Monday, December 1, 2008

One Potato, Two Potato

Difficult people on your Christmas shopping list? Maybe they are tough to find presents for. Maybe they are just difficult in general.

Either way, this might be the perfect solution. "Of course!" you'll say. "Why didn't I think of a box of potatoes?"

This fabulous offer is from the November 1960 House Beautiful - a magazine crammed with bizarre present ideas (in other words, I'll be scanning just about the whole thing and posting them too).

Seriously, I'll bet you never thought of giving someone a box of baking potatoes. Did you? Well, this is the first time that they were even available in the beautiful gift box. With a ribbon, too!

Think how thrilled everyone will be on Christmas morning to see what's in the big old gift-wrapped box. And surprised! Don't forget surprised.

And then next year you can get them some sour cream.

21 comments:

Kristie said...

Any one gives me a box of potatoes for Christmas I'm going to sock 'em one!

Kathy said...

At first I couldn't figure out why someone would want these babies. But I see now, reading the ad, that they're almost a full pound each and only 2% of the crop is that large. Hmmm. Still not interested. Cracks. Me. Up.

Amy said...

hmm a box of baking potatoes, maybe times were tough back then? otherwise I have no other answer for this um...unusual gift.

eve cleveland said...

L...
I got to git busy canceling all them fruitcakes I ordered and replacing them with a boxes-o-spuds. Girl, you have the greatest ideas!
Eve

Tori Lennox said...

Hmm. Somehow I find this present only slightly better than a stocking full of coal. And I happen to like baked potatoes! But I'll buy my own, thanks. I don't want them as a present.

Needless To Say said...

I did get coal one year, so potatoes would probably count as an upgrade for me.

feefifoto said...

When I got married a cousin sent a monogrammed brick. True story. I found it as baffling as if he'd sent a potato.

As an aside, my niece once mailed her brother a potato -- stuck a stamp and address label on it and the post office delivered.

Lidian said...

Kristie - Oh absolutely! They are not on my wish list either.

Kathy - Yes, that is the big selling point, they are the pride of Idaho. You could make a whole lot of mashed potatoes with these.

Amy - I don't know, I don't think that times were that tough in 1960. But they were - weird, I guess.

Eve - Oh, but fruitcake is so classically retro! Perhaps the potatoes could be a New Year's present or for a birthday - the ad does say you can order until May!

Tori - Yeah, me too, because I get these things almost every week. Hey, a Christmas present in every week's groceries. Lucky me.

Needless To Say - And these are hand-picked too, you can't say that about coal.

Feefifoto - I can't top your anecdotes. A monogrammed brick! A potato that went through the mail! Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing! :)

Chat Blanc said...

haha! this may be a great way to get rid of the ones that sit in my kitchen and rot! ;)

GumbyTheCat said...

That's gotta be the worst Christmas present EVER. OMG LOL.

Melanie said...

Ok, maybe my family and I are odd, but any of us would be delighted with a box of big bakers like that! There've been times in my life where I literally didn't know where the next bag of groceries would come from. I never turn down food, specially taters! Beats the heck out of yet another nic nac that needs to be dusted.

Shay said...

I'd have to agree with Melanie..at least, I'd rather get a box of baking potatoes than another fruitcake!

The Muse said...

LOL Potatoes..Well how about poetry in stead LOL...Oh goodness I cannot even imagine unwrapping potatoes!

Here is a lovely Christmas prose...
"The Unexpected Gift"
I hope it helps you treasure your family this season...
(it is my latest work)

http://www.jlomowriter.blogspot.com/

Thank you and many blessings!

Preston said...

You should have a contest! What better prize than a box of potatoes?

Bee said...

I would be oh so happy to get a box of potatoes. Oh. So. Happy.

Jennifer said...

My father-in-law will love this! He's very difficult to please, but who could pass up 20 pounds of Idaho Bakers?

Thanks.

;)

Man said...

Let's just call this "Spud Duds."

Lidian said...

Chat Blanc - Absolutely, just put the bad ones at the bottom!

Gumby - I think it might be, but there are some other horrible things in that same magazine...

Melanie - That is a good point. And really, I do actually like potatoes!

Shay - Depends on the fruitcake, of course. I'll bet you'd like Eve's! :)

The Muse - Thank you! I will make a note to go check that out.

Preston- First, of course, I need a box of potatoes! Oh, and a contest. I was actually thinking of doing one in January.

Bee- Maybe I will send you some! You and Shay and Melanie, I can check you off the Christmas list! :)

Jennifer - My pleasure! Maybe Amazon has something like this.

Man - That's pretty good, thank you!

Mandy @ Adventures of a Millennium Mom said...

Love it!! Hilarious that they tried to pass off potatoes as a present!

Exaggerato said...

Meanwhile, there was a time when the Northern Pacific Railway offered on its menu the Big Baked Potato, 1-1/2 lb. mininum weight (reduced to 1-1/4 lb. after World War II), in its dining cars.

(BTW, I'm a newish EntreCard member. Just so you know.)

Lidian said...

Mandy - Me too, it is one of my favorites from that magazine it is from.

Exaggerato - Welcome to EC! I will get over and visit you tomorrow, I already used up my drops today otherwise I'd do it right now -