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The Article NYC Guide to Vintage Gift Giving

Gift giving can be a way to tell others we appreciate their uniqueness and celebrate their style. We can always be more intentional and thoughtful with our purchases even during this holiday season.


Number One: Stay away from the generic gift aisles in the department stores. Number Two: read on for some personal and and unique ideas for giving spectacular gifts!!

Gifting vintage is especially thoughtful. Giving a one-of-a-kind treasure to someone you love shows the recipient that you took time to give something personalized to their style, and that you wanted them to have something special, not just a mass produced item that thousands of others will receive. Let's take the stress out of giving stylish items and have fun being eco-conscious at the same time.

Not only is a vintage gift personal and thoughtful, but you are gifting a greener planet. The facts on textile waste generated during JUST the holidays are staggering. It's estimated that most households generate 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Gifting vintage and secondhand extends the lifespan of something that already exists, helps keep items from the landfill, and shows those in your life that you care about larger issues facing our communities!

Wrap up some vintage for those you love with The Article NYC's top Vintage Gift categories!

Vintage Leather

Leather goods are constantly on trend, in style, and considered to be a timeless wardrobe staple. When properly cared for, these vintage articles can last a person's whole life and even become a treasured hand-me-down.

Give a gift that will be cherished for years to come! Shop vintage leather outerwear!

Read about the facts on shopping leather secondhand versus brand new HERE.

Vintage Jewelry

Whether you prefer timeless or eclectic style- you'll be gifting something unique and special--and earth friendly too. Jewelry gifts have a way of making someone feel important and desired. With vintage jewelry your recipient will know you took the time to pick out something rare and interesting just for them!

Shop these and more HERE.

Vintage Purses and Handbags

Some purses are constantly in style; clean, classic lines that create a timeless look.

Other styles are cyclical. Something that wasn't "in" can, will or has come back on trend, usually after 20 years or so.

Whatever the case may be, a vintage purse or handbag allows someone to carry something with them that has history and has stood the test of time.

Check out our selection of vintage purse from the 1950 through modern style of today:

Vintage Denim

There is nothing better than slipping into a pair of vintage denim jeans. Twenty-plus years ago, denim was much better quality than the fast produced types we see today. Our world had had a love of this utilitarian fabric.

When raw materials and methods of production are considered, pre-loved denim items are about as green as it gets this holiday season. Give a gift of durability, history, and classic Americana with vintage jeans or denim outerwear.

Vintage Deadstock

A deadstock vintage article is an item that is:

- 20 years or older

- no longer available for retail purchase

- still has it's original product or store tags attached.

Either it never sold in the sore and was moved from a warehouse to a donation bin, or it was purchased long ago by a consumer who hung it in their closet for years and never wore it.

Deadstock vintage articles are rare and considered valuable in the vintage community, and they make great gifts! Not only are you gifting a unique one-of-a-kind piece, but the person receiving it gets to have the joy of knowing they are the first person to style and enjoy this article!

Vintage Sweaters

Sweaters can be a generic gift item, unless we are talking vintage sweaters! High quality knits that have stood the test of time, show off craftsmanship and care. Unique styles and patterns can add flair to a gift or an outfit. These one-of-a-kind finds are meant to be enjoyed, so don't wait to wear them. These vintage looks will keep you warm all season long so stock up for yourself and others. You might even win a Holiday sweater contest!

Vintage Re-Worked

This is the crown jewel of holiday gift giving. This post has used "one-of-a-kind" to describe vintage items and while that may seem true because of rare finds, these creations are truly one off articles that can't be replicated. Mindfully rescued and repurposed materials lovingly reimagined by an artistic seamstress or tailor creates a unique "new" item that is perfect for giving that special someone. Each item is created through an imaginative eye and sewn with love, so make sure to consider each piece carefully. They all have something special to offer.

This time of year is big on nostalgia, so make sure to take the time to make new memories with people by giving the gifts they will enjoy for years. Be mindful of quality over quantity, try shopping small to avoid large corporations and support a more circular economy by normalizing vintage and secondhand gift giving! These are all ways to ensure a greener holiday and a bright new year.

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