Teacher Xmas gifts...

Oluwatosin - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Any one have ideas/ suggestions for this? Pooling resources with other parents has been ruled out as most have already given something to the teachers. I have 5 teachers to get something for (!!!), so I am at my wits end....can't afford to spend too much...so what's a good gift? WHat would a teacher appreciate/ be able to use? I hear all those teacher/ apple-related gifts are a no-no?

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Becki - posted on 12/15/2011

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Best time to find inexpensive gifts for teachers are after x-mas. We've purchased desk top water falls for $3-5.00 ea and the teachers still have them in their classrooms. Candle sets are also greatly discounted. This year we've opted to purchase bulk gourmet hot chocolate, teas and coffees, gift boxes and create our own Gourmet Beverage Gift Boxes. 6 teachers All for $6.00 a teacher.

Denise - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Oluwatosin:



Teacher Xmas gifts...



Any one have ideas/ suggestions for this? Pooling resources with other parents has been ruled out as most have already given something to the teachers. I have 5 teachers to get something for (!!!), so I am at my wits end....can't afford to spend too much...so what's a good gift? WHat would a teacher appreciate/ be able to use? I hear all those teacher/ apple-related gifts are a no-no?




Barbara - posted on 12/22/2009

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For next year you might suggest the teachers do what my grandsons' school does. Most teachers spend a great deal of personal funds for things for crafts, books, paints, etc. for use in their classrooms. So the teachers make out a wish list they hand out at the beginning of school for things they'd like to have for their classrooms. Then the Moms can pick things up as they go on sale & package them up for Christmas gifts. Teachers & parents like this it seems. Or you could go with gift cards to a teachers supply store , craft place, or book store. Or talk to some of the other teachers & find out where your teacher likes to eat or drink coffee, a sandwich shop or something & get gift card for there. Even a $5 card is helpful on a teacher's salary.

Sarah - posted on 12/20/2009

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Mostly all teachers like gifts for the classroom, not themself. Like a book, supplies, etc.. If you really want to give them something, homemade baked goods is always a big hit- thats what I'll be doing, along with a classroom gift that the teacher asked for.

Charlie - posted on 12/19/2009

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I am a teacher and any sign of appreciation is wonderful from a card to a donation on my behalf or even a box of chocolates .

My fave pressies were gift cards to day spa's !

Sandra - posted on 12/19/2009

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another good gift is a gift card for a local gas station or convienece store, you know they all drive to school, it's useful.

Jane - posted on 12/19/2009

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My son's teacher told her kids to not bring gifts, but to give her the cash they would have spent on the gift...this money is going to the children in China, for their education...she will match their gift, her friend is matching that gift and a company is going to match that gift....What a great gift - education! My 11 year old couldn't wait to help another child(ren), he dug in his bank and gave $20! I am soooo proud of him.

Lawanda - posted on 12/19/2009

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It depends on the teacher there religion and so fourth it could be something as simple as a card and have your kids make something homemade money should not always have to be spent homemade is always from the heart and will forever be appreciated.

Anastasia - posted on 12/19/2009

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I just read everyone's suggestions... 5 dollar gift cards work too!
(Starbucks, Borders, Etc.) It's the thought that counts..Books can
be a low as 5 bucks or a warm cup of coffee. Can't go wrong with
gift cards!

Anastasia - posted on 12/19/2009

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I'm a teacher. I like the shawls or scarves students give me.
They're no more than 10 bucks at Savons / CVS. Goodluck!

Tiffany - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter is in pre-k. They had their Christmas party today. She gave her teacher and t.a. a candle from Kohl's...really cute pillars with Christmas bases. one had red and silver balls & jinglebells, the other sticks & berries. We also gave a baby outfit to her teacher that is due with her first child in February.

Sherry - posted on 12/17/2009

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i always go to Target or somewhere like that and buy my boys teachers a christmas ornament for their tree, they have some really lovely ones and i let the boys pick them out so they the gift has a special meaning to them also.

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2009

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Gift cards are always a great gift! As a teacher it gives you a chance to buy any supplies you might need or prizes for the classroom, etc. Target is a store that I can always go to to find these things! Or other gift cards are good as well, like to the movies if the teacher is into watching movies or to a restaurant, those are always nice gifts to receive because no matter what you're letting the teacher know she/he is appreciated! Hope this helps! *Oh I think $20 or $25 is a good amt. if u can do that much!

Bea - posted on 12/17/2009

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i think anyone would enjoy a ten dollar gift card from Tim Horton's. if u could do twenty that would be nice.

