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September 20

Need business Thank You gift - for a PO Box

I want to send someone a thank you gift for giving me repeat business. But the only mailing address I have available is a PO Box. That means I can't send chocolates (melty) or flowers (wilty). Do you have a suggestion for a small, business-appropriate gift that costs less than $50 and can sit in a PO Box for a few days without being ruined?
posted by bq at 2:35 PM - 12 answers

September 19

Help keep me shod!

I need some new shoes, but I'm not sure how to describe what I want. And of course my feet are unique snowflakes so of course there's more details inside. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:08 PM - 12 answers

Snack foods for a classroom

I need to buy 300 snacks for my son's kindergarten class. What's the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 12:03 PM - 30 answers

September 18

Need ideas for a wedding gift for horror fans

Are there any great horror coffee table books or a source of truly creepy housewares?(My friends are HUGE horror movie buffs, so I want to get them something appropriately creepy for their wedding.)
posted by elizeh at 6:09 AM - 24 answers

September 15

For want of a nail and a cobbler

We lost m'ladie's extra-narrow or 4A width golf shoes during a move. Despite hours searching I am no closer to finding any shoe even close (despite the misleading help banners). Is there any business that sells ladies golf shoes in an extra-narrow or (US) 4A width? Who and where are they? I am desperate enough to consider custom made but prior experiences have not been good.
posted by KneeDeep at 12:26 PM - 1 answers

September 14

Is this a good enough gas stove?

Our electric oven is dying and I'd like to replace it with a gas one; I've used them in the past and loved them but never owned one. This model is currently a great price - but is it good enough? Should I spend more for something better? Usage: Normal every day cooking for a family of 3. I don't bake often, mostly at Christmas. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:33 AM - 11 answers

September 10

Anyone know where I can purchase a specific Walker Evans print?

I am hoping that even though I have scoured the internet and found nothing, one of you may know if and how I can purchase a print of Truck and Sign. [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 11:30 AM - 5 answers

Buying a new used smartphone, preferably iPhone 6

My iPhone 5 died recently, so it's time for a new (well, used/refurbished phone). My preference is for an iPhone 6 with 64 GB. Verizon is the only provider here, so it must be Verizon-compatible. I've already had some shopping adventures and am generally overwhelmed by all the options and vendors, plus many of them don't give enough info. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:55 AM - 13 answers

Baby monitors

We have this baby monitor. After 16-ish months, the parent unit has started dropping the link at random times during the night, which means loud, unmutable-unless-you-turn-the-whole-unit-off-and-then-sleep-through-your-kid-wailing-for-an-hour beeping. Suggestions for a durable replacement? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 8:37 AM - 7 answers

September 9

ISO functional kitchen miniatures

I collect miniature kitchen items. Some of these are just very well-made dollhouse things, but, my ideal is items that have been made in miniature by an actual kitchen product company. Favourites in my collection include mini Rosti Margrethe bowls, a mini crock made by an old crock company, tiny cast iron pans that are technically useable... I want more, but my search skills are weak. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 9:13 AM - 19 answers

Night light technology is unwanted

I'd like help finding where to buy inexpensive LED night lights with manual on-off switches, like this discontinued Safety 1st night light. Now most night lights are auto-on, light-sensing, which means they tend to flicker in moderate light situations. Bonus points for an LED with warm tone light. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:35 AM - 5 answers

September 7

Suggestions for a toddler toy that makes a loud noise?

My neighbours' toddler enjoys throwing those fireworks poppers that make a loud bang when they hit, but hearing them especially when I'm trying to work in my yard gives me anxiety. The bang is very loud! I've asked them to stop, but I feel bad taking this enjoyable thing away from the kid and wanted to give the neighbours a gift as a gesture of thanks for respecting my request. What sort of toy do you think a toddler would enjoy that is similar, but can be done inside the house so that I don't have to hear it?
posted by Pwoink at 1:44 PM - 17 answers

September 6

Professional backpack recommendations

I used to carry a tote to work, but for the last year I've carried this mini backpack and fell in love with being hands free. But I need more space! Recommend your favorite specific model of backpack, please! [more inside]
posted by assenav at 1:54 PM - 21 answers

September 4

Lightweight (thermos) drinker

I'm looking for recommendations for a small, lightweight thermos (capacity ~12 oz). I'm a coffee nut and have accumulated a bunch of fancy thermos gear, but I'm really trying to minimize how much I carry around on a daily basis. As a result, I'm currently using a plastic bottle. Surely there must be a better way. Perhaps you know what it is?
posted by ferret branca at 4:25 PM - 14 answers

Where can I find this blue pinstripe tank top that says Long Beach 1975?

Here is a picture of the blue pinstripe tank top in question. The IG model in the picture noted to me only that it was purchased in Medellin, Colombia. I figured googling all the things I put in the tags would yield something, but I found nothing. I am looking for some place to buy it online. Thanks!
posted by cashman at 3:17 PM - 2 answers

September 2

Will I like Claus Porto soaps? And if not, what will I like?

Pacifica have stopped making their Persian Rose soap. This is a problem. I live in the hinterlands with no access to fancy shops in which I could smell fancy soaps before buying them, so I'm reduced to mail order, and I have special needs. Basically, I hate almost all scented products, except for soap, and I especially hate complex or "perfumey" or artificial-smelling fragrances, anything with patchouli, and pretty much anything with musk. I like a soap that has a fairly simple but strong natural floral or citrus scent. I've identified Claus Porto as a brand of soap that sounds like it might have what I'm looking for, especially the Banho Verbena or some of the rose-based ones. Have you smelled these in real life? Would I like them? What other brands might I like?
posted by HotToddy at 4:01 PM - 12 answers

Men's trousers for slim men? (28x32)

Shopping filter: Looking for companies that make trousers with a 28" waist and 32" leg, and with normal cut (not skinny or baggy). Gap was previously my go-to, but their current men's trousers all contain stretch. Uniqlo only does a 29" waist. What else is there? Must be available in the UK. Looking for chinos and plain styles, nothing too on-trend or flashy. Thanks in advance!
posted by stillmoving at 6:33 AM - 9 answers

August 31

These shoes are made for walkin' (and standin')

I'm looking for multi-purpose shoes for work and play. I stand and walk a lot in my office and commute by public transport so need something I can dash to a bus with. Dress code at work is relaxed smart casual. I'd also like the shoes to work with jeans for weekends, skirts in warm weather, running errands, walking the dog, etc. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 1:24 PM - 8 answers

August 30

Post-season swimsuits in NYC

I need to buy women's swimsuit that I can try on in store by the end of this weekend in New York. Requirements beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 8:06 PM - 26 answers

August 26

Laptop Bag for a newbie Executive

Hit me with your favorite laptop bags. I have seen the previous threads and yes, I have some unique needs. [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 11:51 AM - 9 answers

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