In time for holiday shopping, forty or fifty years or so too late:
|For her||For him|
|1. Mink stole||New set of golf clubs|
|2. Fountain pen||Fountain pen|
|3. Blender||Electric shaver|
|4. Monogrammed hankies||Monogrammed hankies|
|5. Charm for charm bracelet||Tie|
|7. Dusting powder||Old Spice|
|9. Box from Emperor of Japan's house||Bowling-ball bag|
|10. Carton of cigarettes||Carton of cigarettes|
1. The ultimate gifts, no? And why a new set of golf clubs? Because the recipient is of course already a golfer. A mink stole though would of course be a first.
2. The pen must be practical, a workhorse: a Parker 51 or 61, for instance, not a Mont Blanc. See Norman Rockwell's illustration, which I dare not reproduce here: "They gave each other a Parker 61."
7. All I know about dusting powder: Women used it, and I brought it in as a teacher's present in elementary school.
9. Hommage à The Honeymooners. In the episode "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (broadcast December 24, 1955), Ralph gets Alice "a box to keep hairpins in," made of "2,000 matches glued together," from "the house of the Emperor of Japan." Or so he was led to believe. Alice gets Ralph a bag for his bowling ball.
10. Cigarettes? Sure. Cartons were familiar holiday presents in the dowdy world. We gave our mailman Lucky Strikes; my grandfather got Camels. Lots of people got Chesterfields.
[Chesterfield Christmas ad, 1938, from Tikigirl at Flickr.]
[No minks were harmed in the making of this post. I have never golfed. Orange Crate Art is a smoke-free zone. Your "dowdy world" gift suggestions are welcome in the comments.]
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