Have yourself a thrifty little Christmas this year. While it’s true that this can be an expensive time of the year, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. Why? You can find fabulous Christmas gifts at your local thrift store. All it takes is a little imagination, some vision and a willingness to spend a little time treasure hunting. It’s time to think outside of the stereotypical retail Xmas box. So, to help you along, here are my Top 5 Thrifted Gift Ideas that are sure to keep you under budget this holiday season!
1. For The Sweet Tooth Crowd
Find a new or vintage cake stand, pie pan, cookie jar or beautiful, decorative plate (wash them first, of course), then fill them with goodies that either you bake or that you buy from your favorite local bakery. (If there’s no time for that, head to the store’s Xmas section, buy a bag of Xmas ornaments and place them where the sweety goodness would go to add a bit of color). Also, look for old-fashioned ice cream sundae glasses and then combine them with a book on ice cream or put them in a basket with a cute checkered hand towel. Cost: Under $20.
2. For The Guys
You would not believe the amazing men’s ties that I have found at thrift stores, most for around $1.99 or less. Comb through the tie rack and look for quality silk ties or vintage ties with interesting fabrics and designs. Often, you’ll find designer labels, too. You may want to examine the tie carefully to make sure that it doesn’t have any stains, and make sure that the backing is in place. Once you’ve found your treasure, head to the glass case near the cash register to scout out any tie tacks or cuff links that you can add to round out your gift. Cost: Under $10.
3. For The Kids
Thrift stores -especially those in more affluent areas – often get donations of excellent children’s clothing and toys. As we know, kid’s clothes can go through the wringer more than adult clothing, so be sure to examine them for wear and tear and stains. Sometimes, with a little cleaning at home, even some tough stains can come out. There is a stain remover called Zout that works like a charm. Cost: Under $5
4. For Your Favorite Book Worm
The book section of your local thrift store often becomes a receptacle of recent, popular bestsellers. Not to mention the ocassional first edition or antiquarian book that sometimes gets lost in the bookshelves. Take a little time to peruse the book section and be amazed at what you can find. Think about what an area of interest is for the person(s) you are shopping for and you may just find the perfect gift! Cost: Under $5
5. For The Gals
The best place to look for interesting and inexpensive costume jewelry is the glass case at your favorite thrift store. Stores often place their more valuable jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for your favorite fashionista or jewelry hound under glass to protect them. Scour the glass cases for the highest quality goods available in the store, then look for unique brooches, rings, necklaces, or earrings that will really let you have yourself a merry little Christmas. Look for items that would appeal to the person you are shopping for and then be proud of yourself for saving so much money. Cost: Under $15.
With just a sprinkle of imagination, you’ll have fun imagining all sorts of thrift store goods taking on a second life this holiday season. Drop me a line, if you have any questions (See “Contact” Page) or if you want a hint on where you can find great holiday gifts like these! Save lots of money and recycle, to boot. Your holiday can’t get any greener than this! So, Have Yourself a Thrifty Little Christmas. And, Happy Thrifting!