Over the weekend, the husband and I took a little trip to our favorite vintage shop for some holiday shopping. The store is absolutely massive and full of so much goodness that we spent a few hours there. I found so many items that would make seriously amazing gifts, so I decided to snap some photos and put together a little round-up of my favorites for you.
If you have a great vintage store or antique mall closeby, or a favorite online vintage shop, I highly recommend considering adding some vintage goods to your holiday shopping list. They make the most unique presents because you're giving special, one-of-a-kind pieces that have stories to tell. It's also a really eco-conscious way to do your holiday shopping because you're essentially recycling!
2. Give your sister or best friend a vintage dress for Christmas! My little sis loves '20s and '50s fashion, and I know she'd be absolutely thrilled with a piece from either of these eras. It's something that would become a really special + meaningful treasure in her closet.
3. Have a friend or family member who travels a lot? A vintage suitcase or hat box would make an awesome holiday gift. You could even spruce it up by putting a few small travel-related gifts inside.
4. A vibrant colored vintage alarm clock is perfect for someone who has to get up early for work. So much cooler than a phone alarm.
5. I don't know many girls who wouldn't get ridiculously excited to find a vintage hat or shoes under the tree.
6. My dad is a photographer and has the most incredible antique cameras. I know he'd love to receive a another vintage camera to add to his collection. You can find them at all prices ranges, and they'd make a really special present for anyone with an appreciation for photography.
7. A vintage datebook or calendar would be such a fun addition to any office space, and a really fun gift for a coworker or friend who works in an office.
8. A friend or family member who is a vintage and antique fan would love an old rotary phone to display in their house (regardless of whether or not they still have a landline!).
9+10. Old glass bottles and jars are incredibly versatile. You could give a set of them as is, or get crafty and make them into something else. (Check out our Decoupaged Mason Jar Light DIY for some ideas!)
11+12. Do you have any music lovers on your list? I have a lot of them! I know my husband would love to get some old 45 records or a cool vintage radio on Christmas morning.
13. Vintage tea sets are so elegant and timeless. If you have a friend who loves tea, a set like this one and some handmade tea would the perfect present.
14. Have little ones? Vintage and antique toys are so much fun (and usually much better quality than the toys you'll find today!). I would have adored this stove as a little girl. I think I'd even adore it now, despite the fact that I'm not much of a cooking fan. The design and color are just so rad.
15. A vintage typewriter would make a fantastic gift for a writer or blogger. They're really easy to find too (we have three of them, all found at Goodwill!).
16. It's freezing cold in Chicago right now, but I can still think of quite a few people I know who would love a vintage fan. Many of them were designed so well that they still work, and they're awesome to look at.
17. Do you have a friend who likes to throw parties in the summertime? An antique cooler would be an amazing present. These can be used as furniture too! I have a friend who displays one at the end of her couch and stores blankets inside.
18. I love bright vintage chairs. If a full set is out of your price range, considering giving just one in the recipients favorite color (for me, that would be yellow just like this one!). It would add a pop of color to any room, and would be a great gift for someone who moved into a new home this year. (The vintage speaker on the chair could be added to #11 and #12 above as a great present for a music lover).
For those of you still shopping like I am (I've barely started), I hope this little roundup gave you some unique ideas! Have any of you purchased any vintage or antique items to give as holiday gifts this year?
P.S. If you have any pets on your holiday shopping list, be sure to check out my favorite holiday gift ideas for pets!