How to Show Your Nanny Appreciation Without Spending a Dime

Many nanny employers deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication that their nanny gives to their family, and would love to dish out lavish bonuses and expensive gifts as a token of their appreciation, but simply don’t have a budget to allow for that after paying their nanny.

The good news is that it doesn’t take an additional financial investment to show you’re nanny that you truly appreciate her. A few kind words, a moment of your time, or a handmade gift will go a long way in showing your nanny that you genuinely care for and appreciate her.

When considering how to show your nanny you appreciate her, first evaluate how the kids can help.  Whether it’s posing for a photo, stamping their footprints on a card or having the children help to prepare her a special meal, children of any age can help to show their nanny that she is loved.  The children’s age and skill level will determine what role they can play in doing something special for their nanny. Older kids may choose to write a poem or give an independent gift while younger children may prefer to do something together.

Second, choose a budget friendly project.  Handmade scrapbooks with photos of the nanny and children together are grand tokens of appreciation. Older children can make or decorate frames that can hold a favorite photo. They can also write letters to their nanny to thank her for helping to care for them. Families can bake cookies or make a meal together to express their appreciation. The project you decide on can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. A tech-savvy dad may enjoy putting together a slideshow made from photos of the children and the nanny. A mom who enjoys knitting may have the children help pick out yarn for a scarf she’ll then knit.

If you don’t have time to tackle a huge project, consider doing a thank you jar. Take a clear jar and put a slit in the cover. Each time you think of something your nanny has done that you appreciate, write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  Once the jar is filled up, give her your collection of thanks. Children can also add contributions and help to decorate the jar with paint or stickers.

Lastly, after you’ve chosen a project, prepare to give it to her. If the children are old enough, they’ll likely want to enjoy giving their nanny a gift. If you’re hosting a dinner for her, have them make invitations and help to set the table. If you’re giving a card, leave it somewhere where she’ll discover it, such as on top of the children’s dresser or in her nanny log book. The unexpected thank you is what makes giving the token of appreciation special.

If a project seems like too much work, simply writing a handmade thank you card for no specific reason or having the children greet the nanny at the door and then sing her a favorite song she taught them will be cherished expressions of gratitude.

When nannies feel like their work is appreciated, they become more vested in their position. Since nannies work independently, there’s typically no employer around to give daily feedback or to notice the level of care she puts into completing even the most mundane job tasks, like loading the dishwasher or folding the kids laundry.

While it would be normal to show your nanny appreciation for something she’s done above and beyond the call of duty, showing appreciation just because you are grateful of the role she plays in your family will go a long way to boost confidence, morale, job commitment, and performance.

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6 thoughts on “How to Show Your Nanny Appreciation Without Spending a Dime

  1. My kiddos from the very first family I nannyed for made me this elaborate scrapbook that I still have to this day. Any time I’m feeling down or frustrated with work I look through it and it reminds me how wrth it nannying is. Bonuses and monetary gifts are always welcome, but homemade gifts are so full of heart.

  2. Some of the best gifts I’ve receieved from my employers have been homemade and unexpected. Every now and then they’ll surprise me on Monday with a freshly baked batch of cookies they made over the weekend, or the kids will make a craft for me telling me they love me. It’s so heartfelt and makes me feel so appreciated.

  3. These are all great ideas and I love seeing the feedback from nannies as well! My kids and I have been looking for a way to show our nanny how much we appreciate everything she does, but have been at a bit of a loss because we just don’t have the funds to spoil her like we want to. We’ll be using these for sure!

  4. My employer is a single mom who is in a constant state of RUSH RUSH RUSH. Sometimes it’s all I can do to get her to sit down for five minutes with me to discuss what’s happening with her kids – not because she doesnt care or doesnt want to, but because she’s trying to do it all (and she does it all well, might I add!). All that to say, I never expect her to notice when I’ve done something small for her to help out. Well, she has continually surprised me by not only noticing but also leaving little thank you notes, small gifts and other tokens of appreciation. It just goes to show that you never know who’s watching what you’re doing and that it pays to always put your best foot forward.

  5. Every year my charges give me framed handprint pictures that they’ve made *I’ve been with the same family for the past six years* that I put in a scrapbook along with other things they’ve made for me and pictures from throughout the years. It’s so neat to have the handprint pictures and see how much they’ve grown in the time I’ve been with them!

    • Oh my gosh, I love this idea! We just hired our first nanny and we hope she’s going to be with us for a long time – if she’s still with us by the end of the year I think I’ll be using the handprint idea!

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