Coffee Break: ‘Keely’ Satchel

Matt and Nat 'Keely' Satchel | CorporetteThis vegan satchel has such a ladylike vibe — love it. If you’re looking for a navy/chalk blue bag, they have one, but otherwise I’m a fan of the pictured black-on-black version, featuring a textured PVC for contrast. It’s $168 at Nordstrom. Matt & Nat ‘Keely’ Satchel

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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  1. Anonymous :

    SoCal person trying to understand winter-wear question…

    I’ll be doing some work in a few of my company’s east coast offices this winter. I usually wear a fairly normal pair of heels to work, and switch into ballet flats for work dinners. However, I am wondering how this works in cold weather with snow and rain. I usually stay in a hotel max 1 block from the office, or a 30 second walk across the parking lot. It is so close that putting on full boots (and bringing them in my carry on) seems excessive, but my feet seem like they will be fairly naked otherwise, with just very thin socks.

    Is this what low cut booties are for? If so, why are so many low cut booties made out of suede and not suitable for wet weather? Do I just suck it up and deal with naked feet? Or are full boots what every normal person does in this case?

    • Anonymous :

      If it matters, I’m thinking of dress booties that would work for the office.

    • Anonymous :

      If it’s snowing, that’s what snow boots are for. Even though it’s a hassle.

      • Anonymous :

        Thanks! Further question, I’m sure it’s obvious if you have grown up with it… but, do you mean snow boots are the way to go if there is snow on the ground (obviously the side walks are cleared), or just actively snowing.

        • Diana Barry :

          Both. Even if the sidewalks are cleared there will be slushy puddles on EVERY corner.

        • Bostonian :

          If there was accumulation yesterday or the day before, you want snow boots – think slush, ice, etc. If it snowed last week and there hasn’t been any significant fall since then and no major ice, I may wear something else (Sperys or even my regular ballet flats for the commute).

          If it snowed any time recently and then it rained, regardless of how clear the sidewalks were, you want boots – there’s no alternative to boots for that slushy mess. Consider getting the LLBean boots that are so popular. They would work for snow, and maybe you could use them at home too.

          Work dinners in snow are tricky because no snow boot is stylish. If you’re going to a work dinner and there’s snow/slush, I go for heels or wedges that could get wet, and just call a cab.

          • Bostonian :

            Edited: Or booties under pants! That’s always a good snow-day option that I forgot about!

        • If there’s snow on the ground and the sidewalks are clear (and not actively snowing), you still want snow boots or rain boots (my preference). With snow/ice melting, the sidewalks are usually wet/gross, covered in salt, and your shoes will take a beating. And there’s no worse feeling than cold tops of feet with a chunk of rock salt stuck in your ballet flat because you thought you could walk 1 block without boots (that may be me always).

    • Anonymous :

      Even if many booties are suede, you should still be able to find leather ones.
      Being able to walk in the snow/rain/icy drizzle should be your main criteria, so don’t go overboard with heel height.

    • Knee high leather or suede boots, weatherproofed, whatever heel height you are comfortable in/can walk in.

      I wear my knee high leather flat Aquatalia boots for any snowy/icy winter work days.

    • (Former) Clueless Summer :

      You could do booties, but I am thinking more of a shootie if you want it to be office appropriate, meaning it covers the foot but otherwise sort of resembles a pump.

      But yes, as others said, you would generally put your heels or flats in your bag, wear boots to the office, and then change when you’re at your desk. If you don’t get a desk or you’ll be in meetings, I would try to find a low-mid heeled pair of black knee high boots (leather or suede) that would look appropriate with your office attire and that you could walk through snow in but also walk around the office in.

    • If it’s just a block, I would wear my heels/flats. If it’s a city that sees lots of snow (Boston) sidewalks will be cleared quickly and salted and sanded. If it’s a city that sees snow more rarely (DC) they won’t be. Still, I would probably just clamber over the snowbanks in my flats. But then I’ve been known to wear evening sandals on the streets of Chicago on New Year’s Eve. (Yes, it was cold. Very, very cold.)

