Mommy Dearest,

I've been nannying for a family with two children since January and am wondering if I should buy them Christmas presents. If so, should I buy gifts just for the children? Or for the entire family? And, what gifts are appropriate?

—Nanny Christmas

Nanny Christmas,

You shouldn't feel obligated to buy the family any gifts. That said, I nannied for a family with three girls when I was in college and usually purchased individual presents for the children and a box of chocolates for the parents. If you're working within a budget, I advise just giving those you tend to gifts. And, homemade items like a tin of cookies or a knit blanket for baby are always appreciated. Another good option is a a few hours of free babysitting.

—Mommy Dearest

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