I'm babysitting for a friend's kids next week. Their daycare is closed, so they need me for 3 6-9 hour days. They asked me how much I charged, and I told them I didn't want to be paid. I love their kids, they've done a ton for us, I don't have anything else going on, and I want to help them out.
When I told them I wouldn't accept payment they told me to either tell them my rate, or expect to get showered with gift cards to spas and shops. I know they absolutely won't take no for an answer.
There's a fine line between graciously refusing and being rude, so I obviously want to be on the right side of that. Do I give them a rate, tell them I'd love a spa gift certificate, or continue to refuse and politely thank them for whatever they force into my hands once I'm at their house?