Vintage Christmas: 14 gifts for nostalgics

These vintage Christmas gifts, from chintzy floral accessories to traditional toys, will delight fans of Christmas past

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Is there someone in your life with a penchant for the past? Fanatic about flea markets? Or who is just passionate about the prettier things in life? With Christmas approaching, you might have your work cut out to find a present they'll really love.

Luckily, we've rounded up a selection of vintage Christmas gifts to surprise them this year, from classic tea sets to botanical postcards, not forgetting a subscription to Period Living (opens in new tab), Britain's best-selling period homes magazine... Keep scrolling to find the perfect nostalgic buy.

1. Be inspired by swoon-worthy vintage interiors

Country Brocante Style book

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Is there someone in your life who adores French brocante style? Then give the gift of endless interiors inspiration with this beautiful book. A fusion of faded French elegance and classic English country, Country Brocante Style (opens in new tab) captures the aesthetic of the Country Brocante Fairs' founder Lucy Haywood and is a must buy for anyone who loves to swoon over pretty vintage interiors or are looking to create a relaxed country look. 

2. Chose a retro appliance

smeg pastel blue blender

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Help them get their 2020 off to a healthy start with a Smeg BLF01 50s blender (opens in new tab), perfect for whizzing up healthy soups and smoothies, plus it won’t look out of place in their stylish retro kitchen. Pretty yet practical, it’s available in four shades.

3. Pick a (vintage) friend for life

Stieff winnie the pooh bear

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For something special that can be passed down through generations, why not opt for a collectable teddy bear? This new Disney Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh bear from Steiff (opens in new tab) is guaranteed to delight literary lovers, too. See all Amazon's Steiff teddies (opens in new tab).

4. For the vintage entertainer

John Lewis Swoon Raine bar cart

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Let them channel their inner 1930s glamour with an Art-Deco inspired bar cart. Perfect for serving up those new year’s cocktails, this Raine (opens in new tab) design from John Lewis & Partners and Swoon features signature art deco curves, a luxurious gold finish and a hint of pink marble. See all our bar carts in our buyer's guide.

5. Delight the floral fanatics

vintage floral pendant lampshade

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Light up their life with a pretty handmade lampshade made from carefully selected vintage floral fabrics. Made to order at Not on the High Street (opens in new tab), you can select specific sizes and hanging style. 

6. Keep cosy with a traditional knit

fairisle knit gloves

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Do you have a friend who loves to knit and natter? Treat them to something they'll really appreciate and that will delight season after season. Lovingly knitted in Scotland by Louise Wedderburn, these colourful lambswool gloves (opens in new tab) feature traditional Fair Isle patterns used for centuries. 

7. A vintage tea party must-have

Royal Albert 3-piece tea set

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Every vintage-lover knows you can't throw a tea party without those mis-matched tea cups and saucers, so add to their collection with this pretty 100 Years of Royal Albert 1990 3-piece set (opens in new tab). See the whole Royal Albert collection on Amazon (opens in new tab) for more choice.

8. Delight radio listeners with a design classic

dusky pink istream3 roberts radio

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As well as its iconic retro styling and leather exterior, the new Roberts Revival iStream 3 (opens in new tab) portable radio boasts the latest technology, with the ability to stream from services such as Spotify Connect, Deezer, TIDAL and Amazon Music as well as compatibility with Works with Alexa. This new Dusky Pink colourway will look perfect in a pretty vintage interior – go on, get the Bublé on! 

9. A show-stopping heirloom 

fortnum teapot

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A fine bone china teapot makes a beautiful gift that can be passed down through the generations. This Cloverleaf teapot (opens in new tab) from Fortnum & Mason has an elegant Edwardian profile and takes inspiration from The Royal Blend Tea Caddy which held a blend created in the early 1900s for King Edward VII. 

10. Treat star bakers

Sara Miller London cake stand

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No host or hostess should be without a cake stand. Whether classic scones or fancy French macarons, display vintage bakes in style with this Sara Miller Chelsea tiered design available at Wayfair (opens in new tab).

11. A personal gift for tea drinkers

personalised silver spoons vintage gift

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Great if you're looking to give a gift with a personal touch, these vintage silver spoons from Not on the High Street (opens in new tab) can be stamped with a name or message of your choice. Why not treat mum?

12. If in doubt... socks

Bonne Maison socks christmas gifts

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Ok, so many people think socks are a cop out, but not these pairs. More works of art than practical footwear, Bonne Maison's beautiful socks feature unique colourful designs ranging from geometric and pretty florals, to trapeze artists and Picasso-style portraits. A perfect stocking filler for vintage lovers, try these Squirrel and Vines Print ankle socks available at John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)

13. A subscription to their favourite magazine

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A subscription to Period Living magazine (opens in new tab) is the perfect treat for anyone who owns an older property, or just loves characterful style.

From now until Christmas, we've got a fantastic offer on subscriptions, with a saving of 43 per cent on a three-month or one-year deal. This means that you can arrange the ideal gift (or an indulgence for yourself) with a subscription costing from just £7.50.

14. One for the crafters

embroidery hoop art kit

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Shopping for a crafty vintage lover? Let them to create their very own vintage-inspired artwork with this Floral Hoop Art Beginner Embroidery Kit (opens in new tab) from Etsy, complete with yarns, template, hoop and step-by-step instructions.

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Pippa is Style Editor for Period Living magazine and spends many a weekend exploring the Cotswolds for decorating shoot ideas. A collector at heart, she is currently looking for a vintage cabinet to store her favourite wares.