What's the best surprise from your significant other on a holiday weekend that you've decided will be spent at home? A child's birthday party that he has RSVP'd the family for! Even better - the Saturday night 10pm reminder that we, of course, don't have a gift! He has the best timing!
My mission: Find the perfect gift that will make my SO look like a hero when he returns to work on Tuesday.
My questions for SO: How old is the child? Is it a boy or a girl? What time is the party? Is there a theme? What does the child like to do/watch? What size does the child wear? How long is the party? Where is the party? What is the child's name?
The answers from SO (after a 10 second blank stare): It's a girl. She's turning 3. It starts at 12 and she's a 3T. Ain't no theme and they call her "KK."
From all this great information, I correctly deduced that SO's coworker was the little girl's father. Father to father information is sometimes not that informative! But it was all I had to work with.
Sunday morning found me in wrinkled clothes going shopping. For the record, I didn't think my clothes were wrinkled. SO was the one that pointed it out (and we've already established that he isn't a great source of information). I was optimistic as always about my task. My plan was to be in and out of TJ Maxx in under fifteen minutes. All I had to do was find a gift for a 3 year old little girl - that wasn't pink. And don't forget my rule: I never buy anything for anyone else's child that I wouldn't buy for my own. I just think it's kind of rude to have my child dressed at a certain level and then shop for another child at a lower level. I am not rich or well off at all. If I can find the deals to make my sun look like we spent $100 on his outfit when we actually spent $30, I can do it for your child, too!
I won't drag this out at all. After almost forty minutes of searching through the entire girls' section, I was left with only two options. They were solid options that served me with a dilemma. I had to choose between a very pretty white sun dress and a ruffled top and leggings outfit. The sundress was very well made but I didn't recognise the designer. The white and blue leggings ensemble was by Calvin Klein. I was leaning towards the dress when I had a crazy but valid thought. I hadn't asked SO if KK was white, black, Asian, Hispanic, etc. If she was a pale child, the white dress would wash her out. So Calvin Klein won this battle at $14.99. A great price for only having two options, right? The dress was $19.99.