      • Rural Juror :

        I hail from a very cold and snowy place and I would wear my heels/flats for walks a block or less. Like TBK says, if it is a place that is familiar with snow, it will be cleared from sidewalks and parking lots. Your feet won’t be that cold, you’ll presumably be wearing tights or hose and you’re not walking far. If you’re wearing pants, get some knee highs for under the pants. If this is someplace that doesn’t snow clear well, I would wear a heeled bootie/shootie under pants. Look for leather or patent and just quickly wipe them off when you get inside.

    • Diana Barry :

      Also, be sure to check ahead of time (if you can) where the hotel and offices are. Even if there is no snow, you will still want warmer boots so your feet don’t freeze.

    • Anonymous :

      Thanks everyone for the advice… it will really help my current cold weather show shopping!

      • East coast :

        I moved back East after living in California for years. Think about investing in a nice pair of booties and a nice pair of knee high boots. Leather or suede. A neutral color, most of the time black gets the best use. Get ones that are already weather proofed, and take good care of them. That means cleaning off snow and salt after a day of use, and re-weatherproofing them at least at the end of each season. If you can afford it, look for sales and grab a stylish pair of Aquitalia or La Canadienne.

        A uniform of sorts you will see in winter is black boots, black tights and skirts/dresses. Coat to the knee.
        Pants risk getting wet in the snow slush, but if you are not a skirt/dress person, go for booties with a little heel with your pants.

        You do NOT need to by some ugly pair of huge snow boots for going a short distance in the occasional snow storm, slush or sleet. Buy the best quality you can (look for after Xmas sales for a huge bargain, and 6pm.com) – weathertreated leather.

  2. Baby announcements :

    What do your friends and family do / what have you done regarding baby announcements? We’re expecting our first, and honestly, are some of the first people in our family / friend group to have children. I’d like to figure out what we’re doing on this front before the kid is born.

    My initial thoughts: Paper announcements (with a picture of baby enclosed, perhaps) for family / older family friends / really close friends. An e-mail announcement for everyone else. Thoughts? Recommendations for affordable paper announcements (or free e-mail announcement templates, if we happen to get fancy)?

    Also, DH is leaning toward e-mail across the board. Thoughts on that? Anything particularly tacky that I should avoid?

    • Any of the online paper/invitations/photo printing stores will have a million options for paper announcements. There are usually coupons and flash site deals to be had to lower the price. Announcements don’t have all sorts of rules. They aren’t gift obligations so you can do them in whatever fashion you like.

    • We did paper birth announcements for a pretty large group of friends and family (about 70 addresses, and it would have been more if DH had remembered to get the addresses of the people he wanted to send announcements to). We bought them from Shutterfly, and there were tons of options, and they were pretty affordable. One thing I wish I had done before the birth was gather people’s addresses. But it also gave me an opportunity to text people and check in with them while I was on maternity leave, so my procrastination worked out.

      I don’t think there’s established etiquette on this, and everyone understands that new parents have limited time, energy, and resources. So do what you want because you want to and can afford to, and don’t worry too much about what you’re “supposed” to do. That said, definitely send thank you notes to anyone who gives you a gift! Thank you notes are much more expected than birth announcements.

      • I’ll add that we sent out our birth announcements about 6 weeks after our son was actually born. He was born a month early, so I hadn’t accomplished everything on my to-do list (like gather addresses). I’m sure nobody judged us for not sending them right away. That said, once we had the cards printed and addresses, the process of sending them was very quick – probably less than an hour to write addresses and add stamps and return address labels.

    • Coach Laura :

      Love love love getting baby announcements, especially with photos. Grandparents sometimes like extras to send to friends.

      But unless you get the envelopes addressed (labeled by printer perhaps?) and stamped before the birth, it will be one of those things that you won’t get to or will make you crazy. Unless you have mom/sister/family that you can enlist to address/label/stamp/send for you after the birth.

      Email is great for getting the message out. Still happy, not tacky.

      • I think there are some of the picture printing services that will also do the addressing and mailing if you upload address information (probably via Excel or a contacts file or something).

    • Meg Murry :

      Do you still get a lot of mailed Christmas cards? I’d say send a paper card to anyone who still sends Christmas cards, if you have the energy. But if not, no one will fault you, other than maybe your 95% year old great-grandmother, who you should send a real picture (or enlist your mother, sister or aunt to send for you).

