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You want your graduation gift to be memorable. You want it to be the kind of thing that will let the graduate know that you congratulate their accomplishments to date and wish them more to come in the future. You want it to reflect the personality of the graduate. And you want it to be useful. It’s also good for it to be honest and true. There’s one kind of gift that fits all those descriptions–a vintage gift.
We know, we know…grads definitely appreciate gift cards and checks. But a gift card or a check doesn’t pack much personality. But it does if it’s tucked in with something vintage!
Here are our Vintage Unscripted ideas for graduation gifts with vintage flair:
Find a great vintage book that relates to their interests or college major–tuck a gift card inside and tie it up with a bow for a gift that will stand out from the crowd.
Your grad may be ready to take on the world, but they still need a place to store their stuff. Vintage suitcases are the perfect gift–storage with way more personality than a plastic bin so they can stow their gear in plain sight!
Give them some useful history. A starter set of tried and true tools from your workbench will come in handy and they’ll always remember it came from someone special.
Use a vintage tin to stash a few first aid essentials, some office supplies or even some photos from home.
Speaking of vintage office supplies, how about a vintage tape dispenser or a stapler made back in the day when office supplies lasted a lifetime or two.
Many vintage evening bags aren’t big enough to hold a cell phone. Sigh. But they are just the right size for a sewing kit. A couple spools of thread, some safety pins, needles, a small pair of scissors and maybe a few buttons can fix just about any wardrobe malfunction.
Or how about a favorite game? The classics never go out of style!
Feeling inspired? No time like the present to buy vintage for your grad:
An Old fashiOnEd sOng for a thOROughly MOdERn MOM with a TasTE for vinTagE!
When Nick Lowe played it with Rockpile in the late 1970s, it was pure power pop. When he plays it now, it’s a little slower with a soupçon of a reggae beat. No matter how he says it, the lyrics to Heart still capture that weak at the knees feeling of new love.
Heart, why are you pounding
Like a hammer
Heart, why are you beating like a drum
Heart, why do you make
Such a commotion
When I’m waiting for my baby to come
Candy is dandy. And always a popular choice. But to make your valentine’s heart beat like a drum, add a little special vintage something.
1 LOVE letters, assorted styles, sizes, colors, materials from thirdshiftvintage.com
2 Goebel skye terriers from atticandbarntreasures.com
3 Apple juice Prystal bakelite necklace from vintagerenude.com
4 Dietz Victor electric lantern from girlpickers.com
5 Victorian tin marriage button from selectivesalvage.com
6 Howard Holt ponytail angel candle hugger from Aunt Hatties Attic on Etsy.
7 Adolfo for Saks Fifth Ave felt hat and hatbox from 1006Osage on Etsy.
8 Melted plastic popcorn Cupid from nextstagevintage.com
A click of the shutter,
a crank of the film,
and you’ve caught forever a significant bit of life. ~Willis Peterson
We all know at least one person who is hard to buy for. Instead of trying to find the perfect item, give them the gift of an experience they will really appreciate. Start with these items from the Vintage Unscripted shops and create an experience they will never forget.
Fill the spice container with spices and spend the day teaching someone how to make a favorite old recipe.
Teach a child how to string vintage beads into beautiful jewelry.
Plan a weekend getaway with your honey or best friend.
Spend an afternoon playing poker with a group of good friends.
Organize a game night with vintage games.
Plan a day to dig through old photos and create a memory book.
What are the first words that pop into your head when you hear the word “regifting?” Your word associations might be opposites. Cheapskate or Pennywise. Lazy or Pragmatic. Thoughtless or Thoughtful. Stealthy or Savvy. All those words can apply. Regifting is either an awesome do or a deeply regrettable don’t depending on how it’s executed.
There are zero things wrong with regifting. But consider these as regifting ground rules: 1) You do not need to keep every gift you’re ever given. You need to accept it graciously and genuinely at the time it is given. But you are under no requirement to keep it if forever if it is not something that fits into your life, unless…2) the giver has an emotional investment in the gift and will be deeply wounded if they don’t see it when they come to visit, or…3) it’s something extravagant like a new car or a villa in France that would involve accountants and lawyers.
Just the basics, regifting at it’s most simple level.
A higher level of regifting, giving things forward.
Think of this as a rarified level of regifting, giving things you have used that have meaning for you and will have meaning for the recipient. And although giving these gifts with an oral history is lovely, a written history is absolutely essential so the meaning is preserved.
There is no rule that says a gift needs to come from a store. We know this is true because the Grinch* says it is, and his heart grew three sizes when he learned it. Regifting can be an art. It’s an exercise either in successful repackaging or in adding meaning to something that isn’t store fresh. The measure of a gift is not what it cost, it’s the thought that went into it.
If you’re on the receiving end of a regift and you can tell it’s a regift, repeat after me: it really is the thought that counts. You accepting that regift gracefully might just be the nicest thing the regifter receives the whole holiday season.
*Okay, for the Grinch purists. We acknowledge that Dr. Seuss quotes the Grinch thinking “ What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” So yes, a further meaning was extrapolated based on the existing data. We stand by the reference.