Give the gift of thrift this year

Looking for meaningful holiday gifts at a low price? Thrift shopping can help. Personalize your purchases by finding one of a kind second-hand gifts.

Everyone appreciates a thoughtful gift. So why doesn’t holiday shopping always deliver those warm fuzzies to us? For starters, Americans tend to buy lots of unnecessary stuff, which can weigh on our wallets and dampen the holiday spirit. 

One of the best ways to combat our throw-away culture is to give the gift of thrift this year. And hopefully next year, even more people will be willing to try it. 

If you’ve never thrifted gifts before, you may worry that pre-worn or -used items might disappoint your recipients. But this assumption needs to be challenged. 

Gifting thrift lets you show genuine appreciation. By finding the perfect second-hand gift, you can impress your loved ones with your deep understanding of their taste. 

However, gifting thrift does come with some caveats. Here are a few guidelines: 

  • The gift you give should be in excellent condition.  
  • Don’t skimp on presentation. A beautifully designed package is worth it. 
  • Remember that you can upcycle thrifted items to enhance their appeal. 
  • Pay close attention to detail. Make sure it’s something your friend/family member will love.

Here are a few ideas for starters: 


Vintage designer is sure to woo your boo. 

Sarcastic Tees

A comfy tie-dyed smiley face tee, please!

Color-coded basics

Shop for a thrifted windbreaker or hoodie your friend’s favorite color. 

Sassy scarves and belts

Go big, go bold, go patterny. Vintage silk or polyester scarves also make wonderful gift wrapping material. 

Old stainless steel watch

Classic timepieces are an excellent addition to anyone’s wrist. Bonus points if you can find one that still works. 

Owl-shaped ceramic figurine

Odd vintage ceramic figurines go well on any desk or mantle. Search for a quirky design of your friend’s favorite animal. 


Nothing says winter warmth like cashmere that’s aged like a fine wine. 

Bargain Books

If you dig, you will find treasure. Search for first editions, odd-ball titles, or self-help books that deserve a second chance. 

Oversized trench

IMHO, everyone needs an Inspector Gadget coat. Find one with a good cut and no stains. 

Have more ideas? Please share in the comments! 



One last thing. Buy a surprise thrifted ugly Christmas sweater for those hard-to-shop-for friends. And throw one in for your mom, while you’re at it.  

Article Written by Erica Eller

1 comment

  • WOW! Thanks for these awesome tips. I’ve already ordered Ugly Christmas Sweaters for my nieces, but will definitely look for some more secondhand goodies for the rest of my list! Love these ideas.

    lindy wheat

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