Your babysitter is kind of a superhero. She’s there for you when you need her the most, covered in finger paint and ready to pack the baby bag for a quick trip to the park at a moment’s notice. So, of course, you want to show your appreciation this holiday season. You could just tip her — nobody would say no to some extra spending money! — but a cash gift shouldn’t stop you from giving her an actual present. Check out these easy ideas that any caregiver will totally appreciate.
1. Miliko Watercolor Series Softcover Notebooks ($12 for a set of four): Whether your sitter is still in school or just enjoys hand-writing notes, these pretty books will come in handy.
2. H&M Chenille Gloves ($10): If you’re already gifting your sitter with a cash bonus, you don’t need to go all out on a gift. These chenille and faux fur gloves are cute and cozy, and won’t break the bank.
3. Zara Reversible Texture Scarf ($50): Give the gift of functional style. This quilted scarf is totally utilitarian on one side and fabulously furry on the other. Your sitter can wear it to school or to take the kiddos ice skating, or she can turn it around and wear it on date night.
4. Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case ($100): This option is a bit pricey, but if your sitter goes above and beyond (and her phone is always losing its charge), this is completely deserved. And it’ll benefit you too — no more worrying that she’ll suddenly go radio silent due to a dead battery.
5. Speck Presidio Grip Case ($40): If you’re in the market for a more affordable phone case, this is a top pick. If your sitter is constantly dropping her phone or your toddler likes picking it up and throwing it around, it’s a no-brainer.
6. YUNI Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel ($18): Even though this is intended for post-yoga relief, it’s also well worth it when it comes to your sitter recovering from those playground muscle strains. After the dozen piggyback rides she gives every day, she’ll appreciate something to help her muscles chill.
7. Anthropologie Oversized Shearling Tote Bag ($88): That diaper bag you lend her works, but it’s not exactly your sitter’s style; gift her with something cute to lug your kiddo’s stuff around in.
8. Philosophy Holiday Handbook ($20): Your sitter’s hands are drying out every time she washes them. And between changing diapers and wiping runny noses, she’s washing them all. Day. Long. This brings the holiday cheer, in a totally nourishing way.
9. Gift Cards: We’re not talking about any ol’ gift card here. Forget about those generic bank or pre-loaded credit cards. Choose a card that has some serious meaning to your babysitter, or go with something you know will be useful. Another option is to pamper her with a credit toward a spa day or massage.
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