Domestic help (n.) a person who is paid to help with cleaning and other menial tasks in others’ house which isn’t defined as a workplace and whose job isn’t considered important enough to call them workers. We know how important they are for our household yet we rarely attempt to praise them. Here are 6 things that you can gift your domestic help to thank them for their endeavours.
Clothes are never a frivolity; they always mean something. More often than not, a simple saree is enough to make your maid’s day. Get your male cook a semi-stitched pant suit and see the difference it makes. Their contagious smile will make your day brighter. Give them any piece of clothing and they feel like they’re a part of your family. You can buy sarees from anywhere between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000 here. Similarly, formal shirts come in at many price points like this one at Rs. 499 or one at Rs. 659 or this one at Rs. 1400.
You don’t need to gift them a high-end, expensive smartphone. Unlike us, their motive is to make calls only. A mobile phone will not only make it easier for you to contact them whenever required but also enable them to contact their family that is probably living in a village far off. Get a mobile phone for them here.
To us, blankets are no special commodity. But we fail to realize how our country is predominantly poverty stricken and so many people go to sleep at night with nothing to cover their bodies with. Every winter, a large number of people die due to hypothermia, the poor and undernourished being the most likely victims. Every time they look at that blanket they would be reminded of your kind gesture. You can get an affordable set of 5 fleece blankets for a big family or even an inexpensive thick double blanket.
One can never run out of crockery. The more the pans you have, the better. We all know how useful utensils are. This time when you want to gift your domestic help something, get them this set of three non-stick utensils. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with this. You can choose to spend anywhere from Rs. 300 - 400 all the way to Rs. 5000 or more on utensils. You can order utensils from here.
There’s a chance that your domestic help has not only children but grandchildren too. If they’re infants you can buy them stuffed toys and lighten them up. For the elder ones, you can get board games and such, that would help test their cognitive skills too. Your domestic help will for sure appreciate this. You can get quite creative with toys - from fidget spinners to stuffed toys. You can gift them battery-operated toy instruments, a car track set, toy planes, a cricket set etc.
Oftentimes, the children of your domestic help might not have access to trinkets growing up, that for us were staple. You could gift their children an inexpensive art set and pair that up with a coloring book. You could gift them a jewelry set, perhaps a pair of binoculars or even a cool pair of shoes!
If none of this appeases you and you’re still confused about what to get your domestic help, give them a bonus. Let them decide where they would want to spend the money themselves. In this way, you will be able to appreciate the hard work they put in at your house and at the same time, let them choose where their money goes.
You know the best time to buy your domestic help a gift? Today. There isn’t the need for a festival to act as an excuse. Buy them a gift today and show them how crucial their role is in your household. Your tiny efforts of acknowledging them make them feel 10 times more better about themselves than you think.