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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Nannies and Caregivers

Baby's caregiver has kept your little one safe and sound—so how to say thank you? We've got the perfect gift ideas for you.

Your child’s nanny or caregiver might not be family, but it can sure feel like it. After all, they’re watching over your little one while you’re away, playing with them, feeding them, soothing their cries and making sure they’re safe. They’re a hugely important person in your child’s life—and they deserve some appreciation. Whether for the holidays, their birthday or Nanny Appreciation Week (the last week of September every year), consider giving them a thoughtful gift to show just how thankful you are.

Of course, that’s sometimes easier said than done. Gift-giving can trip up the best of us. So to help inspire you, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for gifts for nannies and day care providers.

Sweet Gifts for Nannies

It’s not just moms who have trouble finding time for themself—it’s tough for nannies too! Why not give baby's caregiver an excuse to pamper herself? Find out what she really likes and let her indulge! Some great gifts for nannies to consider:

  • A gift certificate for a mani/pedi or massage
  • Spa or beauty products
  • A box of chocolates
  • Jewelry
  • Tote
  • Nice bottle of wine (to enjoy in her off-hours)
  • Tickets to the movies
  • A gift certificate to a restaurant
  • Scarf
  • Homemade treats
  • Plush robe
  • Yoga mat and water bottle
  • A special delivery from places like Omaha Steaks, Edible Arrangements or Harry and David
  • A couple extra days of paid vacation

DIY gift idea: Compliment Jar
Decorate an empty mason jar with cut-out hearts and twine. Fill the jar with compliments, favorite memories and sweet anecdotes that prove just how great she is. And get your kids to help out! Little drawings and notes from the little ones will be extra meaningful for your nanny.

Sweet Gifts for Day Care Providers

If you have a group home day care provider, consider a gift both she and the rest of the kids and staff can enjoy. It's possible that another family or two would want to join together to get a bigger gift, like a subscription or membership. Some perfect gifts for day care providers include:

  • Professional stationery
  • Games and toys that the children would enjoy
  • Shelves to help organize the games she has
  • Zoo membership
  • Museum pass
  • A bagels and cream cheese breakfast spread or pizza lunch

DIY gift idea: Handmade Card and Flower Arrangement
A beautiful bouquet of flowers is sure to brighten up the room for everyone, your day care provider included. To give it a special touch, include a hand-crafted card from your child that reads, “Thanks for helping me grow and bloom this year.”

Updated September 2018

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