      When are you due? If in October or November, you could send email announcements, and then a Christmas card with the baby’s picture.

      Of course, all this is assuming you celebrate Christmas, which I realized after I wrote might be me needing to check my 90%-Christian-hertitage-area-centric privilege. We actually aren’t very religious, so we chose to send New Year’s Cards instead the years we bother (which also means we can be a little bit late), which could also be an option.

      As for email announcements, we swiped an announcement card design we sorta liked from a s!te like tinyprints or smugmug, and then made a photo collage with the announcement and design. I don’t remember what we used (it probably isn’t around anymore) but now you could use a s!te like picmonkey to make a collage-y card.

      FWIW, my friends that are crafty and into sending cards made fancy announcements. My friends that aren’t just sent emails and/or put a picture out on Facebook and/or Instagram, or just texted and sent a picture.

    • Sent an email after the baby was born with pics attached. Also sent a paper announcement from Minted with a picture to family, close friends, and friends of my MIL who came to the shower. People said they loved both. FWIW, I love hearing about new babies in any way, shape, or form. :)

    • Maddie Ross :

      We (well, my husband, with my approval on content) sent a mass email from the hospital announcing the birth and our baby’s name. While I was home on leave I designed a printed card on Minted (like Shutterfly) and mailed our formal announcements to the same group to whom we send holiday cards. Honestly, I didn’t think it was that overwhelming to do the announcements while on leave. I used a photo I took myself, designed them one evening, and spent a naptime or two stuffing and addressing them. The idea that you somehow can’t get it together enough to do it is silly. Not wanting to is one thing, but it simply isn’t that big a task if you are interested in doing it.

  3. You will be lucky to have the energy and inclination to brush your teeth after this sweet creature arrives (and I say that having LOVED the tiny baby stage after easy pregnancies). Therefore, send an email if at all possible. Nobody will mind or judge you – everyone will be too thrilled by this person’s arrival! You can send photos as baby gets older (and even sweeter) to special friends and relatives. I promise you, you will never regret making your lives a tiny bit easier.

    • Oh heavens, of course this was supposed to be a reply to Baby Announcements above. Congratulations, BTW!

    • Anonymous :

      +1 to this. A very close friend sent a text about the birth but then sent thank you cards for the first couple of years which were photos of her little person playing with his gifts. They didn’t try and do this with everyone but close family and friends. So treasured!

  4. Anonymous :

    I love Matt and Natt, their stuff wears so well!

  5. Anonymous :

    My job just announced a major restructuring that will take at least 6-8 months to finish, and will result in around 20% of staff being let go. How do I stay positive and on task during the 6-8 months? My boss said my department would be not very affected, but should I start looking for other jobs? Polishing up my resume?

    • It’s a good idea to dust off the resume and put out a few feelers. I’ve been through a similar situation, and while I wasn’t laid off, I disliked the new management style enough to move on after about a year.

    • Brunette Elle Woods :

      Yes to all of the above! Make sure your resume is up to date, put out feelers, network, etc. Even if your department is not affected it’s always good to keep your options open and things can change in 6-8 months. Maybe your department is not expected to be effected, but you never know.

    • Agreed. It is hard to imagine precisely how awful it is to go through a reorg/downsizing until you have done it. Even as someone who survives. You live with the uncertainty and stress, and even if you are lucky enough to keep your job, 1 in 5 of your colleagues will not. It is good to have a backup plan.

  6. Jelllybean :

    Debt collection question for anyone (personally or professionally) knowledgeable about consumer debt and/or healthcare law – I’m in CA.

    In the midst of a long, confusing health insurance debacle during law school I received bills from my former healthcare provider that I have ignored for probably about six months. This week I got something in reference to the account with said provider from a collections agency demanding about 1/3 of the total cost of the outstanding bills.

    My question is whether this portion that the collection agency is demanding will wipe out my obligation to the provider. Is there some kind of general rule about this? The bills are a result of a series of visits, so is it possible the provider has instructed collections so far based on the first visit and will do for the subsequent visits regardless of whether I pay the current collections amount?

