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It takes a village. This you know. But come holiday season, how do you thank said village for all the work they do to help raise and nurture your kids—and shuttle them to and from all those soccer practices and doctors’ appointments? Here, some general guidelines for gift giving (plus, gift ideas) for all the childcare providers in your life.
Typically, you should give a bonus of one or two weeks’ pay. But depending on how long she’s worked for you, a nonmonetary gift tied to her taste or interests (like a Sephora gift set or a scarf and gloves) is a thoughtful add-on to show you really care.
Cash or a gift valued at $75 is king. If you’re going to give a gift, aim for something that will actually be used. For example, a Starbucks or iTunes gift card—or a gift certificate for a massage.
Ask about the school’s gift policy before you shop, but if it’s A-OK to give, stick to a price range of $10 to $25 (tops) or go in on a group gift with other parents. Some ideas: a Target gift card or a kids’ book with your child’s name inscribed
In this situation, you might also want to find out if there are any restrictions on gifts. If not, the same amount as teachers ($10 to $25) is appropriate, but always give a gift card versus cash. Another option: fancy chocolates.
Sure, she’s doing you a favor, but she’s also family. In this case, a gift card to her favorite restaurant should suffice—or you could arm your kids with paper and crayons and give her something homemade and from the heart.
A handwritten holiday card that includes a thank-you note from your kids is a nice gesture here. What matters most is that you acknowledge the help and express your appreciation. After all, it’s the thought that counts.
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