Your domestic staff do so much for you, and the holidays are the perfect time to show just how much they mean to you and your family. Here are five great holiday gift ideas for the nannies, butlers, maids, managers, and other employees who make your life easier.
Cash: Always Appreciated, Always in Style
Cash is the ultimate universal gift. If you’d like to give your nanny, chef, housekeeper, or butler the opportunity to use their gift however they see fit, a holiday gift of extra cash (commonly about a week’s pay) is a great, flexible way to thank them for everything they do for you. Far from being impersonal, cash says “treat yourself to whatever you wish, no questions asked.”
Paid Leave and Other Getaway Goodies
Everyone loves a bit of time off, and it’s even better when you don’t have to worry about losing important income. Treat your household staff to some paid leave they can use for the holidays or at some other time. If you want to add an extra show of appreciation, consider adding in a return plane ticket for travel, a spa package, gift cards, or some other time-off relaxation goodies is one of the best holiday gift ideas.
Help Them Achieve Their Educational and Life Goals
If your maid, nanny, or other staff member is hoping to go to school or take a class as a hobby, consider offering support for tuition, books, supplies, etc. as a gift. If they have a goal of getting in better physical shape, perhaps they’d like a gym membership or some workout gear. You might also make a contribution to their retirement plan or help them with healthcare costs.
A Variety of Smaller Gifts
Can’t decide on just one big gift? Opt instead for several smaller gifts! Fill a basket or box with a variety of things they might like—a travel mug, a personalized, engraved pint glass, a new watch, makeup from their favorite brand, a bottle of wine, a Bluetooth phone speaker, new winter gloves, a voucher for a round of golf—anything you think they’ll enjoy.
Generally, you should avoid gifting things too close to the recipient’s job duties (work planners, cleaning supplies, etc.). Let your personal relationship take the lead over your professional one for now.
Make a Donation to a Cause They’re Passionate About
Does your maid have a favorite animal shelter? Does your household manager run an annual 5k for cancer research? Making a contribution in their honor to a charitable organization they care about can be a truly touching way to show your gratitude. Many such organizations will allow you to make your donation as a gift in their name, and you may even receive a certificate or gift that you can give them to unwrap.
SOURCE: Staffing At Tiffanie’s