I’ve been reluctant to bring this topic up again because last year the idea of giving your Au Pair a holiday cash gift or top really seemed to freak people out.
Check the earlier posts before you go wild:
However, I got two emails from host moms who want to know how many people give their au pairs extra cash at New Years/Christmas/Holidays, and how much they typically give.
Some important background here:
- In every list you see of “who to tip and how much” at “The Holidays” there is a mention of Nannies & Au Pairs. Now, granted, nannies and au pairs are very different kinds of caregivers, but in the eyes of people who don’t know the difference (and who write these lists) they lump them together.
- And, the suggested amount? One to two weeks pay, based on how long they have worked with you.
Also — the idea of a tip may feel awkward, or the idea of a bonus might feel awkward, or the idea of giving your au pair cash might feel awkward. Be sure to tell us which part of the idea bothers you- or makes sense to you.
Let’s go to the polls. Notice that they unfold in a logic, so read each question before clicking.