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I like to visit independent toy stores when I travel. I’m looking for stores that sell “natural” toys, wooden toys, Waldorf dolls, etc. Toys made in the U.S. would be great, but not necessary. Can you recommend such a toy store on the East Coast or Midwest?
A dear friend of mine has just finished their PhD and is immediately starting a post doc. What gift can I give them to help them get off on the right foot dealing with their anxiety, etc.? [more inside]
If you only had $5000 for a used vehicle, would you buy a RAV4, CRV, or Lexus RX? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I just got engaged after being together for four years. Hooray! We're thinking about getting married in June 2017, and we want to do it in or near Toronto, Ontario, with about 95 friends and family members. I've scoured the Internet for venues, asked friends for recommendations, and we've found some decent options but since this is going to cost us a lot of money (though both sets of parents will help out), I want to consider all possible options. We want to find a place where we can do both ceremony and reception (with dinner and dancing), and where the cost of the venue, including food and alcohol (open bar), comes to $13,000 or less. [more inside]
My great-aunt gave me this lapis lazuli horse a few years ago and I'm thinking of selling it. Does anyone have any idea what it's worth? [more inside]
I need mugs with completely flat bottoms, so they don't hold water in the dishwasher. Do you have some that you like? Additional requirements below the fold. [more inside]
Ages ago I bought a pair of hoop earrings from Lane Bryant (of all places). They were about 3" in diameter and they were fairly substantial/sturdy/heavy - I think they were made of sterling silver or thick surgical steel. I have since lost one of these earrings and am looking to replace them... [more inside]
Ok, Mefites. You did fab with this question, can you help me with a similar issue but for a different couple? My dear friend (I used to live with her many ages ago) just got married last week in Hawaii to someone amazing for her. She came to our wedding overseas and I'm gutted we were unable to attend theirs. She lives in San Diego. They have been living together for years and are pretty set for house things so something experiential might be nice. Some more relevant details inside if it helps: [more inside]
The Muji stores in Palo Alto and San Jose (possibly others) have a stamp station where you can stamp their stationary, bags, etc. One of the self-inking stamps is an elephant. I want that stamp because it's awesome. But it is not for sale by Muji, and I was unable to locate their source (their employees didn't know either). Does anyone know if I can purchase these stamps, and if so, where?
What are my options for more ethical alternatives to Amazon? [more inside]
I lost my Wallaroo Sonoma hat. It was the best sun hat I ever had, but it's been discontinued and I can't find one for sale anywhere! Please help me find another one in a similar color (or, failing that, the same kind of hat). [more inside]
I have a 27 1/2" x 19 1/2" silkscreen print I would like to have framed. Where should I go in NYC, and how much should I expect to spend? [more inside]
Do you know of a "lifetime" subscription or membership or purchase that you recommend or that seems interesting or a good deal? (An opportunity to pay once and reap ongoing benefits/dividends indefinitely.) In this modern era of low job security, I think I'd like knowing I'll always have a few Nice Things (or simply just reliable things) regardless of what financial turbulence the future may bring, so I'm curious what might be out there along those lines. [more inside]
I've never leased before, but am considering giving it a try. Given my driving preferences (inside), is this a good idea? [more inside]
My wife (age 40) is going back to school to start her PhD in a month. She'll be in a different city for the first year, and I'm putting together a little care package for her, but I could use some gift suggestions. [more inside]
Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
I'm staying in Milan until Tuesday evening, and I'd like to pick up something for a close friend's birthday while I'm here. I can't spend a huge amount of money (maybe $100-$150 max), but I'd love to get her something unique from Milan. She's kind of a fashionista, and she tends to have an Anthropologie-esque style. I'd be looking for something like a blouse, dress, unique accessory, or personal product. Where should I go? Any specific suggestions and/or products you can recommend? Thanks!
I've been looking so long that I'm about to consider commissioning a custom-built unit — but before I do, is there a great Blu-ray-specific shelving unit that I've missed? [more inside]
Ordered a table and two chairs off the Ikea website without doing my research about the apparently well known and possibly intentional mess Ikea calls a home delivery service. Am about to call customer service a second time. What should I ask for? How should I ask for it? [more inside]
Just got a huge promotion (equivalent of Partner at one of the Big Four Professional Service firms). I want to give an individual surprise gift back to each of the team of computer hackers / security gurus who I lead and who helped me get here. Ideas? [more inside]