I have a couple of things I want to buy as gifts for other people, but it's things I have no expertise in. I keep going to the store, looking despondently at the choices, and thinking, "I don't even KNOW what to choose! If only I knew someone who was an expert at this!"
...Or as Paul often says: "If only we had access to some sort of global information network."
Here's what I was thinking: I will tell you the things I'm looking for (I'm sure there are lots, but I can only think of two of them off the top of my head), and if you know something about those things, perhaps you can advise me. If you instead have your OWN things you want to buy as gifts for other people but don't know which one to choose, you can leave that in the comments section, and then another commenter might be able to advise YOU!
I don't know if this will work, now that I think about it a little more. But I suggest we go with the spontaneity and then if it doesn't work, it doesn't work, and that would be fine too.
SO. I will go first. Here are the two things I want to buy as gifts, but I don't know what would be good.
1. Paul wants measuring cups, and his only requirement is that they "not suck." He's sick of the pretty ones I buy, which he claims are sucky because the handles keep breaking off. Well, whatever, if he's going to be PICKY about it. I'd like to get him some strong, unbreakable, MANLY measuring cups, but I don't know which those would be. The metal ones? A particular brand of plastic? So that's what I want from you, if you know something about it: Which strong, not-suck measuring cups should I buy Paul?
2. Rob wants a book that will teach him how to draw manga/anime, and he wants sketching pencils and colored pencils. I want to find him a book that emphasizes how to draw the non-porny manga/anime, and I want pencils that are more artist-quality than Crayola, but not the kind that cost $30 for six of them: we are at this stage of the game talking about a 12-year-old boy drawing cartoons in his math notebook.
Leave your suggestions in the comments, or leave a comment about your own shopping decisions and maybe someone else here will know ALL ABOUT that kind of item and can point you to just the right thing! And maybe THEY will in turn be looking for input on something YOU know all about! Oh, this could be so exciting!
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