The Thrift Gift. . .A New Tradition

Hello my friends, hope you all had a very wonderful Christmas!
Hard to believe that it has come and gone and soon we'll be staring '2016' smack dab right in the face.
Looking forward to starting a New Year and wishing you a year full of happiness, health, and fun!
Before I start to embrace it I wanted to share a new family tradition with you.
I actually started this last year with the grands.  Everyone thought it was so fun, so this year I included the adults.
All year long I shop for the perfect 'thrift gift' for each member of the family.  Actually I forgot hubby this year, but won't forget next year. :)

This is our oldest daughters family.  Jason works construction and  as you can see by his cheesy grin, was quite pleased with his die cast digger!  Jordyn is wanting to redecorate her bedroom and wants to incorporate maps.  The stoneware aqua bowl will be a pretty catch all holder and the flower frog can hold pencils on Nicholes work desk.

Our oldest son, Lonnie is a surveyor and loves to hunt.  He got a vintage surveying tri-pod and old binoculars.  His wife Tracy has quite the collection of clocks.  This one had never been taken
 out of the box.

Braxton loves action type figures.  I found these three small knights all together on a thrift shelf.  I'm certain some kid had been having fun with them.  Darth Vader is actually his ornament for this year.

Because the knights were so small, he also received this vintage gun cleaning kit.  He hunts with his father.
Riley is a big 'Star Wars' fan and received a bag full of Pez Star Wars dispensers. 

Paityn will have hours of fun changing the bands on this watch.

Our grandson, Kade is engaged to Ashley.  Also an outdoorsman, he received a vintage compass and she got two Christmas mugs.

Our daughter Karrah has a yellow and blue kitchen with a lemon theme.  She had spied these large S&P shakers at our home during a meal and loved them.  They were a thrift find, so I passed them on to her.  Jayson is a mechanic and the Harley Davidson glasses have auto parts on them.  Little Saydee loves pink and tea parties!

Taylor wants to decorate her room in shades of aqua and salmon.  How perfect is this butterfly art work?
Our youngest son, Dalan hosts a poker party after Christmas every year with his friends from high school.  Won't they be impressed with this poker set?

Jack and Will love cars!  Will was too busy playing to show his, but he got an entire case full of matchbox cars.  Jack got a box with three Tonka trucks and a motorcycle.

Somehow I missed getting a photo of Samantha's thrift gift, but baby Evan got a Beatrix Potter teething ring.  Also, never been used.  Thank goodness!  lol!  Looks like he is anxious to chomp down on it.

A couple rules about the 'thrift gift':
1.  It may not necessarily be useful.
2.    Grandma won't be offended if they decide to redonate it. 
It's more about the fun than the gift!
It's hard to get great photos in our basement at night, but I hope you enjoyed sharing in our new family tradition!


Mary Ann Potter said...

Oh, what fun! I am a thrift shop shopper, so I thought this was really cool. (When I go to the Goodwill, I call is GW Fashions! Love those designer bargains!)

Unknown said...

I just might have to borrow your idea. I think my family would love doing this! Glad you had a great Christmas! Happy New Year!

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful and clever idea! Next week I will be showing my mantle after seeing your idea last year. It's not as good as yours but still will be fun!

Stephanie said...

What a fun and personal idea, my friend. I simply love it :)

Thanks for sharing and I'm so glad you had a nice Christmas. Hugs to you!

Susie said...

Jann, You are the tops. I love that idea. Everyone looked so pleased. You have a good looking family. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

Grammy Goodwill said...

You found great gifts for everyone, I think.

Junkchiccottage said...

This is such a fun idea Jann. Love this. Very thoughtful and fun and I bet you had fun looking for all these special thrift gifts for each person. Glad you had a great Christmas with your family. You are so right the time goes way too fast.

Linda W. said...

I love your tradition! How fun! Thanks for sharing the photos of your lovely family.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh how fun - I think that is a great idea. If I had a big family I would do the same thing.
So glad that you had a wonderful Christmas. It went so fast.
Have a wonderful New Year dear friend.

camp and cottage living said...

Such a neat idea, Jann, and I bet you had a lot of fun shopping for the gifts!
Merry Christmas!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your new tradition is wonderful, Jann. Everybody looks happy and I'm sure you had some fun shopping too.

20 North Ora said...

Looks like everyone had been really good this year. Love all of your thrifts. Each one so special and hand picked.


handmade by amalia said...

A fun idea that takes some of the pressure off the holiday preparations. And what a lovely family you have, Jann.

French pretties said...

