Tis the season to give but no one says gift giving always has to be new items. I’m an avid thrifter for mostly clothing (@shopnativeandsol) and I have so much fun every time I’m out searching for special pieces and items. I always find amazing things for myself and always think “I would love to be gifted this.” So today I’m sharing with you thrifted gift ideas that your loved ones and friends would love to receive.
I love finding unique pieces of jewelry at thrift stores. You can snag some really cool pieces for a steal. I love hunting for turquoise or other gems. If you’re crafty or make jewelry, you can easily create something handmade and unique.
Secondhand blankets and throws are great gifts especially during the holiday season where everyone is just looking to be cozy and snuggle up. I have found some of my favorite blankets at the thrift store.
Fold and wrap them up and add a little ribbon or string to finish it off. You can also add it to a cozy gift basket.
This is an area where I always find a ton of things for myself. From wall hangings to basket, a lot of items throughout the year come home with me.
Here’s a list of home decor items that you can gift:
- Mugs: can be added to gift baskets or filled with candy.
- Cool cups: If you’re crafty you can make your own candles in unique jars, cups, crystal, or tea cups.
- Wall hangings/Art: Think of things the person likes. For example: I love butterflies so I always snag a good unique butterfly piece.
- Fames: Fill unique frames with photos of you and your loved one.
- Baskets: I love baskets and have so many in my home that I thrifted. I use them as waist bins, storing and organizing items, or even as a gift basket.
- Candles/Candle Holders: You can find antique candle holders or vintage sets that you can wrap and gift by adding some candles (that you might find new at the thrift store).
This is an easy gift that you can fill with florals from your own garden or plants that you pick up at your local nursery or garden center.
If you start early in the year, you can propagate succulents, pothos, snake plants, and even fiddle figs. Plant your propagated items in cute jars, vases or pots for a unique gift.
A lot of donated items are barely used or new in condition. Bags, belts, scarves, and luggage are items that you can find in amazing condition. Get creative on how to fill these up.
My dad did this one year where he gifted us only second hand items. I got a really cool vintage makeup bag that was filled with unique jewelry and accessories.
Often forgotten but think of a time where you’ve ever donated anything. They are probably items that were new or barely used. Craft sections that I’ve seen always have a ton of new kits like cross-stitching, scrapbooking kits, etc. You can also find fun family games and puzzles to gift kids or puzzle lovers.
This can be a harder area unless you specifically know the persons sizes. But normally the people you’re close to or live with, it’s not too hard to snag some measurements or sizes.
I always find amazing things for myself and often times become some of my favorite items in my closet. Look for high quality items or brands that you know they love already.
Books are great items to add to gift baskets or individually. Focus on things that your loved one/friend is interested in (hobbies, genres, etc.). Kids books are another great find to give you little one. Kids go through books and toys so quick that you mine as well save you bucks and buy these second hand.
Know someone who collects certain things? Be on the lookout for a unique find. Vintage and polaroid cameras are also very popular right now and make amazing gift. Antique jewelry boxes are also a good idea to fill with vintage jewelry you find.
Are you crafty or make something? Look for supplies and materials at the thrift and second hand stores. The options are limitless in this area. I just got these cool crystal glasses that I’ll be turning into candles.
Are you good at sewing? Look for material and notions to create pillows, custom pet bandanas, pot holders or other DIY items.
Presentation is everything…
Buying thrifted or second hand shouldn’t be shamed or seen as tacky. It’s a great way to be frugal and sustainable. It’s a great way to think out of the box and really think about the person you’re buying for.
Get creative with presentation and the way you display your gifts. Add twine, ribbon, and tags (also thrift these haha) for a personal and gifted touch. Most importantly have fun with it!
I hope you enjoyed these thrifted gift ideas! Think I missed something? Add it to the comments below! 🙂
xx // christine