HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR YOUR CHILD'S PRESCHOOL TEACHER OR BABYSITTER (FROM BEST TO OKAYEST)

We appreciate any and all gifts, but these are the best. Bonus points if you include your family's holiday card!
  1. 1.
    Cash
    We'll also accept checks! Some parents are embarrassed to just give money, but it's what the teachers are hoping for. Just think of it as a tip!
  2. 2.
    A heartfelt thank you note
    I hang all my thank you notes up on my wall. I absolutely love them and can't read them without crying.
  3. 3.
    Cafe gift cards
    I'm so rich in Starbucks gift cards that I can't even remember the last time I paid for a latte.
  4. 4.
    Chocolate
    I got the fanciest chocolates last year! One was shaped like a tiny mouse.
  5. 5.
    Other gift cards
    Really any gift card is 💯
  6. 6.
    Baked goods
    Just remember that teachers have allergies too! I receive so many baked goods, but I can't eat any of them because of a gluten allergy. Ask before you bake!
  7. 7.
    Scarves
    A mom bought us really warm scarves which saved me during last year's brutal winter.
  8. 8.
    Nothing
    You don't have to give your child's teacher or babysitter a holiday gift, especially if they haven't been in your child's life very long. It's totally understandable! But you should at least say thank you.
  9. 9.
    Candles, lotions, perfume
    These are fun because I can trade scents with the other teachers, but in the end I'll just try to give it away to one of my roommates.
  10. 10.
    A catered lunch
    A mom ordered us a shit-ton of food from Panera. It was awesome. Unfortunately, I couldn't eat any of it. Food allergies ruin all the fun.
  11. 11.
    Jewelry
    This is really hit-or-miss. I'm not a jewelry person, but some of my coworkers love it.
  12. 12.
    Group gift cards
    There are a lot of teachers at your child's school or daycare, so you decide to give them a gift card to share. Unfortunately they will never agree on when to use the gift card or whether there should be a spending limit per person. In the end, this gift will cause more fights than joy. A $5 gift card for each teacher is a much safer option.