That is NOT Atari!!!

My grandmother gave the craziest gifts for Christmas.  My little brother and I looked forward to each Christmas to see what the other would get. At times we were a little scared.  Bottles of half used perfume, golf pins, food from the pantry, or any handmade creation she had come up with!  My favorite gift memory was when my little brother was CONVINCED that Mamaw had bought him the latest gaming system that was popular at that time (probably Atari).  He stared at that box for hours just knowing she had bought him the gift he was dreaming of.  When he was finally allowed to open the present, he ripped off the paper only to find a box full of used golf balls.  I fell on the floor and laughed until I cried.  I was cruel.  Years later my husband and I fell on the floor and laughed until we cried when my brother opened another gift from Mamaw.  It was a pair of Kmart acid washed jeans 5 sizes too small and some Old Spice!  Poor Steve.
So you can imagine my curiosity when I received this box from my grandmother for Christmas a few years ago.  My great grandfather had made the box for my great grandmother, Lillie.
As I pulled open the top of the box, I could not believe my eyes.

I slowly pulled out each little handmade drawer.
Every color of ric rak that you could imagine was in that box. 

Probably one of my most favorite things in the world.
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17 Responses to That is NOT Atari!!!

  1. Gayle December 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Love this post, it reminds me of my Grandmother. She always gave such “interesting” gifts. She passed away six years ago and I think she would have gotten a kick out of the things I now display in my home that were once in her barn.

  2. Lynnie December 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Yeh, I would prize this at the top too if it was mine! What a lovely lovely gift to receive. That is the most creative and amazing use a a box (or two or three) that I have ever seen! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

    BTW.. I got the necklace, thanks! It is adorable!

  3. dawn paton/humbleotter December 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    love that box! : ) my great grandmother was a milliner and seamstress in her small MN town and had similar treasures which my mother (who makes costumes for local theater) is still using. She gives my children similar gifts. Kids enjoy anticipation whether it will be “junk drawer surprise” or “playing school” stickers and post-its. Huntley once got duct tape, another time trimmer line.

  4. Andi's English Attic December 27, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Oh Mamaw sound like a fun. As long as you knew to expect something eccentric, her gifts brought their own brand of fun and anticipation.

    The drawers are fantastic and the contents very exciting. A real treasure of a gift. xx

  5. april December 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    LOVE this!!! How special! Thanks for sharing this story of your wonderful gift!

  6. Button Bird Designs December 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Oh Wow you have things from her barn!! I have still have my grandma and I have her stuff all over my house. I love it.

  7. Button Bird Designs December 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    So glad you like the necklace! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!!

  8. Button Bird Designs December 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    That is so funny, DUCT TAPE!?!?!?! I love it. We so looked forward to my grandma's gifts, you just never knew what you would get!
    lots of love

  9. Button Bird Designs December 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Yes you can say unexpected and fun! I think I am going to do the same to my grandkids!hahaha

  10. Button Bird Designs December 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    You are so welcome! I love that box, trying to figure out how he made it!
    lots of love

  11. Janet December 28, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Sounds like Mawmaw could take the “queen of regifting” crown that hubs had given his mother. But the gift of the special box of drawers of ric rac is so wonderful! She must have known how appreciated that would be for a crafty recipient like you. I'll bet you treasure it!

  12. Mona Alicia December 28, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    That is such a cool box and gift! Very unique and I love it!

  13. reeve December 28, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    WOW! Amazing gift!!

  14. Rhondi January 3, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    That is a precious gift to have. Lucky you!

  15. Beth Huntington January 10, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I think this is the coolest thing EVER!!!! I love your posts. I put your button on my blog.

  16. Cynthia August 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    That is an awesome gift!! I love that the box is handmade and full of so many goodies. Grandma hit it on the nose that time!! Also I feel for your brother…. I have received some pretty bonkers gifts in the past, however used golf balls kinda trumps all!

    • angela August 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      Hi Cynthia! On a recent trip to my grandma’s she gave me a box of buttons!! A BOX!!!!

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