Every year we face the age old question in childcare, what do I get my daycare kids for Christmas? Some providers give their families gifts, some just the kids, and some don’t choose to do that. It’s all relative to your budget, beliefs, and feelings about what is best for the kids. In today’s society, kids are very overindulged in most cases. Most kids don’t NEED anything else. Hopefully this post can help you solve the dilemma and you can refer back to it year after year.
I love to give my kids something unique that won’t get lost or broken along with all the other toys they get. I usually never give them any kind of toys. I also love for my gifts to be educational. That’s another way to make gifts more valuable for your children.
Do you have to give gifts to your daycare kids for Christmas? No, you absolutely don’t. It’s okay if you don’t think that’s the right thing to do. When polling other providers, many of them don’t. It’s a personal decision based on what you believe.
Set Your Budget.
First, you need to decide how much you want to spend on each child. I usually set my budget at about $20 per person. If you have 7 or 12 daycare kids, when you multiply that by 20, that’s quite a bit of money. Daycare is not a lucrative career, so we need to be careful with our spending. Twenty dollars is not a lot of money, and it can be tough to find really special gifts for that price.
Make it Personal.
I like for my gifts to be personalized. When I do that, I feel like it makes it that much more special. I love things that are monogrammed or personalized in some way. Check out Etsy for some great personalized gifts. I also love that Etsy products are homemade by someone and my purchase is helping them do life for their family.
Make it Unique.
Don’t just get the latest toy. Their parents, friends, grandparents and so many other people are buying them fun toys to play with. Most kids have so many toys, they can’t even play with all of them. Try to think of something out of the box. Click on the pictures to go to the products.
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Some of the things I’ve bought for my daycare kids over the years include:
- Children’s Bible-This is a great one if you run a faith based program.
- Monogrammed blankets
- Monogrammed pillows
- Monogrammed duffel bags
- Monogrammed back packs
- Piggy banks and rolls of pennies to feed in them
- Monogrammed aprons
- Personalized puzzles (Melissa and Doug will add names on puzzles)
- Garden tools and seeds (we garden at daycare, so it’s cool to think they could take that home with them too) Click on the picture to view a set.
- Board Games (education and encourages screen free family time)
I asked a bunch of my friends what they give their daycare kids and I got a lot of really cool and unique ideas. I love polling providers; they are a great group of folks. Here is a list of what they said:
- Books was the most popular answer and I absolutely LOVE that. It makes me happy to think of all those kids getting books! Click here to see why reading to kids is one of the most important things you can do.
- Homemade PJ Pants (I wish I could sew)
- Homemade Hats and Gloves (I wish I could knit)
- Knitted Dolls (so cool)
- Stockings Full of Toys
- Mugs with Hot Chocolate
- Christmas Outfit
- Homemade Ornaments
- Homemade Aprons
- Monogrammed Stuffed Animals
- Homemade Cookies
- Fischer Price Toys
- Coloring Book with Crayons, you can even make your own personalized coloring books. Click here to see how.
- Gift Cards
- Hair Barrettes and Keychains
- Match Box Cars
- Personalized Books
- Hats, Scarves and Gloves
- Homemade Playdough
- PJ’s and a book
I like to give to my families as well and usually do some sort of homemade cookies, pies, or breads. I always make the families a personalized cookbook of the children cooking as gifts to go with whatever food I make. Click here to see how we make our cookbooks.
What great ideas do you have for great gifts for your daycare kids or families?
For more great Christmas ideas, click on the links to check out my friend’s posts below.