OK, so how many of you gave Jade East to your dad as a Christmas present? Please raise your hands.
I am waving my hand wildly. I think I may have used this exciting 1960s dad-gift idea more than once in the late 60s/early 70s period. I was in grade school, what did I know?
I remember thinking that it was a really clever and - dare I say - sophisticated present, and he was kind enough to put it on top of his bureau. Where it sat very politely - and sat and sat. Boy, I thought, he must really like it!
I didn't really notice that the bottles were staying full, though. Maybe I should have got him the Jade East Coral or Jade East Golden Lime variations. Actually now that I think of it, the phrase "Golden Lime" sounds disturbingly familiar.
The Valetray came with the cologne and after shave but the "Buddha cuff links and tie tack" and the non-Buddha key ring were not included, sadly. If only I'd known about this fabulous Valetray, I would have gone for that one year - just to change things up a little. Valetray ad from Ebony, November 1966 (the Golden Lime picture is from Ebony, April 1968).
Great big version of the Valetray here.