When setting out to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this season, you might be surprised to find that you don’t have to spend time fighting crowds at malls and mainstream stores. If you’re looking for that unique gift with plenty of character, try visiting a local antique or thrift store. These stores tend to have lots of unexpected treasures that can become cherished gifts for the loved ones on your list.

With all of the treasures to wade through at antique stores, it can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly to look for. To help you get on track to finding that special gift, we’ve created a list of items that can be found at antique and thrift stores, that not only make quality gifts, but also tell a story that can become an heirloom handed down for generations.



A set or pair of antique candlesticks makes for a wonderful gift as they can be used in many different ways. These pieces also have their own ornate markings that make for an intriguing design to add to any home. Candlesticks can be used as table decor, bookends, or brought out for special occasions.  


Vintage Decor

Antique clocks, crates, tables, and even luggage are all pieces that can be used as decor by the person in your life who embraces a rustic style. The vintage lover on your list will appreciate the authenticity that the pieces bring.


Antique Books

Antique books not only make great reading material, but once read they can be repurposed as decor pieces.



Antique pottery makes a great gift for anyone on your list. You can personalize an antique bowl by filling it with little things the person you’re buying for enjoys, they can use their pottery as a vase or planter, or they can put their pottery on display in other creative ways.


Record Player and/or Vinyl Records

A great gift for the music lover on your list is a vintage record player. If the music lover you’re shopping for already has a record player, you can’t go wrong with purchasing a few vinyl records. Most antique stores have crates full of records just waiting to be picked and played.