Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thrifty Gift Guide

One of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is gift-giving! In a perfect world, I would have an unlimited budget to shower my friends and family with the perfect presents. Much like shopping for my closet, however, creativity and thriftiness are key. I've found that even if you buy a gift for $3 at Salvation Army, adding a small personal touch will make it priceless! Without further ado, here are some budget-friendly (but still special) holiday gift ideas. After all, the old saying really does ring true: it's the thought that counts!


1. Buy a quirky cookie jar from a thrift store and fill with homemade treats.

2. Add studs, stitching or buttons to a vintage clutch or thrifted sweater. 

3. If you're artistically inclined, paint or draw a custom piece that has special meaning.

4. Make some delicious candy, place in pretty packaging and present with a handmade card.

5. Find a unique vase at a thrift store to house a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. 

6. Sew something simple like a potholder or tote with cute recycled fabric. 

7. Knit a scarf or some other cool yarn creation.

8. Curate a collection of kitschy vintage mugs and give with a pound of coffee to the caffeine-addict(s) in your life.

9. Customize a cheap knit cap with a bow or fabric flower.

10. Has your sister or best friend repeatedly professed love for a garment you own? Give it to her!

11. Find an interesting old tin and put a vintage necklace or watch inside. 

12. Serenade your sweetheart with a mixed CD of thoughtfully selected tracks. Bonus points for original sleeve artwork!

I know this list is pretty limited in scope, but hopefully there's something here to inspire anyone who is strapped for cash this season. Chances are, if you're excited to give it, they will be excited to receive it! Happy, happy holidays!

10 comments:

Kellie W. said...

This was a cute list! I love the cookie jar one. My best friend loves cookies, so I might use that idea for her gift!

maryeb said...

Great ideas. I've done a few of these over the years, but others are new to me.
Thanks for the thrifty inspiration.

Sophi said...

The cookie one is a really cute idea! I also like the idea of mugs+coffee... Unfortunately all of the caffeine addicts in my life already have way too many mugs :P

xoxo Sophi

Stella said...

I've given thrifted pieces before for Christmas, but I think this Christmas is going to be DIY. I'm going to (try) to make beaded necklaces for everyone. I have to get on it ASAP, though...great list!

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emily @ tulipandhudson.tumblr.com said...

This is great! In an effort to budget this year I was thinking of hitting up the thirft store, but wasn't sure what would be appropriate. I love the cookie jar and coffee one! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

I love the idea of giving a piece of clothing to a friend - just not sure I have anything anyone covets!!

whatevergatsby said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Plain and simple. You just saved me so much $$ and stressed out I'mshoppingat12amforeveryoneandtheimother-nights!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

last year my sister made me an apron from vintage fabric she got from a yardsale! this list is brilliant!

cdockstader said...

All awesome gift ideas. I am totally into thrifting for this seasons gifts. Plus the thought that goes into a thrift hunt for your loved ones means a lot also!