BG: I am a new mom. I have a co-worker who has been more than generous with me in mentoring the "new-mom-in-our-workplace" relationship. (We work in a demanding field and it's difficult to balance it all.) Co-worker and I also happen to be the same clothing size and live near each other and generally have a lot in common. Co-worker has two children and is not planning to have more. Her son is 4 years old, my son is 4 months old. Her son was born in June, mine in July, so our son's clothing sizes/seasons have matched up. She loaned me maternity clothes and has given me many useful baby things that she's done using. Summary: She's been incredibly generous and supportive.
Issue: Co-worker recently loaned me two Halloween costumes that were her son's when he was a baby. They fit my son perfectly. She specifically asked for them back as her sister is having a baby soon and may want them for her child. No problem.
Well, E-Hellions, I'm in a pickle now. I washed the costumes according to the directions on the tag. When I took them out this morning, the zipper on one of them was broken. Not ripped, but the zipper-closer-thing (I have no idea what it's called) had just broken in two and fallen off. So you can't zip or un-zip the costume. Shoot.
Co-worker's mother is a seamstress and may be able to fix it, but I am not sure. Ordinarily, I would run out and replace the costume with a new one. While it is several years old, replacements can easily be found on the internet. (If anyone cares, she lent me a Winne the Pooh costume and a Tigger costume. The Tigger costume broke.)
However, since her children are well beyond the size of the costume, I'm not sure that an exact replacement is appropriate. I was thinking of perhaps just buying a gift certificate in the amount of a replacement and giving that to her. Bad idea?
I would ask her, but I know that if I ask her, she'll just tell me not to worry about it and I am worried about it.
Thoughts? Replace the costume (even though her children aren't infants anymore) or give her a gift certificate?