THOUGHTFUL CHRISTMAS IDEAS FOR GIFT GIVING IN RECESSION TIMES

By: John Hogan

Christmas time is a time for sharing and gift-giving. It's the thought, not the price, behind a gift that counts.

GORDON HOSELTON CANADIAN VINTAGE MARBLE SCULPTURE POLAR BEAR AND CUB

GORDON HOSELTON MARBLE SCULPTURE

BESWICK VINTAGE SHELDRAKE FIGURINE BY ARTHUR NOEL GREDINGTON

BESWICK SHELDRAKE, ARTHUR GREDINGTON

SAMUEL RADFORD LTD. BONE CHINA VINTAGE CUP AND SAUCER

SAMUEL RADFORD CUP AND SAUCER

U.S.A. Vintage Rhinestone Bow Brooch, C. 1950

RHINESTONE BOW BROOCH

MURANO VINTAGE OPALINE GLASS SWAN CANDY DISH, C. 1960-80

MURANO GLASS SWAN CANDY DISH

Canadian Vintage Silverplate Mayonnaise Dish, C. 1960

CANADIAN SILVERPLATE MAYONNAISE DISH

When we give a gift, we do hope that our recipient enjoys it. Gifts do not have to be costly to impress. If the gift is well thought out, I am sure your friend or family member will appreciate that you put some thought behind it. One bad thing to do is what many spend-thrift people do and that is to re-wrap gifts from yesteryear. Wrapping up old rejects or things that you did not like as gifts and passing them along is cheesy and lacking in thought. If you did not like something as a gift from the year before, what makes you think that someone else is going to like it? If you are going to be thrifty, do not get caught by accident by sending something to a person that they may have sent to you for the previous Christmas or some other occasion. This would be rather embarrassing, don't you think? Unfortunately re-wrapping rejects seems to be a trend that is in vogue especially in today's economy.

Some charming little gifts could be in the realm of affordable art work, chinaware, glassware, jewelry, silverware and other metals such as copper, brass, spelter, etc. A charming bone china cup and saucer, a figurine, a china plate, a piece of rhinestone or sterling silver jewelry, a piece of colored glassware, a little sterling silver or silverplate serving piece can make ideal Christmas gifts.

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SOME EXAMPLES OF GIFTS THAT WE RECOMMEND ARE:

(1) Canadian Signed Gordon Hoselton and Numbered 65726 Marble Sculpture Polar Bear & Cub on an ice flow circa 1970-1989

(2) Sheldrake in flight Beswick figurine modeled by Arthur Noel Gredington, produced between 1943-1973.

(3) RADFORDS (SAMUEL RADFORD LTD.), STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLISH VINTAGE BONE CHINA CUP AND SAUCER WITH VIOLET FLOWER DESIGN, CIRCA 1950-1957

(4) RHINESTONE JEWELRY: U.S.A., Brass Plate Blue Crystal Vintage Rhinestone Bow Brooch, 2 3/4" Length, Circa 1950

(5) COLORED GLASSWARE: MURANO BLUE OPALINE SWAN FIGURAL GLASS CANDY DISH, 8 1/4" LONG X 6 1/2" WIDE X 5 1/2" HIGH, CIRCA 1960-1980

(6) SILVERPLATE ITEM: Canadian Vintage Silverplate Mayonnaise Dish & Cobalt Blue Liner, Circa 1960

OTHER CUPS AND SAUCERS:

OTHER CHINA PLATES:

OTHER RHINESTONE JEWELRY:

OTHER STERLING SILVER JEWELRY:

OTHER COLORED GLASSWARE:

OTHER SILVERPLATE ITEMS:

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