I'm known as a shopping queen and our clique's techie goto person. Still, there's plenty of great answers on the web for questions like "What's a good e-mail client" 'n such.
Here's a great I Want to list that I really suggest you bookmark, now. Not only do you not have to wait for me to answer your e-mail, this is a pretty decent list of up to date tools. I use a lot of the tools on the list and am looking forward to trying some of the new ones.
Now, if you want to talk shopping, well, that's enough fodder for another blog. Etsy will tide you crafty types over for a bit.