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Etiquette on Leaving Babysitter

Hi everyone -
My son will be starting preschool in two weeks and leaving his beloved babysitter. I'm wondering the etiquette on leaving a babysitter? Should we get her a gift? If so, what have you all given when leaving a babysitter?

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Thanks everyone. My son gave her flowers and a card. We also gave her a giftcard for dinner at a restaurant near her home. I think she liked it :) Thanks again for the advice!

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I am from Mexico, and we lov gifts!! giving them and getting them, so I would go for a goodbye gift your son can make himself, like a craft or cookies, maybe a candle he can make himself.. Hope this helps

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Hi E.,
I would get her a gift. It doesnt have to be anything big or expensive, just from the heart. Perhaps a picure of them together or him by himself in a cute frame, on a cup if she drinks coffee, mag. cover for 'baby sitter of the year' etc... Look at the walgreens website for more cute ideas. Add a card and just let her know she has been appricated. Good luck!

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you called her a beloved babysitter, so that tells me that our son is going to miss her, and that you value her in his life. i would definitely give her a token to show her that. think about what she likes...and try to find something that she can use that will remind her of her time with your son. if she likes plants, maybe get her something to plant in her garden...a hydrangea or something that will come back every year..(i got one as a gift when my daughter was born, and i think of them every time i look at it). another thing you can do is take him to one of those plaster places, and have him paint her a trivet for her kitchen or something...a personal note of thanks telling her how much she meant to you and to your son will be very special...

I would definitely give her a gift -something personalized from him or a picture of the two of them along with something you know she likes such as a gift certificate for a pedicure or something like that.

I would give a personalized gift and, if she's been a great sitter, a bonus as well. If you find a great sitter, in my opinion, do all you can to keep that relationship strong. You never know when you might need her in the future.

Sometimes I sub teach at a prek and I can say this just a personal opinion. Many times babysitter and all of those who take care of children and then also take care of their own don't treat themselves enough. I suggest a few things something just for her like I did like the plant someone else suggested. Or I like to give a certificate for someone to get a manicure something they wouldn't get themselves but they can't share and they get pampered some. It's a thought or a bath set.

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