30 Fabulous Tax-Free Gift Ideas for Nannies and Caregivers

December is here and the rush to get all your holiday gifts has begun. If your list is like mine, you’re buying for family, close friends, and your nanny or caregiver. While your kiddos probably had their wish list typed up, laminated, and on the fridge since July, buying for those you employ can be tricky.

When it comes to gifts for employees, you want to make sure that you are not going to have to pay additional taxes on the gift. If you’re looking for deep reading material, the Canada Revenue Agency has a slew of information on their website that explains when you can give a gift tax-free, and what types of gifts are included. Basically, the only times you can give a gift without having to pay tax on the fair market value is when the gift is given for a birthday, the birth of a child, a wedding, or a religious holiday. When it comes to the gift itself, it cannot be cash or near cash (gift cards, gift cheques, gold nuggets, or a gift that allows the employee to choose their own item), and the total value of gifts for the year must be less than $500. For more information that’s super easy to read, you can check out our blog post called A Gift That Isn’t Taxing.

Ready to take the plunge and buy your nanny, elder caregiver, or household employee a fabulous tax-free gift? Here are 30 great ideas to get you started and help you skip the tax (as long as they are under $500):

  1. Magazine Subscriptions
  2. Books
  3. DVDs
  4. DVD Player
  5. Season Passes
  6. Netflix Subscription
  7. Clothing
  8. Reusable Totes
  9. Lotion
  10. Perfume
  11. Spa Basket
  12. Mani Pedi Set
  13. Makeup
  14. Jewelry
  15. A Bike
  16. Rollerblades
  17. Concert Tickets
  18. Framed Art
  19. Camera
  20. MP3 Player
  21. Apple ANYTHING
  22. Gym Membership
  23. Coffee
  24. Small Kitchen Appliance
  25. Tea Basket
  26. Chocolate Basket
  27. Arts and Crafts Supplies
  28. Fitness Monitor like Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, or Jawbone UP
  29. Bedding
  30. Anything made with love by your kids or family

Do you have another fabulous idea for a tax-free employee gift? Do you know what you are giving your nanny or caregiver this year? Let us know, we LOVE comments! Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter too!

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