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Twoandabump · 02/10/2006 16:45
I cm, and usually spend £10 on full timers and £5 on part timers, but to be honest it is more a thought about pressie so could be less but I know they will love it.
I have 2 f/t and 7 p/t potentially to buy for, but they do give my lo's a pressie at Christmas, so only fair!
syrup · 02/10/2006 17:53
Wow how generous? I'm afraid I'd probably spend £15-£20 on my own children and I know that my boys would be extremely pleased with a book or such especially if it had been chosen with there interests in mind. £5 would be more than adequate. My ds1 was thrilled to bits with his "nursery book" (percy the park keeper) and took it to bed with him at night. He couldn't have been more chuffed and it was given to him by his favourite teacher.
dmo · 02/10/2006 19:24
might get books then
i'm in thebooks for children club and ordered a book for one of my mindees for £9
what do u do for past mindees as one of my mindees left in april and came with prezzis for my sons b/days in june and aug?
also i still buy presents for another past mindee who left 2 yrs ago
am i too soft? costing me a bomb all these prezzis
samx · 02/10/2006 19:33
hi i am a cm and new to MN. i usually spend about £5 each on the under 5s and buy a selection box for my after school kids but i have one child that i have looked after for nearly 5 years and i buy her what she wants IE for her birthday last week i bought her a horse riding lesson and i'll prob buy her another for xmas. her mother bought me a spa day at centre parcs for xmas approx £65 so i feel appreciated and as much part of her family as she is mine.
dmo · 03/10/2006 12:58
i really hate selection boxes all my family know and my boys never get them
i just think of them as a present with no thought that you threw in the shopping trolly while
seeing as i have so many mindees i will scale down then to £5 or £10 for full timers
amphion · 05/10/2006 11:23
At the beginning of the arrangement I ask that we don't swap presents at birthdays and Christmas. This makes it a lot easier for all of us. On birthdays I do a cake (can be a simple shop-bought sponge jazzed up with sweets) - the children love this. At other times, if parents want to show their appreciation, I prefer gifts like drawing paper, felt tips etc that the children can use, to personal gifts. Sometimes its lovely if a parent just says thank you for anything you have done. A lot of the time you can make a real effort but they seem to take it for granted.
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