We can get stuck in the mindset that gifts for our employers have to be generic. We spend (we hope) time and effort getting thoughtful presents for our loved ones, sometimes we run out of steam and neglect to put in the same care when it comes to the team around us. Our housekeepers, babysitters and nannies, doormen, and children's teachers are vital components to our routine. Here are some tips on how to wow them without taking too much time out of that holiday schedule.

While anyone would love the cash (we learned that nannies average their weekly salary and a half as their holiday bonus and doormen rely on their holiday gratuity as it can be about 10% of their yearly income) sometimes we are either maxed out, or, want to go the extra mile but are unsure how.

As a former preschool teacher, I completely understand the desire to be thoughtful, but come the holidays, I was up to my ears in coffee mugs and cookies. While generous, I had no idea what to do with them and was forced to do some re-gifting. 

One year, instead of mugs, my student's families pulled together and got me a coffee-maker. (My love of coffee is known far and wide). It was something special that was appropriate and conveyed effort and appreciation of me.

We did some research and asked some local nannies what things they really enjoy receiving during the holiday season. Of course, "just the cash" was the immediate answer, but after a little digging we got some useful feedback.

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