26 Gift Ideas for Nannies

You depend on her all year long. Now it's time to say thanks with just the right gift. The Nanny Gift Guide is here to help.

Tiffany Smith, Associate Editor
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Amidst the chaos of holiday shopping, tree trimming and menu planning, don't forget about a very important person in your life: your nanny. She is the person who keeps your life in balance throughout the year -- and possibly the only one who can cure your holiday headache.

It's customary to give her a holiday bonus that equals one week's salary. Yes, this can be difficult on your bank account, but a tip for the person who takes care of your children is not where you should be cutting corners. To learn the going rate in your area for a nanny Christmas bonus, check out our interactive map »

In addition to a bonus, it's a great idea to also get her an actual gift. This can be something you pick out with your kids and they can give to her (they'll be so proud!).

Here is a list of some of our favorite Christmas gifts for nannies (or Hanukkah or Kwanza gifts), customized for your nanny's interests and personality. Each category has a splurge and a steal, so tailor your gift to your financial situation.

Click on the category (or categories) that best fits your sitter:

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And in the comments section below tell us what is the best gift you've ever given your nanny? Nannies, what is your favorite gift that you've received from a family?

Tiffany Smith is an associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story!

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(16) Comments
Christel L.
Christel L.
I did not give my nanny a huge bonus for Christmas ($100 cash) but she got two weeks off WITH pay.
February 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM
JandHsmom
JandHsmom
We have a manny so these don't apply. He is part-time so we give him a week's pay. When we had a full-time nanny, we gave her 2 weeks' pay and some time off.
December 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM
abby
abby
Wow. I cannot believe anyone would not pay for the week off . I pay my sitter the same every week , regardless . If I happen to have a few extra days off that doesn't mean she shouldn't get paid . I am giving her an extra 100 dollars and a gift card to have dinner . Sitters are second parents and should be top of the list at all times . I came to read the comments hoping to find a better gift idea than a dinner card and am shocked that some of you get nothing as well as no pay . Crazy .
December 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Brittany B.
Brittany B.
I don't know if I will be getting a bonus or a present but to tell you the truth I decided to be a nanny because I wanted to be. My employers and I came up with a reasonable weekly pay and I do crafts and read and I teach their twins a lot of things that kids need to learn as they grow but I have never expected a bonus or a present or a raise. I have only been a nanny for 10 months with this family so this is my first year with them. And who knows I might get a bonus or a present but I am not expecting it and when I don't get either one of those things I will still wake up the next morning come into work with a smile on my face and I will still love my job more than anything else.
Just a reminder for some Christmas is not about getting and taking. It's about spending the love and joy around and praising God and celebrating Jesus! And the way we do that is to give.
And for those nannies upset you have to take a vacation without pay just remember you and your employer should have discussed this matter when you were hired. If you are not happy with it you can change it by finding a new family to work for or by discussing the matter with them.
And for the employers who do take good care of their nannies thank you we do appreciate being appreciated. But we still love our job and do not need to be paid a bonus or bought a gift. Even if you can't afford a little extra during the holiday season we are still going to love our job just the same.
December 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM
Ela F.
Ela F.
The greatest gift from ur employer no matter what u do a babysitter or housekeeper you should receive a bonus at christmas to show you that they appreciate what you do for their family for the entire whole year services with them. When they give you a christmas card stating that they loveu being around and saying we love you and enclosed is a an end year bonus you feel refresh and feel happy I hope every employers have the same kind hearted
July 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Genevon H.
Genevon H.
I know it's disappointing to be forced to take some time off and not get paid for it. Times are hard for most everyone this year. And they won't get any easier for most people. If you have to take some time off during the holidays and not get paid during that time, I hope you can think of those who don't have a job at all. It might help you be thankful that you are only off for a short time and can go back to work when the holiday is over. I'm sorry for all who are struggling. I've been struggling since I got out of the Navy in 1990.
Genevon
December 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Laura P.
Laura P.
For Therese T. - Their Christmas break results in me to be given two weeks off without pay. And no monetary bonus compensation either. We give them our fulltime commitment of care, with no paid sick time, no paid vacation time, or health insurance benefits. We sure give up a lot in choosing a career to care for other people's children.
December 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM
Laura P.
Laura P.
My employers gave me a box of candy, and a $25 gift card.
I have yet to see the logic in the gifting methods. I care for
their child fulltime, and they claim to love everything I do for them.
I am always here for them, and I never take any days off. And if
they miss a day, they will not pay me for the day they are not here.
I really feel I am not appreciated at all. This job is something
I do out of my love for children. Some people just don't value us.
December 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM
Theresa T.
Theresa T.
I didn't get a holiday gift from my family either. In fact, I get the week off without pay! Now how thoughtful is that????
December 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Aly
Aly
These are great gifts. One of each for me please!!! My nanny is getting her usual bonus this year. Might as well pick up one of theze gifts too.
December 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Mara P.
Mara P.
You know what is the greatest gift for me as a nanny sitter. Well, i love the homemade, handmade crafts the children can make for any holiday. I loved when my kids made those arts and crafts at school for me. My children are 32,27, 20. and i love putting those homemade,handmade crafts on display for everyone to see.They are priceless, like a child is precious in many ways till even when they have there own children. merry christmas, mara krutke of care.com
December 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM
Susan C.
Susan C.
While a bonus is nice...what I REALLY love is something handmade from the kids :) The extra love from them is always great...along with a nice card from the parents, makes for a great gift :)
December 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM
Fiona J.
Fiona J.
i am a nanny,believe me when i say all we need is our bonus :) and a card from the family,the card makes us feel appreciated...
November 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM
judineil
judineil
than& you for letting stay on the website publications.
November 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Jill
Jill
I gave my nanny a bonus last year and my kids gave her a gift basket with her favorite treats. Christmas is ALL about the sweet tooth!
November 21, 2012 at 6:49 AM
Nancy
Nancy
Ohh thanks Care.com. I needed ideas for my nanny's holiday gift.
November 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

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