December 15, 2009

Vintage Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Home Decor Lovers

While most people enjoy the ongoing act (and art!) of decorating their personal space, be it a bachelor apartment or a sprawling villa, in a way that brings them both joy and contentment, some take this part time hobby and turn into an ongoing passion that consumes their thoughts and shopping trips. No matter where on the scale the home decor lover in your life fits, chances are they’d welcome a wonderful, thoughtful gift for their house.

The items below have an inherently old school feel to them, some are whimsical others are resplendently chic, all are likely to be type of decor pieces that would bring a giant smile to the face of anyone on your holiday shopping list who loves to adorn their home with elements that speak to their adoration of vintage.

~ Gifts for Home Decor Lovers ~

{Hidden beneath her gracefully sweeping, crimson hued stoneware skirt, this immensely adorable lady hides a stick or small tub of your favourite spread from freshly churned butter to vegan margarine, apple butter or a cheese log, ready to add pep to one's table through the holiday season and well beyond. Also available in marigold yellow, this cuter than cute butter dish can be yours for $28.00 (US) from}

{Your gift recipient can inject a rainbow of cheerful colour and vintage style to any room in their home, from the den to the boudoir, with this chicly beautiful metal starburst clock which retails for $59.99 (US) from}

{Who amongst us doesn’t adore the pleasure of sifting through flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores in the hopes of find just the right treasures for our wardrobes and homes alike? If this sounds like you or someone you know, then The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details by Stan Williams, may be exactly the book to turn to for inspiration when it comes to how best to put those newfound (old) treasures on display. Released in 2009, this charming, photo filled, 240 page book is $18.50 (US) from}

{Generously sized cabbage roses in a tranquil pallet of coral pinks and dusty yellows adorn this beautiful cotton duvet cover, telegraphing a wonderfully feminine feeling that would work marvelously in any bedroom or guestroom in the house. Queen (full) sized “Tea Rose” duvet cover, $68.00 (US) from}

{This darling vintage inspired box and the elegant pastel hued tea set it houses are both equally lovely items for a special someone on your holiday list to decorate their kitchen with. Set of four (one each pink, green, blue and yellow) “Piccadilly” bone china tea cups and saucer with gift box, £34.95 (UK) from Dotcomgiftshop.}

{Who wouldn’t delight at the prospect of gathering everything from holiday cards to the more mundane mail (like December’s credit card bills!) of everyday life from this immensely quaint white mail box (letter holder) with black enamel finish. Measuring in at 7.75 inches wide by 9 inches long and 4 inches deep, this wonderfully elegant receptacle would add a marvelous vintage touch to the outer decor of any home, and can be purchased for $24.00 (US) from Painted White.}

{Muted tones of aquamarine and teal lend this patriotically lovely thrown pillow a hefty dose of aged appeal. Measuring in at 30cm wide by 40cm long the wool and cotton “Britannia” cushion featuring a classic Union Jack flag in “duck egg” can yours to give (or keep!) for £35.00 (UK) from Laura Ashley Home.}

{This delightful tea towel is almost too pretty to use – all the more reason it deserves to go out on display proximately a turquoise kitchen, buttercup yellow bathroom, or snow white hued laundry room, for all who enter to admire. Embroidered and appliquéd wrens and doves who are immersed in a darling tea party cover this generously sized cotton tea towel (28 inches long by 21 inches wide) which is available for $24.00 (US) from}

{If there’s someone on your gift giving list who swoons at that mere thought of all things vintage French decor or antique shabby chic related, then The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget by Claudia Strasser (published in 1997), $19.76 (US) from, may just be the perfect present to bestow upon them – and their beautiful home –this holiday season.}

{This gorgeous sea foam green storage bench is a real multitasker! At once it’s both an extra seat and a stylish place to stash anything and everything you might not want cluttering up a room all the time; it can be an ottoman, coffee table, or collect all for coats and bags. Upholstered in vintage inspired vinyl, sporting a plush tufted and piped cushion top, set upon tapered mid-century style legs, and measuring in at 38.5 inches wide by 18 inches high and 18 inches deep, this smart and stylish bench is available for $240.00 (US) from, and would make an incredible gift for someone really special in your life.}

{Instantly transform any vanity table, bathroom counter or dresser top into the sort of glamorous spot one might expect to see in a vintage Hollywood starlets’ home with this incredibly pretty, ever so slightly rococo, hand painted cream and gold pedestal mirror. Measuring 34.5cm high by 18.5cm wide, this sophisticated looking glass is available for £28.00 (UK) from Laura Ashley Home.}

{An elegantly dressed woman in an enchanting gown holds a delicate paper lantern up to light the evening’s activities in this wonderful print that's stretched across a 12 by 14 inch canvass. Ready to instantly infuse added beauty to any vintage fan’s wall, this attractive print is $30.00 (US) from Plasticland.}

{Stock up on this magnificently pretty glass transferware holder and candle set to use as a stocking stuffer, hostess present or strikingly attractive gift on its own. This 4.75 inch tall by 3 inch wide peacock bedecked, shabby chic Victorian looking holder with a nine ounce white hued candle (45 hour burn time) is $19.50 (US) from Touch of Europe.}

{Dazzle your holiday giftee with a book they’ll be thrilled to keep out on the coffee table (or night stand), browsing and daydreaming over all year round, such as this amazing collection of over 600 magazines covers all featuring the eternally graceful Audrey Hepburn. This fashionable tomb, Audrey Hepburn” International Cover Girl (by Scott Brizel), was just released in November of this year and can be found on for $29.70 (US).}

This bevy of gorgeous home decor items has me itching to both give gifts from this list and add a few treats to my own home! I hope that amongst the ideas suggested here you’ll find oodles of inspiration for all those on your list who love to deck their halls (and every other room!) in vintage style.