    I’m reluctant to call the provider or the collection agency because I am not ready to admit I owe $500+ (the amount reflected in the medical bills) to the provider. I basically got lost in the shuffle when I turned 27 and switched from my family’s plan to what was supposedly free Medi-Cal and massive confusion concerning Covered California ensued – the whole system is really a disaster in my experience. I want to fight this (based on money and principle) if the provider is still demanding the higher amount, but if paying the collections amount will absolve me of responsibility for the situation I will probably just bite my tongue and pay it so I can move on with my life. Thanks in advance.

    • I heard this super interesting story on the radio about it, and the upshot was that if you make them take you to court for it, and you show up, and you say, please show me the proof that I actually owe this money, they probably won’t have it and you might get it all dismissed. That’s because the debt collectors just buy a list of what is owed they don’t buy the supporting documentation. Hardly anybody does this — hold them to a standard. It was on planet money for npr and here is the link.

      http://www.npr.org/2014/10/09/354846672/bad-paper-explores-the-underworld-of-debt-collection

      • Anonymous :

        I did this for a family member who was going to have wages garnished due to an alleged debt but they had not previously given her notice of the lawsuit. The debt collector had no supporting documentation and it was dismissed.

      • But then there is a record of a lawsuit filed against you. Even if it is dismissed, I would be concerned of the impact on my credit.

      • I work in healthcare finance and can tell you how it works at the 3 large NY healthcare entities I’ve worked for, but please be aware that this may not be the case in your state:

        1) Bad debt is not sold to collection agencies. We contract with collection agencies who take bad debt we have written off our books, and they are paid on a contingency basis.

        2) None of the organizations I have worked for report bad debt to credit reporting agencies, nor do we allow our collection agencies to report.

        3) If you had any kind of active coverage at the time of the services, your insurance carrier would not pay $500. Contracted rates are much lower, so it does not make sense to pay the full amount.

        4) If you were covered by Medicaid, you should have no out of pocket obligation.

        If I were you, I would contact the provider to confirm that the collection agency is contracted with them. If the debt has been written off their books, they may not be able to work with you, but they can verify if the agency is legit. If they can verify that you had active coverage at the time, they can pull back the account from the collection agency and write it off.

        • Bewitched :

          I agree with NYNY but would add to #1, we provide the supporting documentation to our collection agencies, so our claims are generally not dismissed due to lack of documentation.

          Also: #5, our financial agreement requires that in addition to the debt, you also have to pay the cost of the collection agency and court costs. So I would call now. Otherwise your $500 debt could become $1500. If you don’t think that you are responsible for all the underlying costs, then you can still call the hospital or medical provider to find out more information about your debt and maybe they will offer a negotiated amount to pay it off. You are not “admitting” you own anything, you are calling for more information and clarification.

          We are a non-profit though. I suspect for profit hospitals may take a more aggressive approach.

    • BankrAtty :

      How old is the debt? Have you made any payments? Are you outside the statute of limitations? Do not make ANY payments until you confirm that the statute of limitations has not run because a partial payment can restart the clock. Do not assume that a partial payment wills satisfy the entire debt–it’s just as likely they will take their 30% and sell the balance to another debt collection agency.

    • Anonymous :

      Thanks to all who responded! It looks like I’ll have to call the provider to find out 1) whether the collections notice is legitimate and 2) what my options are as far as getting out of this mess. Definitely will not be just paying off the collections notice.

  7. Anon for This :

    Looking for some advice. I work in X area of law in BigLaw and am a senior associate. A junior partner (female) does work in Y area, which has some, but not a whole lot of overlap with X. I did Y work at my previous firm and hated it, but got sucked in more and more and couldn’t do X – that is actually the reason that I switched firms. However, the junior partner got wind that I’m familiar with that area and occasionally gives me one off projects. There are multiple other people in the firm who can help her, so this time I suggested someone who actually expressed interest in doing that work and told her specifically that if that person couldn’t do it, I could help, but I am trying not to do Y work due to conflicts I’ve had previously. The junior partner got huffy and, after we got off the phone, told her practice head (a very senior, male partner who has the client relationship) who told my practice leader, who spoke with me about it and the whole conversation was completely twisted by the time it got back to me. I called the junior partner up to try and smooth things over and she was totally prickly with me and told me she found other help (although not the person I suggested). It bothers me so much that she would totally misrepresent what I told her to her practice head and basically try and tank my career at the firm (I am a newbie and she is homegrown). Should I just sweep it under the rug or should I try and talk to her at some point? She clearly had no problems bad-mouthing me to her partner so I’m worried now that she will tell others at the firm that I refused to do her work. Am I making this a bigger deal than it is?

