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December 2

Manly Cat Paraphernalia?

My partner is basically a "cat lady", except he's a dude. I'd love to get him a male version of some of the many cat-related gifts, attire, and paraphernalia that exist for women. Where do I go to genderfuck or disrupt the concept of the "cat lady"? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 1:11 PM - 20 answers

Second-hand bike shop in Berkeley, CA?

I will be in Berkeley, CA for 6 months next year and want to get a cheap bike as transport. I won't be bringing it with me when I leave so I don't want to spend more than I need to. Can anyone recommend a good-value bike shop that has a decent range of second-hand bikes? (Bonus points for advice on bike security in Berkeley.)
posted by Grinder at 2:13 AM - 5 answers

December 1

Where can I buy Vampire plugs (for X-mas lights) in the bay area?

I'm going the custom length outdoor light route for the first time and ordered a bunch of stuff from and realize now that I need a few more plugs and some zip cord. I'm trying to get this done on Saturday so I can't just order online (no one sells these via Amazon Prime). I have to head down from Berkeley to Sunnyvale for work tomorrow so almost the whole Bay Area is in play.
posted by bitdamaged at 6:14 PM - 3 answers

Tell Me All About AT&T Phone Experiences

What is good, bad or ugly about AT&T cell phone service? If you have (prepaid) service with AT&T, how do you keep track of your minutes and days left? How do you pay? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:27 PM - 9 answers

Choosing a sewing machine for a Christmas gift

My wife has requested a basic sewing machine for Christmas. I have a maximum budget of about $300 (Canadian) but would rather go closer to $150-200. After some research I have narrowed down the choice to about 3 models but I am out of my depth and need some help. [more inside]
posted by piyushnz at 12:59 PM - 30 answers

November 30

Sending a gift to Mexico

My partner's mother should have a gift, and I'm worried about sending it to her in Mexico. She hosted us in Mexico (SMA) during the Thanksgiving break. My understanding is sending it is fraught with difficulty, and it would be nice if she were not subject to form-filling-out and other exercise to receive it. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:07 PM - 3 answers

Destroy my (striped) sweater

How can I buy or make a person-sized, custom-all-over-printed striped sweater by Christmas? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 6:23 PM - 23 answers

November 29

Is there such a thing as a science kit for adults?

I want to get my girlfriend something crafty or hands-on for Christmas. I know she has a secret fascination with geology, and we've talked about how she wishes she'd been able to play with science kits when she was a kid. So I really want to get her a science kit now, ideally something geology-related, but is it possible to get one that's maybe one a little more engaging for a woman in her 30s? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli at 6:22 PM - 27 answers

Comfortable, good quality, quiet-soled slippers.

I'm looking for a pair of comfortable, women's slippers that don't have a clunky or stiff sole. [more inside]
posted by Blitz at 1:02 PM - 16 answers

Gift for the exceptionally cool 13 year old dude

I need to come up with a Christmas/birthday gift for an exceptionally cool, hip, mature 13 year old dude. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:31 AM - 21 answers

November 28

Books on divorce/living alone

Self-help or non-fiction books on divorce and/or living alone for the first time [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 11:39 AM - 7 answers

November 27

Vented range hoods: 2016 edition

A previous question exists, but it's from 2007. Looking for updated recommendations for an undercabinet-mounted, 30-inch vented range hood. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 9:05 PM - 5 answers

Nonfiction book for multi-generational gift swap

I've settled on bringing a book and a thematically relevant trinket to my family's gift swap this year. The family consists of my grandparents (80s), my mother and her siblings (50s) and the grandkids (undergraduate/twenty somethings) with a few overlapping interests and I'm looking for a book that will be intriguing to as many of the attendees as possible - but particularly my grandparents who usually have the most trouble finding something interesting at our swaps. [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 10:17 AM - 25 answers

November 24

gift idea future bro-in-law

What should I get my future brother-in-law for Christmas- he's a farmer, it's my first time at the family Christmas. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 5:00 AM - 22 answers

November 23

Germ phobia gone crazy

My germ phobia has become so severe that the task of doing dishes has become an absolute nightmare for me, a task which has ultimately become too mentally taxing for me to handle. I can't have anyone else do the task for me—and I wouldn't want to anyway as nobody should have to clean someone else's dishes for them—but I absolutely must do something about this. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 9:17 PM - 25 answers

American Geburtstafel

When my wife and I honeymooned in Switzerland, I noticed a lot of signs on houses announcing the birth of a child. They'd have the name of the child and the birthdate, and usually a cartoon animal. This is a charming tradition, and now that we're a couple of days away from having a child of our own, I'd like to do something similar to call back to our honeymoon. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 11:21 AM - 9 answers

November 22

Looking for reports on experience with the Mysterious Package Company

I'm considering giving my 15 year old son an experience gift from the Mysterious Package Company for his birthday. I'm looking for any feedback folks may have either from the giving or receiving side of the equation. Thanks!
posted by gateau at 3:44 PM - 4 answers

THIN socks with toe seam on top aka please help me not lose my damn mind

I have freakishly sensitive and blister-prone feet. It is winter in California. I need to wear socks with shoes for the next few months. The toe seams are killing me. Please help. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:23 PM - 24 answers

Buying Android Phones for App Testing

We're building an iPhone app, and just decided to do Android version. Problem: no one on the team owns one. App aims for full compatibility with v5, and decent compatibility with v.4.4 (that's not up for discussion). I need to buy 5 or so phones for testing, preferably older ones so we can detect lag. We'll use wi-fi only. Please suggest models (preferably a diverse spread), or even specific deals. If we can add 1 semi-modern model without paying $$$, that would be great (maybe cracked screen or poor cell function?). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:48 AM - 9 answers

November 21

Have you seen these sneakers?

I saw a woman wearing these sneakers in the subway, and I was too shy to ask about them. Has anyone seen these before? They seem to be covered in fabric, with a wide black elastic band that goes over the top.... I wish I'd just spoken up, but since that never happened wonder if there's still a way to find them.
posted by avidreader at 10:41 PM - 6 answers

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