OK, DISsers, I need some feedback. We're having someone housesit for us for the first time in December. What's the proper compensation etiquette when you have someone housesit? Background: When I was in college, I probably housesat 8-10 times for friends--mostly one family. Never was cash compensation offered, nor was it really expected. Occasionally I'd get a T-Shirt or other trinket from the vacation. But as a 21-22 year old, having 3000 sq ft to myself for a week was payment enough. Next month the son of a coworker has gladly agreed to watch our house for about 8 days. We've known him for about 10 years, and the fact that he's a divinity student probably means no loud parties. In fact he already commented that it will be nice to have a quiet place to study since exams are that same week. We have a dog, but he's pretty low maintenance--let him out as necessary and feed him daily. We've made arrangements for snow removal. We'll certainly stock the fridge with all of the staples he'll need for the week. I'd already planned to bring him a shirt or something else back from our trip. Is that adequate? What do you do?