December 2, 2016

The Ultimate Vintage Gal's Gift Guide

This is going to be a slightly lengthy post. I decided this year to pull together a pretty full guide full of ideas rather than just specific products that would all make great gifts for the vintage inclined. Whether you are shopping for the vintage lover in your life, or don't really know what you'd like yourself this year ;) I am here to help with several suggestions! What can I say, I am a shopaholic who loves gifting season. I love shopping for gifts, I love wrapping gifts, I love giving gifts! 

So here are some ideas for the retro enthusiasts, stylish seamstresses, and vintage visionaries among us!

1) Any vintage loving gal would love a mirrored vanity tray for her perfume bottles. What could be more glamorous than a sparkling vanity top crowded with gilt accessories after all? (Etsy)

2) Beloved by retro fashionistas everywhere, any of Beseme's products would make great gifts! This powder set would be a great introduction to their vintage inspired products and beautiful packaging. (Beseme)

3) All hat lovers need a place to store their hat pins, and what better than a vintage or antique hat pin holder. Readily available on Etsy or Ebay, there are so many to choose from that it would be easy to find one in colors or patterns to suit every hat lover in your life! A great gift to combine with hat pins themselves, or a hat of course! (Etsy)

4) For atop the vanity tray of choice, how about a lovely deco glass vanity set? Perfume atomizer, matching jars, lipstick holders and trays, sets like these are readily found and again available in an array of colored glass or painted porcelain. (Esty)

5) What could be a better hostess or house warming gift than a jewel shaped decanter in dark moody amethyst? Wouldn't this modern number from Anthropologie look just great adorning any bar top? So pretty, perfect for your poison of choice! (Anthropologie)

6) Or learn a new cocktail recipe and bring along a yummy flavored syrup like Monin's lavender simple syrup. I love to mix this in with lemonade, and gin of course ;) A drop of rose flavored syrup is amazing in champagne <3(Amazon)

7) For the more adventurous why not bring along a new tipple to try? I recently tried Japanese sake for the first time and have since totally fallen for it's smooth and often sweet flavor. (A liquor store near you ;) )

8) Another great hostess gift for the classy bar cart set are vintage glass-wear sets. I can't wait to have a china cabinet full of different glittering or painted cocktail glasses one day. Pair with a classic cocktail recipe book and the holiday party is already started! (Etsy)

9) Alright, this is a pretty pricey bottle opener, but look how cute it is! For your favorite cat lady :) (Modcloth)

10) For those who are already sake lovers, I think vintage sake serving sets are just the most elegant gift idea! I recently picked up a classic white porcelain set from Cost Plus World Market, but vintage sets like this from Etsy are even prettier! (Esty)

11) It may seem odd to get someone a giant roll of paper as a gift, but if they are getting into pattern drafting they will thank you! I need some more myself! Alphanumeric paper just makes pattern drafting easier and is a great addition to any seamstress' work space. (Atlas Levy)

12) A luxurious gift to be sure, a serger sewing machine is a welcome upgrade to any sewer's craft room. Perfect for sewing knits and indispensable for preventing frayed edges on seams. (Joann)

13) Another investment pieces, owning a PGM professional dress form (with those lovely collapsible shoulders) is the dream of many sewers everywhere. Perfect for draping, PGM dress forms are what we used in apparel design school, and I miss them dearly! I need to invest in a new one, and I can't imagine how amazing it would be to receive one as a gift! (PGM)

14) Novelty pins make instagram shots of projects even cuter, it's a proven fact. Sewers aren't necessarily inclined to buy cute pins for themselves, so they would make great stocking stuffers or add-ons to any sewing related presents! (Amazon)

15) If the PGM dress forms and new serger machines are a bit lofty (they are pricey after all!) a more affordable gift for the seamstress in your life could be a new shining pair of fabric scissors. Nice shears like these classic silver Gingher's are a great tool, and make for a pretty gift too! (Amazon)

16) I always recommend this book, but that's because I still use it all the time since buying it ages ago for design school! Patternmaking for Fashion Design would be an excellent gift for intermediate to advanced sewers who want to learn to make their own sewing patterns. (Amazon)

17) Another great book to add to a sewers library is Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques. It's always nice to get into the nitty gritty of seam finishes and even tailoring techniques, there is never a bad time to learn new skills! (Amazon)

18) The best book for inspiration has got to be the Kyoto Costume Institutes Fashion. I myself have the 2002 edition, though they have released several editions since and I am interested to get my hands on a newer one to see what they may have added in the last decade! (Amazon)

19) Most Dita fans have probably picked up her latest book Your Beauty Mark: A Guide to Eccentric Glamour, but if for some reason it missed your radar it would make a lovely gift! (Amazon)

20) Another fun gift would be classic Hollywood films on DVD, I have several on my own wishlist this year including The Women and The Thin Man collection from Turner Classic Movies! TCM has a lot of combo DVD's that are quite inexpensive but would make great gifts for someone getting into classic films! (Amazon)

21) And for cozying up inside with a good book or film, how about a beautiful tea cup? Tea and coffee just seem fancier in a pretty cup, and I quite like these sorta art deco jewel painted cups and saucers from Anthropologie. (Anthropologie)

22) Another luxurious gift for the tea lover, Laudree teas would make such a lovely gift! They are hard to get your hands on in the US, but European shoppers are in luck as they have their teas available online. I remember loving the Marie Antoinette blend when I frequented Laudree in London! (Laudree)

23) Another great book, though you will have to buy it used, is actress Marsha Hunt's The Way We Wore. A wonderful collection of photographs from Hunt's time as a model and actress, this awesome book covers 1930's and 1940's fashion with Hunt's stories of Hollywood in it's heyday. (Amazon)

24) There are nice petticoats, there are scratchy sad petticoats, and then there are lovely soft cloud petticoats from Malco Modes! Any gal would love to have a petticoat upgrade if they wear full skirts often <3 (Maclo Modes)

25) Silk scarves are such a perfect gift item! They come in every pattern and combination of colors ever and you can find them at any price point so it's easy to find one that fits the gift recipient you have in mind :) (Etsy)

26) Another glamorous gift would be a pretty jeweled compact, either vintage or new! Perfect stocking stuffer! (Etsy)

27) I will blame Mary Crawley (from Downton Abbey) for making me want beautiful kimono to wear while my ladies maid does my hair...okay for when I do my own hair ;) I think it would be amazing to receive a vintage kimono as a gift! (Etsy)

28) Whiting and Davis mesh handbags are super classic and they made them from the 1920s through the 1980s! They seem to be available from every era, and the 30s-50s ones are very similar in style so they match most eras perfectly. In gold, silver, white, or black mesh they are super cute! (Etsy)

29) Somehow I'm ending on something that seems quite random! Vintage hat stands are a super practical and fun gift that again would be great in combination with a hat as a present.


Whew! So those are my 29 gift ideas for the vintage lover in your life <3 What else is on your own wishlist this year? I have a few pairs of cute retro shoes on my wishlist this year, a girl can never have too many pairs of cute shoes right ;)


  1. Great selection!! My wish list just expanded... x

    1. Thanks Porcelina! Mine too, making this list was dangerous for my wishlist ;)

  2. Some lovely ideas here! What would you most like?

    1. Thank Kate-Em! The TCM dvds are definitely on my own list, and I would be amazed to be gifted a kimono, I just love them!


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