Babysitter Solutions: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

When you're making a list and checking it twice, get the right gift for your sitter

Giving a gift to your sitter is more and more popular these days. Why? Parents have realized that great babysitters are worth more than gold. If you find a perfect babysitter this holiday season, make sure to treat her well so that you can keep her coming back all year long. The following six gifts were the top picks from SitterCity.com babysitters this holiday season.

Wallet Weight
SitterCity.com's sitters were very honest about their number one gift — they want cold hard cash! Giving your sitter a holiday bonus is a great gift, and it will make her much more likely to sit on a long-term basis. A good bonus is usually the price of a typical sitting job, doubled.

If you want to dress up your gift, write a check for your bonus amount and include it inside a holiday card or put it in a nice gift bag.

Gift Certificates
In case a bonus isn't your idea of a present, SitterCity.com sitters have indicated that they would love a good gift certificate. Consider giving your sitter an American Express or an Amazon.com gift certificate first, as these can be used at a variety of places and for a variety of products. If you know some specifics on your sitter's likes and dislikes, you can narrow in, but don't go too far. For example, if your sitter likes traveling, get her a Southwest Airlines gift certificate, instead of an actual flight ticket.

Primo Pampering
As sitters are overwhelmingly female, there's a win-win gift that will always make them feel appreciated: a spa treatment! Basic gift cards from a local spa or certificates for massages, pedicures or manicures will always work well. Make sure to choose a spa that's within five miles of your sitter's location, or there's a chance she'll never get to use her gift.

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