Vintage thingy Thursday…don’t blow too hard

embroidered hankies2, originally uploaded by drewzel.

…lest you foul these gorgeous hankies. Remember the days when a box of beautifully stitched hankies was an acceptable pressie? Usually you got them from your Nanna as a birthday pressie when you were a kid, which didn’t excite you, because you really wanted Play-Doh. So you put them away in your drawer "for good occasions"…and there they stayed.

I found this set in the op shop, and obviously the owner thought the same as me about saving your best hankies for "best"…which as we know, never comes around. But it meant they stayed perfectly preserved for me to find years later.

What do you think, vintage loving peeps, are a set of hand embroidered hankies still an acceptable pressie in this 21st century world? Or would they seem old fashioned and stingy compared to the expected pressies of i-pods and gift vouchers? Any thoughts?

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6 Responses to “Vintage thingy Thursday…don’t blow too hard”

  1. 1 Grandma J Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I love your hand embroidered handkerchiefs! I haven’t seen anything like that in decades. My grandmother never believed in tissues, just cloth hankies. Thanks for sharing

  2. 2 Curlypops Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I’d love an embroidered hanky as a pressie…I wouldn’t actually blow my nose on it though.

  3. 3 Holly Friday, August 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I think vintage hankies would be PERFECT for a crafter or a lover of vintage things. Not for people who like ipods, etc. I try to buy/make handmade for ALL my presents but no matter how hard you try, there are always some people who that doesn’t work for – like my brother who’s only interested in computer stuff or video games. But I think vintage hankies would work for the right person for sure!

  4. 4 coloradolady Friday, August 22, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I love the embroidered hankies. I remember my mom had some of these. These are very cute. I love that they are still in the box. Great find.

  5. 5 Patty Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I would love to get these as a gift but then I collect hankies. I catually have some like this that I think my mom originally received as a present. They might be a good present for someone who was trying to go green. This way they wouldn’t be using a tissue once and tossing it out.

  6. 6 Stacey Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    As a collector of embroidered hankies, I would think it a most perfect and lovely present!

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