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AIBU to ask what you give your cleaner

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TreaclePumpkin Thu 23-Nov-17 14:47:08

For Christmas, that is?

This will be the first year I will have had a single, consistent cleaner all year and hopefully into the new year and beyond.

So for her last clean before Christmas, I would like to give her something, but I don't know what's appropriate? A bottle of champagne and/or chocolates or something? Or perhaps a cash bonus? And if the cash, how much - in percentage terms - on top of what I pay her weekly?


Rainatnight Thu 23-Nov-17 14:48:12

Watching with interest. Had same thought today.

CreativeMumma Thu 23-Nov-17 14:50:38

i was wondering the same thing!

rockcakesrock Thu 23-Nov-17 14:51:56

I give my cleaner a weeks wages as a minimum. Some have been so good so I give them more. I don’t think a gift is appropriate as I am sure they prefer cash. I put it inside a Christmas card. If I don’t need them for Christmas Week I add the money I would usually pay them as well as the extra week.

OhShit2017 Thu 23-Nov-17 14:51:59

I got mine a bottle of wine and some chocolates last year.

Don’t think she was expecting much though because I’m a single mum in a council house grin

SparklyLeprechaun Thu 23-Nov-17 14:53:37

A week's wages.

CISwomanHere Thu 23-Nov-17 14:53:41

Flight from UK to Spain (her home) and 13th month salary.

She's more of a household manager / nanny / cleaner though. We're her only employer.

Whereisthetinsel Thu 23-Nov-17 14:54:26

Cleaner here!!.
Best gifts I have received have been :
Posh scarf - deep burgundy, so nice I bought a bag to match!
Grey check wrap from M&S - def not my shop but I love it!
Toiletries set from The White Company - never would splurge on myself from there!
Cup and tray set from Laura Ashley - with chicken on as I have a love for them!
Posh make up bag from Boots - bigger than mine and great for cheeky week ends away with dh!!
Hope that helps!!
As much as a cash bonus would have been handy if know it would have just been put to dc Christmas gifts!!
As I have no relatives (dc +dh only) it was lovely to have gifts!!
And def felt appreciated!!

PinkHeart5914 Thu 23-Nov-17 14:57:17

Mine has cleaned for me for about 5 years now so she’s more of a friend.

I always give a bottle of champagne and box of posh chocolates. I also always ask where she would like a voucher for, normally she picks a toy shop and gets her dc a few bits.

Wine, Chocolate, Candle , Nice wash stuff would be ok, but if you’ve the money I’d give a small bonus or voucher of whatever you think is appropriate.

LadyDeLaFuente Thu 23-Nov-17 14:57:27

Thanks for the ideas, Tinsel!

IceFall Thu 23-Nov-17 15:02:59

Our cleaner has been coming consistently for 4 years now and she is amazing, real grafter. Give her a £200 bonus at Christmas but usually the second week in December so she has it before xmas.

IceFall Thu 23-Nov-17 15:03:33

That is the equivalent of 2 months 'wages' from us.

TreaclePumpkin Thu 23-Nov-17 16:14:11

Thanks for all the suggestions. It's seems there is no "standard" gift or amount to give. But I think I'll go with some extra cash as well as a small gift too. And giving it early as per @IceFall's suggestion is a great ideas. Thanks

Crumbs1 Thu 23-Nov-17 16:18:26

An envelope with cash and a small hamper of wine/chocolate/biscuits.

Fizzyknickers Thu 23-Nov-17 16:19:35

£50 xmas bonus for putting up with my knobhead dogs when she’s trying to clean 😂

PseuDenim Thu 23-Nov-17 16:20:04

Card with a week and a half wages (£60) and some chocolates or some nice toiletries

Laiste Thu 23-Nov-17 16:23:38

I've been a cleaner. A consistent one grin

In my time i've received a gucci scarf, a leather jacket a few expensive perfumes as well as v generous cash bonuses for xmas.

If you don't know her taste at all then give cash, but i wouldn't assume cash is what all cleaners want. That's a bit Dickensian.

hellsbellsmelons Thu 23-Nov-17 16:33:24

I know mine loves Prosecco so it's easy for me!

CreativeMumma Thu 23-Nov-17 16:36:39

Laiste I don’t have a lot of spare money, and make most of our Christmas presents... our cleaner comes every two weeks for three hrs (£30 per clean) I was thinking of making her a sweet treat and a nice card with a small bit of extra cash but it won’t be much as cash is so tight! Does that sound okay or willl we come across as tight?

AppleAndBlackberry Thu 23-Nov-17 18:10:57

I've given a £20 voucher most years but I might up it to £30 this year.

Council Thu 23-Nov-17 18:13:20

I do a week's pay plus a bottle and chocs. <no imagination>

CantChoose Thu 23-Nov-17 18:19:25

I pay her an extra week usually but now she alternates it with her sister so I think I'll give them an extra week between them. Some of you are very generous!
I wonder whether those giving a lot buy more extravagant gifts though - we have an absolute max of £100 per person budget and only buy for people we are close to. I pay the cleaner £50 a week (4hrs - above average pay for my area but less than an agency) so a weeks extra pay feels generous to me :/ would feel wrong to give her as much as I spend on my mum!

Missonihoni Thu 23-Nov-17 18:22:43

@creative that sounds nice. I would like it. It's more the thought and time.


scaryteacher Thu 23-Nov-17 18:34:26

Mine gets €100 in cash, so she can do what she wants with it. It's been the same for 11 years now. However, her wages have increased; I collect her and take her back, buy her lunch, and there is unlimited access to coffee.

bananamonkey Thu 23-Nov-17 18:36:52

I’ve only had a cleaner a few weeks now, didn’t know I should get her a present blush Some good ideas here!

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