09 December 2011

What Do You Get the Person Who Has Your Everything?

Hands up if you're done your Christmas shopping, stuck to your budget and have everything organized? (If you put your hand up it'll just make it easier for me to find and slap you!) Kidding!! But, it is that time of year, when holiday stress drives me to eat and drink. Lucky for me the food and drink this time of year is extra healthy and low-calorie....oh wait.

In particular, being on a reduced mat leave salary had made the looming Christmas and Nanny Bonus stressful, until I figured out a present that would work for both us and Dear A.

I know quite a few parents wrestle with the what/how much nanny Christmas present. In previous years I've looked for a gift that is nice, meets a need and then given a cash bonus as well. This year I was out of ideas on the jewellery/watch/luggage option that fit our budget and really, wanted to look at a non-thing present.

I asked Dear A about her plans for the holidays in passing and ended up with the perfect idea. It turned out she wasn't going to visit her friends due to her ride/co-travellers not having time off. So there was my idea: extra days off and a ticket to see her friends. It was a perfect solution - out of pocket it was less for us, and a more meaningful gift.

What are you getting your nanny? (And, what are you getting your sister in law? I'm out of ideas... thanks.)

PS - Just FYI, I did ask Dear A before purchasing her ticket. Wasn't going to have this #FAIL happen again!


Big Mama said...

My nanny doesn't celebrate Xmas so I am off the gift now but give a gift later in the year. Usually a small gift and some cash. But this year we took her on vacation to Greece for 6 weeks so I figure that might qualify??

Sho said...

Big Mama that sounds nice! I'd like 6 weeks in Greece... was it a working vacation?

Merry said...

We usually give our nanny a nice present and a mall gift card. Last year it was a Coach wristlet and a $200 gift cert.

Michelle Kelsey said...

You came up with a few ideas we had not thought of. Nannies on Call has a post on What to give you nanny for Christmas. Hopefully they are helpful!


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