Christmas gifts for day care providers
I think there is a special place in heaven for the nannies, preschool teachers and home day care providers who make it possible for families to earn a living with peace of mind that someone wonderful is their partner in raising great kids. You know that feeling when you have found the right person, and now is the time of year to show it.
If you have the budget for it, giving a generous cash bonus or grocery gift cards can make her Christmas easier for her own family. But if you are looking for something inexpensive but meaningful, most providers tell me nothing is more appreciated than a heartfelt letter of thanks. Really work on it and make her cry!
Include this tear-jerker card with a picture of her and your child. Or maybe include a nice Christmas ornament like the angel shown here because she's your guardian angel.
One tip that a veteran day care worker shared with me: If you bring in a plate of cookies gushing about how little Susie helped make them, chances are the image popping in the preschool teacher's head is little Susie sticking her fingers in the batter after picking her nose. Home-made gifts are great, but not for eating.
Some other inexpensive but thoughtful gifts include:
- Organize other parents to pool their money. Just $5 to $10 each makes a nice cash gift or gift card. And it's okay if not everyone wants to participate -- you can even pool just a few friends to give a great gift.
- Classical music CDs for naptime or quiet reading time
- Movies or books with CDs
- New play dough, puzzles, games for the playroom or unusual art supplies like stamping sets.
- Soaps and lotions that go together. These people have to wash their hands a lot.
- Christmas ornaments, including homemade ones, such as a personalized orb with the names of the kids she watches.
- Try to keep any gift cards practical, such as groceries or movies. Or better yet, do a little snooping and ask the director or their significant other what their favorite stores are.
Teacher gifts: Click here to see what veteran teachers tell us are their favorites.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne