Remodelista Gift Guide 2023: 10 Useful and Beautiful Vintage Household Finds

Whether you’re still scrambling for a few holiday presents or all set, the hunt is actually never over for the perfect gift. As givers and receivers, we consider that a good thing, and have a word of advice: For a surprise that’s meaningful and made to last, consider browsing the vast world of vintage wares—online, in antiques shops and thrift stores, at flea markets, auctions, and tag sales. You’ll pay less than you would for a brand-new equivalent not nearly as well crafted. You’ll be keeping existing goods in circulation rather than using precious resources. And your gift is likely to be loved and passed down (yes, paper towel holders can become heirlooms). Here, 10 secondhand household finds currently on Remodelista editors’ wishlists.

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Above: Like her mother before her, Julie always has friends at her dinner table. She reports that she’d love to receive Mappin & Webb Silver-Plated Demitasse Spoons with coffee-bean-shaped handles. They’re $100 for a set of six, presentation box included, from Bassett Hyde, stylist Beverley Hyde’s tiny, treasure-filled online shop.

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Above: Says Fan, “In my opinion, practical household essentials are the best kind of vintage.” She has her eye on this one-of-a-kind Vintage Wooden Paper Towel Holder, $58, from Hoppe Shoppe in Portland, OR.

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Above: “I don’t know if it’s a female affliction,” writes designer Faye Toogood, “but I have so many jugs. Why do I need that many? I don’t know, but there’s something about a jug… It feels quite symbolic.” Our UK contributor Nell can relate: “I’ve come to the conclusion that you can never have too many jugs [that’s British, by the way, for pitchers]. Which makes this Sgraffito Jug, £48, from online vintage ceramic shop Molde, the perfect gift—even if the recipient has a shelfful already.”