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Tricky present: people who like restoring antiquey stuff

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GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 06-Dec-15 15:23:55

Got a couple to buy for whose hobby is buying junk tat nice antiquey type things, polishing them up a bit or restoring them in some way, and then reselling at vintage fairs / markets etc. They're pretty good at it. Relatively small scale: largest thing they've done is probably a table, they like odd bits and pieces rather than massive projects.

Any ideas of anything related I can get them for Christmas? Only a £15 budget confused limiting I know. So far my only idea is a set of touch up wood pens, which doesn't exactly challenge the budget.

They've given us some lovely home made hampers in the past, full of pickles/preserves etc, just to give you more of an idea what they like to give/get.

<Looks round hopefully for suggestions>

Brunilde Sun 06-Dec-15 15:31:53

Something from Annie Sloan? She does a couple of books, I've never read any but it sounds like something they might like

traviata Sun 06-Dec-15 23:06:59

thermos mugs or folding chairs for sitting about at fairs/markets

they probably have all the relevant reference books, but Millers Collectables might suit

Gruach Sun 06-Dec-15 23:17:10

Years ago (pre mass internet shopping) when I was into that sort of thing we used to drive all round the country seeking out ... rare and specialised beeswax and accompanying polishing products. (I am ashamed.)

A couple of those might make a cute mini-hamper. Or one enormous tin. No idea of current prices. Might have to look some up ...

Lovelydiscusfish Sun 06-Dec-15 23:29:58

Nice thermos flask, for early morning antique fairs? Or posh Tupperware for their sarnies, a nice woolen picnic blanket for their knees, stuff like that?

elephantoverthehill Sun 06-Dec-15 23:31:57

Wire wool or a tin of Bee's wax.

Notsoaccidentproneanymore Sun 06-Dec-15 23:32:36

Hand warmers!

Viewofhedges Mon 07-Dec-15 11:16:13

Bee's wax definitely. Books are a bit hit and miss, but bees wax and polishing cloth would be useful and welcome I'm sure. For an extra bottle - linseed oil.

GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 09-Dec-15 17:35:11

Thank you all very much! Some great food for thought, all seems totally the kind of thing they would be into. I might see if my DM wants to go in on a hamper with me so we can put more of your suggestions together smile

GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 09-Dec-15 17:36:59

It hadn't even occurred to me to look for books, but that Miller's one looks so good I might bank that as an idea for next year!!

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