Repurpose and Recycle Gifts From Your Home
If part of your weekend plans includes trying to figure out what to buy your friends and loved ones for the holidays, you’re not alone.
According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 4 percent of shoppers are waiting until the last two weekends before Christmas to shop.
Like many people who’ve had a home for long time, there isn’t much we need and many things we would like (such as wonderful Bucket List trips) are out of financial range for people we know.
Shortly before my mother passed away, she began giving us the ultimate gifts that were much more appreciated than anything she could have ever bought: Antiques and family heirlooms.
None of them were worth a lot monetarily – her special bean pot in which she always cooked bake beans, her little crystal vinegar dispenser (chipped from years of use) and two serving bowls my grandmother got in one of those grocery store giveaways in the 1950s, but they all were worth gold to me.
Last year, we even gave one of my mother’s cedar chests to my godmother’s grandson when he married. He’s into the retro blonde wood look and I knew he would appreciate it much more than I did.
When he received the gift, you would have thought we had given them a car. He was very excited to have a piece of furniture that not only matched the collection in their home, but one that had a bit of a connection to his Granny.
Have your grown kids recently taken over the holiday meals? If you have a special gravy boat or silver set, why not give them away so they can have something that holds meaning in their family tradition?
Giving an heirloom or antique as a holiday gift has these benefits:
- You’re able to give something you may not have been able to afford to purchase new that also has special meaning.
- This is the ultimate reuse and repurposing, which helps save the environment.
- If you’re planning to downsize in the future, it helps you begin to declutter.
Giving an “antique” may be easier than you think, antiques aren’t necessarily really old items, it may be items that are no longer made, such as bean pots, certain turkey platters, lamps or even mixing bowls.
We don’t consider ourselves “antiques” but we were certainly surprised to find a favorite set of $20 mixing bowls we received as a wedding present 27 years ago selling for $60 and up in antique stores. Your grown kids might just be thrilled to have that brass clock you got as a wedding gift, or even that retro mixer you no longer use.
The best gifts aren’t always found in a store, but can be found in your own home.
However, if you still don’t have that utensil Aunt Sally used to use or that one bowl grandma used to serve her special holiday salad in, I bet you can find it in a thrift or antique store.
They’re fun to browse and you might be amazed that things that were once household items of your past are now considered antique. If you make that special find, you can wrap it up and include a note with it, which will surely bring up all sorts of warm memories and spark some good conversation around the tree on Christmas.
Have you ever given a cherished heirloom as a gift or found something just like Mom or someone else used in an antique store and bought it?