Christmas is almost here and if you love thrifting and are still looking for some nice gifts, here is a list of 15 thrifted Christmas gift ideas.
I love thrifting because you can find so many interesting and unique pieces. Plus. the prices vary a lot and thrifting can be suitable for those who are on a budget or those who are willing to spend more money on exclusive items (if you shop vintage and antique).
Tips for thrifting gifts
Great thing about thrifting is that you can thrift online or offline, thrifting is extremely accessible even in the smallest towns. However, I have to say that thrifting is like a lottery and you never know what you will get. So be prepared to spend some time looking for a good gift.
My other tip is to have a list and make sure not to overwhelm yourself too much. Even if you have a vague list it’s already great. Because of the usually low prices at thrift stores, it is very easy to get carried away and buy too many things that you don’t even need. So make sure, before you check out, to go through all the items and actually ask yourself “will it be a good gift?” or “do they actually need/like it?”.
My last tip is to create kits from the items you find. Of course, if you are planning to gift an antique item, that’s quite different. But if you shop at the thrift store, it’s very easy to assemble a kit for a person who will receive a gift. I will talk about it further. But you can get a few smaller items and put them in a thrifted basket or a box, there are always plenty of them at the thrift store. Here are some ideas for a thrifted Christmas kit:
- Book lover kit: books, book stoppers, something that reminds of a favorite book
- Kitchen kit: a glass, a plate, a mug, a table runner, spoons, etc.
- Home kit: candle holders, art, small trinkets fro decor
- Artist kit: art book, art paper, craft supplies
I also started a Tumblr page where I post thrifted items I find at different stores. Check it out, maybe you’ll get some inspiration.
Thrifted Christmas gift ideas
1| Books: coffee table books, classics, cookbooks, craft books.. There are so many books at the thrift stores and I am pretty sure you can find something for anyone.
2| Jewelry. For this one you may want to go to a pricier store. Regular thrift stores usually have cheaper jewelry. But stores on the higher end can offer a better selection and quality of jewelry.
3| Photo frame with the favorite photo of the person or you together, or their pet. You’ll be surprised how many great photo frames of different shape and size, and material you can find.
4| Board games and puzzles. Make sure the pieces are not lost and the box isn’t damaged.
5| Mugs, glasses, bowls. You can find very beautiful unique mugs and glasses. I have seen many mugs that are either hand made or made in Europe or locally. I have also seen many crystal glasses for a very cheap price. Unique-looking bowls can be a nice gift and they can be used not only for food but also as decoration.
6| Art and wall plates. I have seen SO MANY wall plates in different thrift stores. Usually, they are handmade and hand-painted which makes it super unique. When it comes to art you can find amazing prints or original works, sometimes even with signatures.
7| Quilt. Ok, so this is something that you will have to make from thrifted clothes and fabric if you can sew. Quilt making is on my list of things I want to make soon-ish. I think it’s a great gift that can be used in so many ways.
8| Home decor. Anything from sculptures of various sizes, to decorative baskets, jewelry boxes, and rugs.
9| Mirrors. You can find many unique and vintage mirrors of practically all sizes. This can be a great statement piece. Make sure the mirror is not loose in the frame and is not chipping off.
10| For your witchy and spiritual friends you can find many witchy items at the thrift stores from nice jars, treys, cauldrons, and candleholders to chalices, bells, and witchy art. You can make a nice basket full of small witchy things, I am sure it will be a nice gift.
11| Garden items. Depending on the thrift store, you can find almost anything for gardening. From pots and tools to bird baths and bird houses, seeds, and building materials to create a dream garden. A book about gardening, local plants or a guide on how to create a beautiful garden is always an option!
12| Baking items for those who love to bake. During the holiday season, thrift stores are especially full of various items for baking. Cookie cutters, pie pans, measuring cups all of this can be found and not only the price will be good but usually the quality is also way better than regular store items.
13| Vases. Again, there are so many unique-looking vases at thrift stores. From minimalist-looking to kitsch and traditional and so many colors too!
14| Statement sweaters, t-shirts or bags. If you’re looking for a gift for a fashion lover, this can be a great option!
15| Craft kits. For your creative friends and family, you can assemble a craft kit. Simply get tools and media that these people use or love. It can be sewing kits, fabrics, buttons, yarn, rocks, glitters, artificial flowers, paper, etc. There are so many items at the thrift stores that can be used by creative people. Do they love art journaling? Get them books with nice images. Do they make jewelry? Get them beaded necklaces that they can take apart and make their own out of the beads.
As I mentioned above a few times, you can also arrange your thrifted gifts and put them in the thrifted baskets or boxes or if you have smaller items like jewelry you can put them in a cute Christmas mug or bowl.
Let me know if you have any thrifted Christmas gift ideas. Are you going to thrift your gifts and what usually you are looking fo when thrifting gifts?