Domestic helpers make a huge contribution to your family. Are you looking for ideas for ways to thank them, and celebrate Christmas and the end of the year? We turned to Julie Delignon, Country Manager of HelperChoice.com, a social impact start-up eradicating illegal agency placement fees by connecting employers and domestic helpers directly, to tell us more.
“Christmas is a period of sharing and happiness for both children and grown-ups. This is also a time to show our gratitude to the special people in our lives, like our domestic helpers.
The majority of domestic helpers are working in Hong Kong to support their family in Indonesia or in the Philippines so they would appreciate to get a cash bonus or a gift that they can offer to their family members, like a mobile phone to keep in touch, a term of school fees for one of their children or even a medical insurance to cover their needs.
If you can afford it, you could offer your domestic worker an airline ticket so that she celebrates Christmas in her own family. As this is an expensive gift, you can rather give her cash with a card explaining her that this is a contribution to help pay her
If you want to offer a more personal gift, you need to know what kind of hobbies your helper has: if she likes hiking, you can offer her a new pair of shoes to climb to the top safely. If she is a fashion-addict, you would rather go for nice clothes or accessories. You can also think about offering her courses to learn how to cook different dishes, learn how to play music, decorate cakes … There are lots of choices in Hong Kong!
If you are not very sure about what your domestic helper is interested in, you can give her vouchers so that her family or herself can enjoy a great Christmas dinner or vouchers for something that she would not have experienced otherwise. Gift cards are also a good option so that she can buy what she prefers: clothes, jewelry, shoes, or make-up.
Sometimes cultural differences can play an important role. Your family may have different traditions and may not celebrate Christmas while your domestic helper does. In this case, you can choose to share this cultural difference and offer her something anyway, like a handmade gift, a nice card or a drawing from your children.
On the contrary, your helper may not celebrate Christmas while your family does. In this other case, you may want to include her in the preparation of the festivities while respecting her own culture and beliefs. Respecting each other differences is key to build healthy and harmonious relationships.
Whatever your choice is, this is always important to show gratitude and acknowledge your domestic helpers’ efforts and willingness. We wish you a merry Christmas!”