Now that the excitement of Halloween is over; it is time to think about another key date for our calendars – Christmas. Although some people choose to spend the entirety of the year planning and formulating preparations for December 25th, many of us instead prefer to utilise the period from Halloween onward in order to prepare for the big day. Here are some vintage style gift ideas for Christmas, which will hopefully give you some ideas for your nearest and dearest.
When buying gifts for lovers of vintage, the sheer scope of options available may initially appear overwhelming. Of course, the sooner gift planning commences, the better the chances are of finding the perfect vintage inspired gift.
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Vintage Style Gift Ideas – Art Deco
When buying for those with an eye for vintage, it is of course helpful to understand which eras and decades in particular they admire.
The Art Deco movement generally spans from 1925 through the 1930s. In 1925, the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts was held in Paris. Although the movement commenced prior to this, the exhibition became the catalyst for launching the style. The term Art Deco was generally used from the 1960s, when renewed academic and general interest produced a revival of the style.
Popular colors include gold, silver and black. Stars, moons, geometric designs and sunbeam patterns were all popular motifs. The movement was all about modernity, freshness, new exciting lines, shapes and styles. When buying Art Deco vintage style gift ideas for Christmas, look out for these colors and designs.
For Christmas tree decoration inspiration from the 1930s, (and a method for making fake snow!) see this post by Lindsay Lane here.
Vintage Gifts for Her – Boudoir Style
There are many gifting options to ensure the recipient feels like a Hollywood movie star! For vintage inspired boudoir gifts, think of make-up – Besame offer beautifully packaged items, all in period appropriate colors and shades. Perfect for any dressing table!
Bath and body products are also a great pampering option. What Katie Did offer a wonderful selection of loungewear, including cute mules in which to wear with style. Macy’s have a lovely selection of classy, yet luxurious pajamas, perfect for lounging in on Christmas day.
Also, think of books. Dita Von Teese’s book Your Beauty Mark would be the perfect gift for fans of her style (provided that is the recipient does not already own it! Although I held out from buying it for myself last year just in case I received it for Christmas – which I did not!)
Other gift ideas include beautiful yet functional items for the dressing table – make-up brush holders, jewelry holders or perfumes.
Vintage Inspired Gifts – Crafts & Sewing
This category may of course not be for everyone. But for those with a make do and mend nature, a craft inspired gift may be perfectly suited. Ideas include sewing patterns (check sizing before hand), tools appropriate to the craft – tape measure, pins, pattern weights, or even kits containing a project to complete.
If you are unsure which tools or materials to buy, instead opt for a craft themed gift. For example, if the recipient loves sewing, these notebooks from Modcloth are a perfect nod to the recipient’s passion. Another alternative would be crafting books, online class or even magazines appropriate to the particular craft or hobby.
Vintage Style Gift Ideas – Mid Century Glamour
For lovers of mid-century glamour, there is plenty of choices to select from. Arguably, the 1950s is the decade that today many vintage reproduction brands draw inspiration from, thereby increasing the selection of products available. For women’s clothing, look out for classic wiggle pencil skirt silhouettes, or their more voluminous counterparts – the circle skirt.
A petticoat could be the perfect gift if the recipient favors the full circle skirt style. Or, how about a cropped cardigan to team with those retro skirts? Boden offers a great selection of classic cropped cardigans, sitting on the natural waist for a flattering silhouette.
Alternatively, for a smaller gift accessories could be the perfect answer. Both Unique Vintage and Cats Like Us stock Erstwilder – an Australian company specializing in vintage inspired resin jewelry, predominantly brooches.
Vintage Gifts for the Home
Aside from clothing, accessories, bath and beauty products; home wares provide excellent gifting choice options. From kitchen wares, to bedding, to wall art to house plants – the choice can be as varied as the amount of rooms.
As William Morris once said – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Based on this, think about items the recipient may actually need, which they do not currently own. Or, think about items that could do with an update – I know my oven mitt is currently looking in a sorry state!
Alternately, think about decorative items – house plants, wall art, mirrors, trinket boxes, or even replacement cupboard/drawer handles. Keep in mind the general style of the recipient’s dwelling, and of course adhere to this.
Men’s Vintage Style Gift Ideas
When searching for gift ideas for men, keep in mind any items they may actually need, or would find useful. Some ideas include: Accessories – ties, cufflinks, cravats, hats, scarves, gloves, tie pins, suspenders. Clothing – shirts, waistcoat, vest or shoes. Aside from clothing and accessories, think about male grooming, there are many kits and gift sets available specifically intended as Christmas gift options.
Another option which would make a lovely gift is personalization. Paul Fredrick offers a monogram service on dress shirts, which would be a lovely vintage style gift idea for Christmas.
Vintage Style Gift Ideas for Christmas – Accessories
If you do have access to some sizing information, hats, gloves, stockings, socks and shoes could all be viable Christmas gifting options.
Accessories can make perfect small gifts or stocking fillers. Equally, they can hold special relevance in the form of jewelry, making the occasion a memorable one.
Here are some tips to help you find perfect vintage style gifts:
- Make a list of people you intend to gift to
- Think about their style, needs, eras they are drawn to, hobbies etc
- If shopping online, use appropriate key word phrases and filters for swift results
- Think about items the recipient would perhaps not buy for themselves, but are extremely useful – good quality gloves, luxurious robe etc
- Don’t forget gift wrap and labels
- Leave yourself enough time to receive items in the mail if shopping online, and in which to send gifts to the recipients in the mail
This article has outlined a few ideas for vintage style gift ideas for Christmas, hopefully providing inspiration for your nearest and dearest!