Handmade gifts are best

As an Au Pair in a foreign country during the holidays, you are probably wondering how on earth people can afford to pay their bills and put on a huge Christmas spread. Unfortunately, many Americans live beyond their means at this time of the year and will be paying for it months and longer into the new year.

Here are a few tips to help keep your holidays manageable:

Try to keep your list fairly short. Make a list of people you can send a card and make a list of those for whom you would like to give a gift.

Some families have a price limit on gifts; check with your family to see if they have a normal amount they would suggest you spend. If not, try to keep your gifts within your budget.

The best kind of gift is a memory. When looking at the list you made, think of what each person would really like. Think more in terms of experiences and moments of enjoyment you could create for that person instead of an object or item.

Baked or handmade gifts are usually the most meaningful and memorable. It can cost very little money to buy a small picture frame and either write a personal note or even a poem; maybe include a picture of you and that person doing something together.

Most of all, do not get overwhelmed with the idea of having to get every person a gift. Focus more on the generosity of spirit during this time of year. Allow the natural love in you to flow out to the members of your Host Family and your new friends.

For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925.

We have over 300 available Au Pairs from over 30 countries. We also have in-country Au Pairs who are looking to match with new Host Families. Consider a cultural child care experience for your family.

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