If your holidays are anything like mine, you're about to be very busy. We drive six hours (with our dog) to Michigan for all holiday functions. Before the dreaded car rides and mingling with family members that barely remember me, I like to have a comfy Christmas at home to prepare myself for what's to come.
Your teacher doesn't want an apple. Or gifts, really, if you ask them.
When pressed, most of the teachers we know would not tell us what they would want - which probably is to be expected in a profession characterized by selflessness and humility. It would make them uncomfortable to admit that they might like something material. Nonetheless, it was clear that all of them enjoyed knowing they made an impact on their students. Forget the tchotchkes, apples, and all of those punny and sugar-coated Pinterest projects. Here's what teachers actually want.
"I do get handwritten notes from kids sometimes," says Jennifer Piatchek-Keith, a high school English Teacher in Lincoln, Illinois. "[I] tuck those away in my 'pick me up' box for after a bad day." Other teachers agreed that the notes and cards they get from their students are better than anything else they receive. Best of all, a heartfelt handwritten note has a price tag of absolutely 100% free.
"I do occasionally get paintings, knick-knacks, or mementos which have value in their meaning and memories," says Chris Gray, Dean of Arts & Communication at Illinois Central College. "I have a Disco Stu figurine that I received over a decade ago because of my great style."
Got that, everyone? Teachers really want nothing more than a heartfelt thank you. But if you're still inclined to spend a little cash, we're told that these next few suggestions never go unappreciated.
Although spring hasn't quite sprung just yet (12 more days!), we're more than ready to banish what has been one of the most brutal winters in recent history from our memories with an update to our wardrobe's color palette. Taking a cue from spring 2014 ready-to-wear shows from heavyweights such as Chanel, we're banishing those dreary blacks and grays and busting out in a kaleidoscope of colors that span the rainbow. From boldly-hued bags to loud tops and shoes, Brad's Deals has plenty of punch to pack into your closet with bright hues galore. Pow!
Get this Daniel Rainn Merrakesh Blouse, listed at $69, for $47.99 right now at Piperlime. Shipping is free on all orders, so there is no extra charge. We couldn't find this blouse anywhere else for less. It comes in the pictured passion Pink or antique ivory and has a split scoop neckline with tassels and embroidered detail. It has vertical pintucking and is hand wash only. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Get this Black Rivet Faux-Leather Scuba Jacket, listed at $180 and on sale for $79.99, for $55.99 in your cart at checkout right now at Wilsons Leather. Shipping adds $9.95, but we couldn't find this jacket anywhere else for less and this beats our last post by $4. It comes in five colors and features an asymmetrical front zip with zip sleeves and knit sleeve panels. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Get this French Connection Small Snake Satchel, listed at $112.32 and on sale for $47.05 at ASOS. Shipping is free on all orders, so there is no extra charge. We couldn't find this bag anywhere else for less. It is faux leather and has an adjustable shoulder strap. It has a flap closure with pin buckle detailing. It also comes in blue and green. Sales tax is charged in most states.
2014 has finally arrived, and while we're certainly looking ahead to all that the New Year has in store, there's no denying the past, a fact that couldn't be made any more abundantly clear than in the almighty style arena. Take, for example, the latest trend to circle back around: fringe. Fringe made an impact on the world of fashion way back when in the Roaring 20s, adorning the bags and garments of flapper girls galore. It popped up again in the free-spirited hippy days of Peace, Love and Music, and while it took a little hiatus, fringe has returned with a vengeance to once more reclaim its place on the sartorial throne. Brad's Deals pays homage to the historic trend with these consumer-savvy looks.
This Lana Fringe Clutch goes from $98 to $49 to $39.20 with coupon code WELCOME2013 at checkout at BCBGeneration. Better yet, ground shipping is free on every order. The best price we could find on this bag anywhere else was $65. It is a fold over style with grommet and fringe detailing. It is made of a mix of genuine and faux leather. Sales tax is charged in most states.
This Rustic Fringe Sweater drops from $27.80 to $13.99 to $9.79 with coupon code EXTRA30 at checkout at Forever 21. We couldn't find this sweater anywhere else for less. It features a geometric pattern and a fringed yoke. It is 100% acrylic and hand wash only. Shipping adds $4.95, but is free on orders of $50 or more and sales tax is charged in most states.
Save $30 on this ASOS Kimono w/Fringed Sleeves at ASOS. Regularly $99.82, this top is now available for $69.87, plus, shipping is free. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less. It has an open front and is hand wash only. There is no sales tax.