Joyful holiday wishes to one and all as we count down these last ten (shopping) days until Christmas! :)


  1. How amazing! You have such great finds. I love all those Anthropologie treasures, that clock, the Parisian book and I'm trying to see whether it's okay to buy myself that print for a self-Christmas gift.

  2. Oh the first one is just adorable, and I really love the vintage picture of the lady and the lamp.

    Just gorgoeous honey,

  3. Great finds! I so want the cushion from Laura Ashley! Have a sweet day!

  4. Lovely finds - especially the lantern :-)

  5. Jessica,

    Thank you so much for recommending my book THE FIND. Please let your followers know that if they purchase my book and would like it personalized, visit me at, and I'll tell them how.

    Again, you are so kind to include me in your gift-giving lineup.


  6. So many awesome things in this post, I'll take them all please! lol

    My new vintage blog: Circle 7-2099

  7. Hey Jessica. These look like some cool items. I'd love to have that clock. Very ultra cool. Hope you're enjoying the week. Cheers!

  8. What beautiful stuff, Jessica! Love it all! Hope you're having a lovely December's day--stay warm & cozy!

  9. Nice picks for holiday gifts. On my list would be the Piccadilly tea set and the Audrey Hepburn book, of course. I love mental gift lists! No need to actually buy them, as I pretend they are now already mine :)
    Have a sweet and lovely day, and thanks so much for your heartfelt comments on my last few blog posts. I appreciate your thoughts, my friend.

  10. Thanks for the heads up on the Audrey book! I'll have to make a trip to B&N this weekend to take a peek!

  11. The butter dish is divine, but I really like the green storage bench too! Too many pretties to choose from - but you are giving me great ideas for decorating my new space!


  12. Ah darling gal, you know you won my heart with that Audrey book! I've got my eye set on it, and hope ::crossing my fingers:: that it awaits me under the tree ;) such dahhling treasures doll! Thank you as always for stopping by and your sweet comments! I hope all is well with you and that you're staying warm and cozy =D

  13. That print is gorgeous! Love that tea towel also. :)

  14. Oh i want that mail box, how adorable! xx

  15. Wow, there isn't one thing there I don't want! Especially that clock and the mail holder.

    I'm with Emma Wallace, are self gifts okay too? ;)

  16. beautiful finds! i adore the print and bed cover.
    They make me feel like heading off for an op shopping adventure.

  17. Jessica,
    Great finds! I especially love the butter dish, tea towel and the Audrey Hepburn book!

    As always, looking forward to your next blog!


  18. An absolutely fantastic collection of holiday gift ideas! I would love to keep them all for myself though...they would be awfully difficult to part with :-)

    Have a lovely week!

  19. new to your blog and love it!!! it's wonderful

    hope you can stop by and follow my blog!

  20. The tea set is just lovely...and that storage bench is stunning!

  21. beauiful things, Jessica!I love the teacups and the parisian book!!great great!
    love tiz

  22. I think I have a touch of the Parisian book decor. I like chandeliers and have dress forms around my house :)

  23. Hi Jessica!
    Just briefly stopping by with my very best wishes for Xmas and the New Year! Can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you & your terrific posts since my last visit - but hope to see you very soon back at my place where I’ve just posted my latest Christmas Lola Lifeline! All the best & see you again soon!

    xxxLOL LOLA:)

  24. Lovely gift ideas Jessica. I love the paper lantern.

  25. I think the way you decorate or organize your living space can help create a certain kind of atmosphere. Right now I'm still at the end of moving and so not everything is in it's "rightful" place and I feel on edge about it and like I can't start a project until my craft area is just right. I don't know if that makes sense, but it does to me :)

  26. thanks for the product lists and pics! lovely, lovely stuff!

  27. Gorgeous gorgeous selection dearest! Favs...the butter dish...the teatowel...the print...oh and the 'find' book...wouldn't it be nice to find these under the Christmas tree...

  28. I luv anything Anthro, thanx 4 all the home decor gift ideas. btw did U receive ur package yet? <3

  29. I love all these home decor items you found! Very good taste :)
    That colorful clock would sure brighten up any room, so cute.
    As soon as I saw the adorable tea towel, I guessed it was anthropologie without looking at the discription 1st because it's so cute, what else could it be? ;)
    I just love the bed spread too, makes me want to replace mine.

  30. Very nice finds! Esp love the glamorous woman pic with the lantern. Wonderful blog.

  31. Good morning, wonderful dears, giant thanks go out to each of you for your comments on this holiday shopping guide. It was nothing short of a joy to put together (don't even get me start though on the will power it took not to pick up a gift or two from this very list for myself ;D), and I am already looking forward to the guides I'll hopefully be able to put out for the 2010 Christmas season.

    Many thanks again, everyone, I appreciate your comments to no end!

    Giant hugs & Friday well wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  32. It is always hard to buy for home decor. It is so hard to judge their personalities.