This Diwali – Gift a Festival to your Household Employees
By Monami Mitra | Oct 31, 2018
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”
|- Albert Einstein|
Even more than the actual days of festival, what’s more exciting is the build up to it. The last-minute flurry of cleaning at home, the eleventh hour shopping for that matching accessory and the rushed gifts for loved ones. Throughout all these activities a few people who stay in the background but ensure that we have the Diwali that we desire.
These are our maids, cooks, drivers, dog walkers, security personnel and other such people who assist us in our daily lives. They usually become such a significant part of our lives, and yet we tend to forget them. This year why don’t we put some extra thought into gifting them, in addition to giving them the customary Diwali bonus.
Here, we bring you a curated list of things that you can gift to your domestic workers.
Need of the Hour!
One of the best ways to gift them will be to learn what they require at the moment. Many a times they might be quite forthcoming, but in case they hesitate to tell you what they actually require, then you can always gift them things that will be useful in their homes. We suggest a quality non-stick cookware set or a sturdy cook top for ease of cooking.
A Journey Home!
Many a times, we see people who work for us in our homes are actually from another state or town. They come to the big cities for lucrative offers and then have to save up for years in order to visit their home town. For them, the best gift would be tickets to visit their home where they can spend the Diwali bonus on their loved ones.
After all, no matter how much they are a part of our family, they have their own family too.
With winter right around the corner, you can ensure that your household staff is prepared for it as well. You can gift a compact and economical room heater or an immersion rod water heater for them to stay comfortable indoors. You can also opt for a cost-effective gas water heater in case you know that there is a possibility of power outage.
In case you stay in a geographical area where hot and humid weather is the norm, then a quality ceiling fan or a wall fan will serve as the perfect gift.
DIY Appreciation Gift!
Sometimes, even a simple appreciation letter or card goes a long way, especially since we tend to forget acknowledging their services in our daily lives. While handing out the bonus, just add in the thank you card with a small memento.
The memento could be a photograph of them with your entire family or a dish that they loved made by you. Little gestures like these leave behind a huge positive impact on both your lives. If you have children, we suggest you make your children write the notes. This will be a learning lesson for them in appreciating others.
Of course, no matter what gift you give them, don’t forgo the bonus. This is something that is an essential part of the job for them. So, go ahead and surprise them with personalized gifts, and be ready to feel a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
- St. Francis of Assisi