The first one has to do with a story wherein four WW2 era private detectives are getting their friendly nemesis, a police inspector, a Christmas gift. The question is, what would be a moderately priced but still nice gift that people like them would get him that would be appropriate for that time period.
The second deals with a story set in a small, old western town, (think spaghetti westerns). In this fic, a house is on fire, and three children are trapped inside. To get them out, a man is standing inside a room, handing them (all are below the age of ten) through a window to a woman outside. He notices one is missing, and tells the woman to take the two already outside to safety while he runs to find the other. What I want to do is have the missing child pop up from this cellar-type place, and that the two get trapped in there when the house caves in. The question is, would it feasible to have the type of hideaway I want be there, maybe as a shelter from Indians or an inside access to a cellar. I have some leeway with actual historical fact, but not that much. Also, if the fire was burning from the top of house down, would it actually cave in?