It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Gift Ideas

I was cleaning up at the end of my workday, when I hit upon the Perfect gift. I was envisioning all my parents contributing to this wonderful, personal, supportive gift. All you out there who have caregivers, I’m about to tell you something that will make your caregiver love you forever. No favour you ask – well, almost – will ever be too great, from here on in.

You ready?

The monthly, or bi-monthly services of a cleaning service!

There are six of them. So, if they each paid for two days, that would get me monthly cleaning. If they paid for four days each, I could have someone come in and beat back the grime twice a month.

I can only imagine such luxury.

March 16, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. A cleaner!!!! You have how many teenagers in the house? Get em working for free.

    Comment by Si | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  2. My caregiver writes off her WEEKLY cleaning lady as a business expense. Something to think about….

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  3. Knowing you, I imagine your kid(s) still at home aren’t slackers.

    I just found out the other day the state will pay me for providing “in home services” to Elcie. I had thought someone had to come in but they said no, it could be me.


    Comment by Granny | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  4. That’s a very good idea indeed.

    Comment by Candace | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  5. huh, and I was just going to ask you for ideas for a gift for our soon-to-be-ex-nanny… but of course, we weren’t in her home, so it feels a bit intrusive to insert ourselves in there! I went with the always-useful Indigo gift card for her and some good reading books and a few fun craft books for her girls (aged 9 and 11).

    Comment by kittenpie | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  6. Hi!
    I’m a new reader who just came accross your blog.
    As great an idea as that might be, I really worry that my caregiver might be offended by that gift! I fear that she might think that it means I think her place is messy or dirty!
    Maybe we’ll test the waters and see what she thinks!

    Comment by rose | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  7. That is a really cool idea, but I agree with Rose, that unless you knew that you wouldn’t offend the person it’d be hard to provide a housecleaner. The fact that some would take offense to that is hard to swallow. For you, it’s an awesome idea, for others maybe not so much!

    Comment by Angela | March 16, 2006 | Reply

  8. It’s good to ‘detox’ the place regularly, especially it’s one where drooling children (germful saliva) congregate and contaminate the toys which they happily share with one another. Ha ha ha…

    All right, to be fair to the parents, they probably have to do their part and ‘detox’ their own kid from dieases, germs etc before they bring their kid to you. 😉

    Comment by Queen Bee | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  9. Well, except for Typhoid Marty. Apparently he feels he’s entitled to an exemption on the grounds that he’s terminaly clueless.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  10. Si: PHBHBHT! You have four kids. You know as well as I do what a crap job kids do on cleaning – really cleaning. Besides, a cleaning lady wouldn’t preclude picking up after yourselves, doing the dishes, and taking out the garbage.

    MisS: If I could afford the cleaning lady in the first place, but sadly, you have to pay her before you can claim the deduction…

    Granny: Well, they try to be… But they don’t get away with it too often! (Only when I’m slacking, too.)

    Candace: I thought so!

    Kittenpie: The gifts I get from my clients run the gamut: from the cheap and cheesie to the very thoughtful, both inexpensive and lavish. What one person would enjoy, another mightn’t. Gift certificates for places personal to the nanny’s interests and needs are always good.

    Rose: That’s okay, because my place often is messy – and it’s because of their children! If you had that concern, you could present it like this: “It’s obvious to me you work very hard at creating a lovely environment for my child, and I know she/he doesn’t make it easy! So I thought this would be a way to give you some more time in your day.”

    Angela: I’m both pretty laid-back and pretty secure, and would LOVE this as a gift. It seems to me that people who’d complain about a gift like this are either insecure or ungrateful – or both (insecurity causing ingratitude). I also think some people just like to take offense. But, given that there are people out there like this, yes, you’d have to be tactful.

    QueenBee: The drooled-upon toys are routinely set to soak in sinks of bleach-and-water for decontamination. I don’t think a cleaning lade would see that as part of her job anyway. (Too bad!!)

    MsS: LMAO My you do have a hate on for that man, don’t you? We had a little chat, and he’s told me he’ll do better in future. I only have his child till the end of June, anyway, so the damage he can do is at least constrained by time!

    Comment by Mary P. | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  11. PHBHBHT!

    Whats it stand for?

    Comment by Si | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  12. You know, Mary, it was when faced with this that I suddenly realized how little I know her on a personal level – we don’t take our girl to her home, so I didn’t have a sense of her personal decor style, She tends to wear practical jeans-and-Tshirt type clothes for work, so I wasn’t sure about a clothing item or certificate, and although I am usually well-known for my gift-giving, I was stumped. I did at least give her girls books I knew they would like and told her that I thought she might like to choose her own. And wrote her a very heartfelt message about how much we have treasured her care for punmpkinpie and how we have seen her blossom under her care. I do hope it didn’t seem like a gift card was impersonal…

    Comment by kittenpie | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  13. Yeah Mary, I do. Especially since I began my own special dance with this plague at about 2:00 this morning. In co-sleeping, tandem puking stereo, no less.

    Plus, Typhoid Marty is fun to say. Admit it.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  14. Si: I’ve already told you by email, but I’ll tell the others in case anyone else doesn’t recognize it: it’s a raspberry, aka a Bronx cheer. Stick outcher tongue and blow…

    Kittenpie: I get a lot of gift certificates. Right now, on my kitchen counter, I have one for the Folklore Centre, one for a caterer (they do regular meals for your family), and two for various bookstores. I love them! For a treat, I let my daughter and one of my stepdaughters take one to the Folklore Centre, saying they could spend $20 of it. They came back with these really cool carved wooden frog noise-makers. Fun for the whole family!

    MsS: Co-sleeping with two pukers? Sounds like a nightmare to me…

    Oh, I do like saying it! Makes me laugh out loud every time you write it, too. Me bad. 😉

    Comment by Mary P. | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  15. Nightmare does not begin to describe it. Every piece of bedding needs to go into the wash. Multiple pairs of pjs. Towels from the 3 baths and of showers so far (Because that’s the number of fullbody pukes *I’ve* enjoyed) And I don’t have an in house washing machine.

    Or a carpet steamer. And given what poor wee Zen Baby has done to the livingroom carpet, that’s a whole other problem.

    I’ve decided to blame Typhoid Marty. 🙂

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 17, 2006 | Reply

  16. Oh yes. A must have. The ladies who come to my house are great… I missed them so much this week.

    Comment by mo-wo | March 19, 2006 | Reply

  17. Nice and usefull post, thanks, this is one for my bookmarks!

    Comment by Cleaning Lady | December 5, 2008 | Reply

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