Posted in Gift Ideas, Holidays

by Ruby Lane

Top 10 Vintage Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

1.    Antique & Vintage Lockets:  They range in size from tiny, doll scale to several inches.  They contain keepsakes like locks of hair, or small photos, from Daguerreotype to Polaroid. Some have hand painted miniatures inside with two lovers facing each other, and are works of art in themselves.

Exquisite Pink Sapphire & Diamond Heart Locket & Chain
Stunning 19th Century Pietra Dura- 18KT Gold Pendant & Chain

The most valuable, of course, are gold, but others are gold plate or silver.  A few have tiny seed pearls on the cover, embedded in a star shape. Others are studded with precious or semi-precious stones. What could be more romantic than a dainty locket on a chain, draped over a crystal wine glass, anchored with a piece of Godiva chocolate or a truffle?

Charming Cherubs Early Victorian Pendant Locket
Magnificent Antique Russian Enameled 14K Gold Diamond Locket Necklace
Art Nouveau 14kt Gold Portrait Diamond Locket presented with a 14kt Victorian style 16
A Splendid Georgian ‘Flaming Heart’ Diamond Locket, late 18th century

2.    Cupid statues and memorabilia:  Cupid cameo earrings set in silver by Robbin’s Roost Antiques, Ruby Lane, are to die for. So is a carved cameo shell featuring cupids and fairies, a grand tour souvenir featured by Antiques and Uncommon TreasuresEstate Treasure Trove has a silver button hook handle featuring Cupid, and there are many wonderful antique plates embellished with his image.

Cupid cameo Earrings, Set in Silver, Georgian

Cupid cameo Earrings, Set in Silver, Georgian

Antique Italy Grand Tour Souvenir, Hand Carved Shell on Plinth, Cameo Psyche and Cupid

Antique Italy Grand Tour Souvenir, Hand Carved Shell on Plinth, Cameo Psyche and Cupid

Antique Silver Button Hook with Cupid Image

Antique Silver Button Hook with Cupid Image

3.    Vintage lingerie:  Auntie’s Attic sports a wonderful vintage red Bustier by Amelia, once sold at Marshall Field’s.  It could pair well with a black silk jacket and pearls to go out on the town. Small, gold Victorian lingerie or scatter pins are great keepsakes, and there are excellent examples of 1950s doll lingerie available, too. Old slips and half slips from the 30s and beyond have wonderful lace, and vintage camisoles in silk and lace are the best of Victoria’s secrets! Perhaps vintage baby doll pajamas or Olga night gowns are more to your taste? Or, maybe you’d prefer a silk quilted vintage robe? No problem, there are lots of fun examples on Ruby Lane. 

Vintage Amelia Bustier
Rare Nettie Rosenstein Negligee Lingerie Vintage 1950s Red Nylon Accordion Lace Full Sweep
Vintage 1950s Gown With Matching Robe//Peach//Designer Gotham//Satin Ribbon//Lace// Sexy// Marilyn Monroe//Lingerie
Lipstick Red Nylon Robe Vintage 1960s Movie Star Christmas Holiday Wear or Gift

Pretty acetate lingerie bags trimmed in lace are great for storing your treasures, or maybe you would choose the 1930s or 40s dress form to model your vintage lingerie when you aren’t wearing it!  In fact, an old dress from or mannequin would be great for showing off Victorian corsets or hoop skirts.  Whether displayed or worn, vintage lingerie items say romance like nothing else can!  Slip in a Vintage paperback romance novel or a copy of Wuthering Heights, and the evening is complete.

Antique French Embroidered Silk Lingerie Case

Antique French Embroidered Silk Lingerie Case

Ethan Allen Signed Traditional 7 Drawer Vintage Lingerie Chest

Ethan Allen Signed Traditional 7 Drawer Vintage Lingerie Chest

4.    Fans: Everyone has heard of the language of fans, and certainly not all of that language involves love and romance, but fans are popular collectibles and delicate, romantic love objects in their own right!  

Sepia image of a vintage twenties lady with cocktail and lace fan Ruby Lane Blog Top 10 Vintage Valentine Gift Ideas

  How about a beautiful vintage Hermes scarf printed in colorful antique fans from Ruby Lane’s Butler and Butler gallery? Some beautiful majolica pitchers are decorated with glazed fans in different colors, and vintage jewelry is often fan-shaped. Be sure to catch a breeze with your favorite fan, and blow a kiss to your Valentine with it!

Early 19th Century Miniature Fan For Child or Doll

Early 19th Century Miniature Fan For Child or Doll

Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf -

Vintage Hermes Silk Scarf – “Brise de Charme” – Charming Breeze, 1990 design by Julia Abadie

Beautiful Vintage Fan Hand Painted Roses and Lace in Gold Frame

Beautiful Vintage Fan Hand Painted Roses and Lace in Gold Frame

5.    Teddies and stuffed animals:  The vintage personality of bears are great presents for any time of year, especially Valentine’s Day. Of course, there are wonderful antique bears, especially old Steiff. By giving an antique or vintage bear, you are upping the ante on something thoughtful and full of personality.

