This post presents different gift ideas for the vintage collector in your life. Many of us who are happy to receive preloved items. In this post, I will present some ideas with links to sources.
As someone who sells antique and vintage items, I am always looking for inventory that I know my customers are looking for. After selling items for a number of years, there are certain vintage pieces that always sell quickly. These are the items that are the most popular and the hardest for me to keep in stock.
With the Christmas holiday around the corner, I know some of you are struggling to come up with gift ideas for your loved ones who adore vintage and antique items. So here is a quick round up of things that I think people -who have vintage loving souls -will like.
Customers generally prefer neutral colors and textures and so this gift guide presents items in that color palette.
Gifts for the Vintage Collector
Christmas Decor Items
These Christmas decor items are timeless and can be used for many years. I love the look of chunky white knit stockings especially when there are 3 or more of them on a mantel. Some of these stockings have been made out of vintage or antique textiles such as chenille. Of course, there has recently been a “tiny stocking revolution” where artists are making tiny stockings out of antique french fabrics. These little stockings also make great gifts.
Also, pinecone wreaths transition beautifully into the winter season. You can keep these wreaths up well past January. These make fabulous gifts for the person who already has “everything.
Candlesticks are appreciated by everyone I know. They are always useful, beautiful and don’t take up much space. Natural wood has become especially popular in recent years so I have linked some “raw wood” candlesticks as well as a set of 3 brass candlesticks.
Architectural salvage continues to be extremely popular. These old wooden and tin pieces are used to give homes character and a sense of history. Corbels, column bases, and ornate pieces are always popular with customers and they make great gifts. A couple of the pieces linked below are not truly old, but I love their patina and character.
Ironstone bowls are always useful, charming and add character to any kitchen. French cafe au lait bowls are also popular. I use my ironstone bowls for every day purposes. Having a stack of old white bowls always looks beautiful and is functional. Plus they look fabulous filled with vintage mercury glass Christmas ornaments.
Finally, there are some decorative items that are timeless and continue to be very popular among customers. The first are brass deer ( or really any brass animal) and the second are wicker wrapped bottles. These look beautiful on shelves with books or on an entryway table.
I hope this provides you with some inspiration and ideas for things you can get for that person in your life who collects vintage/antique items.
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You might also like to read a post I wrote about Four Affordable Holiday Finds. These finds are meant to be used during the holiday season and would be great gifts.
Happy holiday shopping!
I’ll take ALL of them, please!! Such an amazing grouping of finds, Anna!! You nailed it!
Thank you Rachel! I appreciate the feedback!
Yes please to the architectural salvage 🙂
Yup. We are sisters.
I would take any one of these vintage gifts in a heartbeat, Anna! They would add such beautiful farmhouse and European touch to any space. Hugs, CoCo
Thank you CoCo for the kind words and encouragement! I appreciate it.