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Retro Gifts for Mom

Mom's Diner Coffee Mug

Exclusive Design: Mom’s Diner Coffee Mug

Mother’s Day is May 11th. While you don’t have to spend a lot to let Mom know she’s special, you want to give her something she’ll love. For the vintage-loving mother, there are hundreds of unique retro gifts. From key chains and totes to wall clocks and decals, there are plenty of gifts to match any budget.

Among the most popular Mother’s Day gifts is the classic Kit-Cat Clock in black (it also comes in red and cream). This beauty has the moving eyes and wagging tail to keep her smiling. For the diner mom, the table accessories set has it all—a menu holder, napkin dispenser, sugar pourer, straw dispenser, salt & pepper shakers and an exclusive menu cover.

Does Mom need her own space? Inspire her to carve out her own woman cave with unique wall decor, like the Piccolo Million Dollar clock or a Pink Cadillac car shelf. If the kitchen is her domain, help her spruce it up with a diner style Eat sign, or a classic red kitchen clock.

Retro Cadillac Car Shelf for Mom

This unique, wall-mount shelf takes Mom back in time.

Among the popular characters and icons gifts are Betty Boop, (I Love) Lucy, and Elvis, but there are plenty of “Hollywood” gifts featuring Marilyn Monroe, The Wizard of Oz and John Wayne. From bookmarks to wall decor, there are plenty of items she’ll have never seen before.

Of course, you could simply fall back on the traditional chocolates and flowers. To find the gift, however, that tells her you really know her? That’s the key to a spectacular Mother’s Day for the mom who gave you everything.

Want hundreds more ideas for the retro-lovin’ mom? Check out these Mother’s Day gift ideas.




Yay for No Housework Day!

Housework Fascinates Me Metal Sign

According to several "national holiday" sites on the web, April 7th is "No Housework Day".  There's not much history behind this "special day", and most sources assume it originated from someone who was tired of performing daily chores. But, who … [Continue reading]

The Shelvador Refrigerator by Crosley

1949 Shelvador Ad

By the early '30s, Powel Crosley Jr had already built cars and radios. His foray into household appliances started with the Icyball, a refrigerator that was powered by kerosene rather than electricity. It was the Shelvador, though, that would make … [Continue reading]

Vintage Cars: Cruisin’ Gifts & Party Favors

Classic Cruisers ® 1956 Ford Thunderbird

The car of my dreams? I'll take a '56 Ford Thunderbird. In pink, please. These Classic Cruisers car cartons make great party favors and centerpieces. For those who appreciate the autos from yesteryear, they're perfect for birthday parties, … [Continue reading]

Diamonds: Forever & Then Some…

Mary Francis Gerety

For centuries men have given something to their bride-to-be, (besides just grief), but it  wasn't always a ring. Even if it was, it wasn't necessarily a diamond. Prior to the 20th century, an engagement gift might have been a thimble (in lieu of … [Continue reading]

Weekend DIY: Vinyl Record Bookends

Bookends Made out of Vinyl Records

If you have some old vinyls lying around (preferrably ones that aren't rare, and scratched ones are just fine), there are plenty of things you can make for the home. I have to admit, I'm not keen on the warped bowls that are baked in the household … [Continue reading]

Weekend DIY: St. Patty’s Crafts

Leprechaun Paper Plate Face

When I was a kid, we didn't run to the store to buy decorations for various holidays. We made them. And we made them primarily out of what was already in the house. While shopping these past few weeks, I've seen a larger than usual St. Patrick's … [Continue reading]

How to Make Movie Theater Popcorn at Home!

Mr. Dee-lish Popcorn Wall Decal

As Joe explained on National Popcorn Day, it is possible to get that movie theater popcorn taste right at home. It requires just four things: A kettle style popping machine. You could also use a Whirley Pop. The popcorn needs to be stirred, and … [Continue reading]

Huge Clearance: Retro Gifts & Vintage Style Decor

Urban Industrial Wall Clock

For a limited time you can save up to 75% off more than 450 Retro Planet products. Many of these items are discontinued and will not be restocked. Save an additional 10% off your entire order with coupon code NJ7R7YOB (ends 02/21/14) Savvy deal … [Continue reading]

Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’

Original Ferris Wheel

I was talking to Pam the other day and she mentioned that today (February 14th) was National Ferris Wheel Day. She asked, "You don't happen to have a Ferris Wheel story, do you?" to which I replied, "A Ferris Wheel story? Of course!" In the summer … [Continue reading]

Weekend DIY: Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flower

Who remembers making flowers out of coffee filters in art class? I had forgotten all about this until I ran across Dinah's DIY Inspired site. Of course, she takes this simple craft project up a notch by integrating old book pages as leaves and … [Continue reading]

Texas Hold ‘Em: The Thinking Man’s Game Hits Vegas in 1967

Texas Hold'Em Metal Sign

I love to play Texas Hold 'em. The game rekindled my love for poker itself, and I play regularly at a local bar (though, in my state, we can't bet actual cash). Little is known about the true history of this variation of standard poker. It dates back … [Continue reading]

Saving the Doggie Diner Heads

Doggie Diner Heads

From the late '40s to the mid-80s, locals and tourists to San Francisco and Oakland, California, enjoyed local fare from a classic diner. The first Doggie Diner opened in Oakland (on San Pablo Ave) during WWII. Founder Al Ross grew the small chain to … [Continue reading]

Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar

TCM's 31 Days of Oscar

Every year Turner Classic Movies features 31 days of Academy Award Winning or Nominated films, leading up to current year's Oscars, which air live on March 2nd. It's a great chance to catch those old movies you loved, or vied to someday … [Continue reading]