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Q: Give a holiday gift to my ayi?

I have an ayi and pay her 100 kuai for 3 hours of housekeeping every Saturday or Sunday morning. I reckon it's worth it since (1) I'm too lazy to do the cleaning myself and (2) 100 kuai isn't that much compared to say, a feed in a Western restaurant or what I'd pay a "maid" back in the States.

That said, I'm wondering if I should give her a Christmas present as a show of good will and appreciation or should I wait for Chinese New Year and give her something then?

Corollary question: What would be an appropriate gift to give ayi? What do you guys with ayis do at holiday time?

 

7 years 50 weeks ago in  Culture - Qingdao

 
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She really strings out 3 hours of work every week?

Seems a long time.  What does she do?

I think buying her something would be a lovely gesture.  How about a bottle of dry white wine?  That's what I'd get her.

For Spring Festival, Christmas means nothing to Chinese.

 

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I'd recommend some fruit packed nicely

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Not for xmas, its just another day for her. I know we find it a little rude but if you really wanted to show your appreciation then some cash in a little red envelope. We might not like it, but they would appreciate it much more than say fruit or wine.

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I'd save the gift giving for Spring festival too. Well, perhaps give her some cookies or a bag of oranges, you know, because of this crazy xmas thing. 

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To the OP -- I wonder what city you live in.  I can't imagine paying RMB 100 to an ayi for 3 hours work.  It is just so darn little.

 

I pay my AYI RMB 200 for about 2 hours work each visit.  She comes three times a week.  Once a week she clean my apartment.  Once a week she cleans the stairwells of the building and tends to little chores around the building -- all of the things that the official building ayi overlooks.Once a week she goes shopping for me at the open air market to get the best quality items for the lowest prices.

 

For Spring Festival, never for Christmas, I give her a "hong bao" with RMB 1,000 in it.

 

I also put a little money on her telephone each month as I need to be able to reach her.

 

She's been with me for almost five years.

 

You couldn't find an AYI around here who would work for such little money.

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