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    ktfran
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    Never gifts. But my previous managers took those of us who worked here to lunch, but that was always kind of unfair to those that didn’t. Now that I’m in the manager seat, I don’t want to continue that.

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    Copa
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    I’ve gotten holiday gifts from past managers, but I don’t know if it’s the norm. At my first job, my manager (who I thought didn’t like me) gave me a small, silver, owl-shaped Christmas ornament and it felt really personal. (I’d inadvertently become Owl Girl at work because I had a mug with owls painted on it, then another coworker found owl decor at a garage sale and brought it in for my cube, and another coworker gave me a scarf with an owl print, and it somehow snowballed. I liked owls a normal amount at the time, and now I’m fond of them. Ha.). Anyway, I thought it was a nice gesture. Another supervisor at that same company would give her direct reports small gifts (I got a holiday Owl plush in a scarf from her once, haha). That was a small, fairly tight-knit company. Since then I’ve gotten gift cards on occasion. I don’t think it’s expected, but it sure is nice even when it’s small!

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    courtney89
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    Small gift cards to starbucks or stuff like that is most definitely always appreciated! 🙂 my direct bosses always get a little something and it’s just a nice token of appreciation that is always nice when we bust assesses day in and out for them. Lawyers and the legal field (my particular field) might be completely different than yours though

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    Katie

    Tacking on to this subject what is your thoughts on gifts for your daycare provider? My 1yo son goes to a home daycare, the owner is the one who takes care of my son. Though its a home daycare, it is her business and she has 5 children total. I was thinking a coffee giftcard and a candle (everyone likes candles dont they?)?
    She is a lovely person, and takes such good care of my baby.

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    Kate
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    http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/holiday_tipping/

    Says $25-$70 each plus small gift from child.

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    becboo84
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    We live in a small midwestern city, and I typically do $50 for daycare/preschool teachers (there tend to be 2-3 in my kid’s class), and then for my school aged kiddo, I do $50 for the primary teacher, $25 for her math teacher who she has one class with 4 days/week, $25 for the secretary, $15 for the bus driver, and $10 for the specials (school nurse, librarian, music teacher, art teachers, etc.). I have gotten the feeling though that this is well above average, and most people give daycare/primary teachers something in the $15-20 range and then nothing for the others.

    IMO, these people are saints, especially the daycare teachers who generally have at least their associate’s degrees and are working for a couple of dollars above minimum wage in a very challenging job.

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    K

    My boss used to give me something at the holidays (bottle of wine, Lush giftcard, etc.) and I gave him something in return (nice bottle of local maple syrup, for example), but he left this year and now I have another manager – one who used to be my first manager at this company. I didn’t give him gifts when he was my manager back then, so I guess I won’t now – I guess I can have something wrapped just in case. I exchange with one coworker who I work closely with, otherwise that’s it.

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    SpaceySteph
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    becboo, do you give them a gift card or cash? We have a daycare kid now, too, and I was thinking gift card but now I’m not sure…

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    Kate
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    I give my dog walker cash. I know it’s not the same thing as daycare provider, but I figure cash or check is easier to use for whatever they need.

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    Kate
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    Same with my hairdresser, a check that represents the cost of one visit, rather than a gift card. People have bills to pay and I think cash/check is more helpful.

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    ktfran
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    I’m giving my stylist and cleaning lady cash. Gift cards are nice, but everyone can use cash!

    Oh, and I’ll likely put it in a holiday card and write a note telling them how much I appreciate them.

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by avatar ktfran.
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    SpaceySteph
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    I feel like I’m a pearl-clutching old fuddy duddy about this maybe because I feel weird about giving cash, and like a gift card has this veil of giftiness that cash doesn’t.

    Like the old ladies who are weird about people having honeymoon registries or asking for $$ for their weddings. Even though I always write a check for wedding presents. So idk.

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