Last minute au pair gifts

December 16, 2013

The holiday season happened FAST this year so finishing up holiday shopping has proven to be a challenge, at least for me! For host parents who still need to get gifts for their au pairs, I’ve come up with a list of presents in all price ranges and covering all interests to help inspire. Enjoy!

FOR THE SPORTS ENTHUSIAST:

Winter hat by Under Armour
Under Armour seems to be all the rage with young people these days and what I like about their winter beanies is that they keep your head warm but are light enough to wear during a workout outside. You can order these online or get them at popular sports stores or Nordstroms. $26.99

GoPro camera
If you have an au pair who is a bit of a daredevil, a GoPro camera could be a great gift. These cameras can be attached to your body (or surfboard or bike) to capture the most amazing action shots. You can buy these at stores like Target and REI. Starts at $199

LeSportsac bag
This bright little bag is perfect to take on any adventure! Available online at Zappos.com $68

FOR THE GIRLY AU PAIR:

Path of Life Charm bangle
Alex and Ani, who make all of their jewelry from recyclable materials, say that one should “wear the Path of Life Charm to proudly celebrate your own willingness to travel towards life’s fruitful moments.” These are available at the Paper Store or online at alexandani.com $28

Lipgloss or Lipstick
There’s something about a decadent tube of lipstick or lipgloss that makes a girl feel fun and flirty! Here are a couple of my favorites, all available at Sephora: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pretty Social, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture and Nars Lip Gloss in Sweet Dreams. From $20

FOR THE MALE AU PAIR:

College sweatshirt
Has your au pair attended classes at a local college? Buy him a sweatshirt from his American alma mater! (This a great gift for any au pair.)

Washable headphones
For the music lover, these headphones are great because you can throw them in the wash!?! They also have features including a plug for instant music sharing and a microphone and remote for picking up calls and hands-free talking. Available in 10 fun colors at urbanears.com $49

FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTERFLY

Touchscreen gloves
Living in a cold climate? Get your au pair a pair of touchscreen gloves so she or he can keep warm without giving up the ability to use a touchscreen. Available at many sports stores including REI.  $24.50

3-in-1 Kit For iPad iPhone
This cool little kit gives you three different lenses to attach to your iPhone or iPad. Perfect for the au pair who likes to post pics on Instagram and Facebook. Available on amazon.com From $8.36

PERSONAL GIFTS:

City posters by Ork
Ork makes beautiful posters for a large number of metro areas in the U.S. and they would be great keepsakes for your au pair once she returns home. (And, they are so cool!) Available online at orkposters.com. From $22

State prints by 1canoe2 letterpress
Your au pair will love a state print from this boutique letterpress, and it will help her remember her au pair adventure for years to come. Available online or in stores across the country. From $16

Personalized notepad
Encourage your au pair to write notes to friends and family back home (and to you too) by ordering her some beautiful, personalized stationary. Tons of different designs and inexpensive to boot. Available at shutterfly.com $14.99

Hangit photo display
Au pairs can use this photo display to hang photos, ticket stubs and other memorabilia from their year. Available on umbra.com $20

Host parents, do you have any other great gift ideas to share with others? Please let us know!

 

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