Daycare.com Forum Daycare Forum

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-09-2011, 01:19 PM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,970
Default Christmas Gifts?

Do you give the kids or families in your care Christmas gifts? I didn't last year but am thinking I will this year. Just wondering if this is something others do and how much you typically spend.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-09-2011, 01:32 PM
MommyofThree's Avatar
MommyofThree MommyofThree is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 219
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariana View Post
Do you give the kids or families in your care Christmas gifts? I didn't last year but am thinking I will this year. Just wondering if this is something others do and how much you typically spend.

Thanks
I LOVE CHRISTMAS. lol. So I go all out. I give the parents and the kids gifts.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-09-2011, 01:32 PM
brettnmel's Avatar
brettnmel brettnmel is offline
New Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2
Default

I have done gifts for all the children in the past. In years past I spent between $10 - $15 per child. I host a family xmas party and have the kids do a gift exchange. They would draw names and bring gifts for that child. It is a hit with the parents and the kids.

This year I am unsure what to do as I have many part time children so spending the $10-15 per child will get very expensive. I am thinking of doing a "family" gift as I have 3 families with multiple children. Any suggestions for what a good family friendly gift would be. My kids range from 6 months to 7 years old.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-09-2011, 01:51 PM
nannyde's Avatar
nannyde nannyde is offline
All powerful, all knowing daycare whisperer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 7,311
Default

I don't do gifts but I do receive Xmas bonus
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-09-2011, 01:59 PM
CheekyChick's Avatar
CheekyChick CheekyChick is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 811
Default

I buy Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and goody bags for Valentine, Easter, and Halloween. I buy gifts for a few of the moms I'm very close to as well.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:00 PM
spud912's Avatar
spud912 spud912 is offline
Trix are for kids
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,314
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brettnmel View Post
I host a family xmas party and have the kids do a gift exchange. They would draw names and bring gifts for that child. It is a hit with the parents and the kids.
That's a great idea I may have to steal! Thanks!!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:03 PM
wdmmom wdmmom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: WDM, IA
Posts: 2,669
Default

I spend about $10 per child and I usually buy books.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:21 PM
brettnmel's Avatar
brettnmel brettnmel is offline
New Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2
Default

steal away!!

I think it's helped with the relationship between caregiver and parents and helped build friendships between the parents of other children.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:31 PM
Blackcat31's Avatar
Blackcat31 Blackcat31 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 19,760
Default

I do not buy Christmas gift either. I choose one charity and the kids are asked to contribute items from the list and we donate to that charity. Over the years we have collected and donated smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, coats for the local coat drive, donations for the animal shelter, food for the food bank, care packages for the soldiers, school supplies for the needy, gifts for the neighboing nursing home and toys for tots.

Christmas is for giving and I want the children at my child care to learn that lesson before the receiving part comes into play. (That part is for the families and the grandparents.)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:40 PM
kendallina's Avatar
kendallina kendallina is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,667
Default

I don't do gifts for Christmas. Right now we're doing a food drive for the local pantry for Thanksgiving and we always make gifts for parents when Christmas gets closer.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-09-2011, 02:50 PM
sharlan's Avatar
sharlan sharlan is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino, California
Posts: 6,040
Default

I generally buy a $20 gift card from Toys R Us for both birthday and Christmas presents.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-09-2011, 03:19 PM
Pammie's Avatar
Pammie Pammie is offline
Daycare Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: My happy little corner of the world
Posts: 449
Default

All of my dc kids receive a hardcover book for Christmas - this year it's "If you Give a Dog a Donut" that I got from Children's Book of the Month Club for $6/each ! I also always give them small gift that ties in to the book - so I'm making them all donut pillows:-)

For the dc parents/families I always do "Christmas Breakfast"- They'll be receiving a donut pan (like a muffin pan, but shaped like donuts) and Muffin Mix in a Jar. In the past, I've given them frozen pans of homemade cinnamon rolls, pancake mix in a jar, frozen coffee cakes, etc.

I have amazingly wonderful families that are extremely generous at Christmas - this is my way to show them how much I appreciate "them"
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-09-2011, 03:36 PM
Meeko's Avatar
Meeko Meeko is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 4,275
Default

I don't do gifts from me.

The kids make gifts for their families. We usually decorate boxes (shoe boxes) and then fill them with homemade goodies, handmade cards, handmade tree ornaments etc.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-09-2011, 06:26 PM
small_steps's Avatar
small_steps small_steps is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 482
Default

I did little treat bags last year. This year I'm thinking of doing pajama's. Walmart puts them for about $4 a pair at their after Thanksgiving (Blitz)sale. I think it would be a hit with the kiddos. Maybe even let them wear them after they open them at our party. For the parents I didn't do anything last year but I offer parent's night outs throughout the year for $25 for an evening of childcare so they can go out. So for this year I'm thinking of making up a cute certificate for a free parent's night out. I would offer a few different dates that I'm available and they have to use it on one of those nights.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-09-2011, 08:44 PM
mommiesherie's Avatar
mommiesherie mommiesherie is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California
Posts: 161
Default

I looooove christmas. Already have my tree up! This year I am not at teacher in a class and am at home with just 4 kiddos. So I will buy them all a decent gift. Parents we will make gifts for prolly. I may buy something for them depends on how broke I am by then lol. In the past I did buy small gifts for the kids in my care. If there were a lot of them I couldn't spend a lot but you would be surprised at how a couple dollar tree gifts excite the kids.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11-09-2011, 09:11 PM
SilverSabre25's Avatar
SilverSabre25 SilverSabre25 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Where I am legally unlicensed ;), USA
Posts: 7,625
Default

Last year (my first year open) I pretty much ignored Christmas...I was pregnant and my mom was sick and in a coma. I did NOT feel like doing much of anything. I did manage a craft with them and we baked cookies to send home with the parents...but that was it.