Yesterday Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees saying Starbucks wants to help us all come together during uncertain times. The letter, available on the Starbucks Newsroom, tells employees that from today (Oct 9) through Friday if a customer buys another customer a drink, the store will give them a free tall brewed coffee. How's that for some good karma?
In the letter Schultz talks about the importance of Starbucks being a place of comfort and respite for customers. He explains this deal as an attempt to help people come together at a time when consumer confidence is low, and fears are high as we continue the government shutdown and face the looming debt ceiling.
These Women's UGG Classic Short Sequin Boots drop from $189.99 to $119.99 at Shi by Journeys. This is the lowest price we could find on these boots by $20. They are available in navy and fuchsia. They are available in sizes from 5-10, but size 8 is sold out in both colors. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Take up to 70% off Boxes of Checks using the code 9B5X at Checks Unlimited. Plus, standard shipping is free. A box of the pictured Harley-Davidson Checks drops from $21.99 to $7.50 . That's the lowest prices we could find for a single box of checks by $6. Another good pick are the Personal Photo Checks that use your own uploaded image; they'll drop from $23.95 to $7.50. The code can be applied on orders of up to 4 boxes of checks at a time and there is no sales tax.
Get 50% Off this The Body Shop Grab Bag at The Body Shop. A $50 retail value, this item is $25 and includes a large body butter, a large shower gel, an anti-bac hand sanitizer, a travel-sized shower cream, body lotion, body wash, body scrub and bath lily, a fragrance sample, a facial wash sample and a facial moisturizer sample. Items are all discontinued products, so you won't find this elsewhere for less. Shipping is a $5.95 flat fee, and sales tax is charged in most states.
With the average back-to-school shopper expected to spend nearly $635 and back-to-college shoppers are expected to shell out close to $835, there’s no better time than the present to start preparing for your annual splurge on school supplies, apparel, electronics, and dorm furnishings. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Back-to-School Survey, 24% of households with students already received the memo and have begun shopping for their kids’ impending return to the classroom, effectively setting the back-to-school shopping season into motion.
Back-to-school expenditures often add up far more quickly than many expect and can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on your wallet. In an effort to alleviate that stress, seventeen states are planning on making back-to-school shopping slightly less painful, not to mention encourage consumer spending and stimulate economic growth, by implementing tax-free holiday weekends in late July and throughout the month of August.
This is, quite literally, highly valuable news for shoppers living in states that have exorbitant combined state-local sales tax rates, like Tennessee (9.44%), Louisiana (8.69%), and Oklahoma (8.33%). For consumers whose bank accounts are regularly subjected to a slightly tighter squeeze than those of shoppers in states that have little to no sales tax, these tax-free holidays should come as a welcome moratorium on their usual sales tax.
Are you ready for Black Friday 2012? I know what you're thinking. That we're crazy for asking this question. That it's the Fourth of July and close to 100 degrees outside and the only things on your mind are barbecues and fireworks set to John Philip Sousa marches and Proud To Be an American. But as the last sparkler goes out tonight, we'll remember that Black Friday is just 141 days away. And thus, ladies and gents, we're pleased to introduce Black Friday by BradsDeals!
Okay, we're excited for fireworks, too. But we're also excited to reveal our new Black Friday website. After all, in the land of the free and the home of the midnight doorbuster, there aren't many things that are more uniquely American than Black Friday!
We know that November seems like a long time from now, but you can join the party early by signing up for Brad's Black Friday Email Alerts. From now until November 23rd, you'll be the first to know when we get Black Friday ads from your favorite stores, the latest news and the juiciest rumors with the same commitment to quality that you get from BradsDeals every single day.
So while you're lighting sparklers tonight, remember that the days between now and Black Friday will fly by more quickly than you think. Will you be ready?
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) always sparks some interesting rumors, but let's face it, in recent years it has been mostly a time for software announcements and standard product line refreshes.
Will this year's keynote on Monday, June 11 be different? Are the frequently-circulated suggestions that we will be seeing a preview of iOS 6, a refresh on the entire Mac line, and a possible intro to some new iTV platform all that Apple has in store? According to our sources, the current rumors haven't even grazed the surface.
Coming through the BradsDeals pipeline from our very mysterious and possibly alien sources, here are 5 rumors about what Apple will be announcing we guarantee you haven't heard anywhere else!
I don't know about everyone else, but after hearing all that, I'm pumped (and a little scared) for Monday's keynote. If you've got any hot Apple rumors that didn't make our list, feel free to share them with the group in the comments section below.
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