Vintage & Antique Gift Ideas

My world is more old than new, more preloved and vintage than hot off the factory floor, but even I feel compelled to buy something brand new when I am shopping for a gift. Yet some of my favorite gifts are old things– family heirlooms, antiques and vintage treasures. So I’d like to help undo that notion that a gift MUST be brand new. I think the perfect gift absolutely can be found at a thrift, antique or vintage shop. So for the vintage lover and everyone else in your life, here are some vintage and antique items that I think are very “giftable.”

For the Fashionista

For the fashion lovers in my life, I love hunting for fun pieces of vintage costume jewelry—-big bold statement earrings from the 1970s, chunky cuffs and bracelets from the 1960s, and colorful and unusual brooches that elevate any outfit. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and you don’t need to be an expert on the various eras and designers. Costume jewelry pieces from the 50s to 70s are pretty affordable. So buy what you love!

For the Socialite

A vintage handbag always stands out in a crowd. A vintage evening bag will no doubt get the wearer noticed at a cocktail party. Need to add something to a little black dress? A vintage evening bag will do the trick!! I especially love the sparkly silver, gold metallic or rhinestone studded vintage evening bags from the 1950s and 1960s. Think “Jackie O” carrying a small standout bag in an elegant gloved hand. Here’s a great 1960s gold metallic vintage evening bag from RubyLane:

For the Host

My go-to gift for the friend who loves to host and entertain is colorful vintage glassware–namely vintage cocktail and water glasses. The colors and shapes are so much more striking and imaginative than most of the mass made barware you might find today. Here’s a fun set of gold midcentury cocktail glasses from Etsy:

About the Outfit

This vintage grey dress is part of a two-piece coat set from the 1950s. The brown felt hat dates back to the 1940s. Both pieces were sourced from my favorite shops in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Lydia’s outfit is preloved and was handed down from her cousin, Charlie. The red and white patchwork quilt was made by my mother-in-law, Hope for my husband, Kells.

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Alison Hetherington

For the modern girl who loves everything vintage.