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After spending a day at the beach, I could have really used a hat like this one from Roxy.
I remember when bucket hats were popular the first time around, and I can see why they’re still here. These hats come in endless colors and prints, pack flat for sunny vacations, and provide 360 degree protection from the sun’s rays. This one comes in a bright floral print or cool blue tie-dye — both are perfect for your next getaway!
This hat is $29.46 (bijou blue long weekend) or $36 (pastel rose swept up floral) at Zappos. It comes in SM/MD or MD/LG.
Hunting for something fancier? Both Givenchy and Versace have bucket hats out right now. If you prefer the wide brimmed style of hat, there are a bunch of packable hats in the NSale for $25-$30.
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Sales of Note…
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- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – $50 off $150; $100 off $250+; extra 30% off all sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off purchase
- Eloquii – 60% off all tops
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off “dressed up” styles (lots of cute dresses!); extra 50% off select sale
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; 60% off 100s of summer faves; extra 60% off clearance
- Loft – 40% off tops; 30% off full-price styles
- Lands’ End – 30% off full-price styles
- Talbots – 25-40% off select styles
- Zappos – 28,000+ sale items (for women)! Check out these reader-favorite workwear brands on sale, and some of our favorite kid shoe brands on sale.
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off kids’ camp styles; extra 50% off select sale
- Lands’ End – 30% off full-price styles
- Hanna Andersson – Up to 50% off summer pajamas; up to 50% off all baby styles (semi-annual baby event!)
- Carter’s – Summer deals from $5; up to 60% off swim
- Old Navy – 30% off your order; kid/toddler/baby tees $4
- Target – Kids’ swim from $8; summer accessories from $10
I’m unexpectedly completely flat out at work next week and am having a childcare issue. A mom friend of mine offered to be the Parent In Charge for two mornings next week so I could just drop the kids at our pool club instead of having to sit around and watch them. She’s saving my bacon.
What do I do for her as thanks? Relevant info:
– our kids are the same age, and friends. I have one more kid but she’s older and could basically be left at the club alone but she’s a year too young per the rules. Other kids are 4 and 6.
– it’s totally inappropriate and weird to pay her in any way (socially speaking, and also, she is not in any way in need of money. I would make the exact same offer to her if she had an appointment or something- our kids play really well together and adults have to stick around with them so were it not for work i’d be chilling there poolside with her!)
I’m thinking something like ~$100. I’m a terrible gift giver. My default is wine but that’s too much for wine. What kind of cute luxe product would you like if it appeared after you did a friend a big favor?
$100 is wildly excessive unless you’re Ivanka Trump or something. Honestly I don’t think this is anywhere near as big a deal as you think it. Yes, it’s nice and she’s doing you a favor, but your kids are friends and it’s a fun play date for them that kind of makes life easier for her by occupying her kids. And like you said, you’d do the same thing for her. I really don’t think you owe her more than heartfelt thanks. If you absolutely must get a gift, I’d do a consumable and keep it under $25. Crumbl Cookies is good if she has a sweet tooth. I would feel embarrassed and guilty if someone got me a $100 gift for watching their kids at the pool twice. I’d also feel obligated to reciprocate if they watched my kids, which is not a burden you want to put on someone, especially not for such a $$$ amount!!
I’d bring her coffee and pastries each morning if she’s into that. And enough pastries for the kids.
Not the answer to the question you asked, but this doesn’t seem like a situation that warrants a gift. And definitely not $100. Your kids are friends, and you said you’d reciprocate. I’m sure an instance will pop up when you can do just that.
If you really want to give her a gift, I would probably go with flowers. But wine or candies would also be fine. Unnecessary though IMO.
I think a gift would be awkward. My mom/dad friends and I do this kind of stuff for each other and the general understanding is that you will reciprocate or pay it forward when the opportunity arises. It’s how the village works.
I agree with everyone else. Almost any gift would be awkward. Honestly, if I were her, I’d actually prefer nothing more than maybe coffee. That way the bar hasn’t been raised that when I need you to repay me by watching my kids, I don’t also have to do a mental exercise of what to get you.
Some friends did this for me and on my way back from my work emergency, I stopped by the bougie donut shop and got donuts. But they were happily painting their living room while their high energy kid was thoroughly entertained by mine.
But I don’t think this is a huge favour – a heartfelt thanks and an offer to do the same for her…