    • Key facts in your story:

      You are an associate in Biglaw.

      A partner gave you an assignment.

      You said you did not want to do the work.

      Do no pass go, do not collect $200.

      There are only certain reasons why you can turn down work. You should either have turned it down without really turning it down (“I will definitely assist you, but I’m totally swamped with this other project and can’t get to it until X date”). You also could have taken it and re-assigned it to another person who wants to do Y, and supervise their work (“I will definitely assist you. To keep costs down, let’s bring in junior associate X, who said she’s interested in learning the ropes”).

      Definitely talk to her and apologize. Bright side is that she may not come to you with work Y anymore.

      • This isn’t how it works in my firm–in my firm we are allowed to control our cases and take on the work that is interesting to us so long as our plates are full. We are fully allowed and expected to do exactly as the OP did here and to be honest about wanting to focus on X, Y. or Z areas. Not every law firm has the mentality that partners can just dole out work without regard to the associate’s career development.

        • +1 — but there’s a right way and a wrong way to say “I don’t want to do Y.” There’s a big difference between (1) “oh gee Junior Partner, I would really love to work on that and I’ve really enjoyed doing Y with you in the past, but I’m very full with X right now. But I was talking to Junior Associate and that person would love to do Y — do you think JA could do the heavy lifting and I could be available to help supervise?” and (2) “oh gee Junior Partner, I’m not interested in Y anymore because I do X now. JA wants to do Y — if they aren’t free call me back.”

          If your call with her was more like (1), I think you should talk to your practice head some more, and potentially her as well. If it was more like (2), I’d start with her and be extremely contrite. In person, if possible.

    • I’d focus on damage control with your practice group head as he’s likely the one with the most control over your career. And for better or worse (and recognizing that this situation isn’t a good one), maybe the silver lining is that she probably won’t ask you to help with Y again?

      I’d talk to the practice head and my approach would be something like this: “Head, I was thinking about the situation with JuniorPartner, and I want to make sure you have a good understanding of what happened. I am a committed X practitioner and actually moved into this role because I don’t enjoy Y and practicing Y was creating conflicts with my ability to do X. While I am happy to assist with Y when necessary, in my experience the one-off projects could create a conflicts issue, which would limit my ability to do X. I told this to JuniorPartner and suggested that another person may be a better fit, but always said I could help if that person wasn’t available. I want you to know that I am a team player and I think that JuniorPartner may have misunderstood. Do you think there’s anything I need to do to remedy this situation?”

      Hopefully he comes back and says that JuniorPartner is notoriously dramatic/territorial/jerky and no one will pay any attention, but I think you get points for addressing the issue and hopefully some peace of mind.

      Sorry for the crumby situation…

      • Anonymous :

        This is a good approach, if you can actually avoid doing Y and still be successful at your firm. Were you hired specifically to do X and not Y or did you make it clear when you got hired that you did not want to do Y? If not, the expectation is probably that you help out wherever there’s a need, because that’s what associates do in law firms.

        In any case, I wouldn’t talk to her. What good can come of it? It sounds like you calmly and professionally tried to suggest she go to someone else for a project. That offended her (partners hate being told no). Explaining yourself again won’t help. She wants you to help with her clients, not to understand you.

        • Anon for This :

          Thanks for the advice. Yes, I was hired to do X. I did not clearly state until now that I did not want to do Y because I didn’t want to sound negative and until they asked, it was a non-issue. I agree that associates should generally say yes to assignments, but my main practice group is X and my secondary practice area (which I also love) is Z, and the only reason that the junior partner asked me for help is that her group has had a hard time holding on to associates and just had two of them leave.

