There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about whether parents should give gifts to school teachers, childcare staff and preschool educators. Some argue that the staff get paid and therefore a gift is not really necessary. I disagree. In my mind they deserve GOLD on top of their salary for caring for our little ones. But, gift giving can get expensive, especially if you have more than one child and multiple staff members looking after them. In my mind the most lovely gift you can give is handmade card. Nothing else says “thank you” like a gorgeous card hand drawn (or scribbled) by your child.
Last year I made Christmas Rocky Road, which we displayed in glass mason jars and tied with a ribbon and a Christmas decoration. This year, we baked White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies to give to Childcare and Kinder staff. We also bought some beautiful Christmas tree decorations so that they have something that lasts as the cookies certainly won’t!
Here is how we said THANK YOU to the wonderfully patient, kind and caring ladies who have looked after my three girls this year.
First we made these…
These White chocolate and Cranberry Cookies can be adapted using this divine cookie recipe. They are lip-smacking DELICIOUS. Trust me, they were hard to resist, and these sneaky little hands were very persistent!!
Soft, chewy and oh-so-yum!!
We packaged them in clear cellophane sleeves and tied with Christmas ribbon and mini antique angel decorations. Simple and pretty.
In addition to the cookies we also gave Christmas decorations as gifts, which they can hang on their tree as a reminder of our family.
Another non-expensive gift idea is a small hamper of “foodie” items. There’s always people to thank for hosting Christmas events and these make lovely gifts – and it’s dinner sorted 🙂
For more gift ideas for grandparents, teachers and childcare workers, check out this gift guide from last year.
Our homemade gifts were baked with bucket loads of love and thanks. And it’s a nice way to involve the kids in teach them about the joy of giving.