5 Gifts You Can Always Find at Goodwill

Years ago I would aimlessly walk around retail stores and malls trying to find gifts for all the people on my list.

The aimless walking continues, but now I do it at Goodwill, where I save a TON of money, and walk away with some great one-of-a-kind gifts.

If you’ve never thrifted gifts before, here are five ideas to get you started!  

There is never a lack of t-shirts at Goodwill! There are hundreds of them that are thankfully separated by size and color. Consider finding a t-shirt for your recipient that features:
  • Their Alma Mater (high school or college)
  • Their Favorite sports team
  • A funny saying
  • Their favorite band

Like t-shirts, there is an endless supply of interesting mugs at Goodwill. Even if your recipient isn’t a coffee or tea drinker, that’s ok, fill the mug with some soil and a succulent for them to display on a shelf. Consider finding a mug for your recipient that features:
  • Their favorite city
  • Their name
  • Their favorite sport’s team
  • A funny saying

So. Many. Books. Children’s, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, how-to’s, best sellers, travel, art, series, religious, mystery, romance, science, poetry…  And they’re only 50 cents to $1.50.

Big or small, you can find all sorts of toys at Goodwill including board games, puzzles, cars and trucks, blocks, sporting equipment, and bikes. Goodwill of Akron has supplemental NEW goods too so you can pick up brand new/never been used merchandise at reduced prices.


Framed photos and artwork are popular gifts for the holidays. Pick up a frame at Goodwill and either use as is or paint it a color to give it a new look .  


  1. Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What great ideas! I bought five frames at girls Thrift Night Out for about $10 and painted them to match my living room. Love it!

  3. These are all GREAT ideas - I go to goodwill and get sorority and fraternity T-Shirts. The older the event the higher it would sell for on eBay - and they are cheap to send through the mail. I have even bought a vintage George Strait tour jacket for a co-worker who was a Strait fanatic. Got it for $2.99 then had it dry cleaned for a few bucks.................now, 9 years later she still mentions at least 3 times a year!

    1. You've just given me a GREAT idea! I LOVE finding vintage t-shirts and I never thought about buying and selling them on ebay (doh!). I love that you bought your friend that George Strait jacket... what a one-of-a-kind, unexpected gift!!

  4. as always - love your ideas - I need to go get some John Carroll tees :)

  5. LOVED your ideas. I just put together a beautiful welcome to the neighborhood basket for new neighbors for $5 all with finds from Goodwill.

    The only thing I would add to your list...baskets! You can find inexpensive baskets at Goodwill to create fabulous gift baskets for new neighbors, teachers, friends and or family!

    1. YES!!! There are always so many baskets!! I'm adding that to version 2 of this list!

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