How to find a vintage gift
There has been an increase in reproducing, reconditioning and reevaluating vintage products in the last years. More people are openly admitting to being addicted to the image and style connected to an old-fashioned way of life.
This is great news for gift sellers but a numbing statement for those who have to buy this sort of gifts. Many people are so well adapted to the modern lifestyle and technology that it is really hard to think of the design of some objects that have existed before them and even funny to imagine their usefulness or find them stylish in any way.
That’s why some assistance would prove vital in identifying cool vintage gifts. We created this guide to help you with your purchase and you’ll even seem knowledgeable after reading it.
Keep in mind that like all other gifts, these, too, have to match the hobbies, personal style, age, and gender of the person they’re addressed to. Not all vintage items are equally appealing to all vintage lovers. A tea party set is not what an old mechanic would appreciate, but you can count on a positive reaction from a retired aunt or a classy young lady.
How we chose the coolest vintage gifts
These principles are what we had in mind when we were in your position. You can improve them by opting for a thematic guide, but the general lines will probably be the same.
Gifts that match a passion
People who display a love for objects that belong to the good old days often have hobbies and passions that keep them connected to what once used to be better, or at least touched by charm and poetry.
That is why it’s likely to impress someone who collects stamps by offering them an old postcard or make someone happy by giving them bookends if they love to read and have overflowing shelves of books.
If you don’t know anything of these tastes yet, you’ll have to ask around and find out in what sort of hobbies and activities is the person interested. Then you can search for something that suits or complements that special interest.
Think of records or gramophones when you come across people who listen to record players or try to buy vintage LED watches and slide rules for the geeks. This sort of gifts are always meaningful and keep people happy for a long time.
The best thing about this type of presents is that you don’t necessarily have to find something that’s useful or working. Persons who like to watch old movies will appreciate vintage movie posters just because they consider them collectibles and a broken pendulum can be just as good a gift as a working one, particularly for those who like it for the atmosphere it inspires.
Vintage and retro gifts for women
Choosing a nice gift is easy when you take into account someone’s natural disposition. You’ll find that most women treasure the delicacy of ornaments more and the impact home decor has on the house than most men. Sometimes they go overboard and gather impressive amounts of vintage clothes and fill their home with things men would gladly get rid of.
You can offer them picture frames, old bed table clocks and lamps to change the scene in their bedroom. Or maybe go for the silver, ceramic and steelware that you can’t find in big stores but is usually abundant in most of the vintage shops.
To cheer their kitchen, even more, see if you can get your hands on teapots, cups, and trays. Ladies who are fond of receiving visitors will be delighted to have them on display and receive compliments and praise.
Never neglect old jewelry as most women have a taste for it. Whether it’s old map necklaces, pearls, brooches or rings, they will feel great receiving them and finding ways to blend them with some item in their wardrobe.
Sunglasses, hats, and bandanas work just as well if the person is wont to wear retro clothes and sometimes looks like she arrived from a chic 60’s movie. Add an old school camera to that and you probably deserve a medal for all the cool choices.
Vintage gifts for men
If you were assigned to pick some cool retro gifts for guys, then you are probably the lucky bearer of some tin plate. Men seem to be eager to give their home, garage or shop the appearance of a shipwreck or postnuclear abandoned shelter rather than embellish it with nice rococo mirrors or peacock lamps.
Vintage lovers and antique collectors will happily welcome any sign or plate that has fallen off a wall or seems to point to some mysterious and dangerous activity. Metal signs with a biohazard symbol or an ionizing radiation trefoil are nice for them and road signs or license plates are just as good, as long as they look decayed and look like they have been through a lot.
If you don’t see yourself coming with a warning sign at his party, you could offer him some vintage patches for the more casual clothes, silver and gemstone cufflinks or a tie clip for his formal wear. And he could show increased interest for anything that secretly turns him into a pirate, like nautical telescopes, leather notebooks as well as natural wood covered notebooks.
If he’s less of a pirate you can pick an old tin coffee can, a carpenter’s plane block, wood shoe molds and branded crates or baskets, as well as other similar options.
The best vintage gifts are authentic items that have been spared by the passage of time. It’s also true that some of them are much more expensive. If you’re trying to buy some PC models that were on the market in the 70’s, apothecary bottles, 302 telephones or typewriters, you could have a surprise and fight with passionate collectors over them.
On the other hand, things like vintage salt and pepper shakers, fountain pens, ukuleles or walking sticks are less expensive and could still be put to use. That somehow makes them more remarkable than collection items and gives them more emotional value.
You can always opt for handmade vintage gifts because they’re also trendy, and you can find vintage-looking products created by the industry.