With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it may be hard to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Sure, you can spend your time buying new pieces to give, but why not try to find some older, one-of-a-kind items that will spark a good old-fashioned storytime at the gift exchange? Luckily, there are plenty of local vintage stores and Instagram shops providing the priceless gift of nostalgia. By placing these special pieces under the tree, you’re giving new life to old items—and allowing new generations to appreciate presents of the past.
A few shops for special, vintage-shopping sprees:
For the timeless fashionista
It’s no surprise vintage fashion is on the rise, with older fashion trends finding their way into modern clothing. Why buy new, vintage-inspired pieces, when you can find racks on racks of the real thing? These pieces were made to last, so you know you’re giving a quality item this year. For finer, luxury vintage items, check out Silibi (@shopsilibi), a private showroom that collects and repairs older pieces of designer clothing, from Gucci watches to Chanel jackets. (You can also stop by Time Warp and The Vintage Violet along Government Street to find the coolest clothing, or peruse the timeless vintage selections at high-end jewelers like Barker’s Antique Jewelry or Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.)
For the vintage sports collector
Have a sports fanatic on your list? Check out Remember That’s Vintage on Jefferson Highway (or at @rememberthatsvintage on Instagram). This newly opened memorabilia store is packed with everything from LSU sports tees and jerseys from decades past to collectible items, like action figures and unopened Wheaties boxes from the ’90s (yes, really).
For the homeowner who loves pieces from the past
If you’re shopping for someone who wants a home that doesn’t look like anyone else’s, vintage is the way to go. Scroll through the finds from Mariposa Vintage Shop (@mariposavintagebr on Instagram) for brass figures, printed vases and lamps, and lots of midcentury pieces. (And if you’re out shopping, stop by Pink Elephant, Circa 1857 and Polished Peacock in Mid City for all the antique knickknacks, furniture and more.)
For the host who loves entertaining
The dreamiest gatherings call back to the days of old, showcasing ornate dishes, gorgeous glassware and weathered old cookbooks. Shop Social Graces Vintage (@social_graces_vintage on Instagram) for stately ice buckets, colorful tumblers, coffee table books and more. Scroll through its feeds and find unique home and kitchen decor without having to leave your home.
This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue of 225 magazine.