Thrifting for gifts

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

You've tackled pre-sales and Black Friday... and now you're waiting to see what pops off for Cyber Monday.


The holidays are definitely different this year - emotionally, physically and financially. But, some of us are determined to not allow the holidays to be impacted. We're hopeful to be able to (safely) spend time with loved ones and even if for a few moments, forget all of the blows we've been hit with in 2020.


Some have declared a no gift policy and some are falling in line with holiday gift giving per usual. For me, this will be the 3rd or 4th year where I've thrifted gifts. My family can't believe the things I find for them, mostly new with tag. It's always a fun time for me - the thrill of the find and my family's reaction.


I encourage you to give it a try - thrifting gifts (even beyond the holidays). If you decide to, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • A lot of retail stores that donate to thrift stores are clearing inventory or have cleared inventory to make room for holiday merchandising. Be on the lookout for new with tag items in thrift stores.

  • Just as you do for yourself - be open in terms of sizing. If it looks like they can wear it, go for it.

  • Shop all departments - home decor/housewares, accessories, clothing, etc.

  • Shop for gifts throughout the year and store in them a bin. You'll be surprised to see how much you've collected by December.

  • Thrift when everyone else is focusing on collecting grocery, cooking or hitting stores and online sales - i.e. the week of Thanksgiving and a few days following.

  • Lastly, have fun!

Yours truly in thrift,



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