What do you give the caregiver for Christmas? For a full-time nanny/sitter, the rule of thumb I always hear is "a week's pay or equivalent." Discuss that one amongst yourselves if you like.
Meanwhile, who knows what fits all the different situations involving part-time folks, shared sitters, home day care and the myriad of daycare providers? Well, the caregivers on the Provider's Playground mailing list have some suggestions. Their discussion is worth reading; here's the three-way tie for best gift: