The Ultimate Top 10 Holiday Gifts Ideas for 2017

This holiday season, find the perfect gifts for your friends and family at discounted prices. Our Holiday Shopping List combines nostalgic, practical and classic gifts. The secondhand marketplace (antique shops, consignment shops, estate sales, auctions, online platforms) is a fantastic place to find these vintage and “vintage inspired” presents.

1. Lunch Box

In this age of nostalgia, a vintage lunch box is a great gift for a child, or a child-at-heart! With Star Wars mania in full swing this winter, you can choose between original collector’s memorabilia like this lunch box and thermos set or from the newer items just hitting the market. Whatever you choose, may the force be with you!

2. Vintage Chair

Unsure what to get a significant other? Choose a gift that will add flair to their home. The furniture market is flooded with product right now, making it possible to buy stylish pieces at bargain prices from estate sales or auctions. If you are pressed for time, there are also plenty of retail stores selling unique, vintage-inspired furniture.

3. Polaroid Camera

A Polaroid camera is the perfect gift for almost anyone on your list this holiday season. As a fun piece of retro technology, this present is practical, easy to use and offers near instant gratification when a picture develops right before your eyes. Just make sure you grab all the film you can find!

4. Designer Shoes

Many women love designer shoes, but can you afford their expensive price tag? Buying from auction websites like Ebay means that you can find brands like Gucci, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo for a fraction of the retail price. These never-worn Christian Louboutin heels are a prime example of what you can purchase online.

5. Framed Map

The millennial generation is known for their love of travel and exploration. Why not remind a loved one of their favorite journeys with a framed map of the world? This 18th century map is hand-colored and engraved, but you can find cheaper reproductions everywhere from Pottery Barn to Craigslist.

6. Tie & Pocket Square

Sophistication is always in style. This New Year, have your partner stand out with impeccable formal attire. A tie and matching pocket square can be found at any price point. For high quality fabrics at low prices, the ideal choice is a consignment shop.

7. Snow Blower

While you may or may not have a White Christmas this year, snow is a real possibility for January, February and even March. Why not give the gift of a snowblower to the entire family? Check your local classified ads for gently used models.

8. Decanter & Glasses

Whiskey, scotch or bourbon? Whatever you and your friends are drinking, a crystal decanter and glasses set will make your spirits taste extra smooth. This luxurious, art deco example is sold online, but many crystal pieces can be found at your local estate sales.

9. Luggage

As we said, millennials are passionate about travel. Give your loved one an elegant travel bag that they will be sure to spot at baggage claim. Designer brand luggage can be found at estate sales, online auctions, and even your local thrift store.

10. Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is a signature staple to anyone’s wardrobe. While both of these samples are edgier choices, you can find a leather jacket to fit any personality or style. For those looking to protect the environment, consider shopping consignment or exploring the many “faux leather” options.

What’s on your wish list this holiday? We’d love to hear from you.

And of course…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Co-Authors: Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA and Becky Lipnick, Communications Coordinator

Samples found on 1stdibs.com, Ebay.com and Liveauctioneers.com

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