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Gift for the Au Pair

It’s quite hard to buy your Au Pair gifts for her arrival, her birthday or the holidays.

It can be difficult to know what she/he might like, especially when you don’t know them very well. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

In this article, you will find many gift ideas for all the different occasions:
 

Here are some useful tips to get the perfect present for your Au Pair!
 
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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. 
 
As time passes, you will also have to think about birthday and holiday presents for your new family member. We have collected some gift ideas that might help and inspire you.

Welcome present for your new Au Pair

You don’t know your Au Pair very well yet and will thus want to buy something that is practical or pleasant.
 
You will surely find some helpful tips here:
  • A guidebook covering the area you live in and the surroundings (including a map if possible)
  • A diary or notebook
  • A gift card for a local store, coffee house, cinema or a fun activity
  • A special cup/mug
  • Comfy home slippers
  • Nice shower gel and shampoo
  • Some sweets that are typical of your home country
  • A book about the history, literature or music of your home country

Birthday or holiday present for your Au Pair

au pair giftsAt 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…)
  • A travel voucher 

How can I contact an Au Pair?
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.
What are the requirements to host an Au Pair?
There are three most important requirements: the Au Pair accommodation, full board and monthly/weekly sum of pocket money. We recommend to go through the full list of requirements for Host Families. If you meet them, you can register as a Host Family today and find an Au Pair that matches your criteria.


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