Valentine’s Day: A Second Hand Gift Exchange


I’m more than one month into my six-month challenge of shopping secondhand only, and I’ve been enjoying it more than I thought I would! Brandon and I’ve had quite a few thrifting dates this year so far, where we’ve had loads of fun picking things out for each other and finding gems amongst the racks. This challenge has been way more fun now that Brandon has joined me, and it doesn’t feel as hopeless as it once did. We’ve been enjoying shopping secondhand so much that I actually think it may become a new way of life for us after these six months have come and gone.


We’re not really a gift-giving couple. We typically put that money towards a trip to get some quality time together. Gift giving is neither one of our love languages that we like to give nor receive; however, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to spice it up and exchange some gifts. And to align with our challenge, we thought it’d be fun to buy gifts that were secondhand!


I love Brandon in a sweater! This is my favorite look on him (and on me if I’m going to be honest ha). I’m always wanting him to buy more sweaters, but being the (natural) minimalist he is, he always says he has what he needs and that he doesn’t need another sweater in his wardrobe. When I stumbled upon this grey marled one from A.P.C at Crossroads, I knew that I had to get it for him. It’s actually been cold this Winter here in LA so I knew he’d get some good use out of this in the next month or two. It’s also a present for me too as it’s so pleasing on my eyes to see him in it!


It’s no surprise that all the purses I own are black (except for my basket totes for beach days and flea market mornings), but I’ve always wanted a camel purse to brighten up my outfits and to add a bit of “color” to my mainly black wardrobe. This purse caught my eye as I was scrolling through Poshmark and I instantly saved it to My Likes. I told Brandon about it and talked his ears off about it for an hour or two, and then a few days later…it was here at our doorstep!

I know it might not look like much. I actually think it’s cooler in person than in photos, but I’m so in love with it–like OBSESSED with it. I didn’t know I could love a piece of plastic and brown paper as much as I do, but I’m so, so, SO happy with it. I can’t wait to use this to carry my life around! I’m hoping the paper gets more crumpled with time!


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on jasmine: madewell kent cardigan, comme des garcons t-shirt via poshmarksotela avery slip dress, veja x madewell esplar low sneakers (similar), comme des garcons paper tote via poshmark, celine sunglasses

on brandon: apc sweater via crossroads trading co, naked and famous jeans, stan smith adidas sneakers, oliver people’s sunglasses


I never thought I’d be okay with buying someone a gift that secondhand, but here I am–accepting them and giving them! I’m still not sure if I will be able to for friends (or if my friends would be okay with that), but it’s definitely a sustainable way to give gifts.

What are your thoughts on gifting secondhand items?