Q: Our long-term housekeeper is moving back to Spain. She has known my husband for more than 40 years, comes once a week, and will also watch our children when needed. What would be an appropriate tribute/appreciation for her years of service and devotion to our family? Some sort of keepsake? Tea and cakes for her and her daughter? A cash gift? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
A: It would be thoughtful to give her a picture of your family, in a pretty frame, with hopes that she will remember you expressed in a note, along with a money gift in an amount that is comfortable for you. Usually the same as a holiday gift or the equivalent of a week’s or month’s pay is appropriate, depending on your wishes.