According to Emily Post, gifts for housekeepers should be small and thoughtful. We couldn’t agree more! After all, this person has the most thankless job cleaning up our kiddos playroom (so many LEGOs), making our partner’s bathroom sink shine (need we say more?), and organizing our clothes after we tried to get dressed in the dark. We think anyone who voluntarily gets down on the floor to scrub our toilet base is a modern day hero and should be pampered for it. Especially if they’ve been able to come to our homes during 2020 of all the years — and ESPECIALLY if they haven’t (and if you know they’ve lost business due to the pandemic, you should send them a generous check on top of a meaningful gift, if you can).
Gifts for our cleaning person (as well as for everyone who works in our home) can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the personalized special after-work treat (ahem… wine!) to a designer bottle of perfume they might not splurge on themselves. Regardless, when gifting for an occasion to our cleaning mavens, we want them to feel cared for, pampered, and stress free. Just like we do when we walk into a clean house (okay, even just a clean kitchen will do).
Not sure where to even start? We’ve curated the best gift ideas for housekeepers from helpful on the job gear to indulgent treats. You’ll be sure to make their day!
Best Gifts for Maids and Housekeeping Staff
Does your housekeeper love all things skin care? Clinique products are always on beauty lovers’ wish lists. Give the gift of three at once with this adorably packaged set that includes a makeup remover, scrub cream, and moisturizer.
It’s been close to a year since anyone has been able to get a professional massage, and if anyone needs it its your beloved housekeeper. Bring the massage to them with this neck, shoulder, and feet pillow massager, which really works on those sore and ache-y muscles. It heats up, too, which helps loosen up tight muscles and soothes while it massages.
Sometimes, money is best. This year, a lot of people probably just want the extra cash, and that totally makes sense. Luckily, you don’t have to run out to the store to get a prepaid card — you can get it on Amazon. Choose between various options. We picked the $50 Visa gift card, but Amazon has a wide selection of other gift cards too. Best of all? They get it right away.
This cozy cashmere scarf will show how much appreciate them. It’s soft, warm, and perfect for the winter time.
An essential oil diffuser is something we could all use this year. Get your housekeeper this nice 5-in-1 version by ASAKUKI. It more compact than many on the market, but works just as good according to reviews. One Amazon customer said, “It’s compact enough where the smell makes an impact, but does not take up to much space in the process. The color-changing feature is really cool and lights up a dark room. It is very user-friendly, this is my first diffuser and is easy to operate. I would highly recommend this diffuser to anyone!”
If you really don’t *know* your housekeeper very well and aren’t sure what to get them, you can seriously never go wrong with a fancy water bottle. Like, with anyone. We all drink water, and most of us won’t go out of our way to splurge on an expensive water bottle. And yes, Hydro Flask is expensive — but super worth it. Its design keeps drinks insulated, so cold drinks stay super cold, and hot drinks stay hot, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty, so you don’t have to worry about replacing it if it breaks.
Make a practical purchase more luxurious: Chances are, your housekeeper uses hand cream because they’re scrubbing stuff ALL DAY LONG and using sprays and soaps that dries out their hands. L’Occitane is known for its decadent hand cream that soothes the driest of skin and doesn’t leave you feeling tacky. With its subtle jasmine and ylang-ylang scent, it quickly absorbs into skin and heals overnight.
TOZO wireless earbuds have been winning fans all over Amazon (seriously over 45,000 reviews!) and make a great gift for anyone, but especially the housekeeper. Who wants to be tangled up in wires while trying to clean? Besides, we all know blasting some tunes all of the sudden turns mopping into a really fun dance party time. We also love this pretty pink color, but they also come in white, black, blue, green, and gold too.
These headphones are touch controlled, rather than controlled by a button and both the case and the earbuds are water resistant (you know in case they make it in the mop bucket). The case also can work with a wireless charger for a more efficient power option.
If we only had a dollar for every time we couldn’t find our keys… With so many houses to keep track of, why not offer a convenient storage solution to help keep her organized? Northwall’s 28 Key Portable Zippered Case creates an easy storage solution while offering enough space to keep everything labeled as well. Most house cleaners do multiple homes in one day. Gifting her a key holder can help make those multi home days a little less stressful.
One reviewer shared, “Absolutely love it! I own a cleaning company and handle a lot of keys. This makes things so much easier to stay organized and accountable for all the keys.”
This woven throw blanket comes in three other colors (mustard, sienna, and white) and is extra cozy, soft, and adds style to your living room or bedroom while you keep warm. Perfect for chilly nights in watching Netflix and drinking her new subscription wine!
Bath bombs give a little extra oomph to self care. This gift box comes with 12 (!!) and each has a different scent that your giftee is sure to love. One Amazon reviewer said, ” Love these bath bombs! One of the best purchases I’ve made on here. There’s such a great variety, and I love the scents and colors! And they make my skin feel soft while I’m soaking in the tub.
