We get some variation of the question below a lot during this time of year and wanted to offer some guidance.
“We love Doris (name changed by the agency for privacy) and need help on what to give her as a Christmas bonus. She has been with us a little over a year. She is a delightful and we all adore her. Thank you again for finding Doris and your continued support.”
Some families will include an extra little something coming from the children like a homemade card, cookies or her favorite confection which surrounds the monetary gift with genuine warmth and appreciation from the child.
For the on-call regular babysitter that provides care several times each month, a gift equal to one night’s pay is the norm. Many families choose to provide a $75-$150 gift card to her favorite shop, cafe, nail salon etc.
Housekeeper/Cleaner, 1 to 2.5 week’s pay, depending upon her length of service and a small gift like a bottle of wine, fine chocolate or Mani-Pedi gift card.
Obviously, this is a general guideline of industry norms in the NY Metro Region. Some families give considerably more or less depending on overall job performance, length of employment, particular circumstances, and family budget.