| Sheila Howell

How to Gift Antiques - And What Antiques Make Good Gifts

Vintage and antique objects make charming and unique gifts for weddings, housewarming, hostess gifts, birthdays and many other special occasions. The secret? Know the recipient! 

In choosing any gift it's important to know the interests, likes and hobbies of the person you're gifting. If someone loves mid-century design, they may not appreciate a Victorian piece. When gifting antiques, it's not (always) the value of the gift: a $25 antique object which is something they will treasure is worth more than another more expensive gift that just goes in a closet or on a shelf. The key to giving antique gifts is to make it meaningful, personal and unique. 

"Antiques are much more evocative and much more romantic than buying a brand new piece, or a fish dish, or a saucer. Who would want that? It’s boring and they probably already have it anyway." 

- Mark Hill, BBC Antiques Roadhouse Expert 

The gift recipient doesn't have to be an antiques lover. If you love antiques and want to share the love, be sure to choose an antique gift that is meaningful to the recipient, not only meaningful to you. 

Unique Antique Gift Ideas 

1. Crystal Decanter
An antique or vintage crystal decanter is a charming housewarming or wedding gift. A bottle of wine to accompany it would also be welcome! 

2. Vintage Lobster Claws
A pair of vintage lobster tongs is the perfect hostess gift to a lobster fest, clambake or for someone who loves shellfish. 

vintage lobster claws

3. Out of Print Book 
Finding a rare or sought after book to add to a collector's inventory shows you care and that you truly 'get' them. It doesn't have to be a 1st edition, a signed copy or a limited edition - but that would be a bonus! 

4. Sports Memorabilia
Sports enthusiasts will love a framed antique sports event poster, vintage baseball card or other souvenir representing their town or their favorite sport. 

5. Art
An original or collectible piece of art in their preferred style is a welcome gift for the 1st time homeowner. Your budget and the type of art can run the gamut! 

6. Pottery
Giving a piece of pottery to a collector is a fabulous birthday gift for the person who doesn't really need anything - but wants it!

7. Kitchenalia
An antique whisk or vintage cookbook is a perfect housewarming gift for the home chef who will cherish vintage kitchen utensils that are 'just like grandma's.' 

8. Serving Pieces
A gracious hostess will welcome a set of antique English berry spoons, accompanied by a basket of fresh berries or your secret family berry pie recipe.

9. Vintage Accessories

The fashionista will swoon for a vintage scarf or sunglasses on her birthday, and a businessman with a sense of style would welcome vintage cufflinks or an antique watch on his birthday. 

10. Picture Frames
Many people who 'have everything' display family photos. A beautiful vintage or antique picture frame is appreciated by someone who likes to be surrounded by their memories. You can even install a photo of the two of you together!

11. Baby Gifts
Antique silver baby rattles and cups are a charming gift to welcome a little one to the family. 

silver antique baby cup and spoon

Unique and one-of-a-kind vintage and antique pieces can be welcome surprises to someone who appreciates a thoughtful gift. Take the time to consider what type of antique or vintage object they will appreciate before you start searching for a gift!

European Finds has antique maps, kitchenalia, serving pieces, art and more that will make the perfect gift for someone. If you don't see what you are looking for, give us a call, and perhaps we can help you choose the perfect item! We also provide antique sourcing services if you are looking for a specific piece.  

Contact: customerservice@europeanfinds.com