Whether you are trying to do Christmas on a budget, a homemade Christmas, or a zero-waste holiday presents, you will find many clever thrift store Christmas gift ideas below to help you with your goals.
Thrift shopping is a great way to save money year-round. You can get children’s clothing cheaply, housewares, and even furniture. Just about anything you need for your home (besides food of course) can be bought at the thrift store. Did you ever consider doing your Christmas shopping there, though? For most people, giving used gifts is a social no-no; however, if you are crafty or just know where to look, you can get incredible thrift store gifts! Here is your guide to turning thrift store finds into Christmas Gifts
Thrift Store Christmas Gift Ideas
Mason Jars Gift Ideas
There really are so many things you can do with these thrift shop staples. You can make cookie and brownie mix in jars and tie them with a pretty ribbon and label. You could make some homemade sugar scrubs and place them in the jars as well. Here are 15 Gift in Jar Ideas.
Upcycle Old Sweaters
I have seen so many tutorials on how to use old sweaters and turn them into anything from mittens to hats. Many of these projects require very little sewing skill and they are so unique and fun! Teens might enjoy getting a new pair of boot liners like these from Scissortail Silk. Old sweaters can also be stuffed and sewn into pet beds for a great gift for our furry friends. Here are more ways to reuse old sweaters.
Update Clay Pots
Many thrift stores have clay or plastic pots from other people’s gardening time. Clean these up, paint them, and plant a houseplant in them for a truly wonderful and long-living gift. Here are directions for making a Tuscan DIY Embossed Terra Cotta Flower Pot or a Flower Pot with a Twine Rosette.
Make Candles in Teacups and Sugar Bowls
One great use for old teacups, especially the elegant vintage kind, is to make candles out of them. These make awesome gifts that are truly unique. Check out my tutorial on making Teacup Candles for inspiration. Here are directions for making a Sugar Bowl Candle.
Make a Quilt from Old Vintage T-shirts
Make a quilt with old t-shirts. One of my good friends has a quilt made from old T-shirts from her college days and still loves it. You can also use them to make infinity scarves. Here are more ways to use old t-shirts.
DIY Projects Using Old Jeans
High-waisted jeans are coming back into style and luckily the thrift store usually has plenty of them. You can create an awesome gift for a teen by covering the pockets with a fabric scrap with a cool design (think leopard print or something similar). Old jeans are also useful for making many other crafts such as purses, wallets, and so on. Here are 10 ways to use old jeans.
Upcycle Old Frames
These are a thrift store lover’s favorite find. You never know what you will get when you hunt through the frames and paintings section. You can turn these into framed chalkboards or paint them white and decoupage family photos onto one. Here is how to make a Dry Erase Calendar from a Vintage Frame.
Turn a Tray into a Chalkboard
Thrift stores are full of all kinds of trays and platters. These can be made into great things such as chalkboards, jewelry plates for rings and bangles and even bird feeders. Just about anyone on your list can be made something from a tray or platter. Here are directions for an Upcycled Serving Tray Chalkboard.
Creative Ideas for Old Games
You can use pieces from old games to make custom items for someone who loves that game. Glue a game piece to the top of a jar and fill it with candy. Or use game pieces to make custom jewelry. Here are directions for How to Make Wine Glass Marker with Scrabble Tiles.
Look Through the Old Books
I have found signed copies of classics while rummaging through the old books. I have found interesting out-of-print or first editions of classics that make a great gift on their own. Old books can be used in a variety of DIY projects. The pages can be used to make ornaments and as a background in scrap projects. You can also use the book to create a unique item such as this DIY Succulent Book Planter.
What are some of your favorite ways to use thrift store finds and create new things with them? Have you ever given a re-purposed thrift store find as a gift? I would love to hear your creative ideas!