Nostalgia is not only romanticizing the past, but it’s also a way to deal with trauma and stress.
That’s right, nostalgia can be useful in maintaining sanity and understanding the world around you.
In reality, some people just happen to like old-fashioned things!
Whether you’re buying a gift for a senior friend or family member or someone who just likes the vintage aesthetic, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re going to take a look at five of the best gifts to give to the person in your life who looks at the past with rose-tinted glasses.
#1. Fresh Flowers and Fresh Food
We’ll start this list off by cheating just a little. This is more than one thing, but consider getting that special someone in your life something like fresh flowers or food.
Nothing says old-fashioned more than a basket of flowers or a delicious, fresh-baked pie!
People didn’t always need to run out to the big-box store to get something pre-packaged. Homemade gifts were all the rage and still are today.
So, consider putting a little time, effort, and forethought into your gift. Think about what kind of fresh flowers that significant person enjoys. Decorate a pie or cake with freshly picked fruit for a nice “cherry” on top.
#2. Pin Up Clothes
Pinup girls have a long history of female empowerment (interestingly enough, starting with the bicycle of all things).
You’d recognize the old-school posters of pinup girls with the slightly revealing lingerie and curvy figures.
Pin up clothing is a great nostalgic gift for those who have taste for old-fashioned fits.
#3. Record Players
For the music aficionado in your life who enjoys the nice crackling sound of the past, look into getting them a record player.
Digital music is easy, fast, and readily available, but there’s something indescribable about holding vinyl in your hand and hearing music through the vibrations of a needle.
It’s not technically as easy as streaming music through your smartphone. But for people who like old-fashioned things, it’s a tried-and-true hobby that any music lover will appreciate.
#4. Wet Shaving Kit
If you’re looking for a gift idea for that man in your life, consider a wet shaving kit.
People have been using sharp blades to shave for centuries, but the safety razor is an invention of the early twentieth century.
Razors with disposable heads and electric shavers have overshadowed them today. A traditional safety razor, double edge blades, brush, and soap would be a great nostalgic gift idea.
#5. Rotary Phones
When most people have tiny computers in their pockets that can make phone calls, who needs a phone with a cord?
In fact, you can still buy traditional landline phones today, including the even older-school-cool rotary phones. For those in your life that want to keep in touch but in an old-fashioned way, consider a rotary phone.
Old-Fashioned Things Make Great Gifts
You don’t need to run out to Target and Walmart all the time for your gift giving options.
For the people in your life who can appreciate old-fashioned things, there are a lot of ideas out there that are cheap and easy.
If you need some more gift-giving ideas, check out more of our blog posts here!