If you happened to be up bright and early Friday morning and watching CTV Morning Live, you would have seen yours truly chatting with Stacey Brotzel about thrifted gifts for the Christmas season during the live fundraiser for the Edmonton Food Bank at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.

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Me and @staceybrotzel in our perfectly coordinating outfits. Totally planned that! Thanks for having me @chateaulacombehotel! Hope everyone thrifts a gift or two this year and drops off a donation for the @yegfoodbank!
Thanks Stacey for indulging my selfie needs!
Thanks Stacey for indulging my selfie needs!

I had a great time chatting about a favourite topic and showing off a few of my thrifted gift finds!  And, er, apologies to those of you who might have seen your gift up there – SURPRISE!!!  (Just act surprised.)  This is not a new topic for me – last year, I bought all my gifts secondhand and had a very Merry Thriftmas!  This year, I’m shopping secondhand of course, and small and local.  I have a few tips for people new to the idea of thrifting gifts…

  1. Buy less – crazy concept BUT most of us don’t need much and don’t even want for much.  I have spent hours and hours decluttering; I’m thinking twice about what I will “buy back” into my house, and encouraging my family to do the same.
  2. Buy differently – almost everything you might look for in regular retail stores can be found secondhand or in small local shops and markets.  You can even get gift certificates for thrift stores – a perfect gift for *some* people (HINT HINT MR. STYLE).  Homemade gifts and consumables like wine bath salts are also good alternatives to traditional gift giving.
  3. Receive differently – are you okay with receiving a secondhand gift?  Whether purchased secondhand or a hand-me-down or a straight-up re-gift, many people are still iffy when it comes to receiving secondhand gifts.  To that I say, get over it!  Just like with donations, people have their reasons for letting something go and more often than not, it has nothing to do with the quality of the item.  Let’s all just focus on living lives full of things and experiences that spark joy!  With that perspective, the cost and source of gifts become irrelevant!

Here are a few gifts ideas I came across while thrifting…

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Who doesn’t like a good game for Christmas?! There’s always a good variety of games at thrift stores!
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In my family, this would be filled with rosebud chocolates.
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Tree topper for a few dollars! Or you can put it on your fireplace mantle because you didn’t know it was a tree topper. Whatev.
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Who doesn’t like a book for Christmas?!! “Something you want, something you need. Something to wear, something to read.” There’s your Christmas shopping list!  Secondhand stores always have a great selection of books from new releases to cookbooks to comic books to children’s books to vintage books.  Something for everyone!
Got a Christmas party?! Try thrifting a dress (or 31 if you're me). This stunning dress was less than $15. I didn't get it because I'm being MINDFUL. That doesn't mean I didn't cry when I said goodbye.
Got a Christmas party?! Try thrifting a dress (or 31 if you’re me). This stunning dress was less than $15. I didn’t get it because I’m being MINDFUL. That doesn’t mean I didn’t cry when I said goodbye.

Ahhhh, there’s so much thrifted goodness to be found and shared!  If that doesn’t convince you, maybe my CTV Morning Live ensemble will…

Everly "dress" $4.20, leggings $6 and Naturalizer boots
Everly “dress” $4.20, leggings $6, Naturalizer boots $12.60 and She Does Create accessories.

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That is an Anthro brand dress, ladies, and it cost less than a latte.  Wouldn’t YOU want to receive something like that for Christmas?!!  Well you can’t have mine (!) but you should seriously consider doing some thriftmas shopping this year!  

Thrift a gift this year!
Thrift a gift this year!


  1. The Spirited Thrifter

    Yes and oh my goodness I honestly forgot to mention the very special person who found that piece for me! U0001f633 I will on Instagram! U0001f618