In these uncertain times of economy and environment, it is important to do all we can to save money and reduce our carbon footprint. Since the holiday season is traditionally one of excess in money spent and leaving a large carbon footprint, I thought it would be fun to list a few ideas and reasons for giving vintage gifts.
Ideas and Reasons to Give Vintage this Christmas
5. Vintage is fun! Instead of schlepping around the mall, fighting crowds and paying high prices, visit an antique mall, thrift store, online auction venue (like eBay), or a physical auction house. You can save a lot of money if you know where to buy vintage.
4. Everybody collects or appreciates something from the past — baseball cards, Depression glass, Fostoria, Precious Moments, anvils, ephemera, art glass, ashtrays, mugs, spoons, sports memorabilia, etc… Find out what the people on your list collect and give an authentic vintage gift this Christmas.
3. Reusing items (by giving them as gifts) that have already lived their intended life, gives them a new life and keeps them out of our landfills.
2. Repurpose a vintage item for a friend or family member. They will be touched by your unique and useful gift idea. Make a message center for a busy mom from an old window frame or shutter — more ideas and photos below…
1. Christmas is a time for reflecting on the past and looking toward the future. conserving our money and our impact on the environment will benefit our children and our children’s children.
Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse
Now for some recycling, repurposing and reusing ideas to get you started! These ideas are all from the Country Living website. It is a wonderful source for vintage and recycling ideas!
These are adorable! Most people like to have nice candles grace their special meals. I love unique and different. I can just see these on the bookcase or mantel.What a great conversation starter! Almost anyone on your list could appreciate these.
Do you have a seamstress on your gift list? This gorgeous bouquet won’t need watering but will bring a twinkle to the eye of any seamstress or crafter.
Vintage costume jewelry is readily available at most antique booths or thrift stores. Who couldn’t use a few more refrigerator magnets for notes, photos or school drawings? Brooches are available in a variety of themes. The one above uses flowers but you could get a certain color (crystal, red, blue, green), butterflies, dragonflies, animals, Christmas themed, etc…
Find some old shirts, skirts, blouses or dresses in patterns or colors that will match the decor of someone on your list. Throw pillows retail for $30 or more each. You can make one for a few bucks by visiting a thrift store or vintage clothing store.
This is a wonderful and unique idea for any lady on your list — especially an avid reader. I see old hard cover books with stained an missing pages all the time at the antique shop. Find one with an appropriate title or subject and make it into a very useful and unique handbag. Click on the image for a slideshow tutorial from Country Living.
Are you Inspired Yet?
I hope your creative juices are flowing and you are coming up with some great ideas for those on your gift list. You might just save some money and help the environment all at the same time!