What Should I Give My Household Employee For the Holidays?

‘Tis the season to show your Nanny, Housekeeper or another member of your household staff just how grateful you are.

When it comes to holiday tipping, there are no hard or fast rules. What and how much you give largely depends on what you feel you can afford and the quality of service you receive.

The time-tested cash bonus is always appreciated and is the gift of choice for about half of T+C’s clients. When deciding how much to give, a good rule of thumb on the amount to give is one to three weeks’ salary depending on the years of service.

In addition to or in lieu of a cash gift, many families chose to show their appreciation and gratitude with these thoughtful gifts:

  1. Pick Up The Tab. Give them a night out on the town with a gift certificate to a special restaurant or movie passes.
  2. Deck Their Halls. Send a little holiday cheer their way with a wreath, floral arrangement or potted plant.
  3. Put It In Writing. Take time out to compose a handwritten note expressing how much your employee means to you, your family and your children.
  4. Share Their Passion. Let them know you’re interested in the life they lead outside your home with a gift that feeds their passion, such as a painting class, a subscription to a gardening magazine, or theater or event tickets.
  5. Let Them Play Hooky. Who wouldn’t love an unexpected paid day off?
  6. Get Personal. Traditional picture frames, key rings and bracelets become much more special when personalized with their monogram.
  7. A Moment’s Peace. Ahh, the gift of relaxation. Send them to the spa with a gift certificate for a facial, manicure, pedicure or massage.
  8. Send Them Packing. Help them turn their dream vacation into a reality with the gift of your frequent flyer miles.
  9. Child’s Play. Collaborate with your child to produce a homemade gift from the heart, such as a basket of cookies or a framed piece of art.

As you consider what to give this season, keep in mind that it is most important to show your appreciation for all that they do for you, your household and your family. After all, it is true what they say: It’s the thought that counts.