Holiday Gifts for Day Care Teachers

12 Simple Gift Ideas for Child Care Providers

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Your child's day care teacher is one of the most important people in your family's life. Giving a child care provider a holiday gift will be greatly appreciated. A preschool teacher will love any of the following 12 gift ideas. Keep it simple and from the heart to bring extra joy to their holiday.

A Gift Card

If you're still getting to know your child's teacher, a gift card is a safe and welcome gift. Is there a favorite coffee shop on the corner? How about giving a gift card for a luxury treatment at a spa or salon? Even a gift card from a major credit card company that can be used for anything will bring on a smile.

A Personalized Door Mat

If your child's day care is located in a home, a personalized doormat is an unexpected, functional gift for high-traffic areas. Design a doormat with your provider's last name or initials, or look for one that captures their personality. If you're crafty, personalize a doormat yourself.

A Christmas Ornament

If your child's provider celebrates Christmas, wrap up a memorable ornament for their tree. A beautiful and meaningful ornament will be used for years to come.

Luxury Hand Cream

Pamper a special teacher with a gift of high-end hand cream. Day care professionals are constantly washing their hands and hand cream is a must-have to relieve dryness.

Homemade Cookies or Chocolates

A classic Christmas gift with the whole staff in mind is homemade sweets. Drop off a canister of cookies or a basket of treats for everyone to share. Top it off with a card your child made by hand. Some nursery schools have food restrictions so keep that in mind as you're creating your gift of goodies.

Order Breakfast or Lunch

Bring the staff a tray of breakfast treats to fuel their day. Include a loaf of banana bread, bagels with cream cheese, muffins, and a fruit bowl. Lunch is also a delicious gift that can be ordered and delivered. It's an ideal gift to give a day or two before the holidays while everyone is busy scurrying around finishing their to-do lists.

Give a Holiday Tip

If it’s within your budget, give a day care professional a holiday cash bonus along with a small homemade gift by your child. An amount between $25 to $70 is customary, according to The Emily Post Institute.

Organize a Group Gift

Plan a group gift with other parents whose children attend the same school or day care. Send an email to parents about your idea and ask if anyone is interested in donating funds for a specific gift or gift card.

Donate Your Services

Could your child's teacher use your talents? Maybe there's a service you could offer as a holiday gift. Consider donating your time to upgrade their website, create a logo for their business, decorate the children's play area, or organize their office space.

Provide a New Toy or Book

Educators love to have a new and exciting toy or book on hand in their class. It's perfectly okay to ask your child's teacher what toys or books are on their wish list.

Create a Basket of Teacher Supplies

Fill a basket with school supplies that your child's day care provider often uses. Schools and child care centers are grateful for these types of gifts to offset the daily expenses of running the facility. Ideas include child cups, wipes, pacifiers, paper, colored pencils, and crayons.

Write a Heartfelt Thank You Card

A little appreciation from a parent goes a long way. Tell your child's providers how much they mean to you and your family with a handwritten thank you card. Share a favorite memory you’ll remember always about your child and the teacher. Express how thankful you are that they are in your lives.

Gifts for child care providers don't need to be elaborate. It's always the thought that counts most. Most teachers don’t expect gifts. This time of year is about showing love and thanks, in any way, shape, or form.