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July 23

Help me stay hydrated!

I have a silly question as well: where do you find good water bottles, and (separately) for cheap water bottles? My collection of cheapies is running low, and now the one nice water bottle has gone astray. [more inside]
posted by mersen at 10:33 AM - 15 answers

July 20

Recommend me a good drinking vessel for my daily smoothie!

I need a vessel that will keep my smoothie cold, will be easy to clean, and won't invade my body with microplastics, (but a mason jar is too dangerous because I am clumsy). I can't find one that is easy to clean (the hard-to-clean areas get moldy, or the vessel is too narrow for my brush/dishwasher). I'll buy the best recommendation! Thanks!
posted by maxexam at 7:37 PM - 12 answers

July 11

Online stores for Asian/Japanese things (in Canada)

I would like to order some items online that are super common at Japanese or more broadly Asian markets (instant coffee packages and rice ball makers). I live in rural Canada so I have to order online. Can you recommend me an online store that I can use? [more inside]
posted by hydrobatidae at 8:21 AM - 2 answers

PlungeMe: Expat Edition

I need a plunger. You know, for toilet reasons. I live in the United Kingdom. I have never seen a toilet plunger in a store here. Two questions: What gives? And, more importantly: Where do I buy a plunger? [more inside]
posted by cabbage raccoon at 5:41 AM - 9 answers

Shopping in Paris for Transportation Nerds

I am gift buying and am searching for models of the Paris Metro trains. Where can I them in Paris? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:38 AM - 5 answers

July 9

Help me buy a bed! Any reason not to buy a so-called "kid's bed"?

I'm looking for a queen-sized bed that will fit in a smallish room with a fairly low knee wall (37"), and have been having trouble finding one I like. While searching, I've found a few advertised as kid or teen beds that look like they would work--is there any reason not to buy one of these? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 9:29 AM - 14 answers

July 7

Recommendations for masks needed (immunocompromised, microtia)

I have an half-grown ear, so your typical mask strap isn't workable. I don't want the complication of wearing clips, etc — mask straps that wrap around my head instead of on my ears would be helpful. Other preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 6:47 PM - 34 answers

June 27

Looking for a pool bag, the biggest snowflake unicorn kind

It's summer! We're going to the pool! We can't find a single pool bag that meets our, to our mind, reasonable parameters. Maybe you know a good big one? [more inside]
posted by knile at 10:34 AM - 13 answers

June 24

Best (source for) packaging material/boxes for books?

I'm going through my library with a scythe and getting rid of books I won't read again in this lifetime. Some of these I'm going to sell on eBay, and I was wondering which boxes (NOT envelopes) would be good for shipping books, and best places to get them. (I can do Amazon if need be). Book sizes range from paperback to suitable for a coffee-table.
posted by gtrwolf at 4:45 PM - 6 answers

June 19

Best duffle with backpack straps for a smallish person?

To reduce back pain I'd like to switch from a shoulder strap duffle bag to one with backpack straps. I'm suddenly overwhelmed by all the different options. What duffles with backpack straps do shorter-statured MeFites like? And if I travel with a 50L shoulder strap duffle now, should I expect that a 50L backpack duffle will also do the job or look into a different size? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 7:35 AM - 19 answers

What do you give the freshman who has everything?

As our son gets older, he asks for less and less and gets more difficult to buy presents for. He turns 19 soon and in six weeks he will start college in San Francisco. We are stumped for birthday ideas. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 5:55 AM - 24 answers

June 18

Do you have ideas for cashing out a large Amazon gift card balance?

I have a large Amazon gift card balance on my account and I would like to find ways to cash it out. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM - 12 answers

June 16

ISO photo albums

I have my physical, printed photos in a cardboard box and would love your recommendations on where I can purchase a proper photo album. The photos are 5 inches by 7 inches. [more inside]
posted by charcoals at 3:24 PM - 5 answers

June 13

Destination wedding gift?

My friend is getting married next week, a few hours flight away. What's a good gift I could send to her home before she leaves, via Amazon or similar? Budget of $50 is perfect, could go higher if it's really great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 3:17 PM - 9 answers

June 12

Please Help Me Buy Stuff in a Large Self-Serve Bakery

I'm staying in a non-tourist area of Hanoi, and every day I walk past an *amazing* large bakery, but I never go in because... TBH I've never been in this type of self-serve bakery before. I *think* you just get personal tongs and put stuff on a tray which you then take to the checkout (maybe specifying eat-in or take-out?), but I don't speak Vietnamese so my brain thinks any incorrect assumptions could spark an international incident, and so - so far - no pastries for me (I know how ridiculous this all sounds, yes). [more inside]
posted by 4th Matryoshka Doll at 12:41 AM - 11 answers

June 11

What is the best Bluetooth speaker for city bike rides in 2024?

Do you listen to music while riding a bike? What is the Bluetooth speaker available in 2024 that rules, considering volume, battery, portability, cost, and other factors? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 11:27 AM - 10 answers

June 9

Baby gift ideas needed

A coworker is expecting her second baby this summer. My usual go-to gift is a tote bag full of board books, but she's a librarian and they have tons of books. What can I get her that she probably won't already have and that will be fun and unique? $30-40 range. Ideas?
posted by WithWildAbandon at 7:28 AM - 12 answers

June 5

Potsdam NY Me-Fites!

What are your recommendations for places to get gift cards for a new SUNY student? [more inside]
posted by feistycakes at 10:06 AM - 4 answers

June 3

Selling a Used Car in 2024

I'm looking to sell a 8 year old car in good shape this year (something like a 12-14k car in the US). I don't need the money to buy a new (used) car, nor do I get any tax benefits in my state by trade-in. So what will get me the most money for a low-ish amount of hassle? Think of the quadrant in one corner of trading it in the dealership I buy my new used car, and in another quadrant selling it through craigslist or facebook marketplace. What's in the middle? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:01 PM - 8 answers

June 2

Recommend me a pocket or portable road atlas for Chicago and suburbs

I have a dumb phone with directions, but want to use a physical map to navigate more often. Looking for something to use while biking, walking, or driving: a rugged, portable road atlas I can throw in my bag to help me get around the city and suburbs. [more inside]
posted by caseyblu at 4:48 PM - 6 answers

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