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February 12

Valentines Day gift ideas for new LDR?

I'm in a new and wonderfully exciting long distance relationship. I think I want to send (her) a Valentine's day gift. What should I send? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM - 7 answers

February 8

Knives are totally romantic

I want to buy a camping knife as Valentine gift. But, which one!? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 1:38 PM - 36 answers

February 6

Recommendations for wireless earbuds

I'm looking to get some wireless earbuds to use in the gym. Their main purpose will be to block out the sounds around me, and that takes precedence over sound quality. Also, I have trouble finding earbuds that actually stay in my ears. The only kind of wired earbuds that work for me are the ones made from the memory-foam material that expands in your ears, but so far I haven't been able to find that style in wireless form. Can anybody point me to some wireless earbuds that meet these criteria? [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 6:28 AM - 10 answers

February 5

When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 6:41 AM - 10 answers

Your experience with ceramic cordless electric kettles (esp EU / UK)?

I like the idea of a ceramic kettle, like the look of this and this for our space (something mostly white, and more old fashioned looking, basically), and want to switch from plastic, but I'm worried about a couple of things... [more inside]
posted by taz at 4:24 AM - 10 answers

February 3

American Girl conundrum - help me shop!!

I am responsible for creating a gift basket which will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for our elementary school. Our class was assigned the theme "American Girl doll". I have a lot of Feelings about this, but I must bravely put them aside and create a fabulous gift basket so that our school can afford things like paper and pencils. [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo at 1:04 PM - 26 answers

February 2

Parted like the Red Sea

What buyers' guides based on release dates and announcements do as well as MacRumors does for Apple products? I'm specifically interested in GPUs, but I'd be interested to hear about any other product categories covered so helpfully.
posted by michaelh at 1:26 PM - 1 answers

January 30

Where can I find a cheap 1-meter-diameter plastic dome?

For reasons that aren't important, but are possibly guessable from past questions. I am looking for a cheapish (let's say less than $40) rigid hollow plastic (or similarly rugged and lightweight material) sphere or hemisphere with a diameter of roughly one meter (let's say somewhere between 39 - 43 inches). Any color is fine, as I'll be painting it anyway. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 1:07 PM - 13 answers

January 25

how to scent shampoo and conditioner so kids will REEK.

I am spending too much money on expensive rosemary shampoo, which so far has been successful at keeping my kids from getting lice, but costs too much. I have tried adding essential oil to unscented products to replicate the effect, but it doesn't work. Crafty scent-enthusiasts: what do I need to know to make my kids' heads reek of lice-repelling rosemary? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 12:21 PM - 21 answers

January 24

Replacing my ipod

My beloved ipod classic went for an inadvertent swim and is most definitely dead. Help me find a replacement. Details of what I'm looking for below: [more inside]
posted by darchildre at 8:59 PM - 9 answers

Similar if not same clothes rack but in different country

Hi all, I've fallen in love with this bamboo clothes rack from Argos but unfortunately they only ship within the UK. Do any of you happen to know a smiliar or same item from a different store, one that would ship to Berlin in Germany where I currently reside? Many thanks, hive!
posted by mrsh at 8:54 AM - 6 answers

January 23

Selling CDs in bulk

Where to cell >100 CDs rejected by Decluttr for either (1) not being in their database or (2) having a small bit of writing (my name, now crossed out) on both the CD and the insert? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 10:19 AM - 7 answers

January 21

Using PayPal to send money to Ukraine

I bought a $70 camera located in Ukraine on Ebay; the listing showed that you could pay with PayPal. PayPal says people in Ukraine can't receive payments from PayPal. I was relying on the protection of PayPal to make sure I actually get the camera (or my money back). Is there some safe way to send money to Ukraine that doesn't reveal my payment information & gives me protection if I don't receive the item?
posted by gregr at 7:42 AM - 9 answers

January 20

Have a seat, Dr Freud!

A friend has asked for my help setting up her new counseling office. She does psychotherapy with adults - individuals and couples. Knowing that y'all have lots of therapy experience, I'm asking the hive mind, "What do you love or hate about the furnishings in your therapist office?"
posted by metahawk at 7:34 PM - 45 answers

Casual Dresses

Where can I find casual but not so casual dresses that are comfortable to wear and not too pricey. [more inside]
posted by stepup at 2:37 PM - 32 answers

January 19

Where can I buy a wallet *just* like this one?

This is my wallet. As you can see, it has this cool folding coin bit that I really like, but it's falling apart now. Where can I find one just like it? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:45 PM - 16 answers

Good comparison sites like The Sweethome/Wirecutter?

I was just wondering if anyone knew of other good comparison sites (the best, runner-up, budget choice, etc) for items in the vein of The Sweethome (house stuff), The Wirecutter (gadget & gizmos), The Nightlight (baby stuff), Ken Rockwell (camera stuff), etc? I'm specifically looking for a tool-centric site, but I'm curious what else is out there as well.
posted by JimBJ9 at 8:52 AM - 8 answers

Work clothing for a rainbow of sizes, gender presentations, and bodies

So I need to purchase "nice, professional" work shirts for my small office. They don't all necessary need to be the same shirt or from the same place, but the general idea is button-front shirts in high-quality material, and it would be nice if we could embroider our company logo on them. [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

January 18

Contemporary jewellery in Chicago

I want to buy some lovely jewellery in Chicago next week, where should I go to look? [more inside]
posted by theseldomseenkid at 6:32 AM - 11 answers

January 17

Calling all Internet super-sleuths... help me find this umbrella base!

Sam's Club used to sell these umbrella bases in-store. I can't find them anymore. I'd love to know the manufacturer so that I could order ten or twenty (even direct from China). However, I'm not only unable to find these bases in-store, but I can't find anything like them anywhere else. Can a Google or manufacturing super-sleuth help me? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 5:02 AM - 4 answers

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