What's the coolest thing you've gotten in the last half-year?
October 12, 2008 11:02 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking to update my birthday wishlist and need some specific inspiration from a broad spectrum of people-types. What's the coolest thing you have bought or been given in the last 6 months that cost between $10 and $200?
posted by davebug to Shopping (32 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
BioBrite Sunrise Alarm Clock
posted by grouse at 11:14 AM on October 12, 2008

posted by purpletangerine at 11:20 AM on October 12, 2008

A tiny lemon tree.
posted by arianell at 11:25 AM on October 12, 2008 [2 favorites]

Got my bike working well.
posted by salvia at 11:31 AM on October 12, 2008

One of these, though mine doesn't appear on the page right now. I am not an expert on this kind of thing by any stretch, just an avid consumer.
posted by ghost of a past number at 11:34 AM on October 12, 2008

Best answer:
  • A Leatherman Skeletool CX
  • A really nice waterproof commuting bag (mine is from Chrome, but there are many other choices.
  • A Le Creuset dutch oven.

posted by larsks at 11:38 AM on October 12, 2008

Car seat covers (to protect from dog fur and muddy paws)

Every time I use them, I send silent thanks to be the best in-laws ever.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:39 AM on October 12, 2008

A pen that is also a mechanical pencil.

A pen that comes with its own LED light for writing in the dark. (ie. in the theatre, taking notes.)

Buffalo jerky.

Giant Pocky. It's not just Pocky, it's GIANT Pocky.

But in truth, all I really want is someone who will come by my house and clean it.
posted by typewriter at 11:40 AM on October 12, 2008 [2 favorites]

Delete "be" in that last sentence.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:40 AM on October 12, 2008

This and this.
posted by worldswalker at 11:53 AM on October 12, 2008

This Double LP repress of Dear You by Jawbreaker.

This water bottle.

This Complete Far Side collection.
posted by namewithoutwords at 12:04 PM on October 12, 2008

Best answer: Refurbished Ipod Touch.

Ok, I don't have one, but it *would* be the coolest thing if I had one. Otherwise I'd score a high quality air pistol.
posted by mecran01 at 12:10 PM on October 12, 2008

fenix l0d q4 - 1 AAA battery flashlight, as bright as a 4 D-cell maglite.
boker subcom pocket knife - superbly small but ergonomic pocket knife
A new chef's knife from here, made from pre-war steel forgings: http://www.thebestthings.com/knives/sabatier_nogent.htm
posted by paanta at 12:21 PM on October 12, 2008

A 2 year subscription to New York Review of Books. A subscription to Saveur.

A cumbus, an e-bow. A well-seasoned cast iron griddle. A Le Creuset dutch oven.
posted by ifjuly at 12:39 PM on October 12, 2008 [1 favorite]

A good massage.
posted by orthogonality at 1:38 PM on October 12, 2008

I really like my Utili-Key, but I think it might have been under $10.

A nice teapot.
posted by hattifattener at 1:56 PM on October 12, 2008

Book Gem - every reader needs one.
posted by DandyRandy at 2:40 PM on October 12, 2008 [2 favorites]

Since a few have answered: "Le Creuset dutch oven" (it is one of my favorite things.... Evah), I will answer a Zojirushi Rice Cooker. I love that thing. Rice. Perfect. Every time.
posted by beachhead2 at 2:46 PM on October 12, 2008

If you're in the Bay Area, then I suggest a membership to the Commonwealth Club.
posted by mahoganyslide at 3:51 PM on October 12, 2008

Best answer: Tiny picture cards from MOO.com. They also have postcards, stickers, greeting cards, note cards, and business cards.

You might have seen these related questions already: I love these questions!
posted by Korou at 3:54 PM on October 12, 2008 [5 favorites]


The flexible roll-up keyboard, which never gets crumbs between the keys, easy to clean.

Mini plasma ball. Has three settings, off, one full on and another that responds to music/sounds.

Chromolux lightbulbs.

Etch-a-Sketch pen.

'Journey Into Satchidanana. by Alice Coltrane

Carapan Body scent: fir balsam, lavender, bergamot, cedar, patchouli and vanilla, mmm, amazing smell.

Miracle fruit from the Miracle Fruit Man for a Miracle Fruit party.
posted by nickyskye at 4:54 PM on October 12, 2008

Agree with larsks that Leathermans are awesome! I have a Juice Xe6 and I love it.
posted by radioamy at 5:48 PM on October 12, 2008

JBL Reference 220 earbuds (on clearance real cheap) and a 750GB hard drive for my ever-expanding iTunes library (speical weekend sale at Fry's).
posted by phrayzee at 6:11 PM on October 12, 2008

Best answer: High thread-count sheets. Two sets, even, so you can still change the sheets if you don't have time to do laundry that day.
posted by vytae at 7:56 PM on October 12, 2008

Alphasmart Dana

Field Guide to Spiders and Insects of North America (you can imagine my glee when I identified the spider in the kitchen as a Sow-Bug Killer and the one in the bathroom as a Stealthy Ground Spider. It's way cool.)
posted by not that girl at 8:07 PM on October 12, 2008 [1 favorite]

Ant farm.
posted by Gratishades at 5:16 AM on October 13, 2008

posted by dirtdirt at 7:18 AM on October 13, 2008

Amod AGL3080 GPS data logger (for geotagging digital photos).
posted by jaimev at 8:14 AM on October 13, 2008

I recently bought a Flip Ultra video camera, and it would be a great birthday present.
posted by mismatched at 9:57 AM on October 13, 2008

When a friend gave me a Nintendo DS as a gift I said "What do I need this for?"

Three months, and eight games later, I can't imagine NOT having one.
posted by AloneOssifer at 1:48 PM on October 13, 2008

A portable XM Radio pack
posted by Sufi at 2:13 PM on October 15, 2008

1. I had my Buckingham Nicks LP framed. It looks awesome. I ended up ~$200 into it by the time it was done.
2. A Skeletool CX. Yeah, they're that good.
3. An XD-40 pistol. !!BANG!!
posted by SlyBevel at 1:35 PM on October 27, 2008

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