          • Associates generally shouldn’t turn down assignments, but I don’t think that holds true when you’re a senior associate and the assignment isn’t in your practice area. I used to do M&A at my old firm, and I would absolutely say no if someone tried to pull me in on an M&A deal now. This is the point of your career where building expertise in your chosen practice – X – is what matters most.

      • Anon for This :

        I did speak with my practice head and he totally gets it and says that junior partner is notoriously weird and unpredictable, and if she hadn’t complained to her senior partner about this, there would be no issue. He totally defended me and doesn’t want me to do Y work either, but he knows firm politics and the head of Y is a senior partner so we can’t piss them off either. But I agree with you that the silver lining is that she probably won’t ask for my help anytime soon. However, I will likely run into her a bunch at firm functions, etc. since we are in the same office and I generally don’t like being on a “not speaking” basis with a co-worker, which is where this relationship is headed I think.

        • I’d just be friendly to her going forward and kind of ignore this dust up. Treat her like any other colleague who you don’t work with — and forget that she got p-i-ssy about you because of that fact as best you can.

          Agree with the point above if you were hired to do Y work, and it sounds like you may need to be respectful of the Y partner, but if she stops asking you to do the work he’ll probably forget all about it.

          • Anon for This :

            Okay, I will just move on from this. I’m probably dwelling on it way too much. I’m so bummed because I am such a people pleaser and always say yes to everything and end up with projects I don’t like and the first time I stick up for myself, this type of thing happens and shakes my confidence.

          • If you’re getting pushback the first time you stand up for yourself, you’re doing it RIGHT. Expect some pushback. I know the horrible feeling when someone acts like you’re doing the wrong thing when you weren’t intending to make a mistake. I, an internet stranger, am proud of you for standing up for yourself and I wish you many happy days doing X instead of Y in the future.

        • You can only be “not speaking” if you don’t speak to her. Remain cordial and make pleasantries at firm functions. If she blatantly refuses to respond to such pleasantries “Nice to see you,” then she will look like a weirdo and it will only serve to bolster that reputation.

  8. Anyone tried Fabletics? Reviews of the quality?

    • Quality is good for the price (better than Target/Old Navy, probably not as nice as Lulu, on par with Athleta). Clothes are typically very cute and relatively well made, and I like having “an outfit” versus individual items that may not look great together under the lights of an exercise studio.

      You have to be pretty committed to logging in and skipping your month between the 1st and the 5th, or you will be charged $ 50 a month (credit you can use at a later date). It’s kind of a Columbia House situation where they rely on your forgetfulness to make money, but if you can calendar the order period each month and log in, I do like the product.

      • Anonymous :

        I found the quality to be quite poor – barely as good as Target. In most cases Athleta is at least the quality of Lulu (their pants aren’t sheer, for example). Their fabrics don’t have nearly the give of my Athleta and Lucy athletic wear. I also was very unimpressed with fit – tops far shorter than I like, and pants would not stay up over my curves.

    • I'm Just Me :

      I’ve bought a few things from them. My initial outfit and a few additional pieces. The quality is about the same as Under Armor or Nike or other big brands. I have found that many times one or another piece of the outfits is sold out and there is not a way to easily swap tops or bottoms, the outfits seem to have a add to cart button for both pieces together.

      I have a few friends and family members who belong and they have gotten some good deals and sales, but I have not managed to get those deals. On Labor Day a friend got 7 pieces for under $100. Everything I liked was sold out in my size.

    • Anonymous :

      I haven’t tried it, but a well-endowed friend has and she frequently complains that the tops are more appropriate for a club than working out–no coverage or support.

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  10. Looking for... :

    A real estate broker recommendation (sales) in Manhattan. TIA.

    • Looking for... :

      Should add: would really want someone who knows what he/she is doing, smart/with it, and ethical and not just a shmoozy salesperson.

