Creepy or awesome? You decide.

Twilight bracelet

One of the many (and we do mean many) Twilight-related gift suggestions from Etsy's Facebook integration.

Not sure what to buy your friends and family for Christmas?

Etsy, a website where people can buy and sell handmade and vintage items (it’s sort of like eBay’s hipster cousin), has always been a great place to shop for gifts both unique and “unique.” This year, they’re trying to make the process even easier–by suggesting gifts for your friends based on their Facebook profiles. Right now it’s a little hit-or-miss. One friend who bikes a lot probably would like a new set of panniers, and Etsy helpfully pointed me to a number of cool shops for the bike enthusiast. For another friend who liked J. Crew, Etsy suggested everything from clothing to desk accessories tailored to her aesthetic sensibilities. However, I’m pretty sure that when my 19-year-old brother said he liked “House,” he wasn’t talking about a birdhouse…or a doll house…or a 50’s-style house dress.

And then there’s the difficulty of translating interests to tangible gifts. Yes, my cousin likes Katy Perry, but does that really mean she wants a custom-made cupcake bra?


The Brown Classifieds

Want an Econ11 book, but don’t want to pay bookstore prices? Need a parking space near campus? The lovely folks at Spotted At Brown have answered yours prayers with the Brown Classifieds, a free website where Brown students can post items to buy or sell, from textbooks to TVs.

There are only about ten items listed on it so far, but since “free” and “local” are some of our favorite words, we think it’ll catch on.


Happy Labor Day!

We were going to bring you a list of things to do this Labor Day, but the ProJo scooped us.

Sadly, you’ve already missed the chance to “feed the swine and brush the cows” at Coggesshall Farm (that was Saturday), but you still have time to get to the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, where admission is free today.

After the jump, some Labor Day suggestions of our own. Continue Reading