Holiday gifting season is in full swing, and with that, there are a few very important gifts that I have to shop for that have been stressing me out. Luckily, gift-giving is not really a tradition among my family, so I don’t have a long list of relatives to shop for. But, there are a few really important people in my life that I want to show proper appreciation for, and one of them is my nanny. Especially this year with Covid and work from home orders, our nanny has been a savior, taking care of the toddler every day so that me and my husband can work from home effectively. Not worrying about having reliable childcare has really made it so much easier on us this year. She is a recent immigrant from China, with limited English proficiency, who speaks to us and our son mainly in Mandarin. Gift-giving is a deeply cultural thing, and so this year like every year I was wracking my brains for what would be appropriate to give her to show my appreciation and that she would enjoy. I have spent so many hours thinking about this now that I figured I would share my gift candidates and lists of things NOT to gift –in case anyone else with a Chinese nanny might need some ideas.