Gift Ideas For Your Babysitter This Holiday Season

By Alicia Geigel on December 13, 2023

The holiday season is here, and before anyone knows it, it will come and go. Outside of spending time with loved ones like friends and family, this season is arguably significant because it’s the time for gift giving. While you are finding gifts for your partner or spouse, friends, family, etc., remember to go the extra step and get a gift for your babysitter as well.

If you only see your babysitter when they arrive and leave, it can be difficult to gauge exactly what to get them. On the contrary, if you have known your babysitter for years, you may know the ins and outs of their personality, but still be stuck about what the best gift is.

If you are looking for gift ideas for your babysitter this holiday season, keep reading for inspiration to help you out!

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1. Gift Basket: Gift baskets are a fool-proof option for your babysitter, as they can be easily customized to fit their personality, likes, and interests. If your babysitter loves football, Game of Thrones, or everything pink, you can build a gift basket around that specific theme, which shows you thoughtfully pay attention to their interests outside of the job. You can shop for gift basket items at Walmart, Target, or even the Dollar Store, and the items you put in the basket don’t have to break the bank. Fill up the gift basket with items you know your babysitter would appreciate and be of use to them, such as a thermos or tumbler, gloves, face masks, body wash, sweets like candy or cookies, etc. Add personal touches that tie into their interests, like a Game of Thrones ornament or a pink throw blanket, to top it off.

2. Homemade Gifts: If you are in a situation where you can’t spend a lot of extra money, homemade gifts can be just as special and valuable to your babysitter. If you are a big baker around the holiday season, make your babysitter a batch of cookies and put the tasty treats in a decorative tin with a handwritten note or card to show your appreciation. Homemade ornaments are also a great option, as there are a number of ways you can make these ornaments. Salt dough ornaments, paper ornaments, cardboard ornaments, picture ornaments, etc. are just some of the options you can try out. It isn’t a $50 gift card, but your babysitter will absolutely appreciate the time, energy, and effort that you put into a homemade gift.

3. Self-Care Items: Between school, work, and social relationships, life can get stressful. Amidst this stress, it can be easy to neglect yourself, which can lead to a number of different problems. If you suspect that your babysitter is feeling burnt out, in need of some time to themselves, or is struggling with their mental health, gifting them self-care items is a solid choice. You can buy them motivational books, adult coloring books with colored pencils, body care items (think bath bombs, body scrub, lotion, body wash, etc.), candles, a weighted blanket, a stuffed animal, headphones, etc., and all of these gifts can be of great help when your babysitter is in need of self-care.

4. Gift Cards or Vouchers: A lot of people don’t like the thought of gifting a gift card or restaurant voucher because it feels impersonal and thoughtless. While these types of gifts aren’t as sentimental as homemade gifts or gift baskets, they are still great options for your babysitter. There are a ton of gift card choices to choose from, and if you can’t decide on one gift card to buy, consider getting them a couple from places you know they like or frequent. You can allocate the same amount of money to each card, such as $10 on a Starbucks gift card, $10 on a Target gift card, and $10 on a Sephora gift card, or put a specific balance on a singular card. Also, restaurant gift cards or vouchers shouldn’t be disregarded! If your babysitter is a student, gift cards to restaurants or fast food places will be appreciated as well.

5. Paid Time Off: Sometimes, the best gift is time, or time off. Around the holiday season, your babysitter is likely in a similar situation as you. They are scrambling to buy Christmas presents, scheduling time for family, and trying to manage work with other responsibilities. Juggling all of these obligations at once can be tiring, and if you aren’t sure what to get your babysitter, or just want to do something nice for them, give them paid time off. Closer to the holidays, arrange for a night in or find a friend or family member to watch your kids and give your babysitter a paid day off. Doing this will show your appreciation for them, and make them feel better about taking a day off, especially if they are in a tight financial situation.

While it can be stressful to buy the right gift for your babysitter, any effort to show them your appreciation during this time of year will matter to them, whether it’s paid time off or a gift card!

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