Holiday Hot Drink Stirrers

Inexpensive Gifts and Treats In an attempt to make inexpensive holiday gifts with my Nanny Kids this year, we made these adorable hot chocolate or coffee stirrers. We used ingredients that we thought would make a mug of hot chocolate or coffee taste better. Wrap them up in cellophane and add a ribbon for holiday […]

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Creative Wednesday This is an easy project to do with your nanny kids of any age this holiday season. Allow the children to decide if they want place the Christmas lights in random order or in a pattern. Older kids can write a holiday greeting and sign the cards themselves. I found this project on […]

Monogramed Gift Mugs

Homemade Holiday Gifts You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give personalized handmade gifts this holiday season. You can find nice mugs at the dollar store and oil based Sharpie markers and large monogram stickers at any craft store. Older school-aged children can help make these gift mugs using the first letter […]

Pomander Balls Make Great Homemade Gifts

Christmas Scents A pomander is a lime, lemon, or orange covered with whole cloves. Pomanders can be given as gifts to be used year-round in closets and drawers or displayed in a bowl. They can also be hung on a tree or included in potpourri. In the traditional pomander, cloves are placed so close to one […]

Give the Gift of Movies

10 Best Holiday Movies It would be great if nannies could afford to give every member of the family they work for a holiday gift, but that can get expensive. That’s why we recommend making a hand-assembled holiday DVD gift basket for your employers instead of buying individual gifts for each member of the family. […]

Christmas Children’s Books That Make Great Gifts

Weekly Trip to the Library Reading Christmas books to children is a great holiday tradition. It enhances their beautiful memories of Christmas, as they are snuggled up close and warm, feeling secure, and loved. Reading Christmas books add to that certain magic only a child’s imagination could create. The best fictional Christmas books are the […]

Making Christmas Ornaments

Wednesdays with Whitney Christmas time is here!  That means trees are going up and you finally have the perfect spot to display all of those Christmas crafts. This year, make a craft with the kiddos that will last through the years by baking up some salt dough ornaments. You Will Need: ½ cup salt ½ […]

Puzzles Make Great Holiday Gifts

Inexpensive, Quality Gifts for Kids It’s time to buy gifts for the holidays. When choosing gifts for the kids you care for quality is more important than quantity and certainly quality doesn’t have to mean toys are expensive. One of the best learning toys we can share with kids are puzzles. Not only are there […]

What Was the Best Holiday Gift From Your Employers?

Holiday Gift: What to Give Your Nanny? A few years ago we were quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article asking, “What to Give Nanny?” The author recommended that parents give their child’s nanny cash for a holiday gift. But, there were some other ideas too. Here is the article: When I asked our family’s tutor […]

How Much Do You Spend on Holiday Gifts for Your Charges and Their Parents?

How Much Nannies Spend on Gifts for the Family They Work For We started of this week with our suggestions of what to give as gifts to the family you work for in our 2011 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter Holiday Gift-Giving Guide. Today we share the results of a holiday gift-giving survey on how […]