royal-copenhagen-tile-from-bungalow-billWhat to buy the mid-mod man in your life this holiday season? Mr. Retro Renovation has Everything, so it is exceptionally hard. I’ve been prowling around all week and have come up with a few things. But, I need help bad. My guy would love this mid-century decorative tile from for his home office, I bet. 

Bungalow Bill has a beautiful selection of Danish Modern and other mid-century tile. A regular commenter on the blog, he says that if you mention “Retro Renovation” he will provide free shipping. Thanks, Bill.


Continuing my hunt… I’m considering these Munsingwear Balbriggan pajamas, tailored from the original 1950s pattern, available from Vermont Country Store. Vermont Country Store, the motherlode of items reproduced from original 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s patterns and molds, also has cotton flannel pajamas — the kind with feet — as onesies or two-piecers. In case you have not heard, it gets wicked cold here in Massachusetts, so DH might like those, too.

satchel-the-life-and-timesHubs is a history teacher and sports nut, too, so I think he would like this 2009 biography of Satchel Paige. History + Sports = Work + Play in this house.

But…How sad is this three-item idea list? Okay, readers. What else should I consider for the man-gift gift-list 2009? Guys, what are you hoping Santa leaves under your aluminum Xmas tree?

  1. Frank says:

    Okay, I’m a man, and I like mid-century stuff. I am also a scotch drinker. I have been hinting to my wife that I would really like a set of low ball glassware from the the 1950s or 60’s.

  2. atomicbowler-dave says:

    Another he-man outdoorsy idea:
    Remember the watchcap with the bill on it that Radar O’Reilly wore in M*A*S*H* ?
    Definitely a retro sorta thing, huh? Carhartt makes them and they are a pretty popular item. At fisrt I thought they looked geeky, but now am starting to want one…for the bill to keep snow off my eyeglasses.

  3. Virginia says:

    If he likes to cook, “I Know How to Cook” was just translated into English for the first time. It is the French equivalent of “The Joy of Cooking”, by Ginette Mathiot. Originally published in the 1930s, with great period illustrations that have been reporduced in the new version.

  4. denise says:

    hey, I recently acquired some magazines from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s if he likes such things…Detective Magazines, Night and Day, Screen Guide, Times, Pic, Spot, Colliers, HIT!, Post…they’re actually pretty cool stories, scandals, politics, sports…

    there is definitely one I need to send you “The Home Decorator” put out by Sherwin-Williams for 15 cents in Hartford, CT. I just noticed on the back that these were mailed and there is a one cent stamp on it. It’s about painting, home keeping and gardening. It has some good retro interior pictures…oh, these ideas were supposed to be for hubby not you! oooooops 😉

    1. pam kueber says:

      haha, denise, no end of ideas for ME. you should see the ridiculousness i am buying on ebay. thanks for the sherwin-williams — i can pick it up when meet sometime soon 😉

  5. atomicbowler-dave says:

    Another really nice and inexpensive gift could be a nice framed vintage print ad in an area of the fellows interest. E-Bay is full of them for around 10 dollars (search ‘Vintage Ads’ or the like), shipping is very low typically, and you can frame it yourself.

  6. Virginia says:

    Swank bowling ball, fabulous hat, tiki shirt?

    There is a great book about how the decline of the bowling league culture is the exemplar of the difference in 50s/ 60s social culture and our modern culture. Of course, I can’t remember the name right now.

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