Most of us would agree that our lifestyle here in Hong Kong is greatly enhanced by the wonderful domestic helper community. “I wouldn’t be able to do it without my helper!” is a common refrain. They offer us huge support but often, in our busy lives, go under appreciated. The holidays and birthdays are a great time to show our gratitude. Giving a cash bonus (if possible) is customary and appreciated, but it’s also nice to have a tangible present to open. A thank you card from everyone goes a long way too! If you’re stuck for ideas, let this list inspire you! And if all else fails, ask her what she would really like!
A gift certificate for a foot massage at Happy Foot
A turkey or ham for Christmas lunch with her friends or extended family members from one of these online meat suppliers.
Help her relax with a reusable, microwavable shoulder pad filled with aromatic Thai herbs from Five Senses.
A blow-dry at Airplay for HKD380 and/or spa manicure for HKD280
A pair of house slippers, a fleece or a warm sweater from Uniqlo
Gifts to send to their children/grandchildren such as clothes, toys, and books
A tablet or smartphone (Wan Chai Computer Centre sells less expensive refurbished phones)
Christmas cookie “Bake and Decorate” workshop at Complete Deelite
Swimming lessons from Splash
Picture of the family (with her in it) and thank you note
A trip home