The holiday season is fast approaching and there is still so much uncertainty in the world right now. In the past, we have always been flooded with calls around this time of year, as parents are wondering what the standard gift is to give their Nannies. We understand that this year is different for many reasons, and many families are not in the same financial positions they were before the pandemic. With this in mind, we have put together some suggestions for how to show your Nanny your appreciation this holiday season. Remember, Nannies often see their holiday bonus as an evaluation of their worth and level of performance. Even if you can’t afford a lavish gift or substantial bonus this year, it’s important to show your Nanny how much you value and cherish her, especially during these challenging times.
If you can afford to give your Nanny a standard bonus, we typically suggest:
- 1-2 weeks’ pay on top of a regular paycheque, plus paid time off
- Bonus pay and a personalized gift
If you are unable to give your Nanny a standard bonus this year, here are some other suggestions:
- Additional paid time off or an extra week of paid vacation
- A gift card or cash to spend on something of her choice
- Spa treatment packages
- A thoughtful wrapped gift, or fill a stocking with several smaller gifts
- Have your entire family film a “thank you” video
- Treat your Nanny to a nice, socially distanced dinner (we recommend a nice bottle of something and an UberEats, or other meal delivery service, gift card)
- A gift card to a local grocery store
If your family doesn’t have the means to give your Nanny a substantial bonus this year (or match the one you gave her last year), we feel that it is important to acknowledge this and communicate with your Nanny. Whether you tell them in person or write it inside a thoughtful holiday card, it’s better to be transparent about how you’ve been financially impacted by the pandemic than to have the Nanny questioning her worth and wondering whether they’re appreciated or not. Remember, they are an important part of your family and, ultimately, it’s the thought that counts!