by Lee Franklin November 14, 2019 1 Comment
Struggling to think of a fabulous gift for your vintage loving nearest and dearest? Fear not, we have been working our little butts off to compile a Retro Gift Guide from a whole host of vintage-inspired independent makers so you can sit back and relax, and do your retro Christmas shopping from the comfort of your sofa, knowing your well earned cash will be supporting small businesses and real people (rather than big corporations, yay!)
We have some absolutely fabulous unusual gift ideas for guys and gals that really stand out from the crowd … so be in no doubt, yours will be the coolest gift under the tree! ... We have Retro Gifts for the Home plus a collection of super cool Stocking Fillers ....
Just try not to buy it all for yourself (like I have been sorely tempted to do while gathering these all together!).
1. Kitsch Christmas Deer Cushion by Estelle Bilson
Kicking off in fabulous kitsch style with this amazing Christmas Cushion by Estelle Bilson Creative. Printed on velvet, these cute deer have Swarovski hooves and twinkling eyes and also glitter fabric antlers! Estelle's whole range of cushion covers and upholstered furniture is perfect for kitschy Christmas lovers!
2. 60s Print by Deltanova
If you’re after a 60s vibe, you can’t go wrong with a print from Deltanova. Their work has been featured on Mad Men, so you’ll be in fine company! Perfect for any fans of the 60s movie Wonderwall or if you just love that cool 60s hippy vibe.
3. Retro Coffee Mug by Rosella and Lime
This Retro Coffee Mug in Mid Century style pattern and colours comes in a lovely gift box and is available as a single or pair, so makes a great gift for couples.
4. Blue Lady Mug by Cheeky Tiki
Grab a tiki mug or maybe something a bit bigger from the fabulous Cheeky Tiki crew. Made in their in-house workshops, this hand painted Blue Lady mug is inspired by the subject of the iconic 1952 Tretchikoff painting, ‘Chinese Girl’ and is part of a limited edition of just 100 pieces, this exotic wahine would sit pretty in any cocktail cabinet!
5. Vintage Travel Poster Tea Towel by Half a Donkey
Half a Donkey have a large selection of vintage style tea towels, so it's worth having a good ole rummage through their Etsy store if you know someone who likes a bit of art while they dry the dishes! ... and let's face it, that tedious job could do with a bit of vavavoom!
6. 70s Op Art Coasters by Inkabilly
If you're shopping for someone who loves the 70s then these are a sure winner. Available in orange, green or brown, they come tied in ribbon and wrapped in tissue paper, so its afait accompli, job done - no extra work required when it comes to wrapping. Matching placemats available if you fancy the whole tableware set.
7. Macrame Hanging Plant Holder by Fringe and Fray
Another one for 70s fans, this time a little more bohemian and which will cater for green fingered plant lovers too. Hand made from 100% recycled cotton rope it's also a fabulous gift for those keen on natural, eco-friendly products.
8. VHS Lamp by ReelVHSLamps
This has got to be the perfect gift for retro film buffs! A genius recycling idea to create a moody lighting effect for film night! They come either battery or USB operated and even have the option of a colour changing remote control. How cool is that ...
9. Tea Cosy and Coffee Cosy Set by Dapper Alice
Tea and coffee lovers will love you for this ... keeping their favourite beverage warm in retro style. Alice up-cycles vintage and retro fabrics into these gorgeous cosies, so her range is ever changing and unique ( so you might need to act fast to grab this particular one!).
10. Tangerine Lucite and Formica Mantle Clock by Royale Enamel Ltd.
Dazzle your loved one with this jaw-droppingly fabulous Mid Century style reproduction clock ... and it gets better ... as all their clocks are hand made they can be purchased in the colour of your choice to match your interior. It's THE gift for Mid Century lovers.
11. Retro Daffodil Print by Sacred Creative Art
Sophisticated floral folk art, in a 70's-style Scandi design of the springtime favourite, the Daffodil. From each sale of her "WILD" posters Natasha donates to the World Land Trust, so a totally feel-good gift for nature lovers.
1. Retro Phone Case by Jimbeels
You may have the latest technology, but you don't have to compromise your retro look. This retro striped phone case is a perfect stocking filler for 70s fans and a great way to keep the retro vibe with you all day,
2. Vintage Space Travel Poster Fridge Magnets by BvdBDesign
We love these Vintage Space Travel Poster Fridge Magnets. A set of 8 fabulous Mid Century Style illustrations depicting futuristic space travel ... this gift covers all bases for your geeky loved one!
