How Much Do You Spend Per Holiday Gift?
Results of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter Holiday Gift-Giving Survey
Buying gifts for the members of your employer's family can be tricky. Nannies and au pairs typically want to give their employers something lovely and meaningful, but want to keep a reasonable budget.
Peggy Post, the great-grand-daughter-in-law of Emily Post, and today’s leading authority on etiquette says, "Spending more than you should takes the fun out of gift giving. There’s nothing more nerve-racking than overspending — and feeling uneasy about it."
Plus, if you spend too much on your employers' gifts it actually may make them (the parents) feel uncomfortable. They want to show how much they care and don't want to get in a competition with gift-giving.
When choosing gifts for your employers, remember you can never out-do the parents. You don't make as much money as the parents! A great gift from a nanny or au pair doesn't have to cost a lot. Thoughtfulness and meaningfulness are what nannies and au pairs should strive for when choosing holiday gifts.
To help nannies and au pairs choose great gifts to the family they work for, we will post the results of the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter holiday gift-giving survey all this week.
If you work as a nanny or au pair do you purchase holiday gifts for the members of your employer's family?
59% Yes, a gift for each member of the family including the parents.
36% Yes, just for the kids.
3% Yes, one gift for the entire family.
If you purchase holiday gifts for the children how much do you spend per gift?
48% Under $30 per gift.
26% I have no budget, I just buy what I think they will love.
20% No more than $50 per gift.
4% No more than $75 per gift.
2% Other. Responses included: $10 or less, $20 or less, and much less than $30 per gift.
Nannies and au pairs, when buying gifts for your employers, how much you spend per gift?