I absolutely love thrifting, which y’all probably know about me by now. So, it’s only natural that I thrift the items that I gift! Nearly every thrift store I’ve visited has yielded some amazing gems. There are things that that you wouldn’t think of as “second hand” or the negative connotation that receives because they are truly wonderful items! If you’re wanting to switch things up this Christmas, and if you’re searching for ways to make Christmas a little more eco-friendly, these thrift store gift ideas are perfect for you!
PIN the image to save it for later
1. A Bundle of books
For kids or other avid readers in your life, you can buy an entire bundle of books for the price you typically pay for one or two brand new books. People often donate books that are in perfect condition! I especially love discovering board books for my son because they are so easy to clean before he ever uses them. Here are some book bundles you can create:
- cook books
- board books
- chapter books for older kids
2. Classic Wooden Toys
Wooden toys seem old fashioned because toys these days are so elaborate. However, wooden toys are extremely beneficial for young children. The feeling of the natural material helps with their innate ability to learn through their senses. The lack of overly-characterized detail promotes a healthy growth of their imagination. Wooden toys that are carved from one piece of wood are less dangerous because they don’t have a million tiny parts that could potentially be a choking hazard.
3. Vintage ornaments
If you have friends who love to exchange ornaments or just obsess over Christmas , a one of a kind vintage ornament is something they’d love! Head in to the thrift stores as soon as Halloween is over to start your vintage ornament search.
4. Home Decor
Find unique decor that could help amplify the beauty of your loved one’s homes. Baskets are all the rage, and they are very useful. Thrift store are full of them! You can also find unique vintage furniture that could serve a new purpose, different from what it was originally created for, in someone’s home. “Old school” paintings are perfect for DIY makeovers and can be turned into modern works of art with a little paint and tape. One of my favorite finds has been this holiday themed throw blanket – it is heavy, beautiful, and so cozy!
5. A Gift Card or Thrift Experience
Do you know an avid thrift store shopper? Treat them to a gift card or gift certificate from a thrift store near them! If the store doesn’t carry gift cards, why not treat them to an EXPERIENCE? Plan a time to go thrifting together, and buy their finds for them!
I can spend endless hours searching the racks and shelves of my favorite thrift stores. Each time I look over the shelves, I see something new and wonderful. This Christmas, turn your favorite thrift stores into your Christmas shopping stores. Treat your loved ones to the magic of thrift store finds. The earth will thank you, and your people will thank you for such thoughtful gifts, too!