22 Vintage-Inspired Items to Give This Christmas

From napkin rings to PacMan, nostalgic ornaments to old-school gadgets.

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If you're finishing up your holiday shopping, but have that one person to shop for who loves vintage gifts, it can be challenging to find just the right thing. We scoured the Internet and found inspiration through these fun vintage and vintage-inspired gifts. Which will you choose?

Wrap It Up

handmade apron by the sewist society
The Sewist Society

Keep clean in the kitchen when you wrap into one of the fun aprons from The Sewist Society, an organization dedicated to reducing waste, providing jobs, educating, and facilitating. These makers breathe new life into upcycled fabrics to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Buy it: Taffeta Apron, $55; thesewistsociety.org

Put a Frog On It

flower frog magpie mischief
Magpie Mischief

Anni Christie, the owner and designer behind Magpie Mischief, creates "handmade pottery for everyday moments" to share with her customers. One charming gift she's made for those who love nostalgic, vintage items is a new take on flower frogs. Pop one on top of a mason jar and create the perfect bouquet, or even propagate hers.

Buy it: Flower Frogs, $22; Magpie Mischief

Put a Ring On It

smith-honig napkin rings

Dress up your dining table with this set of six handmade Chinoiserie napkin rings. Keeping with the frog theme, these napkin rings feature handmade frog closures, which add a bit of whimsy to each place setting.

Buy it: Handmade Vintage Chinoiserie Napkin Rings, $72; smithhonig.com

How Sweet It Is

Buttermints, LLC

Remember the Buttermints your grandmother would have on the table, or you'd swipe from a restaurant? They're still around! A fun stocking stuffer, Buttermints are now available in flavors like spiced eggnog, peppermint, raspberry lemonade, cranberry orange, cinnamon, and lemon cream, along with the original, of course.

Buy it: Buttermints, $12, buttermints.com

The Godfather in Your Kitchen

Corleone Fine Italian Foods

Fans of The Godfather will be delighted to receive foods inspired by Don Vito Corleone himself. Corleone Fine Italian released this portfolio of authentic Italian foods in advance of the 50th anniversary of the iconic film next year. One to try is Clemenza's Recipe Italian Meat Sauce with Italian sausage, ground beef, and ground pork.

Buy it: Clemenza's Recipe Italian Meat Sauce, $10; corleonefineitalian.com

Game On!


Update the classic deck of cards with Queeng Cards, featuring multi-ethnic suits of Monarchs (male and female), Dukes & Duchesses, Princes & Princesses, and even a female joker. With this deck of cards, everyone feels represented when they play Go Fish, Poker, Gin Rummy, and more classic card games.

Buy it: Queeng Cards, $15; Amazon

Get Bold

queen playing cards

Empower the little girls in your life with Bold Made, a card game that's all about collecting a team of bold and powerful women from the past and present day. Forty women are represented in 10 categories, including artists, activists, astronauts, musicians, inventors, photographers, writers, scientists, and world leaders; an Athlete Expansion Pack is also available.

Buy it: Bold Made, $20; Amazon


vintage uno

The classic card game UNO is as popular now as it was when it was introduced 50 years ago, in 1971. This '70s box and deck of cards will transport you back in time when you and your family and friends gather for a game. Who will be the first to yell, "UNO!"?

Buy it: $6; Walmart

Cheery and Bright


Add some mid-century Americana to the tree with this set of 18 vintage ornaments in shades of silver, purple, pink, and green. Sizes range from 2.5 inches to 6 inches; the ornaments are in various shapes, too.

Buy it: Pink, Yellow Green Vintage Glass Ornament Set, $75; smithhonig.com

Take a Seat

young woman sitting on inflatable chair

Flash back to the '90s when you take a seat in an inflatable chair from AirCandy. As comfortable as a bean bag, the jumbo chair is strong enough to hold a 250-pound person, and it's waterproof, too. Go ahead, take a seat!

