If you’re looking for gifts from the 40s and 50s, then think of Coca Cola, three stooges, Rosie the Riverter or Elvis and Lucy from the 1950s.
1950s home decor gifts, retro style clothes for him and her – fun, beautiful and functional old school gifts never go out of style.
Whether you’re looking for retro gifts for your girlfriend or vintage inspired gifts for mom and dad, these cool and unique old time gifts from the 1940s or 50s would surely impress them.
- 1 Fun Nostalgic Gifts From The 40s And 50s
- 1.1 Vintage Inspired Clothing
- 1.1.1 Plaid Buttoned 1940s Swing Dress
- 1.1.2 Women’s Vintage 1950’s Prom Retro Rockabilly Party Swing Dress
- 1.1.3 Vintage Square Neck Lace Dress
- 1.1.4 Vintage Bateau Two Piece Lace Evening Dress
- 1.1.5 Vintage-Look Black B-15A Bomber Jacket, Mens Flight Jacket
- 1.1.6 George Men’s Pleated Cuffed Microfiber Dress Pant With Adjustable Waistband
- 1.1.7 I Love Lucy Ethel Paris Dress 1956 T-Shirt
- 1.1.8 Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Dance T-Shirt
- 1.2 Old School Kitchen Tools Gifts From The 40s and 50s
- 1.2.1 40s Style Cotton Kitchen Towel
- 1.2.2 Diner Tabletop 50s Style Accessories Set
- 1.2.3 Coca-Cola Retro Vending Machine Mini Fridge
- 1.2.4 The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 4-Piece Measuring Bowl with 4-Cup Measuring Cup, 5-Piece Set
- 1.2.5 100 Years of Royal Albert 1950-1990 5-Piece Mug Set
- 1.2.6 Stainless Steel Moscow Mule Mug
- 1.3 1940s 50s Vintage Style Decor Items
- 1.4 Reproduction Vintage Metal Tin Signs
- 1.1 Vintage Inspired Clothing
Fun Nostalgic Gifts From The 40s And 50s
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Vintage Inspired Clothing
How do men and women dress in the 1940s or 1950s? How was the vintage fashion of the yesteryear?
Add a little retro flair to your wardrobe with the 1940s inspired graceful A-line skirts or the swing dresses with a feminine fit.
Look glamorous in the 40s inspired evening dress or the pretty classic vintage plaid tea skirt complete with an elegant princess seam bodice, tiny waist and lovely curves.
Timeless but fresh and they never go out of the style – meet the classic retro T shirts. These old time tee shirts with the faded look, classic TV shows or movie designs do bring on the nostalgic feel.
If you’re looking to add a bit of vintage chic to your wardrobe or looking for that flattering elegant vintage inspired slim waist dress for your cocktail party or prom night, then check out these old style fashion below.
For the men – Colorful sport shirts, button down casual shirts with floral, plaid patterns, retro inspired tee shirts, pleated dress pants worn higher up the waist compared to modern times.
Fedora hats became popular with Hollywood celebrities during the 1950s era.
The bomber jacket was first worn by the military pilots during the world wars. Bomber jackets provide a layer of warmth to pilots flying at high altitudes. The bomber jackets of yesteryear come with a cotton outer, fixed fur collar, sleeve zip pocket and slash pockets.
Then between 1949 and 1950, the fur collar was replaced by a knit collar and nylon was used to make the body of the jacket due to its ability to remain dry as well as prevent the absorption of water into the fabrics of the jacket. The common population started wearing the bomber jacket during the mid-1950. Read about the history of the bomber jacket.
Make your fashion statement with these 1940s and 50s shirts made for the modern man.
Plaid Buttoned 1940s Swing Dress
Made of cotton and spandex, this old style A-line plaid dress comes with a shirt collar and short sleeves.
A dress with a vintage flare, wear it to work, cocktail party or as casual wear.
The plaid dress of a 1940s silhouette – charmingly prim and proper.
Women’s Vintage 1950’s Prom Retro Rockabilly Party Swing Dress
This 50s style vintage dress is just like the classic Audrey Hepburn style full flared skirt.
Vintage Square Neck Lace Dress
Made of polyester, this beautiful vintage inspired square neck party dress has a square neckline and short elegant see-through floral lace sleeves.
The back has a v shape neckline and the A-line silhouette dress comes with a concealed back zipper.
The contrast underlay together with its pleated flare skirt make this a gorgeous retro gift.
Vintage Bateau Two Piece Lace Evening Dress
This lovely formal evening wear made of matte satin has a bateau or boat neckline and long see through sleeves.
This two piece vintage evening gown comes with zipper closure, embellished with applique, lace and beads as well as built-in bra.
