Forget giving a paperweight for Valentine’s Day. The Deep Sea Sand Art from Uncommon Goods is a desk sculpture that slowly shifts sparkling sand from one end to the other, creating a new work of art every day. Buying from Uncommon Goods means you’re supporting independent artisans and helping worthy charities. (The Deep Sea Sand Art and similar pieces are created by Austrian craftsman, “Sandman” Klaus Bosch.)
Through its Better to Give program, Uncommon Goods donates $1 of every purchase to one of four nonprofits; the company has given over $1 million to charities like RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. The other three groups: International Rescue Committee, which aids refugees and families devastated by conflict and disaster; American Forests, which protects and restores forests and the Reach Out and Read literacy and school readiness program for children.
Its 10.5-inch by 10-inch circle sand art costs $85; other design options include an oversized piece for $500.