Wishing you wonderful New Year and simply Bonnes Fetes!

Cherie said...

That is a lovely idea. Tony bought me a beautiful glass set with two bowls and two little decanters on a tray. We spotted it in a charity shop earlier this year and I completely forgot that I he bought it.I remember saying at the time that he should wrap it up for Christmas. I am so pleased that he did. I will post a photo on my blog.

Unknown said...

i love your blog and wanted to say thank you for sharing such wonderful family photos , i just love the idea of gifting small treasures like this there are no used things just unloved ones waiting for the next person to enjoy ,, i hope this inspires anyone that reads your post ,, thank you so much

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Jann, I love this tradition! Lots of fun and great finds too. Happy New Year hope it will be a wonderful year for you and yours. sb

sandi s said...

I love your idea and it looks like so much fun to open the gifts. Hugs,

Sandi Magle said...

Love all those happy faces....Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jann---and see you again soon, Sandi

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Jann
So happy I made it by to chime in on this great idea... One year we did a trade off in our giving, first we picked a name as to who we give to at Thanks giving then we give something we own in our home that we no longer want, everyone was giving something up to another.
This was lots of fun to see who had the privilege of caring for someone else cast off.

The whole thrift giving is really what it should all be about, recycling what's out there, and supporting the foundations that care for the community.
Love how creative you are.

A happy New year to you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I did this at a girls lunch and everyone loved their gifts! Great idea!

Patti said...

This is just a wonderful post! Your gifts were perfect - and your family looks so happy with them. I love this idea - and I'm going to bring it up to my family for next year. I think it could be quite silly, too!

cynthia lee designs said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!! Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

I love your new tradition.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! My family is always teasing me about loving the vintage, thrift stuff but they also love how it looks in my home. I may have to start this with my grandchildren so they develop a love of the old! Happy New Year!

Katie Mansfield said...

What a great idea. We tried to do this with my extended family last year but they could not embrace the fun. This is a great way to personalize Christmas and take care of the environment. It looks like you all had so much fun with your thrifty Christmas.

decorayadora said...

Hola amiga querida !! Espero que hayas tenido una bonita noche buena con tus seres queridos y este 2016 que recién comienza te depare muchas bendiciones

Halle said...

What a fun idea! We were struggling with the extended family gifting these past couple years. The past two years we've done a gender neutral gift at a set dollar amount then played the dice game to determine who gets what. Next year we are drawing names. said...

This is a very fun idea that everyone can enjoy. You did a good job finding gifts tailored to each person's likes/life style.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

What fun! Great gifts too! Happy New Year! xox

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a very nice idea, Jann! I do something similar as my neighborhood has a facebook "buy and sell" page and I buy things for my grandchildren on it all the time and occasionally I find something I know my kids would enjoy.

Have a very Happy and Healthy 2016!

Town and Country Gals said...

what a fun idea and what great things you found for all of them! I find things at thrift shops also for the kids, my 2 boys each collect shot glasses. I've found some very cool ones at the Good Will on and off at the big price of .99 each which makes it harder when I'm traveling in different states, hit the airport gift shops and have to pay $5.99 each! This year I found a beautiful porcelain white and gold nativity set for my daughter, the big pieces were $1.99 to $2.99 and the small ones were .99! She loved it! It's so fun when you find great stuff that you know someone will like!
Happy New Year,

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I enjoyed every minute of this post my friend. What a wonderful idea...the Thrift Gift! I started something a few years back with my daughters. When we have our immediate family get-together for Christmas we play a game and the prize the girls get is either: A seasonal gift that I found marked down in the clearance aisle...such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines and etc. This way they can use it for a holiday item. OR: It's a piece of Christmas that I have used over the years. They never know what they may get but love it. Thanks for sharing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sandi Magle said...

ah, love this. Actually this 'thrift-gifting' has begun in our family---informally. We do emphasize, it's not what anything costs, but the 'thought' behind the gift. For example, two years ago- I surprised my boys (now 46 and 43) with an original Hot Wheels carrying case loaded with vintage hot wheels, I snagged at a thrift store for $12.00. This year, I found the second case---so the split HotWheels now have homes for each of them. The memories this gift brought up---were priceless.

I have also gifted heirlooms, that need to be passed down, now--not when I die.

It's all about what is right for the person...the gift from the heart.

Biggest hit though was a vintage "Lone Ranger Game", my son gave my husband, circa 1040's. Such fun---Thanks for the great post---I'm going to pin and pass this one we may put Walmart out of business if everyone did this. Sandi

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