This gorgeous gown would be great for prom nights, weddings, cocktail parties, homecoming parties.
Vintage-Look Black B-15A Bomber Jacket, Mens Flight Jacket
Dress like the fighter pilot of the 1940s and 50s.
This black B-15A bomber jacket has a 100% cotton shell.
You can get it in sizes ranging from XS to 3XL.
It comes with a quilted lining featuring a strategic air command print.
The cuffs and waist are knitted.
Cool vintage inspired features include a removable black fur collar, 2 leather tabs for O2 tubes, slash pockets in the front and a zippered sleeve pocket with pen holder.
George Men’s Pleated Cuffed Microfiber Dress Pant With Adjustable Waistband
This pair of classic style pleated cuff dress pants come with 2 front and 2 back pockets.
The pants are made from 100% polyester and are machine washable.
The microfiber dress pants with adjustable elastic waistband feature moisture wicking Sorbtek technology.
You stay cool, dry and comfortable.
It comes with button and zipper closure as well as belt loops.
It is available in black, grey, navy and sand.
Sizes available range from S to 5XL.
I Love Lucy Ethel Paris Dress 1956 T-Shirt
Made of 100% preshrunk cotton, this short sleeve retro style I Love Lucy tee shirt is available from sizes S to 3XL.
This would certainly make a great gift for a I Love Lucy fan.
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Dance T-Shirt
Elvis Presley was the King of Rock N Roll.
Ranging in sizes from S to 3XL, this Elvis dancing fun tee shirt is made from 100% pre shrunk cotton.
Tee shirt comes with two needle hemmed sleeves and bottom.
Old School Kitchen Tools Gifts From The 40s and 50s
These old style retro inspired cooking tools or gadgets would make lovely housewarming gifts.
Useful and nostalgic kitchen gadgets bring with them wonderful memories of food shared together with loved ones through the years.
40s Style Cotton Kitchen Towel
This 100% flour sack cotton kitchen dish towel has a lovely 40s style fruits design.
Measuring 17″ x 24″, it is washer and dryer safe.
The colorful rooster vintage 50s style dishtowel looks just as lovely and would appeal to rooster lovers too.
Diner Tabletop 50s Style Accessories Set
Set your kitchen into the 50s diner style ambiance with this 8-piece diner tabletop accessories set.
The whole set includes 1 tall napkin dispenser, 1 glass straw dispenser (with 75 straws), 1 glass sugar dispenser, 2 glass shakers, 1 steel menu holder, 1 diner menu cover, and 1 pack of 250 napkins.
Add an instant retro feel to your dining table with this old world diner tabletop accessories set.
Coca-Cola Retro Vending Machine Mini Fridge
The Coca Cola mini fridge in the shape of a retro vending machine is both a fun and functional gift for your retro lover friend.
It cools to 32 degrees below ambient temperature and can hold a total of ten 12 oz. cans soda (drinks are not included).
The cute mini fridge with the tall window display measures 12W x 28.5H x 18.7D Inches.
It’s just like a push button vending machine – push a button to open it.
This compact thermoelectric cooler operates on 110V AC or 12V DC power.
The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 4-Piece Measuring Bowl with 4-Cup Measuring Cup, 5-Piece Set
The package includes a 4-cup measuring mug and 4 piece measuring bowl set.
This pretty vintage floral measuring cup and bowl set would make a lovely retro inspired housewarming gift.
100 Years of Royal Albert 1950-1990 5-Piece Mug Set
Made from fine bone china, these beautiful 14.1 oz mugs come from Royal Albert 100th anniversary collection.
Each Royal Albert mug measures 4.5″ W x 6.49″ H.
Stainless Steel Moscow Mule Mug
The Moscow Mule mug is a traditional classic drinking mug especially for cold beverages.
Some of these mugs are made of solid copper and some have just the copper finish on the exterior of the mug with a stainless steel interior.
Stylish and elegant, you have a choice of a glossy finish on the exterior or the intricate hammered look.
These mugs come with large sturdy handles.
This beautiful Moscow mule mug is made from 100% quality stainless steel with a glossy finish.
The classic vintage design dates back to the 1940s when the Moscow Mule was first mixed together.
This classic Moscow Mule mug is best hand washed only.
If you do not like the glossy finish but preferred the intricate hammered design, then have a look at the Hammered Copper Plated Stainless Steel Moscow Mule Mug.
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1940s 50s Vintage Style Decor Items
If you’re thinking of gifting a beautiful piece of 40s or 50s inspired decor item, then check these out.
Kit Kat Animated Black Cordless Wall Clock
The Kit Cat clock was first invented during the 1930s and became very popular during the 1940s and 50s.
