December 16, 2013
Last minute au pair gifts

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
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.

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 Best Buy or online.

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

Makeup and cosmetics
From lip gloss to mascara, perfume to body lotion, makeup and cosmetics are always a sure bet for girly au pairs. Sephora, Ulta and online retailers offer a variety of brands and products.

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.)

Headphones
For the music lover, quality headphones are great because you can take them on all your au pair adventures. This is an easy gift as one size fits all!

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.

Selfie stick
For your au pair’s adventures and travels, selfie sticks always come in handy.

PERSONAL GIFTS:

City posters 
Several online retailers have beautiful posters for a large number of metro areas in the U.S. and they would be great keepsakes for your au pair once they return home.

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

 

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