Post # 1
Looking for ideas for something to get the person who watches my son 3 days a week. She is amazing and right now he is the only baby she has so he gets lots of attention. We want to get her something nice but I’m having trouble coming up with ideas. We just don’t want to do the gift card route because we did that once already! Thanks for any ideas!
Post # 2
I work in childcare, and am often gifted bath/relaxing related gifts. They know how stressful childcae can be I guess haha. Candles, bubble bath etc.
Post # 3
oceanblue: Do you talk with her about things other than your child? Do you know her interests? If not, now is the time to start. Then you could get her something that she would actually enjoy like tickets to a concert by her favorite artist, etc.
Post # 4
Well my idea would depend on how close you are with the provider (our situation might be a little bit different) – But my son has special needs so on top of his teachers, bus driver, and nanny he has several therapists he’s with. We all have to work together extensively and these people are close to our hearts, so I felt like it was appropriate to give out Joey ornaments <3 I went back and forth, though, with this idea versus gift cards or something less personal/more utilitarian. Here’s what I made:
Post # 5
Goodwilldollarbling: +1 I love that idea!
As a childcare provider, I much prefer something personal that involves the child. Anything made by them, with their picture, handprint, etc. I just had a birthday this week and a lot of the kids made handmade cards for me that I will definitely save forever!
I also get a lot of coffee-related gifts which are much appreciated! Lol
Post # 6
Is this a nanny that comes into your home, or a daycare provider. If it’s a nanny, it is customary to give a monetary bonus of 1-2 weeks salary (or more, depending on the time with the family). If it’s a daycare provider, I would give a gift card to a store she likes (or something generic like Amazon or Macy’s) or a spa gift card if she likes manicures or massages. I know you wanted to avoid this, but she would probably prefer that over random “stuff”. If you want to add a picture or homemade gift, that’s probably a cute idea since she is one-on-one with your child, but I wouldn’t do this for a worker in a daycare facility. What is a teacher going to do with 5-10 (or more) pictures or crafts from various random children? My mom was a kindergarten teacher, so she always got stuff like that and, while she was appreciative, most ended up in the trash or donated because we didn’t have room to keep all that stuff every year. But, I am not super sentimental and hate clutter, so I’m sure other people will disagree (like the PP who prefers homemade stuff from her kids).
Post # 7
Is she someone you pay directly, like a nanny/babysitter? Then give her cash and maybe someting small in addition. Basically, I agree with paperumbrella!
Post # 8
My mom used to give my teachers a little snack kit every Christmas. She would get a cute mug, put in some specialty flavoured hot chocolate packages, and then fill a little decorative box with cookies, nut brittle (after checking about allergies!) etc. All of my teachers loved it! I would definitely suggest something like that, it’s personal but also doesnt create much clutter afterwards