Aside of trying to make things all year and starting in January this cupboard gets built up with bargains I see. Many of these are after the event type sales i.e. after Mother's Day the stores clear all kinds of nice gifts. Other times I just find amazing specials and grab those.
A lot of the time these are things that will go with a homemade present... i.e. a heart shaped tin and then I will bake a cake in that. Or pretty pens that I will put with a pack of hand made cards... little things that kind of finish off a homemade gift. These are really handy!
Another area is buying tape and wrapping paper etc when I see those on good specials. Recently Aldi had just gorgeous papers and I couldn't believe the prices! These are the times to stock up. Aside of saving a lot you never have to rush out to the shops for these kinds of things.
Op shopping is another big help in gift giving. The things I have found! Brand new current cookbooks seems to be one thing I always find. Some of these are $60 or more in the stores and I have paid $5 or so. I will put them with a kitchen towel or something I have made and these make a lovely gift for a cook.
As I like to make little hamper type gifts I get most of my baskets and containers for these in op shops. Some years I have accumulated baskets and spray painted them to make Christmas hampers. But if you watch all year you will find all kinds of supplies and save a fortune. Also then at Christmas you are not running around looking for containers to put your cooking gifts in.
As for actual gifts you have to know people pretty well and what they like. If you know someone who collects things this is handy! There are a lot of things I would be thrilled with as a gift that could come from an op shop! My number one would be beautiful old jars or a box of preserving jars!
Beautiful photos from Rachel!
I can think of several people that feel the same!
Others for me would be a basket of craft supplies... velvet ribbons, millinery organza or velvet flowers, knitting yarn, old lace, pretty brooches, (for decorating things like gift soaps) vintage boxed hankies, pearls ... a basket of vintage sewing threads. Actually the more I think about it the list just gets longer and longer!
I know someone who collects vintage aprons so I always watch for those.
Chloe loves lots of vintage things so I have a list for her.
I gave Lucy a Glo Mesh wallet which she adored and all her friends wanted one.
Others love hand embroidered linens and doilies.
I started collecting embroidery in my teens. I ended up with so much of it I sold a lot at one stage to an Adelaide designer. I sold a whole garbage bag of them! I only ever used to pay 20c or so for them. This lady ended up ordering cot blankets from me for her twins! This was all very handy at the time!
I love pretty tea pots, pink side plates with roses and jugs! And crystal! These all are just beautiful for a tea time themed gift basket or to present Hollywood Bubble bath! Trays are also lovely as a gift as they can be used like a gift basket.
For all of us that are cooking bread then old style bread pans, deep muffin tins and loaf tins would be a find! Actually I adore old rolling pins, hand mixers/beaters, whisks, bowls...
Susan found vintage pink parfait glasses!
Things like these can be exquisite gifts to the right person who would love them!
It is a matter of knowing what people just love, collect, wish for. In these cases op shopping can be a great source of gifts.
I have found leather cases, binoculars, designer shirts and beautiful hats to add to Andy's collection. He has been over the moon happy with these kinds of gifts. I watch for old vests, fob watches, books and a list of other things that I know he would love!
Years ago a friend of mine was dreaming of fancy leather cowboy boots. In the city these were a few hundred dollars. I knew her size and I was in a country op shop and found some for $5! She lived in these and wore them when she worked in London. She had people offering to buy them from her! They were used in a photo shoot for a magazine! She thought they were the best gift ever!
Op shopping is also wonderful from the pantries and preparedness aspect as well but that is another post!
Giving these kinds of gifts is a little like giving something you have made. It takes a bit of confidence. But once you really know what someone likes and you realise the retail value of things you might realise how perfect some of these gifts can be. It might be something someone has always wanted! In fact it might be something that someone normally could never afford!
On the weekend we went to two country op shops and I had some beautiful finds. It is so much fun! The fun part of it doesn't hurt at all!
Have you had any good op shop finds? Could this be a way to gather containers, gifts, supplies that could help you?
I hope your week is going well! I have A LOT to report on Friday already! xxx