10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Nanny

Whether you have a live-in nanny or share your nanny with a friend, you know how important she is to your family.  Show your appreciation for her love, hard work and dedication with the perfect gift. Think about your nanny, her likes and interests, and be sure to get the kids in on the fun too!  Although there are so many variables that affect how much you will spend, it’s generally appropriate to consider something equal to one or two week’s pay. Here are some ideas to fit a variety of price points:

Spa Day Who doesn’t love a day of pampering?  And, can you think of anyone more deserving than your hardworking nanny?  Choose a spa that’s close to her house so she can easily get there on her day off.

Plane Ticket Home Give your nanny the gift of travel with a plane ticket to see her family. Be sure to check with the airlines for special offers like the ability to transfer miles or the option for the recipient to earn bonus miles for future travel.

Extended Vacation Time Offer your nanny some much deserved paid time off.  Add a few days to a scheduled vacation or offer her some time off in the next couple of months.

Gift Cards Always a great option!  Get creative by pairing a restaurant and movie gift card, for example.  If your nanny has children of her own, choose something her whole family can enjoy.

iPad  Help your nanny stay organized and connected with an iPad or other tablet.  (You might be surprised when she loads it with apps for your kids!)

Ticket to National Nanny Training Day How about a ticket to this continuing education, all-day event? Your nanny can increase her skill set, network with other nannies and have the chance to win tons of great giveaways.

Electronics Maybe it’s a new cell phone, blu-ray player, new television or something for her kitchen.  Listen to what your nanny and her family need and surprise her with something truly special.

Memberships Consider a gift that really speaks to your nanny’s interest like a one-year membership to a museum, gym or botanic gardens.

Tickets How about a set of tickets to a sporting event or musical so your nanny can share a special day with her family and friends?  Consider adding money for a parking pass too!

Bonus By far the most popular to give (and receive!).  The average end of the year bonus is equal to one or two weeks of pay.  For newer employees, calculate one day of pay for each month of employment.


Erin Krex is a mom and the founder and owner of First Class Care, Inc., Chicago’s premiere domestic placement agency. Erin believes that outstanding childcare is fundamental for creating harmony at home. Erin is an active member of APNA (Association of Premier Nanny Agencies) and was on the INA (lnternational Nanny Association) Board of Directors for four years. Erin has been honored with StartUp Nation’s Leading Moms in Business award three years in a row and also holds the title of 2010 APNA Agency of the Year winner. As a business owner and working mother with domestic help, Erin frequently writes and speaks on subjects related to best practices for both families and employees. Erin is Bump Club Chicago’s resident childcare expert and provides classes to families about how to hire a nanny. To date, Erin has placed more than 3,000 nannies all across the Chicago area.

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