5 Unique Gift Ideas Inspired by Vintage Tins


Vintage tins are the best! Not only are they lovely to look at and very decorative, they are also super practical and perfect for storing all sorts of things in. With that in mind, I think pretty metal tins make the perfect starting point for creating unique and thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated for years to come, with the added bonus of being affordable too.

Another bonus about giving gifts in tins is that you don’t need to worry about gift wrapping, just add a pretty bow and you are all set.

Vintage tins stacked with a bow

I kept an eye out for interesting tins while I was thrifting recently, and picked up an assortment of new and vintage tins that inspired some really fun gift ideas. Of course you could fill your tins with delicious edible treats like some shortbread or my yummy Christmas Tree Cookies, but if you are looking for something extra special, I’ve put together five unique gift ideas that I think you’ll love.

All the gifts are made up of items that can be affordably found at op-shops (thrift stores), your local supermarket or even your own home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create gorgeous  gift packs, choose the right collection of inexpensive or pre-loved bits and pieces and your recipient will appreciate your gifts for many years.

Five Unique Gift Ideas in Vintage Tins

Gift idea for tea lovers

Tea Lover’s Gift Hamper

This pretty Chinese Mooncake tin was the perfect inspiration for a tea themed gift. You can add a combination of edible treats with special vintage finds.

You may like to include:

  • Assorted tea bags or loose leaf tea
  • Pretty vintage tea cup and saucer
  • Vintage tea towel
  • Tea strainer
  • Vintage souvenir collectors spoon
  • Homemade gingerbread or biscuits
  • Homemade jam or Lemon curd

Vintage tea cup gift pack idea mypoppet.com.au

Tea Lover's gift hamper ideas

If your friend is more partial to coffee than tea, swap these items out for coffee beans, a mug and some biscotti.

Gift Ideas for men

Shoe Care Kit

We all know that men can be kinda hard to buy gifts for, but I think I’ve got the perfect answer to all your problems – A practical and stylish shoe care kit. This vintage nut tin was the inspiration for this whole post, and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect to hold shoe polishes and brushes. You can pick up assorted shoe care products from most supermarkets, just add a scrap of neatly cut flannel and you’ve got a gift that will be used for years.

You may like to include:

shoe care kit mypoppet.com.au

Kiwi Shoe Polish and brush were kindly supplied by SC Johnson.

shoe care kit mypoppet.com.au

shoe care kit mypoppet.com.au

Gift Ideas for Crafty folk - mypoppet.com.au

Vintage tins and craft supplies were just made for each other. A crafter can never have too many tins, they are perfect for storing ongoing projects, keeping bits and buttons organised and countless other uses. I’ve put together two craft kit suggestions but you can tailor the contents to suit your recipient’s interests. If you want to make your gift extra special, throw a few craft lesson vouchers in there too.

Crochet Craft Kit

I love this floral tin so much. I picked it up for 50c at a little country Op-shop in Tasmania. I can imagine it’s been used to store all sorts of crafty bits for decades. I thought a crochet kit would be perfect and I raided my stash for some pretty yarn in colours to match the tin.

You may like to include:

DIY crochet craft kit mypoppet.com.au

DIY crochet craft kit mypoppet.com.au

Vintage Sewing Kit

Small tins with hinged lids make ideal sewing boxes. I’ve used this little chocolate tin and filled it with my favourite vintage haby finds, and some practical sewing bits. Make a little felt pin cushion and attach it to the lid to keep pins and needles tidy.

Vintage sewing tin - mypoppet.com.au

You may like to include:

  • Vintage thread spools
  • Vintage ribbon or trims
  • Buttons
  • Box of pins
  • Thimble
  • Needle threader
  • Book of needles
  • Small scissors
  • Pin cushion
  • Measuring tape

Vintage sewing tin - mypoppet.com.au

Vintage sewing tin - mypoppet.com.au

Some other crafty and thoughtful gift ideas include, a letter writing set or an embroidery kit.

DIY kid's gift idea, portable lego tin - mypoppet.com.au

Portable Lego Playset

Although the kids may be slightly disappointed to discover the toffee tin does not actually contain any sweets, they’ll get over it pretty quickly when they realise it is full of Lego. A square tin would be ideal, but in a pinch, a round one works just fine as long as the lid is large enough for a base plate to fit comfortably.

If your kids have tons of Lego, don’t buy any new playsets, you can re-imagine what they already have to create this portable Lego set.

How to make a portable lego playset

How to make a Portable Lego Playset:

  • Use double sided tape to attach base plate to lid of tin
  • Cut a piece of felt to fit the bottom of tin and glue in place
  • Fill with assorted Lego

The felt on the base of the tin helps stop the blocks from rattling around too much.

How to make a portable lego playset

How to make a portable lego playset

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas that inspire you to put together your own Vintage Tin Christmas gifts. I’d love to hear your suggestions for gifts that would work well in vintage metal tins.

Look for old tins at:

  • Thrift stores
  • Garage Sale
  • Flea markets
  • In your cupboards

Sometimes the really old ones may be priced a bit expensively (because someone has considered them to be ‘collectable’), but on average I paid $1-$2 for each of these, with the most expensive being the peanut tin at $4.

Vintage tins - gift wrapping

Hope you have a lovely festive break.

Happy Christmas!

x Cinti


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