Are you tired of getting your sister, mom or niece the same ol’ kind of gift each year? Is it still hard after 20 years to figure out a great gift for your dad? Wouldn’t it be nice to find the perfect gift that they will love? Here are my 100 budget friendly vintage gift ideas from Etsy (2023). And don’t worry if your family member isn’t a vintage lover. These gifts ideas are ideal for everyone!
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FAQ About Giving Vintage Gifts
Who Would Enjoy A Vintage Gift?
Whether it’s birthdays, mother’s day or Christmas, we are continuously trying to find gifts for those we love without it being, well, another gift card or candle. Yes, for Christmas we try to simplify and draw names or do a gift exchange. But there are still parents’ birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, sister’s birthdays, college students graduating and the list can go on.
I do love giving people gifts, but it can certainly get overwhelming real fast. Especially when I prioritize the personal touch of a unique gift suited to the individual!
Even if you don’t have lots of family, you probably have friends, a partner and certainly your kids. Yes, you can buy your non-vintage loving husband a vintage gift. As for your less than gentle kids? Oh boy, don’t get me started. I’ve written a whole post on kids living with vintage items. The following gift guide will help you curate the best Etsy gifts for the upcoming holiday season!
Aren’t Vintage Gifts Expensive?
The terms “vintage” or “antique” often scare people away. Ideas of museum quality paintings, sculptures and gilded chairs somehow come to mind.
Depending on who defines the term, “vintage” is a term for anything 20 – 40 years old. That means anything created before 2003 (or 1983 for the 40 year mark) is considered vintage. Pretty sure there are a TON of items people used everyday that fit into that category. That means there are lots of options for every budget!
“Antique” is something over 100 years old. Yes, this makes antiques harder to come by, but still, there can be lots of items that are budget friendly, if you know what and where to look. It may take a little bit of hunting, but you can certainly find an inexpensive gift to fit the bill.
Aren’t Vintage Items Fragile?
When people think of old items, they envision delicate figurines at Grandma’s and the reminder of “Don’t run in the house!” No one wants to go back to the days of tip toeing around shelves of breakables – especially those with young children.
But again, vintage items are things that are 20 – 40 years old. If you don’t want fragile figurines, then don’t buy fragile figurines. Electronics, tools, toys, Industrial machines, clothing, hard working farm items and more all fit into the term “vintage.” Some of the most affordable gifts fall into this category.
Do you have a brother in law who loves 70’s Rock and Roll? Then a vintage concert T shirt or record album may be just the thing! (And it certainly isn’t fragile.) High quality does not have to mean expensive. It often can be a cheap gift idea without looking, you know, CHEAP.
Isn’t Buying A Vintage Gift Kind of Like Giving Someone Leftover Garage Sale Items?
In our culture, people shy away from giving “used” gifts. I guess used items are equal to cheap gifts in order to get rid of your unwanted junk. But some of the best gifts are ones with a history. As long as they’re in good condition, vintage and antique gifts are some of the most thoughtful items to give! And it is a zero waste gift, which is another win in my book.
If you put thought into purchasing something (even if it’s not that expensive) specifically suited to someone’s interests, then you are not giving a cast off, second hand gift. One of my friends absolutely loves used books – her favorite gift of all is a vintage book! There is nothing easier. I can easily find inexpensive vintage books thrift stores. (If only all my friends were this easy to buy for!)
In fact, giving a vintage gift is a lot more thoughtful than running to a retail store to mindlessly purchase a candle, bath soap or, heavens, a gift card just so you can get on with your day. (Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good candle and gift card. Bath soap…not so much.)
So whether you’re buying for an animal lover or a techy geek, Etsy is the perfect place to support small businesses run by a vibrant community of real people. AND you can find just the perfect, uniquely them gift.
100 Budget Friendly Vintage Gift Ideas from Etsy (2023)
Budget Friendly Vintage Gift Ideas for the Music Lover
A whole host of vintage music gifts abound on Etsy. You can find a vintage style instant download of their favorite song or music poster (automatic free shipping win!) or one of a kind items for those who like to jam it out.
