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Mommy Dearest: Nanny Gifts

Mommy Dearest,

I've been nannying for a family with two children since January and am wondering if I should buy them Christmas presents. If so, should I buy gifts just for the children? Or for the entire family? And, what gifts are appropriate?

—Nanny Christmas

Nanny Christmas,

You shouldn't feel obligated to buy the family any gifts. That said, I nannied for a family with three girls when I was in college and usually purchased individual presents for the children and a box of chocolates for the parents. If you're working within a budget, I advise just giving those you tend to gifts. And, homemade items like a tin of cookies or a knit blanket for baby are always appreciated. Another good option is a a few hours of free babysitting.

—Mommy Dearest

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kimmie33 kimmie33 9 years
Free babysitting is better than ANY box of chocolates!
CrazyMother CrazyMother 9 years
Are you kidding?! Small gifts for the children is fine, but buying for the parents or giving them free babysitting? In what world? It is the employee who gets the bonus as a sign of gratitude, not the other way around.
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
When I was a nanny I bought the little girl gifts (usually books) for xmas and her birthday. I didn't get the parents anything though.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
This is great timing! I have been nanny for a family for a while now and I was wondering what to get them too! I guess I'll go with chocolates for the parents and a new outfit for the baby :) -Who happens to be the cutest little guy ever :)
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