There’s something so meaningful about finding the perfect gift. For some, the hunt for the perfect gift is just as much fun as receiving one.
When you’re shopping for stocking stuffers one thing you might notice is that even though the gift may be small, the price often is not. What happens when you buy a bunch of small items to fill a stocking? You end up busting your entire gift budget on just the stocking alone.
There has to be a better way to find special and unique items without getting sticker shock. Luckily, there is! Putting in a little bit of planning and strategic shopping time will definitely pay off on Christmas morning.
The thing about thrift stores is that a lot of the donated items aren’t ready to call it quits just yet. Most of the toys, clothing, books, jewelry, games and art have a second or even third life left to live. When you find something you love, it makes it even that much more special to think about the family or child who loved the item before you.
Plus, you can’t forget the hunt! It’s no fun going to the store knowing exactly what you want and which aisle it’s on. Where’s the thrill in that?! When you walk into a thrift store like Goodwill, you never know what you will find. There are so many gems at every turn inside the store, it’s like a Christmas shopping treasure hunt.
With new items arriving daily, our shoppers are constantly heading to their local Goodwill store to see what they can find. This season, if you’re on the hunt for a gift that’s unique and special, a trip to Goodwill will definitely do the trick.
Make Your Own
One of the best ways to make an impact with a Christmas gift is to make it yourself. Making your own gifts is not just for kids. Plus, it doesn’t have to be something that eventually makes its way to the trash due to being broken or ripped. You could make your own jewelry box for a young girl, for example. All you need is a sturdy wooden box and some craft supplies.
There are so many creative ways to give a gift. Sometimes just browsing the aisles of Goodwill will spark a creative idea. The great thing is you don’t have to spend a lot of money. So, if you mess up, you can always start over without getting too frustrated.
Get creative and make your own gift or stocking stuffer. Imagine seeing your handmade gift sitting out on your loved one’s dresser for years to come.
Check out these stocking stuffer and gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Retro Games — Whether it’s an old card game you used to play as a kid, or a family classic in mint condition, don’t miss Goodwill’s selection of fun games.
Vintage Toys — It is always enjoyable to take a trip down memory lane with your children or grandchildren. Many times, you can find small vintage toys at the thrift store that will help you share a story or a memory of days gone by.
Books — There is no such thing as too many books, but brand new books are notoriously expensive. There are many affordable adult and children’s books at Goodwill, and these make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Hats, Gloves and Mittens — Kids have a habit of losing their hats, gloves and mittens throughout the duration of the winter. Add some practical gifts to their stocking this year by including these items in the mix.
Snow Globes — Snow globes are a special collectible, and children are often delighted by these baubles. If you begin searching early in the holiday season, you may find several special snow globes to add to every child’s stocking this year.
Picture Frames — Young adults love taking pictures with their friends, and you may find a cute vintage picture frame at the thrift store. This would be an unexpected surprise in their stocking, and it would encourage them to print their favorite shots and display them.
Antique Collectibles — Adults of all ages love adding unique antique collectibles to their home, so this makes a fun and surprising stocking stuffer. At any thrift store, you will find a variety of collectibles, including small statues, plaques, figurines and more.
CDs or DVDs — Many adults prefer CDs and DVDs to the streaming devices that younger generations use regularly. If you have an adult on your list who likes things just the way they are, then add in a fun movie or a favorite album to their stocking.
Jewelry — Earrings, necklaces, and watches are all great Christmas gifts and you’ll find a wide selection at Goodwill. You may also find a vintage jewelry box that you can polish up or paint for a one-of-a-kind gift you can’t buy anywhere else.
Once you’ve scored your gift item, shine it up and wrap it up with a bow. It’s up to you if you want to reveal your secret shopping place, or just keep them guessing as to where you found such a cool gift.
Ready to go on the hunt? Find a Goodwill location near you and start Christmas shopping!
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