    • Eirik Gislason at Cooper & Cooper

    • Are you lookeing for residential or comercial? I know a few comercial RE broker’s who interviewed to help the manageing partner find our current space, but none of them were any good. I do know the guy who closed my COOP, who I thought was good, but I would have to get his name again from Dad. He tried to date me, but I told him I could NOT mix busness with pleasure. That is the big issue all of us women must face. These broker’s all want to take a little off the top, dad says, in the form of having a pretty girl they can go out with and show their freind’s. I would NOT mind goeing out to the Lamb’s Club for lunch, but these broker’s want alot more and I am NOT about to do what they want just to buy or sell a coop apartement. You should NOT either. I told dad that it was proababley a violation of ethical rules to ask a cleint to do what they wanted — I know it would be under the NY State Ethcal Code of Conduct for Attorney’s At law– and he thought so also b/c Broker’s ARE reguleated by law — I think NYC law and Mabye also NYS law. If anyone in the hive know’s, please share with the OP. YAY!!!!

  11. Does anyone have gift ideas for a 6-year-old girl? The past several years, I gave her Disney/princess stuff, but the last time I saw her, she had grown up so much! I’d like to move beyond that this year. I’ll probably include a book or two, so book suggestions are great too, but I’d like to also give her a toy or crafts or something she’ll be immediately excited about!

    • Anonymous :

      I love to give crafty things at that age- like making bracelets and necklaces, painting kits, etc. I always just see what’s popular on Amazon

    • That was about the age my aunt got me a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein. It was awesome. That was about the time I started reading the Laura Ingells Wilder books.

      Maybe combine the two and give her a learn to knit/crochet/braid/make bracelets/build robots book with some beginning supplies. There’s a book brand called Klutz that (at least used) would make craft books kind of like this -the how to along with some starter supplies.

    • I’ve always had good luck with doodle coloring books (half of the book is filled in and half is left for child to draw/add things) + some nice craypas, or craft kits (I’ve had particular success with a make your own headband one from Amazon but there are tons).

    • CapHillAnon :

      For books:
      The Night Fairy
      Twig
      Cam Jansen books

      Crafty things are a great idea–the 6-year-old I know is very enthusiastic about potholder looms (This also gives them the chance to make things that they can give away), and also color-your-own-socks and color-your-own-bag sets, along with craft kits to sew your own bear or doll. And anything that lights up or is glow-in-the-dark, like putty or a flashing ring.

    • If she’s a reader, a collection of books (a set, think Magic Treehouse, you can buy books 1-29 for about $40 and if she’s not ready for them yet, she probably will be by the end of the year).

      Beyond crafty, this is a great time to introduce science-y kits. They are like crafts but everyone will buy her crafty things. Buy her a science kit that also has doodads and stuff but also exposes her to science. The big bookstores carry various kinds of science kits, as well as AMZ and Target.

      Magic! How to do magic for kids (a magic kit for beginners along with a book or deck of magic cards)

      Also, my favorite place to find gift recommendations & buy from: fat brain toys dot com

    • Anonymous :

      I have a six year old daughter. Double ditto to anything crafty. The sets tend to stack up (we have a half dozen bracelet making thingys alone), so even though they are well appreciated by the child I tend to get consumable and versatile items instead – particularly if I don’t know what they already have. Basically, walk through a craft store and grab some paper, feathers, glitter glue (not loose glitter!), pipe cleaners, stickers, etc. If you really want a set, then get a fuse bead set (ie, Perler).

      The Marvelous Book of Magical Horses (Klutz) or anything else Klutz. I know horse paper dolls sounds ridiculous (I did…) but it’s really, really fun.

      Board games, connect four, dominos, etc.

      Books: Bernstein bears, Never Girl series are popular with her for adult/child reading. For child reading: Elephant and Piggie, and Dr Suess early readers (Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham, etc).

    • Thanks all! I bought a science kit, the Klutz clay charm kit, and the Klutz Marvelous Book of Magical Horses. Hopefully she’ll love them! I wish I was around more so I could do some of these activities with her!

      Also, that gold sequined bridesmaids dress from yesterday is following me around the internet :-)

      • anon prof :

        Didn’t read that set of comments until this morning, but I have to say, I actually liked the gold sequined bridesmaid dress. I can see how it might not work for a well-endowed woman, but I was expecting so much worse after reading the comments and before clicking on the link.

        • Loved it. I have a relatively large chest and I would wear the hell out of that thing.

    • Late to the thread, but anything Playmobil.

  12. nylon girl :

    Talbots has 30% off suiting online. Sale probably doesn’t last long if you are interested……

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