Large Early American Ideal Hump Back Teddy Bear with Shoe Button Eyes Fully Jointed 16
Very beautiful Antique Steiff Teddy Bear

6.    Heart shaped candy boxes:  These candy boxes are wonderful collectibles, and are affordable, anywhere from a few dollars to around $75 for a woven straw example from the 1920s.  Some have beautiful graphics, while others come with a hard plastic vintage doll attached to the top.   Discontinued, red velvet Godiva boxes are popular collectibles, too.  You could hide a special piece of Valentine’s jewelry inside, or fill it with home made fudge or other candy’s that make for your Sweetheart!

Vintage Heart Shaped Candy Box - Roses Satin and Lace

Vintage Heart Shaped Candy Box – Roses Satin and Lace

Vintage Valentine Candy Heart Box

Vintage Valentine Candy Heart Box

1920's Valentine Heart Shaped Straw Basket Box

1920’s Valentine Heart Shaped Straw Basket Box

7.    Antique Valentines:  From postcards to stand alone honeycomb confections, antique and vintage Valentines are a great way to celebrate a holiday based on all kinds of love and friendship. Heart shaped paper lace valentines can be hung carefully from pink Valentine trees. Metallic lace examples can be stunning, as can die-cut examples that include Victorian scrap figures. Dainty ladies grace card shaped examples from the 1870s. Mechanical Valentines feature Googly eyed children whose eyes glance from side to side when a paper lever is pulled.  Fun Valentines from the 30s, 40s, and 50s often feature characters popular during those periods and then become crossover collectibles. Vintage Valentine paper or pink and red wall paper can decorate on old crate and with a little decoupage skill, can make the ultimate Valentine box. What a lovely way to relive your childhood Valentine school party!!

8.    Kewpie dolls or memorabilia:  Rose O’Neill’s impish Kewpies with their little blue wings and red heart labels were simply born for Valentine’s Day!  Cameo dolls made Kewpies as interpreted by Joseph Kallus for many years.  These vinyl dolls came in all sizes and shapes, including one the size of a toddler.  Kewpies can literally be good enough to eat; sometimes they are made as red, white, and pink mini candy dolls.  A few show up as chocolate figures; the molds themselves are collectible. Kewpie huggers, especially brides and grooms, seem to have been made just for the big heart day.

3 1/4

3 1/4″ Kewpie Huggers with Stickers Front & Back

All Bisque German Kewpie Wedding Couple

All Bisque German Kewpie Wedding Couple

3 1/2

3 1/2″ Kewpie Huggers

9.    Diamond rings, of course!!  Marilyn Monroe sang it best, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”   Well, Ruby Lane has plenty of best friends to make your Valentine’s Day sparkle.  One drop-dead gorgeous ring is made of diamonds and sapphires with rubies filling a heart shape in its center. It is featured by Tanya’s Treasures. Diamonds set in yellow gold make great earrings and rings, bangle bracelets in gold feature a circle of tiny diamonds to catch the light. Edwardian rings drip the tiny pieces of icy jewels, and retro rings are still the thing! Heart diamond stud earrings pair with Victorian diamond studded heart shaped necklaces, too.

Diamond Ruby Heart Ring | 14K White Gold | Vintage Cocktail Cluster
Antique Garnet and Diamond Cluster Ring, Memorial dated 1847
Vintage Diamond Heart Ring - 14k White Gold Solitaire 11ct
3.06ctw Heart Ruby Sapphire Diamond Ring 14k Gold Red White Blue USA Patriotic Jewelry

10. Anything red:  Martinez Valero Strappy red suede sling back heels make bold, Scarlett statement with a vintage, little red dress.  Red-glazed pottery is unusual and festive.  Vintage Barbie in her Red Flame outfit lends an air of sophistication to a Valentine’s Day party.  Any grouping of red collectibles makes a statement; some favorites include red glass, red bull salt and pepper shakers, or Scarlett O’Hara figurines wearing the famous red dress. Weiss red rhinestone strawberry pins and other strawberry and cherry collectibles look great with Valentine’s.  Vintage candles in pink, white, and red are lovely, too.  Display red items amid pink tulle and white lacy ribbon, and you have a memorable Valentine’s Day display that no one else will have.

Martinez Valero Strappy Red Suede Sling-Back Heels
Vintage 1960s Red Floral Brocade Oriental Shirtdress Shirt Waist Dress by Madame Koo M
SET OF 4: Royal Ruby Coffee Cups & Saucers
Large Weiss Strawberries Pin and Matching Earrings

We would love to hear from you Write us at blogarticles@rubylane.com

Leave a Reply