Five vintage Christmas gift ideas

Stuck on the present buying? Vintage blogger Sarah-Jane Hosegood presents five inspiring ideas

Sarah-Jane runs the weekly Twitter vintage networking event #vintagefindhour. In her blog for H&A she writes about her most recent finds, fair experiences and vintage ideas for the home. This month she gives her top tips for beating the Christmas shopping rush

Are you racking your brain for Christmas gift ideas? Wouldn’t it be refreshing to discover something unique and inexpensive - an alternative to the mass-produced presents churned out each year and likely as not destined for the car boot sale pile by the time the summer strikes?

Enter vintage and retro. Finds with style and a sense of history make an alluring gift and, if you needed more reason in this climate-conscious world, it’s also the most eco savvy way to shop.

Hundreds of online shops, fairs and markets are popping up across the UK.  Industrious vintage dealers have scoured the country all year and Christmas is the ideal moment to hunt through their finds. And, though some vintage ware is not practical for modern day use, many are cleverly upcycling items into a tempting range of alternatives.

Ranging from favourite dealers to homemade inspiration, here are a few favourite vintage gift ideas to get you started.

  1. Talented artisan Nicky of Nostalgia Stonehouse, among other handmade pieces, creates adorable Christmas fairies using pretty vintage bits and pieces. Every fairy is unique and painstakingly put together from fabric, lace, costume jewellery and old Christmas decorations. They even have their own names. While previewing Nicky’s gift collection I was also enticed by her sparkly costume jewellery, beautifully presented in old tins lined with lace and covered in sheet music, while wrapped in ribbons and finished off with an eye-catching diamante brooch, antique glass bottles lined a shelf filled with pearls. Both are tempting shopping ideas and great tips for gift presentation.
  2. If you in the West Country this month, another favourite haunt of mine is The Robins Nest in Bristol’s Unity Street. Six fabulous traders have filled the shop with an array of homeware, clothing, furniture and gifts. Put together by fair organiser Sian at Magpies and I this Christmas pop-up vintage shop is well worth a visit.
  3. To learn to create your own presents why not try an upcycling and styling workshop? Passionate about craft and being eco-friendly, Chris at GDUK Style offers a range of courses that take place throughout London and the south. Alternatively you could learn to do it with a friend and give them a gift voucher for Christmas!
  4. Try putting your own twist on a vintage find by adding little extras. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, give your goodies a vintage edge by filling up a vintage Kilner Jar with cookies, stollen or truffles and wrap it with gold ribbons. Or try re-purposing lonesome vintage saucers into little soaps or as a jewellery dish. Pop a scented soap or some costume jewels on one and wrap secure with a piece of ribbon or lace.
  5. For a nod towards luxury, create your own vintage hamper. An old vanity case filled with tempting beauty or spa products is perfect for those who like pampering. Or for foodies treat them to enamel baking tins or saucepans brimming with a selection of cheeses and chutneys.

And after all that shopping, be sure to put your feet up and indulge in a small tipple - Babycham for me!

If you use Twitter join Sarah-Jane’s #VintageXmas evening shopping events at #vintagefindhour every Wednesday throughout December at 8pm. Use both hashtags to see what’s on offer.

Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath
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