Will definitely buy again!”
After a hard day’s work it’s nice to come home to a personal gift in the form of a wine delivery. WINC monthly subscription box is tailored to each individual’s taste after a short 6- question quiz. Not sure how she takes her coffee? (Seriously they ask!) Then a WINC gift card sends the same sentiment but leaves the wine choices up to her based on her personal palette. We love that each bottle is uniquely named and visually adorable, making wine fun! (The satisfaction guarantee doesn’t hurt either!)
One reviewer notes, “It’s easy and convenient. The wine selection is amazing! I have been satisfied with every suggestion and selection!”
Sometimes just a beautiful box of chocolates sends just the right sentiment. Harry & David’s Deluxe Signature Truffles offer two pounds of delicious sentiment. This classic recipe has been a Harry & David’s staple for over 30 years, yet offers variety for even the biggest chocolate lover. These are beautiful on their own as a gift, but Harry & David also offers the option to build a customized gift set around the truffles. Add in a bottle of wine or sparkling cider or even premium popcorn to create a sweet and salty mix.
One reviewer commented, “These are the best chocolate truffles in the world! My daughter gives me a box every year, and I ordered several boxes as gifts for others.“
If your housekeeper is a big reader, she might appreciate the magic of a Kindle (maybe bring up the subject of books versus physical Kindles to take her temp on how she feels about them or if she already owns one). A lot of people swear by the Kindle, not only because it’s convenient (especially if you go everywhere with a book or two — that sh*t gets heavy) but because books are cheaper if not free, especially if you use the Libby app.
For any home cook, a Barefoot Contessa cookbook is a must. Ina Garten just came out with her newest best seller, Modern Comfort, a book of recipes that feed our souls with grown up versions of our childhood favorites. We haven’t met a housekeeper who doesn’t enjoy making a house a home and cooking is one way to solidify that.
One reviewer wrote, “Ina has finally perfected her Boston cream pie recipe and I can’t wait to try it! The perfect cookbook for 2020, full of recipes to make you feel better during turbulent times, all presented in Ina’s easy to follow style.” During a year like this, we could all use a little more comfort food in our lives!
Voluspa Candles are the gold standard of candle for their luxurious look and unique smells to their sustainably sourced materials and wallet-friendly(-ish) pricing. This Pedestal Candle Gift Box Set is every bit as beautiful as it is practical, since Voluspa candles are known for their lengthy burn times. Whether she is trying to wind down after a hard day or looking to get her own home smelling fragrant, this box set will do it in style!
One reviewer commented, “These candles are amazing. Not only are the flagrantly wonderful, the glass and the box make an awesome gift presentation for that someone special! I indulge in purchasing these for myself! The candles burn for a long time and remain fragrant. Love love love these.”
We love this Essie Nail Gift Set for the positive message of celebration it sends in 6 festive shades — everything from “you’re the best” (The Best-est) to “good luck” vibes (Sheer Luck) to “loads of gratitude”(Mani Thanks). Essie has been the go-to house of color since the 1980s (yes we have been wearing Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle that long!) with both wit and style working for them. With over 8,000 reviews, it’s easy to see why Essie has been America’s favorite for decades. Why not give her a little gift set to let her know just how much she “nailed it” this year?
After a day on her feet cleaning for everyone else, it will be nice to come home to a relaxing, fabulous foot spa. MaxKare’s Foot Bath Massager soothes tired soles and melts away stress (couldn’t we all use a little of that this holiday season?) while optimizing the 3 in 1 features. Bubble massage, massage rollers, and vibration all to combat everything from cold feet to back pain and joint swelling. We love that the water heats up to temp quickly without the need to add additional hot water.
One reviewer shared, “This foot spa is no joke! Water was so piping hot I had to turn off and add cold water! I did a water mixture of epsom salt, tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil, and It was amazing!! I would recommend this spa to anyone looking to cut out pedicure costs at the salon.”
Buying perfume for someone is a very personal and intimate gift, unless that gift is Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. Hands down one of the most universally loved and desired Eau de Parfum. Not overly flowery or strong, its official description is, “A lavish floral perfum with an intoxicating whirl of cattleyas, freesia, sambac jasmine and rose petals.” Whatever the hell that means (we once heard it described as Snow White in the woods). We just know it smells good and has been a long standing favorite amongst women everywhere. A designer treat in a beautifully packaged bottle that she will surely appreciate.
One reviewer commented, “I love Flowerbomb! I always get compliments when I wear it. It’s a wonderful feminine floral scent which is like no other! It came so nicely packaged..even though I was treating myself, it would make a great impression as a gift for someone special!”
Need more ideas for all the people on your list this year? Check out all of our gift guides full of unique mom approved inspiration!