This year, I'm looking to do something more interesting...a really nice craft/gift for the parents for sure, though I haven't decided what yet. And either gifts for the kids to take home with them, or I'm going to wrap up everything I'm buying for daycare for Xmas (I'm getting $100 to spend on new stuff!). I'm thinking of putting it in a big box and covering it with 4 layers of wrapping paper, then having each one pull a layer off.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11-10-2011, 04:34 AM
mac60's Avatar
mac60 mac60 is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Northeast
Posts: 1,597
Default

This year is going to be tough for Christmas giving, as hubby is out of a job again. I am thinking of giving a $10 Target gift card to each child. Makes it easy on me. The families I have spoil their children greatly, and nothing I bought them would really mean that much to them. I even had a 4 yr old one year tell me "I don't like that" when he opened his gift.

In the past I have bought pajamas, games, sweatshirts for the kids. Sometimes I do a Christmas picture for the parents.
__________________
mom to many.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11-10-2011, 05:29 AM
MommyofThree's Avatar
MommyofThree MommyofThree is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 219
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Meeko60 View Post
I don't do gifts from me.

The kids make gifts for their families. We usually decorate boxes (shoe boxes) and then fill them with homemade goodies, handmade cards, handmade tree ornaments etc.
I might have to steel this idea. sounds great.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 11-10-2011, 08:00 AM
AfterSchoolMom's Avatar
AfterSchoolMom AfterSchoolMom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,938
Default

I used to go all out with gifts for the kids and the parents. I got fed up with it because I never even got a thank you in return. Now (when I have kids, that is) I do goody bags and I do bake cookies or something to give to parents.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 11-10-2011, 08:07 AM
Cat Herder's Avatar
Cat Herder Cat Herder is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 13,753
Default

I usually get each child a gift, have the kids make one for the parents and do a gift swap amongst the kids.

I am rethinking this due to my sibling groups not being "fair" in my view.

IMHO, A family bringing one gift and receiving two-three is not in the Christmas Spirit. They feel I am being unfair by expecting "one for one" ($10 limit).

Maybe I will just skip Christmas this year with the daycare. I am closed anyway.

I was excited and looking forward to it, too... Party poopers.
__________________
- Unless otherwise stated, all my posts are personal opinion and worth what you paid for them.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 11-10-2011, 10:04 AM
erinalexmom's Avatar
erinalexmom erinalexmom is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 253
Default

I am making a slideshow of all the kids. Setting it to music,burning it onto discs. There ya go. I will also make a photo collage of each child and give to each parent. Thats it
As far as the kids themselves I really like the idea of exchanging books so i'll probably do that.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-10-2011, 10:08 AM
Zoe's Avatar
Zoe Zoe is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,442
Default

For my one family that I've had all year (from before I was licensed) I made a photo book online of all the things we did this year. Then all the daycare kids are getting a candy cane. I don't want to be a Scrooge or anything, but I got burned last year and none of the kids or parents appreciated the gifts I gave them. I figure they get so many cool things they don't need something huge from me.

That being said, they get hugs from me, we make Christmas crafts together, and I'll maybe send the family home with a batch of Christmas cookies after my family's annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 11-10-2011, 11:49 AM
newtodaycare22's Avatar
newtodaycare22 newtodaycare22 is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 664
Default

I spoil my little ones a bit.

I am giving the parents a calendar of their kids artwork. Last year I made them snow globes with their childs picture inside (recycled baby jars-very cheap and pretty easy).

As for the kids, we take a trip to build a bear. I limit them to their selections of stuffed animal and outfits, but it still costs about 25-30 per kid. I have 6 kids, so it runs me about 150-180. We have a blast and I love doing it with them!
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 11-10-2011, 12:11 PM
graham.shellbell's Avatar
graham.shellbell graham.shellbell is offline
New Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 51
Default

Give the kids and the family a gift..I am a big couponer so I find deals and pack them away for the Holidays...will admit I have favorites who get a little better gift than others.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11-10-2011, 12:24 PM
WImom's Avatar
WImom WImom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,639
Default

I send them Christmas cards with a group shot of the kids in front of the DC christmas tree. (We have a 4ft one we decorate).

I also send home a gift the child makes for the parents.

The kids all get a gift from me. This year it will be a sticker/activity book. I saw some nice ones at Sam's Club (Cars, princess, tinkerbelle) for $8.00.

We will also have a christmas party where the kids pick names and give a gift to another child. The kids LOVE this! I do a $5.00 limit.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 11-10-2011, 02:27 PM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,970
Default

Great ideas everyone!! Thanks
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
christmas gifts

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Are Christmas Gifts To DCK & DCM's Writeoffs? legomom922 Daycare and Taxes 8 12-30-2010 09:56 AM
Christmas Gifts? Candyland Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 21 12-22-2010 09:32 AM
Christmas Schedule Change....WWYD??? Unregistered Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 8 12-03-2010 01:20 PM
Ideas for Singing and Giving Gifts at a Nursing Home for Christmas susanpierce124 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 5 11-15-2010 02:16 PM
Maybe A Little Early...Christmas Gifts For dcks?? SunflowerMama Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 14 11-04-2010 07:28 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:06 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming