What are you buying teachers for gifts this holiday season?
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Shelley - posted on 12/17/2009
Leisel...I think your gift will be the one appreciated by that teacher for many years to come. A homemade gift is so thoughtful.
I agree about acknowledging the others in our lives...I do appreciate those others in my life besides the teachers. I do give my hairdresser, cleaning lady, nail salon, UPS driver and if I am at a doctors visit during the holiday season I do pick something up for them as well. I usually send a thank you or a box of chocolates to the doctors office sometime during the year if I had been to see them a lot. I had some major eye surgery this passed year so I sent in a couple dozen brownies with a thank you card for the entire staff. My husband is a dentist and I know he appreciates when people acknowledge him as well.
Leisel - posted on 12/16/2009
This year our class clubbed together to get the teacher a painting that she really wanted. I thought it was fabulous as there would be none of the usual, pressie competition, so I sent my boy off to his last day of school with a homemade Christmas decoration. Imagine my dismay when I saw that many of the other parents had still bought more presents! I like the ideas above but am a bit concerned that the gift giving can become a bit excessive.
Just another thought (and to play Devil's advocate) does anyone know why we tend to give teachers a Christmas gift but not our doctors/ clinic staff/ street cleaners/ refuse collectors (well we don't here in Africa)?
Sarah - posted on 12/16/2009
One year I found some decortive boxes that I thought would be really cool to put things in for the teachers. I love to bake and my kids love to help, so I decided to do layers of different goodies that we love to eat. I would then put a little note in with what was one each layer.
Joy - posted on 12/16/2009
Funds are low this year so I made a bunch of banana bread. I used small tin pans from dollar store & got a green plastic wrap. Afterwards I made cards using business card stock listing ingredients (just in case for allergy) & wishing them Merry Christmas from my son. I put the cards with the bread. His teachers seemed to like it. My son enjoyed giving all his teachers & his bus driver a gift this year.
Shelley - posted on 12/16/2009
When I worked as a teacher I always appreciated gift cards. One child gave me a book of stamps with some pretty notecards. I really enjoyed that gift. This year, I'm giving my son's preschool teacher a gift card to Starbucks.
I was thinking of gift cards - that is what I ususally give but was thinking of changing it up this year. But I just might keep it easy. With three kids and lots of teeachers it gets overshelming! The cards with stamps is a great idea too. All the teachers usually write Thank You's so that would be appreciated by them :) Thanks for the idea.
Hope all the moms keep more ideas coming....
Kathy - posted on 12/16/2009
It all depends on the teacher, I have my own business with Mary Kay and often give the Satin Hands sets to the female teachers. But, this year the teachers had a "wish list" posted outside the classroom of things they wanted for the class and asked to please consider donating one of those wishlist items instead of giving the normal 'holiday gift" so that is what I did for them this year:) Good luck, it's always so hard to decide. We have teachers in our family so they say some of their favorites are the gift cards to book stores or office supply stores because they spend sooo much of their own money on supplies and stuff that is NOT in the budget but they don't want the kids to go without :) Hope that helps, happy holidays!!!
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