that it’s made from sustainable sheesham wood by artisans working under fair-trade practices in India. Each player starts with eight pucks and you’re in a race to flick them through the opening to the opposing side. The first player to clear their side of the board wins. Each frantic match takes about a minute or two.
Some of us are a little more intense than others, causing pucks to fly fast in heated battles. It can make air hockey look relaxing. It’s fast, furious fun. Who’s up for a Pucket tournament?