Here are some useful tips to get the perfect present for your Au Pair!
In many cases, a gift is more about the gesture than the actual value or usefulness of what you are handing over to the other person. Giving a small present to your Au Pair when he/she arrives is a very nice gesture that will definitely be appreciated.
At this point, your Au Pair has already stayed with you for a while and you should know by now his/her personality and interests. You will be able to choose a gift that suits better your Au Pair’s personal preferences.
Does the Au Pair like gifts that have a high practicality or does she/he maybe prefer more sentimental presents with an emotional value?
Here are some gift ideas:
Photo book with pictures of your Au Pair and your family...
...or get one special picture framed
A small personalized item with a special picture (mug, pillow, blanket…)
Tickets to some local event (concert, theater, sports game …)
A special piece of jewelry that will always remind her/him of you and the Au Pair experience
T-Shirt/sweater with the name/logo of your city/state/country
Throw a surprise birthday party
Have an individual cake made for her/him
Her/his favorite sweets/tea/spice in a special gift box
Winter accessories (scarf, hat, touchscreen gloves…)
Make-up or cosmetics
An activity that she will enjoy and that she could bring one friend with (afternoon tea, day at the spa…)
You need to visit the Au Pair’s profile and drop a message there. You can also add an Au Pair to your hotlist. In both cases, the Au Pair will get notifications from you instantly. If you have a basic account, you can send standard invitations to Au Pairs. The Premium Membership allows personalized messages as well.
How long does it take to find an Au Pair?
It depends on several factors. Make sure your profile is full and interesting for other users. Make sure that you meet the Host Family requirements set by the Au Pair program. Be active and contact about 10-15 Au Pairs per day. If you follow the three tips above you can find a suitable match within one to four weeks. Check out our Host Family guide for more advice and ideas on how to find an Au Pair faster.