Since I have been a thrifter for a few years now, I think that most of my friends and family know that I am going to buy them something special, not something cheap or tacky. What I give them is unique. One of a kind. Hard to find. And completely thought out. When I come across pieces that make me think of the people in my life, I buy the piece to gift at Christmas or Birthdays.
In Hubby's family, we have a White Elephant gift exchange with the 6 adults. My niece and nephews have a thing for tshirts that have the names of different schools on them. So my gift was a box of 12 vintage school shirts from the various Sioux City schools that I found at a thrift store for 50 cents each. It was a huge hit.
The gifts I exchange with my Brother and SIL Number One are thrifted as well...they love to look through antique stores and flea markets almost as much as I do! Last year we found an addition to her collections as well as a old gumball machine that we filled with Jelly Belly's (his favorite treat) for him.
I have family and friends who tell me when they see a picture of something that I have shown on the website that they absolutely love. And I am very likely to set that something aside to gift them with later.
But it took me awhile to get to this point.
So I understand that giving thrifted gifts might not be easy for some. I think that we need to ease into that with some gift ideas for you!
There are so many things that can be found in thrift stores that you simply cannot find in retail establishments. You need to spend some more time at this...shopping year round to find a perfect gift as opposed to getting up at 3am on Black Friday and getting your entire list zapped off at once for things that are very likely going to be returned the day after Christmas.
Some ideas to get you started:
--Vintage Books to add to a readers collection
--Fabulous stemware to give to someone who loves wines
--Adding to anyone's collection of simply anything...owls, for instance...
And as Stan The Elegant Thrifter has said before, a whole lot of the gift is in the presentation of it. You simply must read his book and go to his website to get a shot of inspiration.
To know that somebody found something special and thought of you! Isn't that so much nicer than a bottle of cologne?
Would anyone else like to add anything to the list of ideas?