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June 21

Portable AC experiences?

I have never had a portable AC and I am curious if my experience with mine is the norm. Turning off and on repeatedly over night. [more inside]
posted by Iax at 1:03 PM - 11 answers

June 20

Amazon Italy gift certificate

I have an Amazon-IT gift certificate for a small amount (less than 20 euros). I have an Amazon US account and an Amazon UK account. Is there anything I can reasonably do with this gift certificate? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 10:21 AM - 3 answers

June 19

One-shoulder bag for an active young man

Does anyone have a one-shoulder bag/backpack that they like, which would be a good fit for an active young man? He rides a bike and hikes, and wants a bag that's easy to get into but will be durable. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 9:50 AM - 12 answers

Hospital staff appreciation gifts in/near London?

I’m in a London hospital with c diff. Nobody can tell me how long I’ll be here and the staff are overburdened with patients. What is an acceptable gift to send my traveling companion out to get or order for staff? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:04 AM - 10 answers

June 16

Pikachu I choose...long descriptive text with accompanying pictures?

My nephew's 9th birthday is coming up and he is apparently into Pokemon this year. Last year I got him a Star Wars encyclopedia which he loves and carries around with him everywhere. I'd like to get him something similar this year but Pokemon related but I'm not having much luck. Does anybody know if there even is such a thing as a Pokemon encyclopedia? Other suggestions welcome as well.
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand at 4:07 AM - 10 answers

June 15

Help me shop for professional-looking secret pajamas

I need help finding clothes that I can wear to births, as a doula. They should not be scrubs. They should be as comfortable as scrubs, with similar qualities. Among other things, I am searching for really nice black leggings or yoga pants, not see-through or too sporty-looking, available to fit sizes 16-18. [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 10:26 PM - 11 answers

June 14

Need jewelry storage solution suggestions

All of my late wife's jewelry is in a jewelry armoire similar to the one pictured. I'm looking for a better storage solution. [more inside]
posted by ralan at 3:15 PM - 12 answers

Alternative to Etsy

Etsy is upping their seller fees and it really cuts deeply into my willingness to stay there. Is there any alternative to Etsy that is up and coming that you really like with reasonable fees? [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 11:15 AM - 4 answers

Last minute Father's Day gifts for dad shippable by Amazon Prime

Yikes! Father's day is this weekend and I need to get my Dad a gift. I have an Amazon Prime subscription. He's in the US and I'd like to get something shipped to him ASAP. Help! [more inside]
posted by enfa at 10:20 AM - 6 answers

June 13

HomePod AirPlay from non-synced iPhone?

Quick question for anyone with a HomePod! I’m looking into buying one but can’t find an answer on the internet: if I set it up to be synced to my phone, can my wife (or other iPhone user) then use it as an AirPlay output device from her own phone, too?
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:51 PM - 2 answers

Best site to gift online classes?

I want to gift an online class/learning experience for Father's Day. Dad is 65, very computer literate, and a lifelong learner. Where do I find a class he can pick for himself? [more inside]
posted by assenav at 11:09 AM - 8 answers

I need a cocoon of a mattress

At approximately 4:55am today, my husband slid off the bed and slammed his knee into the wall. I think it's time for a new mattress and boy, is researching this overwhelming. More inside on needs and budget. [more inside]
posted by thefang at 9:37 AM - 23 answers

June 12

Something for the late-in-life guitarist, or a goof present?

I'm looking for a second-to-last-minute father's day gift ideas for my dad, a late-in-life guitarist who likes Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and ZZ Top, to name three top picks for him. Alternatively, I'd take suggestions for a goofy present, like a life-size Shrek cardboard cut-out, but smaller and cheaper. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:45 PM - 22 answers

Can you fit golf clubs in a coupe? (Help me ID my midlife crisis car)

Need to get a new car. Must haves are manual transmission and a trunk large enough for a golf bag and a foldable golf cart. [more inside]
posted by qldaddy at 5:59 AM - 11 answers

June 11

Better than basic (cheaper than deluxe?) towels, bed linens - UK edition

The time has come to replace basically all the linens in my household: towels, bed sheets, bathrobes. What do you recommend that can be bought online in the UK? [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 1:49 AM - 12 answers

June 8

Amazon seller wants me to cancel my return request. Should I?

Ordered a fan from a 3rd party seller. Bottom line, I have to hold the thing 6" from my face to feel any air moving. I requested a return on Amazon. Seller tried to screw around with what they were willing to do. They've finally agreed to follow Amazon policy, after about a dozen emails back and forth, and are asking me to cancel my return request now that they've issued a refund. Should I? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 10:58 AM - 16 answers

Help me become the Amazon wish list fairy of my dreams!

So I occasionally like to send gifts to random people. For example, to celebrate our 15th anniversary, my husband and I found registries of couples with our same first names and send them wedding gifts. There are several authors I'd really like to support with book purchases, so I'd love to combine these impulses and find out who is wishing for these books and make sure they show up in their mailbox in a couple days. Is there any kind of internet trickery that would allow me to see on which public wish lists a certain item appears?
posted by ferociouskitty at 10:27 AM - 4 answers

June 7

Where can I buy a cheap plastic version of this crystal?

For a children's birthday party, I want a cheap approximation of this crystal, as seen on the UK TV show "The Crystal Maze." Ideally I'd pay less than £2 each. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:09 AM - 11 answers

June 6

Seeking World's Heaviest Sleep Mask

I want to buy a sleep mask, with the primary feature being that it's heavy, and puts a lot of weight on my face. It seems like most that are sold note that being "lightweight" is a feature and none seem to be interested in the other way around. Basically, I'm looking for a weighted blanket, but for my upper face. Do you have one you like that you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 9:40 AM - 8 answers

June 5

Looking for an NYC store that sells Katharine Hepburn style pants

I'm looking for brick and mortar stores in NYC that sell Katharine Hepburn style pants, fancy enough for a wedding. [more inside]
posted by dysh at 10:54 AM - 7 answers

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