Buying Collectibles for Gifts
Gift shopping is tough. You can end up frustrated as you spend
your time trying to find the best possible gift for a specific occasion
and for a specific person.
Perhaps you have a friend or family member who enjoys collectibles.
If that is the case, you might want to consider making a purchase
of collectibles as gifts for your friends or family members.
Gifts of Collectibles for a Person with a Collection
Often the person you are buying collectibles for already has a
collection started. If not, this may not be such a good gift choice
unless the person has mentioned starting a collection. Therefore,
your first job will be to find out what the person collects or wants
Figurines: Perfect Gifts for Many Occasions
Many people have a collection of figurines. Hummel figures are
an example of this. Some collectibles are limited edition and/or,
making them more expensive (and more valuable), and others are mass
produced. Limited edition and hand made items should bear two numbers-one
is the number of the particular piece, and the other is the total
number of pieces produced. This is often seen on the bottom of framed
prints, where you will see a number that looks like this: 14/500.
This means it is the fourteenth piece produced out of 500.
A Unique Gift: Special Edition Figurines
Some limited edition figurines have a printed authentication certificate
instead of the number, while others have numbers etched on the bottom.
Beanie Babies, subject of the recent stuffed animal collection craze,
had “born on” tags attached to authenticate the pieces.
Specific Designs for an Avid Collector
Some people, rather than collecting certain designs, collect different
designs within a category. For instance, you may have an aunt who
collects bells. While it’s a much easier task to choose a bell than
to find a particular designer piece a person wants, you will still
have to find out what sort of bell she doesn’t have yet. But if
you’re in a place where she has never been, say a foreign country,
by all means buy a bell or two while you’re there.
Collectibles Versus Dustables ... Make Sure You Know What You
Even if the person is crazy about collectibles, remember that you
are adding to his or her collection of dustables as well. There
are many people who bought two or three Beanie Babies, only to have
relatives swamp them with more because they couldn’t figure out
anything else to buy for them-or simply would not take the time
to figure it out. So make sure first that it would be a welcomed
Recommended Shopping Places
- Collectibles Today