Organizing a collective gift for your daycare providers

May's simple solution for treating her daycare helpers:

There are about 5 or 6 people that care for my kids in some capacity at the daycare. Trying to buy gifts for everyone is a sure-fire way to generate hurt feelings. So instead, I buy the center a gift certificate to a pizza place. Everyone likes it and it was easy. A winner in my book.

Anyone else have winning groups gifts?

Related: How to organize a holiday gift for your kid's teacher (lots of great gift ideas in the comments)


  1. monica says

    The last two years, I gave an Edible Arrangement (a strange hybrid of a fruit basket/flowers- they’re fruit cut into shapes and arranged like a bouquet) for the center to share.

  2. STL Mom says

    I gave a basket full of granola bars and energy bars to the pool staff at the YMCA. They give lessons from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. so I thought the teachers and lifeguards would appreciate a healthy snack. I made a similar basket for the teachers at my kids’ preschool, knowing they all use the same lunchroom.

  3. Crissy says

    I’ve given a gigantic fortune cookie. It’s not a healthy gift, but it’s a fun treat for all. You can order them from Good Fortune’s on the web, but you must use Internet Explorer to order.

  4. Parent Hacks Editor says

    Ava (and all): As I was publishing this, I thought (with a thud), “ugh, I should have posted it earlier.” Sorry my timing was off, folks.

    fwiw, I just gave all of my kids’ teachers packs of hand-printed thank you notes as holiday gifts. (My kids made their own gifts, but I wanted to give them something as well because they’ve been such a help to me this year.) I figured teachers always need thank you notes, and the gift itself was the message I wanted to convey. They all loved them.

  5. says

    sorry but i don’t agree on the group pizza party
    when i worked in preschools and daycare it was so much fun to bring home the gifts from the parents and open them

    i had bath gel to last me for years, things i would never buy myself
    but no more mugs, teachers do not need any more mugs!

  6. hostile17 says

    we’ve given subway platters for the past two years. i also take drinks, chips, and cookies. they really like it!