When the time comes to treat our babysitter or nanny, gift ideas seem to be few and far between. In a world where cash is king for a nanny bonus, we believe gifting something thoughtful shows how much we care (and need them!). After all, our nannies love our kids as if they are their own (we’ve seen it on the nanny cam), all while wiping tears, arranging playdates, cleaning butts, prepping Baby’s meals, and keeping the house together for our return home. How do you say thank you in a way that acknowledges this person’s genuine selflessness? They are choosing to spend every day with our kids and thus have become part of the family.
Jen B., a nanny we know, shared this: “I liked getting stuff that was a little more than I’d get or spend on myself.” It’s best to find something that reminds them that they are a person outside of caring for our kids. Something that they might lust after but would never buy themselves. Or just something thoughtful, simple, and personalized from the kids. Kids often choose the most random things to give as gifts, but that is what makes them so special. Jen once received an avocado pitter from her 2-year-old charge. “I enjoyed him picking me out a gift, that was the best! I think of him every time I use it.”
Not feeling wrapping up an avocado pitter this holiday? Not to worry, we’ve curated a list of all the best nanny gifts, each with a different kind of caregiver in mind, for when a wad of cash just isn’t enough to say thank you.
Best Nanny & Babysitter Gifts
Gift her with a set of ultra-luxe bedsheets. Brooklinen offers many varieties, but we love the Classic Core Sheet Set (they have tons of patterns, too), which includes 270 thread count weave flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. These are ultra light and help keep you cool and comfortable at night.
Chances are our beloved nanny is not spending serious cash on herself every day with the kids’ bag. This Tory Burch Shoulder Tote is big enough for all the diapers, snacks, books, and extra clothes accumulated throughout the day, but fashionable for all of her around-town errands, too. As a bonus, the canvas print is water (aka spill) resistant, too.
One reviewer shared, “Very feminine and a great size bag. I receive compliments on this bag all the time. Plenty of room for everyday use and gorgeous print with ribbon accent.”
While we’re not wearing much makeup these days, we still using products to keep our skin hydrated and healthy, and one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give *anyone* who appreciates skincare, is a luxe skincare set. This one from Keihl’s includes all their best-sellers, including their Ultra Facial Cream, eye treatment, brightening facial serum, and cleanser.
Nobody buys themselves fancy, expensive PJs. But almost everyone loves fancy, expensive PJs. When your nanny is done with work for the day, she’ll love slipping into this soft and beautiful sleepwear.
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Nothing says thank you quite like a pricey tech item such as an Apple Watch Series 5. Aside from being a true splurge that the nanny might not be willing to spend on herself right now and the healthy lifestyle benefits, it can improve job function as well. Rather than having to dig in the stroller bag for her phone, she can take a quick look to see who is calling. We love the feminine pink color with the sporty (aka realistic for life with kids) band.
Nannies spend the majority of their day running around after our kids and getting up and down off the floor. Why not give them a chic (but practical and comfy) outfit from lululemon? Perfect for playdates and pickup then an afterwork stop at the gym. We love the look of lululemon’s Close to Crossing Long Sleeve Ruru with their signature Align pants designed for yoga.
Spending hard earned money on a designer bag is probably on her wish list of things to do eventually. Why not remind her that she has a life on the weekends with this cute crossbody bag from Marc Jacobs? We love the bright blue color, but it also comes in a more basic black if that’s more her style.
A pair of soft, warm slippers are always a good idea, since who doesn’t love walking on clouds whenever they’re at home? We love these ones by Jessica Simpson because they look and feel luxe and and they won’t break the bank.
Everyone deserves a luxurious silk sleep mask that blocks out all light and soothes you to sleep. The Slip sleep mask is known for its comfort and its anti-aging silk material its made from. Unlike cotton, silk doesn’t absorb quite as well, so it won’t mess with the wearer’s skincare routine at the end of the night and let the products work their magic while you sleep (super soundly).
Personalized Nanny & Babysitter Gifts
Who doesn’t love a glass of wine after a hard day of work? WINC personalizes monthly wine deliveries by the subscribers taste and palate. Don’t know if she enjoys mushrooms or how she takes her coffee? (Seriously they ask this.) No problem, just offer up a WINC gift card to cover the monthly cost.
Nothing is sweeter than a gift from the littles. Make it a personalized gift like the Thank You For Helping Me Grow ornament with your child’s name and it’s a true winner. Looking at this on the tree will remind her every year of the time she spent with your family. Ornaments are great anytime of the year, not just as a Christmas gift because of the sentiment they invoke every time they’re used.
There is nothing personal about a rustic picture frame, but what we put in it, well that’s a different story. Giving a beloved nanny a framed picture of our LOs or even a framed piece of “art” they made together to keep long after she’s gone is both unique and thoughtful. She’ll love it!
Many nannies come from far away and with the state of the world in 2020 she may be feeling extra homesick right about now. Why not give her a trip back there with smells of her state? Massachusetts is known for apple picking and fall foliage, which is exactly what comes through in this soy wax blend candle. Available in all 50 states!
Goodbye Gifts For Nannies & Babysitters
When a long- term nanny leaves, it makes a hole in the heart of everyone involved (and child care panic in the minds of mamas). Why not capture the moment with this Personalized Babysitter Heart Sign from the LittleRedHenGoods Shop on Etsy? The rustic design aesthetic will go with any home decor and will surely be cherished long after the LOs are grown.
“I’m so glad our circles crossed.” We feel this deeply on all levels as mamas who have had nannies move on. Allow her to remember the sentiment with a beautiful and classic piece of jewelry from the Be Wished shop on Etsy that she can wear every day at her new job. (We always hope they still love us more!)
Nanny already has a Pandora bracelet? Send her off in true Mary Poppins style with one more charm to add to her life story on her wrist. Glancing down at the bead will remind her that while she may not be able to fly, she was your family’s own superhero for a season.
Best Babysitter Gifts
Jade face rollers are all the rage to keep the most stressed skin looking rejuvenated and healthy. But not all rollers are created equal. Deciniee Jade Roller and Gua Sha Tools Set is an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle mini magician. We recommend buying two (one for you, Mama, and one for the sitter). Even if your babysitter is 19, this quality jade stone can have added benefits to help maintain that youthful look, and it just feels nice to massage your face as you apply serum or moisturizer.
One reviewer wrote, “I was blessed with a double chin that runs in my family (even for the skinny people) and this has reduced it dramatically. I also suffer from cystic acne and I’m not sure how but this has improved my texture and reduced my breakouts.”
Mama of multiple kids? Bless you, but also the sitters we leave them with. This funny, says-it- like-it-is T-shirt is the perfect gift for the Saturday sitter who can wrangle them all for play, meal time, and get them off to bed before we get home.
Have a quieter, more introverted nanny or sitter? One with artistic or creative writing talents? Treat them to a classic Moleskin journal which they may not want to buy themselves because it can be hard to justify spending so much on a journal. But when she’ll have a bound notebook that’s so beautiful and sturdy (this is the hardcover kind), she’ll be even more inclined to use it.
Your nanny (or babysitter) is truly your ray of sunshine, so get her this bright and sunny (and adorable) mug to show her that. Plus, nobody can have enough mugs, whether they drink coffee or tea.
Looking for more great holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list? Check out all of our mom approved gift guides for 2020.