Well we got a funny box of Chanukah/Birthday presents from my grandfather-in-law.
First he called up to tell me "Happy Birthday!"
I said, "Ummm, it isn't my birthday. It's not for two months."
Anyway... he wanted to find out if the box he sent us arrived. It hadn't, but we were got a slip for it that day and went to pick it up.
On the phone, he told me that he sent me a beautiful gold bracelet that had belonged to his mother. He said he also sent us two watches, one for me and one for dh, and two chains, one for each of our girls. Since I hadn't seen the gifts yet, all I could say was, "Thank you so much! It's nice to get a gift and it's not even my birthday!" although I have opened some of his "interesting" gifts in the past.
When we opened the box, we saw the bracelet
. It was actually kind of cool. It does appear to be antique, although it is not a style I could ever see myself wearing anywhere. I'm not really a jewelry person and when I do wear some, I stick to white metals (the bracelet is made of yellow gold). In any case, I appreciate the history of it.The watches
: two men's watches. These look like they have been pulled out of his own drawer of things he no longer wears. Both are scratched up, besides the fact that I won't wear a men's watch.
: two very thin, long gold chains with small gold charms, also obviously not new. Our daughters are aged 2 and 5. They will just break these, and the chains are so long, I doubt they will be appropriate before they are teens.
A pair of weird cufflinks
. The cufflinks have what look like writhing human bodies on them. Dh doesn't have anything with which to wear cufflinks, but okay. They look like something else decluttered from grandpa's drawer.An old "World Radio"
. It works, but only gets local stations, hmmm.A 2-CD set of Israeli music
. Again, this is not new, and I suspect it has come out of grandpa’s personal collection.A small digital clock
. Looks like something from a dollar store, or from grandpa's junk drawer.A single
new-looking (although without tags) blue hand towel
.A random power cord
that does not go with any of the other items in the box.Three yarmulkes
. One is white with silver embroidery. It looks old and like something one would wear at a wedding. I wonder where he got it. The other two are small leather yarmulkes, with other people's names on the inside. One says it belongs to "LIOR". No one in the family named Lior. I wonder where he got these two; did he raid the "free yarmulke" basket at his synagogue???