Buy it: AirCandy by PoolCandy Gold Glitter Inflatable Chair, $40; Amazon

Take Another Seat

cosco red chair

This classic barstool will add a splash of color to your kitchen, and the step stool slides out to help you reach those hard-to-grab shelves in your cabinets.

Buy it: Cosco Vintage Retro Red Metal Counter Chair / Step Stool, $129; Amazon

Listen Up

jlab headphones

Remember the WalkMan, and the headphones that came with it for personal listening? JLab has refashioned them to look just like those old headphones, but upgraded them with Bluetooth and a wireless mic for their Rewind product line. Available in blue, black, or white.

Buy it: Rewind Wireless Retro Headphones, $20; jlab.com

A Coke and a Smile


A 1950s Coca-Cola vending machine is the inspiration behind this fun paper towel holder that will brighten up and add a bit of nostalgia to your countertops.

Buy it: 1950s Coca-Cola Vending Machine Paper Towel Holder, $30; Amazon

Coffee or Tea?

Uncommon Goods

Whichever your morning drink of choice, it'll likely taste much better from one of these vintage-inspired handmade mugs. The peacock feather-patterned mugs are available in white/blue and brown/blue, holding 12 and 15 ounces, respectively.

Buy it: Vintage Inspired Handmade Mug, $22; Uncommon Goods

Keeping Time

vintage insipred clock

Keeping with the 1950s, never lose track of time with this 1950s-inspired vintage wall clock. Available in red, black, and teal, and in 9.5- or 12-inch, the clock is made of plastic that looks like metal, and is battery-powdered.

Buy it: Westclox Retro 50's Inspired Vintage Wall Clock, $15/$19; Amazon

It's a Breeze

vornado fan

Whether you need to cool off on your patio, at your desk, or in the kitchen, this cute little fan packs quite the punch with its impressive air circulation and timeless design. Available in green, white, gray, taupe, teal, and vintage white.

Buy it: Vornado VFAN Mini Classic Personal Vintage Air Circulator Fan, $40; Amazon

Use Some Elbow Grease

egg beater

If you need to quickly scramble some eggs or whip cream but don't want to pull out your stand mixer, give this retro beater a go. Made of stainless steel, it won't rust and is dishwasher safe for quick cleanup.

Buy it: RSVP International (BEATR-RD) Collection, 12.25 Inch, Red, $23; Amazon

Spin Some Vinyl

vinyl coasters

This set of six vintage-inspired coasters bring musical style to your coffee table, and small rubber discs on the bottom prevent them from sliding away.

Buy it: COLIBROX Set of 6 Colorful Retro Vinyl Record Disk Coaster for Drinks, $7; Amazon

You Are My Sunshine

you are my sunshine box

You can't help but sing along to the classic song "You Are My Sunshine" when you give this hand-crank music box that fits in the palm of your hand. The little box that could is sure to brighten everyone's day.

Buy it: You are My Sunshine Wood Music Boxes, $13; Amazon

Travel Back in Time

travel puzzle uncommon goods
Uncommon Goods

Time travel isn't really a thing, of course, but this 1,000-piece vintage travel poster puzzle will have you feeling like you're planning trips to Peru, South Africa, Paris, and Hong Kong decades ago.

Buy it: Vintage Travel Poster Puzzle, $22; Uncommon Goods

Game Over


If you can't give a life-size PacMan arcade game, opt instead for this fun PacMan maze travel mug. The 20-ounce mug is made of lightweight stainless steel and keeps hot drinks hot, and cold drinks cold, for hours.

Buy it: PacMan Maze Travel Mug, $36; society6.com

Protect Your Tablet

trapper keeper tablet cover

Go back to your high school days with this Trapper Keeper-inspired case that fits 9- and 10-inch tablets. If you use your tablet in the kitchen to access recipes, you'll appreciate how the case supports the tablet for easy reading.

Buy it: Kensington Trapper Keeper Universal Case for 9 inch or 10 inch Tablets, $12; Walmart


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