Great gifts for the antique collector

Gift Ideas for the Antique Collector

Someone who collects antiques might be a bit difficult to buy for at Christmas. It's not as easy as running to the mall for a gift. You can however give them gifts that complement their hobby, and if you have a bit of the collector in you, maybe you can even pick them up a piece or two to complement their collection.

1- A gift certificate to an antiques store
Try to find out one or two of their favorite shops and get them a gift certificate or gift card to a antique shop.

2- Magnifying Glass
A magnifying glass that can be stashed in a glove box or purse for those times they need to check out a hard to distinguish mark on an unexpected find can be the best gift they will ever receive. Look for a folding magnifying glass in a protective case so that they will not have to worry about it breaking in between uses.

3- Tickets to an antique show
Almost every city or town has at least one major antiques show, or nearby. Antique afficionados love to go to an antique show so give them a couple of passes for the show so they can take a friend.

4- Journal

A blank journal with lots of room for them to fill with information on their favorite antique haunts, want lists, and more is a great gift for even someone on a budget to give the antique collector on their list. Take it up a step and give one with a leather cover with their initials engraved on it.

5- Subscription to Antique Trader
Antique Trader is America's weekly antiques and collectibles marketplace. It is published every week of the year, meaning a copy will land in their mailbox each week reminding them just how much you care.

6- Tickets to a Museum
Try to pick a museum in a historical building that is featuring antiquities, antiques or something related to their interests.

7- Buy them one of their favorite collectibles
If you're comfortable shopping for them and know exactly what would really add to their collection and you can do it economically, then do it. Don't make the mistake of buying something you're not really sure about because then they feel obligated to display it because you gave it to them.

8- A book on their area of collecting
There are so many great books on antiques and collectibles. Chances are thtey have some of them but most likely appreciate any books on their area of collecting. Avid collectors usually love to amass books about their passion.

9- Antique photo frame:
If you are giving a family photograph for a gift, frame it in an antique frame. Collectors love and appreciate that.

10- An antique Christmas ornament
Antique collectors usually love anything antique or vintage and would most certainly love an antique tree ornament. It's very special because each year when they put it on the tree, that person remembers you. You can't go wrong.



~*Jenn*~ said...
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~*Jenn*~ said...

What fabulous ideas! I'm both a collector and have to shop for other collectors, win win! I think the book idea is wonderful, our friends are antique dealers at an antique market and I found the 2009 Canadian Price Guide which I thought was appropriate! Now I'll bookmark this for my husband and maybe he'll get his act in hear ;)

Cordelia of Cottage Antiques said...

Jenn, So glad you enjoyed this post. I know that our family has a terrible time buying for us but we love books and I have a thing for journals, love them, especially the vintage-looking ones. Have a great Christmas! Thanks for following my blog. Visit our shop if you're ever in San Diego. ~Cordelia

The Empty Envelope said...

Great gift guide!! Thank you!

Kristi said...

I know this is your "work" or better said, "passion," blog :-) and not so much a personal one... but I just linked from Cathy's!
I had NO idea that either of you were bloggers! HOW did I not know that?!
I just spent a few minutes on here (and on Cathy's) and will have to come back for more later. Your's makes me want to move into the store. :-) Instead, I am surrounded by piles of laundry, scattered kids books, toys that play songs at odd hours and Elmo! :-)

Cordelia of Cottage Antiques said...

Hi, Kristi!
Yes, I'm a blogger, love it! Always promoting, too. I love being in touch with my customers. It's such a great tool on so many levels. It's so funny because I just read your blog tonight. Congrats to John on his graduation. Now that you're close we can come see you when we're up there. We get up there for business once in a while. Your kids are the cutest! I'll show everyone the blog on Christmas. Raymond & Karen with their kids, Claire & Jake, will be here, too. If you ever have occasion to get down here we'll get a little family gathering together. It would be fun.
Thanks for the comment. Hugs to you all!
xo, Cordelia