My heart grows bigger as our family expands – and, so does my Christmas shopping list! I’ve always felt that Christmas is a time to just be with family, and the focus of presents should be around the kids. So, as an adult I don’t ask for much for Christmas, and have stopped gifting to the most of the adults in our family. We all agree our quality time together is the best gift.
This Christmas, I am pledging one thrifted gift to each person on my shopping list.
I have spent the year growing a small side hustle selling on Poshmark, so I have been spending a lot of time thrifting in central Iowa. That means, all year I have been slowly collecting treasures that will make for very unique gifts. I can’t give away the surprise of what I found, but each item is personal to the recipient, and so much more meaningful. Not to mention so much more economical AND produces less waste. Besides, Bloomberg says it is so on trend this Christmas season.
Tips on where to shop and thrift store gift ideas for everyone on your list
We have such generous grandparents and aunts and uncles that we hardly get any gifts for our kids. I have been picking up little treasures all year from Goodwill, and the Animal Lifeline Thrift Store for my two kids.
- I spend a lot less money and they will enjoy the toy just as much.
- Plus, there is A LOT LESS WASTE! We don’t have to deal with all that hard-to-open packaging.
- Thrift stores are a great place to find dress-up clothes and big toys like doll houses for a very low cost.We take the kids with us to the Many Hands Thrift shop in Grimes because they love exploring the toy aisle!
It’s a tradition in my family that each of us get a book for Christmas. When we shop the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, I always look for gifts. They categorize items into sections so it’s easy to search for signed copies, first editions, or specialty books. I also collected a few pieces of jewelry off Poshmark for my sisters.
My husband has a record player, so I shop at ZZZ Records for used vinyl records. They often run specials where you can snag a vinyl for only $2! Maybe your partner has been yearning for a snow blower? Riding lawn mower? Check Facebook Marketplace!
The Animal Lifeline Thrift Store has a treasure trove of seasonal collectibles for sale! They collect all year and set them out at the appropriate time. This is different from other thrift stores that just set out their donations all at one time. If you have a grandparent who is a collector THIS is the place to go hunting! I have found some very unique figurines for my family to add to their Christmas villages from this store.
My absolute favorite holiday party is when we have a white elephant gift exchange. The weirder the better! I love treasure hunting and this year I have a pile of glorious White Elephant options.