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August 28

Toy Stores

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?
posted by Fichereader at 11:09 AM - 20 answers

Present for a new and anxious post-doc

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]
posted by congen at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

Which vehicle would you buy?

If you only had $5000 for a used vehicle, would you buy a RAV4, CRV, or Lexus RX? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda at 8:31 AM - 27 answers

August 26

That sweet spot for pretty, affordable Toronto wedding venues

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]
posted by ThousandYellowDaisies at 11:24 AM - 17 answers

August 25

How much is this horse worth?

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]
posted by Chenko at 2:09 PM - 4 answers

Flat-bottomed mugs you make my rockin' world go round

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]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:11 AM - 10 answers

ISO hoop earrings

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]
posted by thereemix at 9:41 AM - 6 answers

Experience gifts in San Diego as a wedding present?

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]
posted by like_neon at 7:51 AM - 7 answers

August 22

Where does the Muji store source their stamps?

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?
posted by rjacobs at 2:29 PM - 4 answers

Alternatives to Amazon

What are my options for more ethical alternatives to Amazon? [more inside]
posted by Sweetums at 12:19 PM - 29 answers

August 20

Help me find my hat!

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]
posted by grey_sw at 2:50 PM - 9 answers

Art framing in NYC

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]
posted by cosmic osmo at 10:04 AM - 5 answers

August 19

What "lifetime" subscriptions or memberships do you recommend?

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]
posted by anonymisc at 11:48 AM - 25 answers

Leasing in my situation: Good/bad idea? Is this a good deal for a lease?

I've never leased before, but am considering giving it a try. Given my driving preferences (inside), is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo at 11:06 AM - 6 answers

August 18

What back-to-school gifts should I give my wife?

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]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:17 AM - 20 answers

Online shopping sites that provide unique/quality items?

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]
posted by SkinsOfCoconut at 12:09 AM - 17 answers

August 16

Where can I buy affordable fashion and/or accessories while in Milan?

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!
posted by theantikitty at 10:32 AM - 6 answers

August 15

Help me find a great dedicated Blu-ray shelving unit?

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]
posted by mboszko at 1:52 PM - 3 answers

August 14

ikea delivery is failing, what do I say to customer service?

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]
posted by d. z. wang at 9:33 PM - 9 answers

Gift ideas for hacker coworkers?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM - 12 answers

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