by Maggie Broadrick of Kiddie Up Nannies
Let’s face it - we live in a culture that puts a lot of pressure on giving the perfect gift. Well, giving your nanny the perfect gift is just as important. I get asked these questions all the time! What is appropriate to give? What should we give? What gifts are normal? How do we give our nanny a gift that shows how much we appreciate her?
I’m going to give you a few ideas for every type of nanny or caregiver:
Full-Time Nannies - Your full-time nanny is with your children a lot! They play a huge role in their lives and you want to be sure that is recognized. It is common to give the nanny a week or two weeks’ salary as a holiday bonus.
Part-Time Nannies - Part-time nannies usually receive one week's salary. If the nanny works for you limited hours or not as long of a time, you can get the nanny a gift card or subscription to one of her favorite places. Lots of nannies enjoy reading, going out to eat, or doing activities such as yoga or pilates.
Occasional Sitters - Depending on how occasional your sitter is, you can show your appreciation in a few ways. A cash tip, gift card, fruit and dessert basket or a bottle of wine (if they’re old enough.)
Daycare Employees - Daycare employees work hard! Luckily they are appreciated by so many so you don’t have to give an extravagant gift. A little gift card is always nice or a fresh baked goodie and card will do the trick!
Teachers - Now that my daughter is in elementary school, I know exactly what teachers get and what they like! At my daughter’s school they ask the teachers at the beginning of the year where their favorite places are and what their favorite things are. If you don’t know these things, it’s always okay to ask!
If you want to surprise them, a super thoughtful gift would be something your child has made. There are super cute pottery places where your child can paint a pot, mug, plate or something else clever. When I had my son, I wanted to give our doula something really special. We took our infant son to Color Me Mine and put his handprint on a mug. She loved it!
Coaches - In my experience coaches are pretty easy to please. They are happy with a gift card, homemade cookies, 'World’s Best Coach' t-shirt or just a thoughtful card.
Gifts for Everyone - If you’re still not quite sure, here are some ideas:
- Personalized ornament or picture frame
- Jewelry with a personalized charm
- Starbucks gift card (you can never go wrong here!!)
- Homemade goodies
- A personalized plate or mug
- Gym or workout class membership
- Spa day
- Movie tickets
- Concert tickets
- A bottle of nice wine (Who am I kidding, this is a gift for a nanny- maybe 2 bottles of wine!)
I hope these ideas help! Have a safe, warm and full of love holiday season!