14 Christmas gift ideas for vintage-lovers

From chintzy floral accessories to traditional toys, fans of Christmas past will be delighted with these pretty, nostalgic gifts

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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?

We've rounded up a selection of vintage-inspired gifts to surprise them this Christmas, from classic tea sets to botanical postcards, not forgetting a subscription to Period Living, Britain's best-selling period homes magazine...

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1. Keep cosy with a traditional knit 

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, this colourful lambswool scarf features traditional Fair Isle patterns used for centuries. 

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2. For the star baker in your life

We all know somebody who's glued to every episode of Bake Off, always brings in home-baked treats to the office, and goes out of their way to find the best bakery in town – well this gift is for them! Guaranteed to please the baker in your life, particularly those with a nostalgic heart, The Vintage Baker cook book is packed full of new (old) recipes for them to try, from retro treats such as baked Alaska to twists on American classics like pumpkin pie. 

Find more gift ideas for foodies – and don't miss the buys every Bake Off fan should have in their kitchen.

the vintage baker book

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3. For the fashionista 

Featuring a beautiful spray of flora and fauna this Lena Hoschek botanical silk scarf will delight fans of vintage fashion and nature alike. It's so beautiful we'd be tempted to frame it and hang it as wall art!

Botanical silk scarf, £140, Lena Hoschek

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4. A friend for life

For something special that can be passed down through generations, why not opt for a collectable teddy bear? This Classic 1920s Teddy bear from Steiff is handmade using natural mohair. 

steiff bear

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5. Jazz up your lapel with a stylish brooch 

Jewellery makes the perfect keepsake for that special someone. Inspired by the ornate floral designs of the Art Nouveau era, this silver and gold plated Silver Snowdrop brooch from the Highgrove shop will add a touch of prettiness and design history to a winter jacket. 

snowdrop brooch

Silver snowdrop brooch, £100, Highgrove Shop

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6. Celebrate a literary icon

With Michael Bond's A Bear called Paddington first published in October 1958, Paddington Bear turned the grand old age of 60 this year, and to mark the occasion brands have been releasing some brilliant limited edition merchandise. Featuring luxury crackers, a Paddington toy and, not forgetting, Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Marmalade, this hamper from Nancy & Betty Studio is the perfect gift for fans of the national treasure.  

Paddington hamper

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7. Pretty vintage accessories

In 2015 Liz Phillips fulfilled a lifelong dream and set up a business making and selling beautiful homewares and accessories from vintage fabrics. Made using carefully collected cloths, including original Sanderson and Morris & Co florals, her one-off clutch bags are guaranteed to be a hit with vintage fabric fanatics. 

Find more gorgeous gifts for women... and get Christmas off to a good start.

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8. A must for that vintage tea party 

Ideal for those who love to entertain, this pretty New Country Roses three-piece tea set from Royal Albert will add a floral flourish to afternoon tea parties and will make a beautiful addition to the kitchen dresser. 

Find more beautiful gifts for the home in our guide.

floral tea set

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9. Delight radio listeners with a design classic

As well as its iconic retro styling and leather exterior, the new Roberts iStream 3 Heritage 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. Go on, get the Bublé on! 

roberts radio

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10. A gift for the boho beauties

A brilliant stocking filler, this wagon gift set from Oliver Bonas features a mini Moroccan Rose & Agarwood hand cream and a mini rollerball fragrance packaged in a beautifully illustrated vintage caravan box that recipients just won't want to throw away. 

Find more brilliant beauty gifts in our guide.

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11. One for the letter lovers

Featuring 50 beautiful postcards illustrated with original artworks from the Natural History Museum Archives, The Flora Collection Postcards in a Box makes a perfect gift for the nostalgic souls in your life who love writing good old-fashioned letters, but equally those obsessed with the botanical trend

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12. If in doubt... socks

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. 

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13. A subscription to their favourite magazine

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

From now until Christmas, we're got a fantastic offer on subscriptions, with a saving of 42 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.

Christmas issue of Period Living

14. Pretty fabrics for crafty pursuits 

Shopping for a crafty vintage lover? Inspire their next endeavour with these House of Alistair Vintage Floral Print Fat Quarter Fabrics from John Lewis & Partners. Perfect for quilting, making bunting or other crafty pursuits, the potential for these pretty floral fabrics is endless.

patches of fabric from john lewis and partners

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