How to get the vintage look (part 9): Gifts

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for the vintage lover can be tricky – even if you know their favourite style and era, there’s no guarantee even the best vintage store will have exactly what you’re after. Check out our no-fail vintage-inspired gifts below – and our favourite DIY retro wrapping ideas…

1. It’s a wrap

We love the Japanese furoshiki style of wrapping – no need to waste paper and the perfect excuse to dig out your prettiest fabrics. Add extra vintage styling with ribbons, retro baubles and a cute printed luggage tag like this idea.



2. Get cutie

This sweet idea’s not just for kids! Keep your gift wrapping simple then use baker’s twine or ribbon to attach a wee feltie as an extra gift. Find the retro templates for these designs on Lia Griffith’s blog.



3. Simple styling

Head down to your corner shop for the postie’s favourite – brown paper! This versatile, strong and trad parcel paper makes the perfect blank canvas for getting creative. Add a vintage spin with washi tape, ribbons, doilies, rosettes and stickers. Check out these ideas for wrapping with brown paper.


4. Scrap happy

Get mix and matching to use up your paper scraps for truly retro wrapping – perfect for smaller parcels. We love these ideas of using leftover buttons and even walk-in-the-woods finds such as holly and acorn cups.



5. Sweet stamping

Make even the quickest panic-bought-in-the-garage gift look special with some good quality plain paper and your own hand-stamped design. Traditional parcel string and a little pine cone as in this blog’s style idea adds to the rustic vibe.



6. Me old china

Anthropologie has some of the best vintage-style gifts on the high street. Tea-drinkers will love this gorgeous retro teacup – big enough to fit in a large quantity of a festive blend like this cinnamon infusion from Fortnum & Mason.


7. Something sweet

Yummy caramels are the perfect gift for the vintage-lover with a sweet tooth – especially when they come in an old-fashioned embossed tin like this one! Farrah’s Creamy Caramels are still made the traditional way in copper pans.



8. Soap star

Your favourite vintage vixen will love a little old-fashioned indulgence this Christmas-time. These skin-pampering soaps from historic British company D.R. Harris come in a gorgeous retro box – the ideal gift for bathing beauties.



9. Dream diary

Stationery fans will love Present & Correct’s vintage and retro-inspired paper pretties. Start their year in style with the gift of this gorgeous planner, available in four pastel shades.


10. Christmas star

But of course, a genuine retro treat is always going to make your vintage pal smile. This scrumptious stars and planets comb from Eclectic Eccentricity will keep her beehive in place all through the party season.

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