10 Clever Gifts for Antique Lovers

These antique gift ideas are perfect for any collector in your life.

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Are you looking for gift ideas for antique collectors? It’s worth mentioning that no two antique lovers are alike. Before purchasing an antique gift, find out what your loved one collects. Which niche is their favorite? For instance, some people collect books, and others collect antique toys. These niche collectors might not have any other antiques in their homes.

However, if someone has a general appreciation for old items, there’s also a chance that they would appreciate a wide variety of vintage gifts. Generally, these antique gifts are sustainable and have character (they can even work as eco-friendly gift wrap in some instances). Below you’ll find gifts for antique collectors that span several eras, design sensibilities, and budgets.

Elegant Antique Art Nouveau Book Holder

antique art nouveau figural bookends
$249, etsy.com

This versatile metal book holder could be used to hold mail, napkins, or magazines and dates to the early 1900s. Additionally, the brass colored Art Nouveau stand measures 5.5″ x 2.5″ x 5″.

Nostalgic Antique Bakelite Vanity Set

9 Piece Art Deco Celluloid Vanity Set
$110, etsy.com

This green celluloid vanity/grooming set has a beautiful pearlescent finish and dates to the late 1920s. The set includes a hand mirror (minus mirror), shoe horn, hair brush, nail buffer, two picture frames, clothing brush, clock (not running), and a hair receiver. 

Masculine Antique Advertising Sign

RARE 1940s Original English Antique Advertising Sign - Antique Sign - Vintage Sign - Antique Metal Advertising Sign - Wall Decor - Old Sign
$113.60, etsy.com

Here is a very rare original 1940s antique metal advertising sign for an old magazine ‘Answers’. This sign was found in a collection of old advertising signs from a old newsagents attic that was closing down.

Classy Vintage Etched Wine Glasses

Vintage Floral Etch Liquor Cocktail Glasses Set of 3 Glass Stemware
$29.95, etsy.com

This etched set of liquor cocktail glasses date to the 1940s (4 oz.) and measure 4 3/4″ tall and 2 7/8″ diameter at the mouth.

Turn of the Century Antique Lamp

Antique Miller Bent Panel Mica Shade Lamp Double Light
$379, etsy.com

This original surface signed Miller Arts and Crafts style bent panel lamp is from the early 1900s and has been repaired with a mica shade (which explains the reduced price). The shade originally had slag glass bent panels which had gotten broken, so the seller had replacement panels made from mica instead.

Sentimental Floral Antique Locket

1890's Art Nouveau French Round Gold filled Locket Antique Gold filled locket Antique pendant c. 1900 s gift for her
$114.06, etsy.com

This is a classic French Art Nouveau gold filled pendant locket from the early 1900s. It closes securely from the top and contains room for two pictures.

Eclectic Antique Picture Frame

Small Antique Art Nouveau Brass Frame
$29.89, etsy.com

This is a lovely small vintage brass frame in an Art Nouveau style. The frame has no glass (the picture pops in from the top), and the back pulls out easel style.

Functional WFH Antique Desk Organizer

Antique Desk Organizer-Storage, French Indochina, ca. 1910
$311.07, etsy.com

This is a stunning early 20th Century antique desk organizer with floral hand carved details. It opens up to reveal drawers and pockets for storing stationary, postal cards, pens, watches etc.

Stylish Antique Kitchen Scale

Oct. 29, 1912 American Family Scale Co. - 60 Pound Scale by 2 Ounces
$65, etsy.com

This antique household kitchen scale measures up to 60 pounts in 2 oz increments. It was patented Oct.29, 1912 by American Family Scale Co in Chicago. Also, the scale works it has been tested.

Collection of Antique Postcards

Antique Birthday Postcard Lot, Early 1900s
$18, etsy.com

This is a set of six vintage antique postcards from the Art Nouveau era with a Happy Birthday theme. Each card is in good condition and comes in a plastic sleeve.

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