Published on December 4, 2017 — Leave a comment

Gift Thrift: 6 Things that Make Great Inexpensive Christmas and Holiday Gifts

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Does your best friend have J.Crew taste but you’re on an Old Navy budget? We got you. When you choose to shop secondhand you don’t need to spend a fortune to give a personal and thoughtful holiday gift. If you splurge on the handbag she really wants (at a price you can afford) it won’t end up in the back of her closet and you’ll feel good about giving it.

Below, some of our favorite like-new gems everyone will fall in love with.

Soft Sweaters

“You simply can’t go wrong with gifting a sweater, especially when it’s $15 cashmere.” –Madeline, wakeUP with Madeline Host

The next best thing to gifting a puppy is a sweater as soft as snow (but sooo much warmer). Soft and cozy goodness is always appreciated during the cold-weather season. Find cable knits, V-necks, crews, and cardigans from Banana Republic, Gap, and J.Crew.

Seasonal Scarves

“Scarves make the best gifts. My favorites are Old Navy, Gap, and J.Crew.” – Judee, thredUP Master Creator

Whether she’s feeling knotty or nice, give her something she can style her way. Bonus points: If you have another gift to wrap for the same person, consider using the scarf as eco-friendly wrapping or tying it in a bow around a gift box.

Holiday Handbags and Wallets

“Palm-sized wallets are perfect stocking stuffers. Gift a shiny or textured one.” – Lindsay, thredUP Style Expert

Unwrapping a designer bag or wallet is like finding the golden ticket in the chocolate bar. They make the perfect pre-owned gifts because you don’t have to worry about sizing and fit. Other fun picks are mega-affordable scarves, hats, sunglasses, and gloves. One size fits all! Find all the latest styles and trends they’ll love at up to 90% off retail price.

“For me, there’s something extra special about finding a secondhand gift. The perfect items seem to jump out at you unexpectedly like, ‘OH, HELLO BEAUTIFUL. I’ve been waiting…’“ – Kris

Joyful Jewelry

“Nothing makes her sparkle during the holidays like jewelry from $6! And you can wrap it up in thredUP tissue paper!”– Kathleen, thredUP Head Curator

A gift of silver and gold will bring music to her ears every time she shakes the box. From simple hoops to statement tassel earrings, thredUP’s fashion jewelry starts at just $5.99. Hello, stocking stuffers!

Kids’ Gifts

Shopping for a holiday gift for your little ones? Browse our kids and baby clothing for adorable, one-of-a-kind finds you won’t see anywhere else. Since kids grown out of clothes so quickly, many of our items are barely worn, if at all. Find present-worthy sweaters,  dresses, denim, and more from your favorite kids’ brands: Gap, Crewcuts, Hanna Andersson, Gymboree, and more for boys and girls!

New with Tags


Secondhand doesn’t always mean previously worn or used. 15% of all the items on thredUP are brand new with the tags still on. No one will know you got that Kate Spade New York wallet at 70% off. Go on, we won’t tell. Just click the New with Tags box under the Price filter to find all our brand-new gems.

Tell us about all your thrifty gift finds in the comments below!