5. Vintage Instrument Accessory (guitar straps, picks, metronome)
Thoughtful Gifts for the Fashionista on Etsy
Vintage treasures abound in the Etsy fashion world. Creative entrepreneurs sometimes do their own spin on vintage clothing items or simply buy quality pieces that they have cleaned up with extraordinary care and will pass on to you.
10. Vintage Jewelry
13. Vintage Purse
17. Vintage Sun Hat
Vintage Gifts Your Kids Will Die For
Want to give your kids toys you enjoyed as a kid? Head on over to Etsy where the toy category is huge. Just look for shops with 5-star reviews to get quality, expert support on your purchase.
18. Vintage Lego Set
Low Cost Gifts for the Cook on Etsy
Interested buyers for anything kitchen will have a hey-dey on Etsy. Specific listings from Etsy sellers for vintage kitchen range from cute shelf decor to dreamy French linen towels to furniture perfect for kitchen storage.
28. Vintage Tea Set
Perfect Retro Gifts for the Electronics Geek or Gamer
This is a super fun category to browse on Etsy. And while I’m not techy in the least, it might be a personal favorite. Etsy sellers are so creative when taking old tech and making something new and useful out of it.
Great Gifts for the Reader
Whether you simply get groups of vintage books in different colors or search for a specific title, Etsy is the place for book lovers. Head on over for that perfect Christmas or birthday gift now!
44. Lot of Vintage Letters or Postcards (turns out, it IS fun to read someone else’s mail!)
Hardworking Etsy Gifts for the Tool Guy
Construction site work or hobby woodworking CAN happen with a vintage or vintage inspired gift. So never fear if you’re hardest person to buy for isn’t into “vintage.” They just don’t know the possibilities on Etsy!
49. Vintage Metal Toolbox (just like dad used to have)
Unique Vintage Gifts for the Home Decorator on Etsy
Antique skeleton keys, pillows, furniture, mirrors, rusty old signs, the list goes on and on for vintage gifts on Etsy for the home decorator. And plenty of sellers offer free standard shipping for an added bonus.
55. Vintage Baskets
59. Vintage (reproduction) Art Prints (Hint: you can buy these on Etsy as downloads and print them off at a print store to your specific size.)
60. Vintage Frames
62. Vintage Quilt
63. Vintage Clock
The Right Vintage Gifts for the Outdoorsman
Special goods for the outdoorsman are easy to come by on Etsy. Below is a list to get you started, but once you start browsing, you will find tons of gift options!
69. Vintage Compass
Fun Vintage Gifts on Etsy for the Crafter
Vintage creative goods are all over on Etsy…actually vintage crafting supplies have their very own category! So, yes, Etsy is the absolute perfect place to find the best gift for the crafter in your life.
Unique Vintage Gifts for the Person Who Doesn’t Need Anything
We all have those people. You want to buy them a gift, but they don’t.need.ANYTHING. Browse this list for unique items that I bet they don’t have (but will love).
78. Nostalgic Candy
Something Special on Etsy for the Coffee Lover
Coffee is a national weakness, and Etsy sellers come through with some pretty cool gifts for all those coffee lovers in your life. (And, no, it won’t be another “I love coffee” T-shirt.)
Vintage Gifts for the Business Person
Adding a quality vintage item to an office is pretty awesome, in my opinion. Find some vintage gifts below that won’t smack you in the face that will give a touch of classy character.
87. Vintage Desk Set
89. Vintage Stapler
Vintage Teacher Gifts
And don’t forget to get your kids’ teacher a gift over on Etsy! Once you start buying vintage gifts, you’ll try to come up with more people to buy for because it’s so much fun.
95. Vintage Bookends
100. Vintage Desk Lamp
I hope these 100 budget friendly vintage gift ideas from Etsy has helped you think of some awesome vintage gift ideas for your family member or friend. There is a whole world of vintage possibilities for unique and thoughtful gift options that will be long remembered.
Comment below and tell me if you would considered giving vintage gifts and for what person in your life! Has someone gifted you vintage gems in the past? I’d love to hear about it!
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