What is a good present for daycare teachers? I would like something practical that they can use. The teachers are all pretty young. (I’m thinking gift cards?) Any other ideas??

  • Anonymous
    Dec 11

    I think gift cards allow for flexible spending (ie. Amazon or department store vs. a specific restaurant or cafe) seems like a good idea.

  • Allison
    Dec 12

    My daughter has a main teacher and assistant at her daycare but she also has 2 other teachers and several assistants that care for her. I can’t afford to get them all gift cards and I wouldn’t even know exactly how many to get so no one feels excluded. Would it be rude to get a big gift basket with a note for everyone and then a gift card for her 2-3 main teachers? Then I feel like that’s rude to the assistants! I don’t know what to do. Last year she had an in-home babysitter so that was easy!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 12

    @Allison I think the basket for everyone and the gift cards for her teachers is a great way to include everyone. The assistants will have access to the basket as well. That’s very thoughtful of you!

  • Nana
    Dec 12

    Gift cards are perfect. Any amount is very appreciated. Target, restaurant, Ulta, or Starbucks.

  • Jessica
    Dec 12

    I work in childcare and have a child who goes to the center. Gift cards are great, but the best things I've ever received from parents are the heartfelt, personalized notes that really let me know they see what we're doing with and for their kids. As for the teachers my son has had over the last year, I'm giving them a bottle of wine/bag of coffee (their choice), a candle, & some cookies. For care providers of diaper-aged children lotion will always be used, so last year I got them all lotion bars in the scent of their choosing. Another random (but much appreciated) thing I've gotten for co-workers are folding floor/gaming chairs to use during nap. 2 hrs sitting on the floor without any back support is awful, so I've now gifted 4 of those to people who were struggling with that.

  • Lexi
    Dec 12

    Best teacher gift I've ever received was a gift card to a wine shop! Also, Target gift cards. Mugs, candles, or perfume-y type stuff always just got donated or regifted since I couldn't use them.

  • Lexi
    Dec 12

    Also, cards made by/decorated by the kids

  • Rose
    Dec 12

    To the male teachers or principals I give gas gift cards ($50). To the female teachers I give visa gift cards ($50) with flowers or donuts. To the valet girl I give victoria secret lotions or bath & body works. And to the office I gave glass wine cups last year but usually lotions as well.

  • Richere
    Dec 12

    Amazon gift cards or Barnes and nobles.

  • Molly
    Dec 12

    please make sure to include the assistants! give them just as much as the main teachers. they are "literally paid crap" even more than the main teacher who are "literally paid just a little poop". by this i mean, the assistants are changing your baby's diapers!!! (@erin it kills me but also makes me laugh a lot when people misuse literally) also, there are often people who do the cleaning after hours (in larger daycare and preschool settings), and they deserve a treat too. if you can't afford to be passing out cash/giftcards to everyone, heartfelt notes and homemade baked goods go far too, unless everyone is making cookies and the teachers are buried in sweets.

  • Jennifer
    Dec 12

    I get what I can afford. Sorry teachers don’t make a lot (has nothing to do with me) but I do pay the school A LOT!!! ($324 a week to be exact) I buy the lotions from bath and body works. When they have the buy 3 get 3 free and there is their gift. I can’t stress over teachers gifts like that. They can either use them exchange them or regift them!

  • Sarah
    Dec 12

    Agree with you Jennifer. The issue of teachers (who teach the future of America) not being paid enough falls on the government and the laws they make and the voters who vote in these lawmakers. Anyway. My son started daycare/preschool on November 1st so I don’t want to be the only parent that doesn’t gift. I bought the four teachers a small box of Ferrero Rocher and $10 Visa gift cards.

  • Suzanne
    Dec 13

    How about ornaments? Yay or nay?

  • Sarah
    Dec 13

    Suzanne- I didn’t want to give anything too Christmassy cause not everyone gets a tree or celebrates Christmas. Unless you know they are believers of Jesus.

  • Yen
    Dec 16

    My daughter just started preschool part time a few weeks ago instead of in August because there wasn’t a spot till now. Anyways we wanted to get her teacher a gift, but she shares a class with another teacher. ( it’s a divided classroom) I’m wondering if I should get them both something or just my daughters teacher. However, after reading all these comments and seeing how some people get almost all the staff a gifts Im just like 😳🤯 I cant afford to do that

  • Christine
    Jan 02

    Up until 5 or so years ago as the owner of the Family Child Care I received Christmas bonuses from clients that were equal to 1 week of day care. I was the one who gave Christmas bonuses to the employees which I continue to do. Clients sometime brought in goodies for the staff to share. It was a different time, the economy was different. Now gift cards are well liked. Most of my staff received cards for coffee $10 and Amazon $25.