3. Tiki Socks by Subtitle Artwork
Inspired by the classic Peanut Tiki mug, these tiki socks will delight any Tiki fan! Premium quality ( 80% combed cotton, 17% nylon, 3% spandex) and knitted in 4 colours.
4. Vintage up-cycled Notebook by Pulp Paper Heaven
If you know someone who loves notebooks and stationery (I mean, who doesn't!) then you need to get them one of Pulp Paper Heaven's amazing notebooks. Hand-bound and up-cycled from (well-loved) vintage comics and books, each one is unique and truly made with love.
(or if you're in the South West, buy in person at the Bath Christmas Market till December 8th).
5. Vintage Crockery Ring by Kila Design
For lovers of vintage crockery, china and pottery, the up-cycled jewellery made by Kila Design will not fail to impress. Beautiful, unique pieces made from salvaged porcelain will compliment any retro outfit.
6. Magnum PI Badge by The Kitschen Disco
Ah man, surely no stocking can be complete without a Magnum PI badge? Or if Magnum's not your man, then The Kitschen Disco has a fantastic range of kitsch pop figures to choose from, all in glorious technicolour!
7. 80s Roller Skate Necklace by The Squeaky Frog
A super cool gift for 80s kids! I have wonderfully fond memories of roller skating in the then 'empty streets'.... sigh .... Anyway, this gorgeous necklace is laser cut from sustainable birch ply wood and lovingly hand painted with high quality acrylic paint before being varnished for protection. The stars have been finished with glitter varnish for a super sparkly effect ... how can you resist!
8. Cathrineholm Personalised Christmas Decoration by Inkabilly
An extra special touch for fans of vintage pyrex (and in particular Cathrineholm), a personalised Christmas Decoration featuring the iconic Cathrineholm bowl stack. A gift that will be treasured and remembered as it is placed on the Christmas tree every year!
9. Retro Cross-stitch PDF Pattern by Alice Apple
A wonderful little stocking filler for retro crafters ... This is an instant download PDF file of the pattern with a list of what you need, a full colour chart with list of DMC thread colours required and a photo of the finished picture. (You could even go the whole hog and buy the threads and fabric to create a wonderful kit!).
10. Retro Tote Bag by Owl and Cat Interiors
Not only is this a delightful stocking filler gift ... this tote bag could even BE the stocking! Fill this with other retro gifts for a truly original present. 100% ethically sourced cotton tote with vintage Cecil Beall image, is sure to go down exceedingly well with fans of the Tretchikoff style.
11. Vintage inspired Brooches by Planet Utopia
Planet Utopia creates gorgeous vintage inspired artwork which not only appears on wooden brooches, but can also be bought as prints. We think either would make fabulous stocking fillers for colour loving retro fans!
12. David Bowie Bunting by Material Gods
Imagine a whole army of different Bowies helping you celebrate Christmas! We think this bunting is genius and any Bowie or Glam Rock fan will too. Inspired by pop culture, B-movies, vintage horror, Rock Stars and generally most things counter culture, Material Gods create amazing paper goods to rock your retro world.
13. Hand-painted Bangle by LadyJo Bangles
Inspired by the fun, kitsch imagery of the 50's cocktail cabinet, this hand-painted 'Cheers!' bangle is a wonderful gift for Mid Century gals. The perfect addition to their festive outfit!
14. BMX Mug by Move
A rose for a rose ... This Rockabilly Accessories Gift Set is perfect for gals who rock the Pin Up style. A classic Rockabilly bandana with matching compact mirror will earn you some thoughtful brownie points! Both mirror and scarf can also be purchased separately in many more designs ...
So there you have it, our retro Christmas Gift Guide for 2019. We hope we have helped you with your search for unique gifts this year .....
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Inkabilly is husband-and-wife team Lee and Karl. A mid century obsessed couple who've been designing and creating our vintage-inspired homewares, accessories and gifts in our Bristol studio, UK since 2010. We love to mix up our Retro! So in our emporium you will find a happy, eclectic mix of nostalgic and kitsch designs inspired by the 50's, 60's & 70's.