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Nannies play an important and trusted role in families who rely on them. Nannies are there day in and day out, loving and caring for your children while you are providing for your family at work. Whether you have a full time or a part time nanny, they are sure to become a well loved member of the family. Au Pairs are full time nannies who are with us for only a year or sometimes more. They are typically young women who have traveled here from another country, and assist with caring for young children in exchange for room and board, as well as the opportunity to live “as a local” in a new and exotic place.
Nannies and Au Pairs both deserve a special gift at Christmas time, to remind them how much they mean to us and what a positive impact they have on our families. In this list you will find the best gifts to make your Nanny or Au Pair feel special – or even soiled! – this Christmas. Some gifts are particularly nice for one or they other, but most of the items below would make a gift for either one. If you want to see more thoughtfully curated gift guides for everyone on your Christmas list, click here for all of our Christmas gift articles.
1. Kate Spade New York Healy Lane Lilith Purse
Who wouldn’t love a designer purse for Christmas? This Kate Spade bag is classy and chic, and would fit any woman’s style. It is made of 100% leather with a silky smooth synthetic inner lining. The bag itself is a nice medium size, enough to fit all of the daily essentials while out on the town with your kids. It measures 9.75″ x 8.25″ and has a long 21.5″ shoulder strap for hands-free carrying. There are two pockets inside, one slip and one zip. This is a perfect gift if you are going for “shock and awe” this Christmas!
Buy the Kate Spade New York Healy Lane Lilith Purse here.
2. FRYE Women’s Carson Ballet Flat
When you have a job like child care that keeps you on your feet all day every day, a comfortable pair of flats is a must-have item. This lovely pair from FRYE is fashionable, durable, and comfortable. These shoes will go with anything, from jeans to dresses, day to night. They are made of high quality leather, and come in 18 colors and finishes. With so many choices, you are sure to find something that fits her style.
Price: $64.77 and up depending on color and size
Buy the FRYE Women’s Carson Ballet Flat here.
3. Southwest Airlines Gift Card
Au Pairs usually come to their host country in order to see and experience the local culture. With such a long stay, they get the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the language, the place where you live, and the local sights and sounds. In order to pursue a job like au pair, you definitely have to love traveling. The perfect gift for an au pair is a travel gift card so that she can visit a new city outside of where you live. She will love the opportunity to see a new place! Southwest gift cards are also great gifts for nannies, who absolutely deserve a nice vacation as well. Maybe she has family in another city she would like to visit, or a favorite place she likes to go on vacation. Wherever she chooses to go, she will think of you during her trip with appreciation and love!
Buy the Southwest Airlines Gift Card
4. Umbra Prisma Picture Frame
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If you have a nanny or au pair who is a sentimental type, then a nice picture frame with some snaps of her and the kids could be a perfect gift. She will be proud to display this gorgeous frame in her own home. It measures 19″ x 9″ x 3″ and can fit either three 5″ x 7″ photos horizontally, or two 5″ x 7″ photos vertically. The frame comes in copper, black, brass, or chrome finishes. You can also choose a single frame in 4″x4″, 4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 8″x10″ sizes. If your nanny has kids of her own, you can also put pictures of her family in the frame. Or, for an au pair it could be a nice place to put photos of family and friends back home, to easy any homesickness she may feel while living with your family.
Buy the Umbra Prisma Picture Frame here.
5. Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ421 16 MP Digital Camera with 42X Opitcal Zoom and 3″ LCD Screen
What better gift is there for someone who loves to travel than a digital camera to record her memories? Cameras are fantastic gifts for au pairs, who will want to have lots of photos of their adventures abroad to show friends and family back home. Nannies will also love this gift, which will allow them to remember fun times with your family as well as their own. A digital camera is really a fantastic gift for anyone on your list! This Kodak camera is an awesome value for the price. it has a 16.1 megapixel sensor with plenty of room to zoon, enlarge, and crop photos. It has a 2x optical zoom and comes with a 24mm wide angle lens. It has face recognition (for humans as well as pets like cats and dogs!) that detects and enhances facial features, and a facial beautifier feature with built-in touch up to enhance skin tone, eyes and more. You can even use this camera to make a seamless 180 degree panorama.
Buy the Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ421 16 MP Digital Camera with 42X Opitcal Zoom and 3″ LCD Screen here.
6. Circle Initial Pendant Necklace
This necklace is a sweet way to show your nanny or au pair that you really value them as a part of your family. The necklace is customizable with 1, 2, 3 or 4 circle charms with a letter on each one. You can customize it with her initial and the initials of your children, or a word like “love.” If you need more than four charms, you can contact the seller for a custom order, as each necklace is made by hand by a jewelry maker in Texas. You can choose between 14k Gold Plated, 925 Sterling Silver, or 14K Rose Gold Plated. The discs are small, approximately 3/8″, so the necklace will be dainty and chic instead of overbearing.
Buy the Circle Initial Pendant Necklace here.
7. Giesswein Unisex Acadia Slipper
A nice pair of slippers is just what everyone needs during the chilly holiday season. This is a great unisex gift that can work for both male and female child care givers, and will be a much appreciated surprise under the tree. These luxurious clog slippers are made of boiled wool, which is super warm, soft and durable. They have a soft cushioned footbed with removable arch support and can also accommodate custom orthotics. If you want to get your nanny something soft and cozy to keep her warm this winter, these slippers are a perfect fit.
Price: $54.99 and up depending on size
Buy the Giesswein Unisex Acadia Slipper here.
8. Rockland Luggage 20 Inch and 28 Inch 2 Piece Expandable Spinner Set
Instead of getting your Au Pair something that she will have to lug back home, why not give her the gift of new luggage to carry all of the things she has bought and collected during her time with you. Nice new luggage in a matching set is a truly luxurious gift for a travel lover. Having good luggage makes packing easier, as well as carrying bags through the airport, train station, hotel lobby and stairs, or anywhere else. This hard ABS luggage set is durable and convenient, with multi directional spinner wheels and a sturdy ergonomic telescoping handle. ABS is very lightweight, and this luggage set will protect he belongings inside much better than a soft suitcase. It comes in over 30 colors, so there will definitely be one she will love.
Buy the Rockland Luggage 20 Inch and 28 Inch 2 Piece Expandable Spinner Set here.
9. Fishers Finery Women’s Ecofabric Pajama Set
A nice pair of soft, organic cotton pajamas is a sweet gift for anyone. Everyone deserves to sleep in peace and comfort, and with a nice pair of pajamas it is much easier to wind down after a long day. Show your nanny and au pair that you understand how difficult it can be to care for children all day long by giving her the gift of relaxation and comfort with these eco-fabric pajamas. These pajamas are made of a blend of bamboo viscose and organic cotton with a bit of spandex for stretch. They are a perfect blend of soft comfort and eco friendly materials with a silky smooth texture that is perfect for any temperature, from warm to chilly. They come in eight colors and designs, so you will be able to fit one that matches her style perfectly.
Buy the Fishers Finery Women’s Ecofabric Pajama Set here.
10. Kindle Paperwhite
Finally, here is a gift that your nanny or au pair will truly appreciate. The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s best selling e-reader, and is available in either black or white. It has a high resolution display of 330 pixels per inch, a built in adjustable light, and a glare-free screen. Even in bright sunlight, she will be able to read just as if she was looking at a printed book. The Kindle Paperwhite is an awesome device to have while traveling, at home, or just about anywhere. Especially for child care givers, who may find it difficult to find time to open up a traditional book. This device will let her carry all of her favorites with her, wherever she goes.