Thrifty Giving: Mid Century Housewarming Gifts

25 Jul

I’m late in getting this post up because the photos got lost in the shuffle. I brought these gifts along with us when we visited our friends Jake and Ben in Sacramento. They were old college roommates and when our friend Jake got a job in Sacramento the two of them got a great deal on a beautiful 1950s house near downtown. Jake is a dear old friend and Ben is a stylish man about town who loves mid century modern. They needed gifts that were both functional and beautiful.

Our friend Jake is fluent in Japanese and I knew he’d enjoy these vintage coasters. They were like miniature pressed paper artworks, pristine and unused, with vibrant colors depicting classic Ukiyo-e scenes. Jake is still pretty mobile in his lifestyle so I wanted to give him something small that could follow him from move to move and place to place.

Ben, on the other hand, is very settled, and he loves to host get-togethers and entertain. He loves mid century modern vintage and may have let slip that he’d love a serving tray of some sort. I had just the thing: a warmly burled walnut tray from the 1950s.

After we visited a few places around town we went back to their house and Ben poured cocktails and served snacks on the tray, which I think means he likes it.

What is Thrifty Giving? I’m recording all of the secondhand and thrifted presents I give to friends and family in an attempt to inspire others and myself to look to thrift stores and other ways to reuse and repurpose gifts in a way that is both thoughtful and generous. I’m doing this for reasons both financial and ecological and hope to shift the focus of giving away from blind consumerism. These are my attempts, anyway.

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4 Responses to “Thrifty Giving: Mid Century Housewarming Gifts”

  1. Van July 25, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Oh, the Japanese art coasters, how I love them! Excellent and practical housewarming gifts for your friend. Who doesn’t need coasters to protect their valuable thrifted furniture? The coasters remind me of all the paper Japanese goodness I physically forced myself to not buy in the Morikami Museums and Japanese Gardens in south Florida. :)
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    • Carrie Anne July 30, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      The coasters are really so beautiful in person, too. I kind of wanted to frame them all.

  2. Jose Gonzalez July 25, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Yes, those coasters are lovely!

    • Carrie Anne July 30, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks, Joes! I hope he liked them.

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