Vintage Gift Guide: The Holidays

Is anyone else kind of freaking out that there are only three more weeks until Christmas? I am. I’ve yet to do hardly any holiday shopping and intend to get on it after I finish my bowl of peppermint ice cream. While I don’t buy a lot of vintage gifts for the season, I sure wish I could. Personally I’d only buy vintage for someone I absolutely knew liked vintage things in the first place. And I’d have to get a pretty good handle on their personal tastes.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out where to start, I’ve put together a few ideas I had if I was going on a vintage holiday shopping spree. All of these finds are from Etsy and for less than $50. Just click on the link if you’d like to see the pricing and purchase anything in the list.

il_570xN.449371015_85jeCandleholders feel like a pretty safe and economical gift to me. They can sit around anywhere and some are little pieces of sculpture.


I’m not sure what it is but several of my friends are obsessed with owls. Coffee mugs from the 1950s through the 1970s had such fun and vibrant designs on them. I have three mismatched mugs of my own. These types of mugs can be found anywhere and are usually pretty affordable.


A clock or alarm clock is usually small and practical. Designs are endless but this cute little atomic clock really caught my eye. It’s probably the fun colors.

Maybe for the fellow partier a flask could be a great choice. Especially a classic looking one that comes in an awesome leather carrying case.

Seriously stop. These are too cute. Ok but really, if tiny little elephants aren’t your thing there’s always manly horse heads, rams, pretty much anything. il_570xN.461289623_g6ee

This is apparently an eyeball lamp and no, the little teak mouse doesn’t come with it. Again, there are so many styles of desk lamps to choose from and many are under $50, some under $15!

il_570xN.500929054_h9o8Tammy and I  both have a nice little collection of Golden Nature Guides, usually written by Herbert Zim. When I was a kid I found this exact book in a parking lot at an airport and it kept me busy for a good long time during the flight. There are tons of titles, but keep your eye out for Hallucinogenic Plants and let me know if you find it because it is pretty rare. Imagine that.

What do you think? Are there any gifts you’d like to add to this list?

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