It’s time for little elves to get busy, making things to capture memories.
Writes an LCC —
I’m a counselor for a small group of au pairs and at our last meeting the question about Christmas gifts for host parents came up. They all want to give something meaningful, they understand that in most cases the host parents could easily buy themselves whatever they want. They know that most families would appreciate home-made thoughtful gifts, ideally something that involves their kids. I suggested a photo collage and some of the girls said that they were planning to make such a collage at the end of their year. I was wondering if you readers might be willing to share some gifts that they have received and appreciated from their au pairs.
Just thinking about the gifts I’ve received over the years makes me want to cry. (In a good way.)
I can never forget the Santa Lucia day breakfast, the daily devotional reader, the jewelry box, or the Hello Kitty toiletries travel set, not to mention the wreath made of cutouts of my girls’ handprints.
The gifts that I cherish the most have either one or both of these qualities:
- They help me remember joyous or otherwise special times with the kids and with our au pair, or
- They show that our au pair was actually thinking of me as a person (a mom, a reader, a person with never too many sparkly pins, a person who loves Sweden)
Other gifts that I’ve loved have been little things that told me my au pair noticed what I needed and found little ways to add to the smoothness of daily life. For example, I got a Hello Kitty change purse to keep in the console of our station wagon, filled with quarters to use at the parking meters in town. Now, every time I refill it or take out a quarter for the meter, I thank the au pair who thought of this!
Host Moms, what kinds of gifts from an au pair would make you super-happy?
Share your comments, below. And, if you have any photos of such gifts, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post them for everyone to enjoy.