As we speed into the holidays, the shopping season is in full gear. If you’re not sure what to get some of the people on your list, consider your nearby Goodwill store!
White Elephant gift exchanges, ugly sweaters for the office contest and our wide selection of new goods (great for stocking stuffers) are always good reasons to visit Goodwill during the holidays, but here are some things you maybe haven’t thought about:
Some types of used gifts are actually more valuable because they are old, such as antique furniture, vintage clothing, or some musical instruments. Great used gifts also include those that aren’t available anymore or are rare: classic toys and collectibles, for example, and early edition books.
Expertly crafted items that stand the test of time (or were made better way back when) are tasteful gift ideas. Hand-carved items, cookware sets, and leather jackets fall into this category. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can find great items (at great prices) at Goodwill that can be repainted or repurposed for a unique and personalized gift. Check out our Pinterest page for ideas.
When you give your gift, be open about the gift being from Goodwill – say “I saw this David Bowie vinyl record in Goodwill and immediately thought of you and knew you’d love it.” That way, it’s about what they like or want, not about you saving money or helping the disadvantaged find self-sufficiency (that’s just the bonus!)
Consider combining a recycled gift with a new gift – a unique coffee mug with fresh beans, patched-up vintage jean jacket with a new T-shirt, or a piece of retro earrings plus a new scarf.
Some people on your shopping list (think millennials and Woodstock-era folks) will even appreciate a recycled gift as opposed to a new gift from you as it would show the time and thoughtfulness you put into the decision of what to get them.
And, you have the knowledge that your purchases are helping to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfills. It’s like a gift to the planet!