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December 17

Are There Any Retailers That Don't Have Sales?

I'm compiling a list of retailers who don't hold sales. And it's surprisingly hard! [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 2:36 PM - 37 answers

December 16

What on earth can I get my uncle for Christmas?

What can I get my uncle for Christmas? He is house bound and does not have much mobility. He's feeling sad and restless these days and I would love to get him something to cheer him up and keep him entertained. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:37 PM - 22 answers

Baby doll shopping for parents who hate baby dolls - help!

My three-year-old desperately wants a baby doll. I'm a queer grouch who tries to avoid heavily gendered toys, and I'm totally thrown by this. Other parent is way more in the know, but we're in the middle of unhappily deciding whether to separate or just give up and divorce, so she's not a resource. Help? More details below. [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 7:09 PM - 26 answers

December 15

Bavarian Secret Santa?

My Secret Santa giftee this year is especially tricky, but he especially likes: German heritage stuff (his family holds a yearly Oktoberfest), German food, and Baltimore sports. There is cool stuff that I've found (like a german meat and cheese sampler), but none of it fits the $30 limit. I live in NYC, so I also have access to stores in Manhattan or the outer boroughs. What could I get that might fit these interests? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:24 PM - 14 answers

Best Gift for Daycare Staff?

I have a toddler in daycare and I want to get the teachers in her room a holiday gift but I'd like it to be something they actually want. If I just end up getting them a bunch of chocolates that's fine, but if someone has a better option that is also easy and not crazy expensive that'd be great! What are some good choices? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:14 AM - 21 answers

Excellence in necktie storage

I want to give my spouse the World's Greatest tie rack this year. The specifics of the tie collection in question are inside but don't feel limited by them in your suggestions. I want to see all the coolest, most beautiful, most functional necktie storage solutions available! [more inside]
posted by doift at 9:25 AM - 3 answers

VERY Specific K-Beauty Hand Cream Sought

Any ideas where I can find one of the Etude House Missing U Hand Creams at a brick-and-mortar store in NYC? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:25 AM - 6 answers

Sources for miniature sculptures of landscapes?

Years ago my husband and I were someplace (a museum, maybe) where we learned that it was common for Chinese scholars to keep small sculptures of landscapes (perhaps carved from jade) on their desks to inspire them. Now I'd like to buy one. [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 7:55 AM - 4 answers

Help me buy a gift! Pittsburgh edition.

My almost 30-year old brother moved to Pittsburgh this year (maybe last year - can't remember.) He'll be with me for Christmas, and I'd like to get him a gift certificate to something local to him, in the $50 range. [more inside]
posted by lyssabee at 7:47 AM - 10 answers

Trying to find an Apples to Apples Expansion Pack

My family has a gift swap coming up, and after a lot of thought, I finally decided that I want to get an expansion pack for Apples to Apples. Most family members own the game, so it would suit almost everyone, and it would be so fun to play with new cards in the mix. However, now that my heart is set on it, I can't find it for a reasonable price! I live in Canada, and Amazon.ca only has them for resale at $90, which won't do. Ebay has some options, but shipping from the US or UK costs more than the game itself. I'd want to spend $30 at most. I'm willing to buy online or in person, and I'd be shopping in London, Ontario. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly at 7:38 AM - 3 answers

December 14

Gift ideas for soccer-crazed teen boys?

Looking for gift ideas for two pre-teen nephews who eat, sleep and breathe soccer... preferably under $20 each. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 10:48 PM - 11 answers

Does this sofa exist outside of pinterest?

I saw a pic of the perfect full/queen sofabed on wheels. But google image search leads to pinterest and spammy websites. Where else can I look, in order to buy? Here's a pinned image
posted by avidreader at 8:05 PM - 3 answers

December 12

Gift ideas for a dad-to-be

I'm currently pregnant and I'd like to get my husband something for Christmas to celebrate becoming a dad. He's super enthusiastic about Project Baby, but he has almost no experience with actual babies. I think it would be nice to give him something that is either instructive (a book?) or some kind of baby gear he can look forward to using. I'm also pretty new to baby stuff, so I don't have the best sense of what would be helpful myself.
posted by bookish at 5:57 PM - 15 answers

Printmaker in search of a etching press

I'm a printmaker who prints everything by hand, but it's starting to cause problems. I'm looking for etching press suggestions! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 7:57 AM - 7 answers

December 11

I hate my cellphone; I need a lockbox.

I basically need to change my habits and relationship to my cellphone. I spend too much time checking in on it (legitimately for work, stupidly for facebook and the internet) and it is messing me up, my relationship to my family, my sense of self. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 6:07 AM - 8 answers

December 10

Mystery leather bag

Can you identify the brand signified by this logo on a leather handbag?
posted by Miko at 2:56 PM - 4 answers

Which edition of the book Heidi is best?

There are numerous editions of Heidi, and on Amazon it looks like the reviews for all the different editions are pooled together. Which translation/edition have people been the most happy with? Any editions to avoid? I am looking for either hardcover or paperback.
posted by molla at 5:59 AM - 2 answers

December 4

Where is the "just right" luggage?

I have one suitcase that's too big and one that's too small. I used to have one that was just right, but I gave it to my son. I'm losing my mind trying to find something in between. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 8:40 AM - 15 answers

Looking for a cheaper version of Carrie Fisher's earrings

On the promo tour for The Force Awakens, Carrie Fisher wore gorgeous starburst earrings. The ones she actually wore are somewhat outside my budget and I've spent a lot of time trawling fashion jewelry shops, Etsy and Ali Express for something in that general starburst shape and size. Can anyone help me find a non-Hollywood-priced lookalike pair?
posted by I claim sanctuary at 7:16 AM - 11 answers

December 3

Is the quip toothbrush any good?

I'm considering a quip electric toothbrush, but it's hard to find solid information. Can any MeFites share their experiences? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 4:13 PM - 11 answers

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