Holiday Gift Guide for Dayhomes 2022

Holiday Gift Guide for Dayhomes 2022
If you're stumped on how to show your dayhome provider some love this holiday season, we've got you covered!

It’s that time of year again! And many families are starting to think about gifts for their childcare providers. If you’re stumped on how to show your dayhome provider some love this holiday season, we’ve got you covered! Read on for our list of gifts that have been enjoyed by dayhome providers over the years. And remember, gifts certainly aren’t required but they are greatly appreciated!


Gift cards

It’s been a tough year and many families are feeling the effects of inflation and an increased cost of living which makes gift cards a great idea this year. Gift cards that are experience based and can be enjoyed with a partner or friend are great options. When choosing retail stores, try to choose stores that have a variety of items to choose from so that your provider can really get something they love.


Stick to gift cards that don't depreciate in value over time and that do not have extra fees and charges associated with them (looking at you Visa Gift Cards).
  • Groceries
  • Fuel
  • Costco
  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theatres
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Spa



Canadtian Tire






Self care is an important aspect of a dayhome providers life and helping them to take care of themselves can be a really great gesture to show your support at Christmas time. Supporting local by purchasing bath or body care items from small businesses in your community can make this gift a win all around.


Be sure to check with your provider to see if they have any fragrance or ingredient allergies before selecting any body care products as a gift.
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Bath Items
  • Slippers
  • Blankets
  • Robes
  • Chocolates
  • Coffee / Tea
  • Alcohol
  • Specialty Non-Alcoholic Drinks


Dayhome providers often spend so much time taking care of others and pouring themselves (and their finances) into their dayhomes that they forget to treat themselves from time to time. Giving practical luxuries as gifts can be a great way to help shoulder that financial burden and make your provider smile this holiday season.


It's best to steer clear of every day items (like cleaning supplies) and instead go for the splurge items that your dayhome provider might not treat themselves to often. Be sure to also check that your provider doesn't already have the item before purchase.
  • Mugs
  • Kitchen Items
  • Cleaning
  • Board games
  • Group Activities
  • Specialty Toys
  • Laminator 
  • Nice Pens
  • Planner / Organizer


Sometimes the thought of giving cash as a gift can feel a little bit strange, but don’t let it scare you away from considering this type of gift this season. Especially after the year we’ve had, cash gives your dayhome provider the ultimate freedom to use it how they see fit. And if they are really struggling this Christmas season, your gift could really help lift some of the burden of lifes stresses.


If you're not sure what amount of cash to gift your provider, consider giving them at least double the daily rate you typically pay them.


We get it, everyone is feeling the pinch of living expenses this year and that means dayhome families, too. If monetary gifts aren’t in your budget this year there are plenty of ways to show your provider that you appreciate them and that they make an impact on you and your family. 

Whether it’s a hand written thank you note, a picture drawn by your child, or a shout out on social media – your provider will be just as grateful for your effort. 

Looking for a special homemade gift? Check out our All About my Dayhome Provider” Printable!

Just ask your child to fill out this one page prompt and you’ll have a special Christmas keepsake that your dayhome provider will cherish.

You can even frame the keepsake before gifting it to help take this gift to the next level.

Whatever you choose this holiday season, we hope you enjoy showing your dayhome provider some love - they will appreciate it more than you know!


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