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.
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:
If your nanny...
- Borrowed Your Copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey"
- Is Rachael Ray, Sunny Anderson and Giada De Laurentiis All Rolled into One
- Heads to the Gym after You Get Home
- Is Really an Undercover British Secret Service Agent
- Adores Her Pet Almost as Much as She Adores Your Kids
- Is Always Reading Books with the Kids
- Keeps in Touch with You via Her iPhone
- Entertains People Taller than 3-feet at Home
- Enjoys Playing in the Dirt Almost as Much as a Toddler Does
- Is a Fur Fashionista
- Creates the Best Arts and Crafts Activities
- Is Also a Hard-Working Student
- Deserves Some Royal Treatment
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!