If you don't want to give a voucher... how about simply asking the childminder what they want... then getting it for them. They may have a list of things they would like to have (such as puppets maybe) which you could get for them.
The problem is the same as teachers get I expect... they get things they don't want. There have been several threads about that in the past. A teacher who likes wine may love a bottle of wine... but may not like it so much when they get 30 bottles.
Be very careful about pamper day vouchers - consider WHEN your childminder actually has any time to go on a pamper day. The terms on the voucher may be such that they are taken on a weekday, for example.
I am sure about the time that my cm will have to do the pamper day, so that's not a problem.
This is such a sensitive subject. I'm always if someone asks me what they can get for me as a gift. I grew up with the thought that a gift is a gift and is appreciated regardless of what it is. And to never ask for gifts, do lists...etc. So I would feel uncomfortable asking. I have heard her mention in conversation (not hint dropping or anything) just saying some things that she's looking for in terms of toys for kids...etc. So I might pick up something like that for her as well.
Although a pamper day would be lovley, I wouldnt have the time to do that personally my husband works 6 1/2 days a week and we have two boys who are 12 & 9 not old enough or mature enough yet to be left home alone for any amount of time.
I love elephants so one family brought me an elephant in some shape or form on my birthday and at xmas, never expected tho, it did make me feel appreciated if thats the word?
I'm a CM and never 'expect' anything and am always happy with whatever I've been given.
Most families usually get me something like:
Bottles/cans of Stella (they know I like my stella of an evening) Chocolates Bath/Shower/Skincare products (Champneys/Sanctuary etc) Gift Vouchers
Usually my boys get a gift too.
But also have one family who go mad (it's lovely but I used to feel awkward as no way could spend the same) and get things like:
A posh changing bag from Mamas & Papas (would never spend that much myself but was lovely) A pamper day with the mum at local posh spa place Meal out Massage Hamper with all sorts of lovely home made goodies, all in lovely jars A recipe book made by mindee's mum, all handwritten with stuff she knows I love (she cooks for us a lot! ) and a whole selection of spices. Can't remember what else.
So you can see how it varies. If you've no idea what to get then I think a voucher is absolutely fine. As I said, I don't 'expect' anything at all and I'm sure no childminder does