I could get on a soapbox and talk about giving vintage Christmas gifts all day long (You’ll avoid excess packaging! Circumvent advertiser-driven materialism! Help the environment!). But the truth is, there are two very good, very non-political reasons to go vintage for the holidays: You’ll be giving beautiful, unique gifts that no one else will have, and you’ll be able to give a lot more of them. Giving vintage clothes can be tough, but housewares and accessories are great bets. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Vintage Punch Bowl. If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know this suggestion came courtesy of Robert Verdi at his Tweet Up last week, and it was a head-smacking, â€œWhy didn’t I think of that?â€ moment. You can find vintage punch bowls to suit any taste or dÃ©cor: elegant crystal; funky, psychedelic patterns from the 60s; or kitschy mid-century mod designs, and they’re (usually) less expensive than something from a mass-market housewares store. Great for weddings and housewarmings, too.
2. Re-fashioned Earrings. Nothing glams up a little black dress quite like a pair of rhinestone earrings from the 40s, and they can be had for a song at garage sales and thrift shops. But since ear-piercing was uncommon before the 1960s and 70s, most vintage earrings have clip- or screw-on backs. Plenty of people find them uncomfortable â€” or just fear losing one during a raucous night on the town â€”so before you wrap them up, follow these instructions to easily replace the backs with studs or wire.
3. Opera Gloves. Another Robert Verdi gift suggestion that I endorse is vintage opera gloves. They’re beautiful for holiday parties and wearable through spring (really!). He turned me on to the fact that you can get glove stretchers to help slide them over your elbows, so fear not impossibly tiny-looking glove.
4. Scarves. Get them by the handful at your local Goodwill or buy a lot on eBay, then press them, box them and dole them out willy nilly to feel like Santa. Long, thin scarves make great bows on packages, too.
5. Vintage Christmas Stockings. Kitschy old Christmas stockings can be snagged for a couple of bucks online â€” less than the cost of a schmancy gift bag. Fill ’em with candy and give them to friends.
1. Vintage Punch Bowl, Etsy
2. Re-fashioned Earrings, Becky Ellis
3. Opera Gloves, Etsy
4. Scarves, eBay
5. Vintage Christmas Stocking, Etsy