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August 16

Gift for friend who has everything?

What would you get for your friend who hasn't been feeling well, but already has everything she needs/wants? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily at 7:53 AM - 10 answers

August 14

which flag pole do i buy for this flag

so i'm looking to buy a flag to wave around during a pride parade here - my question then, is, what flag pole or whatever do i buy for this thing, so i can comfortably wave it around during the parade? i'm in canada, and stuff i can get from amazon.ca is preferred.
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 7:28 AM - 7 answers

August 13

Electric toothbrush head replacements, cost vs benefit

We have Philips Sonicare toothbrushes and we need new brush heads. Branded heads are expensive, but it sounds like unbranded heads are often soft. What's a good balance between cost and benefit? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:27 PM - 10 answers

Best inexpensive office chair for a fidgeter?

I've been given a budget of $200 to choose my own office chair and am looking for specific chair recommendations or advice on how to search for what I want. I tend to sit upright or lean forward. I also fidget and shift position a lot, so I appreciate chairs that don't get in my way or force me into one posture. Additional specs inside. [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 12:38 PM - 5 answers

Where to get basic but high-quality sun hat in Chicago?

I want to get a basic sun hat from a store in Chicago, straw or woven paper, and maybe stick a flower or ribbon on it to give as a gift. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:12 PM - 7 answers

Radio Alarm Clock Request

I want a radio alarm clock. This is proving difficult to procure. [more inside]
posted by hepta at 9:59 AM - 15 answers

August 12

Help me replace my favorite sweater that I lost

Shoppers and clothing finders I just lost my favorite sweater that I wear @ 3 times a week. I got it on StitchFix in March 2017 (and I’ve written them). The description is Market & Spruce Belfor Pocket cardigan and here is a picture from someone’s Pinterest. Thanks for any suggests to replace exactly or to something similar
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 1:44 PM - 11 answers

Vehicle import from Japan

I'm seeing these deals for 25 year old vehicles from a company in Japan that specializes in exporting used cars. What could go wrong? [more inside]
posted by diode at 8:56 AM - 8 answers

Where did I see these cool planet sphere gifts?

Late last year, researching a possible gift, I saw some very cool planet spheres. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 7:46 AM - 3 answers

August 11

Virtual gift card/voucher for someone in London

A friend here in LA is organizing a hat-pass among a group for a former member in London who has suffered a bereavement, but they are uncertain what format is best for making the donation available to them. What are their best options? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 7:46 AM - 8 answers

August 7

Where can I buy a rubber wheel ~1/2" wide x 1 - 1.5" tall

Not quite sure why this has been so hard to find but I'm looking for a wheel that is ~1/2" wide, height not as important but perhaps 1.5" tall. Every one I find online seems to be much wider...
posted by zeoslap at 2:56 PM - 14 answers

Long-lasting men's boxer briefs

Seeking (if such a beast exists): 1. Men's cotton boxer briefs 2. That take many years to wear out (rather than developing holes after 1-3 years) 3. Easy but vital: Must be available in a color that is NOT white. (black, for example, is fine)
posted by Cozybee at 6:39 AM - 18 answers

How do I find more of the best tee shirt I ever owned?

I have a men's black short sleeved tee shirt made by Claiborne, which I bought at Dillard's, probably close to 30 years (!) ago. (Photo; photo showing fabric texture.) It's magical. The texture seems to repel kitty-cat hairs, it has never stretched out, and it still drapes nicely on my pudgy middle-aged frame. [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 6:10 AM - 11 answers

August 5

hiking shirt for small framed, long armed guy

What brands do suggest investigating for travel/hiking shirts for a male with long arms and a small frame? [more inside]
posted by egk at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

August 4

Gifts ideas for an octogenarian, Italian-American barber.

I'd like to assemble an un-retirement gift for a friend in his late 80s. 70% of our conversations involve him telling me stories about growing up in a small village in Sicily in the '30s or working in Rome as a teenage barber beginning just before WWII. He moved to the US in the late '50s and doesn't get back very often. I'd ideally love to include something that's vaguely traditional, imported from or closely related to Italy, and shows that I've been paying attention. (Extra points for Southern Italy.) But, I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by eotvos at 4:05 PM - 16 answers

August 1

Tween shopping blues

What are stores or clothing styles that are best-suited for a plus-size tween? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 10:37 AM - 17 answers

July 31

Yet another search for the perfect bag

Due to shoulder/back problems, I’m no longer supposed to be carrying a messenger bag with a shoulder or cross-body strap. Thus, I am in search of a briefcase—that is, something with handles that opens at the top, rather than a flap-over—meeting a range of specific criteria within. [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 1:50 PM - 6 answers

Feets, They're Failing Me Now

Please give me your recommendations for the best electric foot bath/spa for at home use. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 1:29 PM - 0 answers

July 29

Lifetime guarantee question in a world with fewer lifetime guarantees

I've read this question (2011) and this question (2013) and now it's time to ask again. What products or retailers in 2018 actually have lifetime warranties or guarantees? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 11:52 AM - 15 answers

July 26

Birchbox, but not so make-upy? Lush, but a subscription?

I've done two months of Birchbox and I love the idea, but they don't have much for a cis woman who doesn't wear makeup. Who does? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:11 PM - 11 answers

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