Let’s get real. Buying holiday gifts can really put a strain on one’s budget, especially given the difficult year we’ve all been through. Gift giving also puts a strain on the environment. According to recent studies, Americans spend nearly $16 billion a year on unwanted presents—many of which end up in landfills.
There are work arounds, of course. One is to opt out of gift-giving altogether. But where’s the fun in that? Another is to shop at a local consignment shop, like Movables. Jam-packed with one-of-a-kind home décor, artwork, furnishings, linens and blankets, jewelry, homewares, even children’s books and toys, Movables is the perfect place to find unique gifts from around the world.
Moreover, consignment giving is cost-effective. It’s a sustainable alternative to buying new. Items come with a provenance, a back story, and sometimes a patina of age and history. Shopping local supports small businesses. And, at Movables, you have the opportunity to browse through a rich and eclectic array of items, and experience the thrill of discovering the perfect gift for family and friends.
How about a crystal decanter for the mixologist? A brass Viking long-ship as a candleholder for the Scandinavian enthusiast? Mix and match dishware or candlesticks for the college grad setting up house? A mid-century modern table for the newlyweds? A thick wool blanket for the grandparents? An antique vase in which you can put fresh flowers as a hostess gift? Vintage stuffed animals for the toddlers? The possibilities are endless.
Gifts like these, chosen specifically for the person in mind, are gifts with meaning. In other words, a gift from Movables is truly a gift from the heart.
Interdisciplinary arts journalist, writer, editor, and educator for almost 30 years.