The smiling face animated Kit Cat pendulum clock has unique features such as 4 toes on each of its 2 paws and a pendulum tail.
The Kit Cat clock is a made in America classic.
Made of durable black plastic, its eyes and tail move along as the clock hands move.
You need 2 C batteries (not included) for it to work.
The animated made in USA clock measures 4W x 2.5D x 15H inches.
The Kit Cat pendulum clock adds a nice old charming touch to your vintage themed kitchen.
Crosley Black Classic Kettle Desk Phone
The first free standing dial telephone was invented in 1919.
The rotary dial phone lasted until 1963 when it was replaced by the tone dialing phone.
The Crosley black classic kettle desk phone adds a nice retro touch to your desk or office space.
It is designed based on the authentic 1930s model right down to the classic coil cord.
It is a rotary dial phone with push button technology and comes with a tone/pulse switch.
Measuring 5H x 6.2W x 6D inches, it comes with earpiece volume control.
It doesn’t come with a speaker, you’ll have to hold it to talk just like during the good old days.
Just plug it into your land line phone jack in the wall. It works even during a power cut.
Rosie the Riveter We Can Do It Coffee Mug
The fictitious bandanna clad Rosie was featured in highly successful campaigns that stressed on the patriotic need for women to enter the work force during that time when men were conscripted into the army.
The retro lover who loves coffee would be so delighted with this Rosie the Riveter coffee mug.
Drinking your morning coffee in this 10 oz. ceramic coffee mug with the words ‘We Can Do It’ is indeed a great way to start your day.
The imported mug is designed and printed in the USA.
It measures 4.75W x 3.75H x 3D Inches.
You can use it in the microwave but is best hand washed only.
I Love Lucy Lucys Blend Art Canvas
Every one needs a bit of laughter in their lives. I Love Lucy canvas wall art hung up in your room would indeed remind you of the humorous side of life.
This I Love Lucy Lucys Blend Art Canvas comes with graphic printed on deep grain canvas that is stretched on a rigid board with backing.
The image wraps around the sides.
It is available in sizes ranging from 8″ x 12″ to 20″ x 30″.
Coca-Cola Picnic With Coke Canvas Wall Art
Coca Cola was invented by John Stith Pemberton in 1886. They were originally served at soda fountains and then sold in bottles for the first time in 1894. The first plastic 2-liter bottle was introduced in 1977. Diet coke was introduced in 1982.
If you ‘re a fan of this popular carbonated drink, then you’ll definitely want one of these old world Coca Cola themed canvas wall art hanging on your wall.
Painted on high quality stretch canvas using the Giclee process, this vintage inspired Coca Cola canvas wall art comes ready to hang.
It measures 14″ W x 24″ H.
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Reproduction Vintage Metal Tin Signs
Ready to hang timeless vintage style metal signs make wonderful retro decor gifts.
There are vintage inspired tin signs suitable for every room in your home or office.
These vintage reproduction metal signs come with distressed rusted looks and appear to have embossed graphics and raised letters but the surface is actually flat and smooth.
Hanging up one of these old fashioned metal signs is a wonderful way to bring back all those nostalgic memories.
1940s KAYO Chocolate Flavored Drink Vintage Look Reproduction Sign
Some of you might have great memories of the popular KAYO chocolate drink.
It was first created in 1929 by Aaron Pashkow of Chicago and was in production for several decades.
The chocolate drink was named after a popular comic strip character Kayo Mullins. Kayo Mullins was one of the characters in the American comic strip Moon Mullins which ran from June 19, 1923 to June 2, 1991.
The drink bottles featured Kayo Mullins on its colorful label.
This Kayo vintage look reproduction sign measures 8″ x 12″.
The Kayo sign comes with simulated rust, scratches, faded paint giving it a more vintage look.
The surface of the sign is flat and smooth to the feel.
Made in USA, this Kayo vintage sign comes with mounting holes for easy hanging.
Elvis Presley Concert Tonight Only Metal Sign
An old advertisement featuring Elvis Presley, this metal sign comes with an antique look.
The Elvis metal sign measures 16″ W x 12.5″ H.
Holes are pre-drilled for easy hanging.
It is made in USA.
This is indeed a fantastic gift for a Presley fan.
Golf Masters Academy Three Stooges Tin Sign
A great fun metal sign for golfers who love retro stuff, this Golf masters academy three stooges tin sign is made of lithographed steel metal.
It measures 12.5″ W x 16″ H.
1958 Corvette Americas Sports Car Tin Sign
This 58 Corvette America’s Car Metal Sign is made of lithographed steel metal.
It measures 12.5″ W x 16″ H.
Conveying the message ‘America’s Only Authentic Sport’s Car Corvette’, this looks like a good buy for hubby.
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