(Closed) Daycare provider holiday gift

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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DZMeadowz:  Does the gift have to be cash money? I would think a certificate to a spa would be appreciated by both.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think I’ll give our providers a gift card to a well-known restaurant in our town. I was thinking $50? We live in a very small town and pay much less than you do for daycare….so hopefully $50 doesn’t sound stingy! I’m thinking of doing more….

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have been a nanny, teacher, and worked as a daycare provider before. 

Most people get chocolates for them. I think you would be better off doing a restaurant giftcard or possibly spa. Also, we loveee cute cards that are “from the kid” even if it’s still a baby. Always sweet to get that kind of thanks from the kiddo even if it’s clearly from you, if you know what I mean. 🙂

As far as tip, it is entirely unexpected in this field. Like, it never ever happens. I guess give them the sort of bonus that is typical in other jobs? I’ve never received a holiday bonus/tip because I’ve always worked with kids.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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DZMeadowz:  I wouldn’t go with a ‘tip’ – I don’t know for some reason that feels very cold. I like what you got with the cooking basket!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

My Fiance works in child care with 2-4 year olds. The parents have given her a range of things. A lot of gift cards ($20-$50), Christmas cookies, a lot of cards from the kids, lotions/body sprays, candy. Honestly, she is very appreciative of anything and it is totaly unexpected. But I can tell you, it really makes her and her coworkers feel great when the parents acknowledge their hard work.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

We have a nanny and I think a monetary gift is necessary as well as a gift item, I got our nanny a holiday mug, poinsettia and a $350 visa gift card. These are the people who take care of our kids all day long, the place I don’t want to skimp is on her gift.  We pay her $2500, $100 of that into an IRA. I honestly was thinking it should have been more like $500 for the gift card. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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DZMeadowz:  “The mother is quite homely” — Do you mean homey? Homely means ugly.

I agree with PPs and would go with a gift card instead of cash.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach house

I’ve been a nanny for the same family for 4 years now and I’ve always recieved some sort of small gift, usually my favorite loose tea, and a “bonus” of a full week’s pay. Obviously that’s a little harder with a daycare provider. 

But, as a babysitter/nanny, I can tell you I’ve always appreciated this thoughtfulness more than a gift card for coffee/restaurant. I’m obviously very close with these kids and they know me very well, I don’t think money is “cold” at all. It’s always a very appreciated bonus.

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