100 Budget Friendly Vintage Gift Ideas From Etsy (2022)

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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 (2022 version). And don’t worry if your family member isn’t a vintage lover. These gifts ideas are ideal for everyone! Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been vintage and antique items. Plus it’s a win-win because one of the most fun things to do is shop a secondhand store for vintage items!

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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. Caleb is from a family of nine kids, and my family of origin is over twenty people with all the in laws, nieces and nephews. 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 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 husband 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 could write a whole post about great vintage gifts for kids. (I just might have to do that!) The following gift guide will help you curate an awesome gift list 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 2002 (or 1982 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 affordable option 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.

Isn’t Buying A Vintage Gift Kind of Like Giving Someone Leftover Garage Sale Items?

Somehow, it’s a “thing” that you don’t give people used gifts. I guess it’s viewed as a cheap option to get rid of your unwanted junk while also checking off a birthday gift from your list.

That’s not what buying vintage gifts is all about. 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.)

Budget Friendly Vintage Gift Ideas for the Music Lover

1.      Vintage Music Instrument for Decoration

2.      Vintage Sheet Music or Music Book for the Musician

3.      Vintage (or Reproduction) Music Concert T Shirts

4.      Vintage Music Poster

5.      Vintage Instrument Accessory (guitar straps, picks, metronome)

6.      Vintage Record Album of Favorite Artist or Genre

7.      Vintage Radio Converted to Bluetooth

8.      Vintage Oil Can Converted to Speaker

Thoughtful Gifts for the Fashionista on Etsy

9.      Vintage Wool or Silk Scarf

10.  Vintage Jewelry

11.  Audrey Hepburn Style Sunglasses

12.  Vintage Ring Holder or Necklace Hanger

13.  Vintage Purse

14.  Vintage Jeans, Sweaters, Shirts, etc.

15.  Vintage Compact Mirror for Purse

16.  Vintage Market Bag

17.  Vintage Sun Hat

Vintage Gifts Your Kids Will Die For

18.  Vintage Lego Set

19.  Vintage Wood Baby Furniture (cradle, highchair, etc)

20.  Vintage Board Games (Sorry, Risk, Monopoly)

21.  Vintage Micro Machine Cars

22.  Vintage Wood Board Puzzles

23.  Vintage Wood Vehicles

24.  Fisher Price Play Family Sets

25.  Vintage Picture Books

26.  Vintage Barbies and Accessories

27.  Vintage Comic Books

Low Cost Gifts for the Cook on Etsy

28.  Vintage Tea Set

29.  Vintage Embroidered Tea Towel

30.  Unique, Vintage (Usable) Kitchen Utensils

31.  Vintage Crock for Utensils

32.  Vintage (or Reproduction) Ironstone Pitcher

33.  Unique Vintage Basket for Fruit

34.  Vintage Recipe Box with Vintage Handwritten Recipes

Perfect Retro Gifts for the Electronics Geek or Gamer

35.  Retro Bluetooth Speaker

36.  Vintage IBM Mainframe Parts

37.  Retro Alarm Clock

38.  Reproduction Computer or Gaming Charts and Posters

39.  Vintage Mario Brothers Toy Figure

40.  Custom Engraved Wood “Mix Tape” with QR Code

Great Gifts for the Reader

41.  A Favorite Book in It’s Antique or Vintage Version

42.  Stack of Vintage Books in Same Color

43.  Set of Vintage Library Cards for Bookmarks

44.  Lot of Vintage Letters or Postcards (turns out, it IS fun to read someone else’s mail!)

45.  Reproduction Wax and Seal

46.  Vintage “This Book Belongs To ____” Stamp

47.  Vintage Working Typewriter

Hardworking Etsy Gifts for the Tool Guy

48.  Vintage Tool Belt

49.  Vintage Metal Toolbox (just like dad used to have)

50.  Vintage Woodworking Tools

51.  Vintage Screwdriver Keychain

52.  Vintage Pocketknife

Unique Vintage Gifts for the Home Decorator on Etsy

53.  Vintage Flower Vase or Pot

54.  Authentic Vintage Sign

55.  Vintage Baskets

56.  Vintage French Linen Towel

57.  Vintage Serving Tray

58.  Vintage Canisters for Various Storage

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

61.  Vintage Candlesticks

62.  Vintage Quilt

63.  Vintage Clock

The Right Vintage Gifts for the Outdoorman

64.  Vintage Cast Iron Skillet

65.  Vintage Hiking Backpack

66.  Vintage Fishing Lures or Reels

67.  Vintage Hunting Knife

68.  Authentic Indian Arrowheads

69.  Vintage Compass

70.  Vintage Flashlight

Fun Vintage Gifts on Etsy for the Crafter

71.  Vintage Drawer Craft Storage

72.  Vintage Sewing Patterns

73.  Vintage Craft Supplies in Bulk

74.  Vintage Sewing Basket

75.  Vintage Cross Stitch Patterns

76.  Vintage Work Light

Unique Vintage Gifts for the Person Who Doesn’t Need Anything

77.  US or Foreign Currency in Their Birth Year

78.  Nostalgic Candy

79.  On the Day You Were Born Custom Star Chart

80.  Sunken Treasure Coin Pendant

81.  Vintage Wood Burning Kit

Something Special on Etsy for the Coffee Lover

82.  Vintage Coffee Mug

83.  Vintage Coffee Tin

84.  Vintage Coffee Sign

85.  Vintage Coffee Grinder

Vintage Gifts for the Business Person

86.  Vintage Drink Coaster

87.  Vintage Desk Set

88.  Vintage Perpetual Calendar

89.  Vintage Stapler

90.  Vintage Working Wall Clock

91.  Vintage Paper File

92.  Vintage Desk Sculpture

93.  Vintage “Later” Paper Clip

Vintage Teacher Gifts

94.  Vintage Brass School Bell

95.  Vintage Bookends

96.  Vintage Text Book in Their Subject

97.  Vintage School Sign

98.  Vintage Child’s Slate Chalkboard

99.  Vintage Map Poster or Globe

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.

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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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