Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The 12 Vintage Gifts of Christmas (Part 2) 7-12

The 12 Vintage Gifts of Christmas 

Are you having trouble finding that unique gift for someone?  Have you thought about a vintage gift? Here are some ideas below to get you thinking...!

7.  Vintage Christmas Decorations:   Vintage Christmas decorations such as ornaments, knick knacks, etc. can make for a really cute gift reminding us of the nostalgia, traditions and whimsy of the season. Make sure the piece or pieces you choose are in good condition. Here is my pick from CocktailsAtFour Etsy shop. What a great tin for candies or cookies!

Vintage West German Embossed Tin for Giving Christmas Cookies, Candy or Other Goodies For an Extra Special Touch

8.  Vintage Maps:  A unique gift for someone who has moved to a new area or loves his or her town is a vintage map framed. They have a great look. Here is one from my hometown from the Etsy shop- artdeco.

old map of Buffalo New York from 1901 showing the city streets in pastel pink digital image no. 669

9.  Vintage Books:  Technology is a wonderful thing but there is nothing like opening an old classic book, feeling the pages and the binding. A favorite childhood book can make an excellent gift for that reader in the family. When buying a vintage book for a gift make sure there is no writing on inside cover or pages, make sure pages are intact and not torn. Here is one of my favorites from the Etsy shop ladyfranslibrary.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS  by Emily Bronte ANTIQUE Edition Gothic Story Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

10. Vintage Serving Pieces:  Do you know a newlywed or someone who just loves to entertain? This is a perfect gift for them. Make sure there are no chips, cracks or staining. This is really a very useful practical gift. Here is a Christmas themed set from the Etsy shop thecreekhouse.
vintage egg nog serving set

11.  Vintage Toys:  Vintage toys are a fun gift for any age!  Make sure they are clean and in good working condition. If purchasing a vintage toy for a child make sure the toy is safe. Many vintage toys are not safe. This is very important to remember. Vintage toys are highly collectible.  How cute is this kitchen set from the Etsy shop LemondropTreasures. 
Super RARE Vintage 3 Piece Pink TIN Play Toy KITCHEN Set Japan Sink Stove Range Fridge Refrigerator

12.  Vintage Perfume Bottles: Do you have a special lady to buy for?  Vintage perfume bottles make a wonderful personal gift. They are very collectible.  They come in all shapes, colors and styles with many beautiful designs.   Here is an art deco bottle that is one of my favorites from the Etsy shop ODONA. 
VINTAGE Art Deco Frosted Amethyst Purple Crystal Decorative Vanity Perfume Bottle

I hope these suggestions help you with your Christmas list!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The 12 Vintage Gifts of Christmas- Part 1 (1-6)

The 12 Vintage Gifts of Christmas

Are you having trouble finding that unique gift for someone?  Have you thought about a vintage gift? Here are some ideas below to get you thinking...!

1.  Vintage Jewelry:  Vintage jewelry especially bracelets and brooches make great gifts. Vintage jewelry is often of better quality than modern pieces. You can find something truly unique for that special someone.  Here is a piece from my shop that would make a great gift-
Vintage Silvertone Gerrys Turtle Brooch with Turquoise Stone

2. Vintage Accessories: Other accessories such as compacts, hair combs, lighters, hand mirrors, belt buckles are great stocking stuffers.  Any items such as compacts and hair combs should be disinfected with rubbing alcohol.  Here is a beautiful hair comb from ElrondsEmporium on Etsy-

Vintage hair comb Victorian Spanish style blue rhinestone hair accessory

3. Vintage Handbag, Purse or Wallet: A quality designer vintage handbag, purse or wallet is also a great choice. Make sure the piece is very clean.  Here is a great vintage Gucci wallet from GrimmVintage on Etsy-
 Vintage Navy and Red Gucci Hand Clasp Wallet

4.  Vintage Kitchenware: Vintage kitchenware can make a great gift for the first time homeowner or newlywed. Here is a piece I simply adore from CurryBungalow on Etsy-

Vintage Sadler Teapot with Beautiful Rose Design and Gold Trim

5. Vintage Art: Vintage artwork can be great. Make sure to choose something that is of the taste of the person you are buying it for, not yours.  Also, it should be framed. Who wants the trouble of searching out the right size frame for a gift? Here is a great piece from CLYDEhome on Etsy.  Just lovely.

Vintage painting FLORAL original signed and framed still life flowers olive green white framed artwork

6. Vintage Knick-Knacks:  These often can be tacky but if you search out the right piece a knick knack can be a nice gift. Make sure it is relevant to the person's life or interests. 
Here is a very cute knick-knack from AllVintageKnickKnack-
Vintage Miniature Frog Figurines, Knick Knacks, Frog, Porcelain Animals for Knick Knacks Shelf, Kitsch, Mid Century Miniatures

PART 2 coming soon!!