Andrea - posted on 12/17/2009

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I am a teacher...I get a ton of lotion and body wash so that is something I say pass on if you can. Small gift cards to places like Tim Hortons, Starbucks, etc.... are nice. Then we can pick up a hot cocoa or bagel on the way to work.

I teach in a school where there are TONS of staff in one class so I cannot possible buy for all my children's teachers but the main one. I like having her paint the $1 wood frames they have at Michael's and insert a picture of them or one she drew inside. It is memorable and unique.

Getting books for the classroom is also nice and I love the idea above about buying classroom supplies since a lot of teachers do buy those things out of pocket.

Hope these ideas help since you are not a baker!

Kimberly - posted on 12/16/2009

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You could always buy books for thier classroom libraries if it is elementary school.

Amber - posted on 12/16/2009

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Consumables that the children help you to make are always a welcome option. ( some teachers have husbands to feed! lol)

This year, my daughter picked my " nut balls" ( they are like cinnamon shortbread dusted with icing sugar) We've put them into an old fashioned canning jar and slipped a cute square of fabric over the lid. We added festive ribbon and then she hand painted a card and note for her teachers. ( she has 2). They seemed to love it!?
I've also done some great old fashioned cookies like oatmeal rasin, oatmeal chocolate chip and molasses! yum :)
You can always do mini loaves of bread as well like banana, cinnamon raisin or zuccini, then add in some inidividual tea packages or hot chocolate. Wrap them in a plastic saran wrap and then use a plain paper lunch bag as the gift bag. Glue a strip of pretty paper to the top, punch a hole through and attatch a card and ribbon.

Also, you can use some of the art your children have brought home to make a sort of scrapbook page, handmade ornament or special note to the teacher.

Have the children make something out of clay or homemade salt dough. Pencil holders, " jewellery plate" or salt dough ornaments for the tree

Homemade art is also a great option, The chilren can draw, color or paint a picture of their favorite classroom memory and then place it in a clear dollar store frame. Leave about an inch of space around the edge of the paper so that your child can glue on some decorations to the side of the frame, if they like.

They could also write a letter to the teacher about why they love their class. Put it in a nice handmade/ handpainted card

You can also make some homemade flowers. Lots of various websites offer different templates to create some unique gifts.

Martha Stewart's website has some very nice ideas as well :)...

Julie - posted on 12/16/2009

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I tend to make biscuits or chocolate my daughter's teacher's always seem to like that

Tracie - posted on 12/16/2009

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This year for my three childrens teachers, I am giving them gift cards to Borders or Barnes and Noble Bookstores. Therefore they can pick up a book for themselves or something for their classrooms. This is something were they hav eto go there themselves so usually the teachers tell me that they got themselves something. Most teachers love to read and this is something they enjoy. Another idea isto find out if your teachers have a favorite fast food restaurant, such as subeay, taco bell or a coffee house so that they can enjoy a lunch date out from your child.

Debra - posted on 12/16/2009

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This year we're giving all of our teachers school supplies. I know teachers that are taking money from their own pockets to buy supplies that are needed in the classroom. Depending on the age of the kids it could be a package of construction paper, big bottle of paste, chalk, dry erase markers, pens/pencils, folders. We have a wonderful teacher this year that has a 'giving tree' outside of her classroom with ornaments listing needed supplies. Makes it so easy!

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From Heifer International you can buy a flock of chicks or bees for around $10 that then get given to a family to help them sustain their families. they help families all over the world. There are lots of options like purchasing parts of milking cows, goats, sheep, an assortment of animals to make up a "knitting basket". It is a pretty cool organization. And it is a gift that keeps on giving for the family that receives the animals.

Alison - posted on 12/16/2009

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When you are having to go cheap, which is what 90% of us are having to do, I suggest going to Dollar Tree and looking around. I'm a huge fan of that store. Get coffee mugs and fill them with candy or packets of cocoa, cider, etc. Use colored cellophane and wrap around them and tie with a bow. You can do all 8 teachers for less than $15. Good luck!

Charlie - posted on 12/16/2009

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I have bought plain mugs and then used porceline pens to draw and write on them. You then bake them in the oven to 'set' the paint. They always look cute and they work for babies doing hand prints to teenagers doing contemporary designs. They children can drawing pictures and write messages - Personal, origional and teachers will always have many cups of tea or coffee throughout the day!

Elisa - posted on 12/16/2009

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I went to a dollar store and got each teacher a Christmas potholder and dish towel....quick, easy and inexpensive.

Susan - posted on 12/16/2009

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a gift card is always a great gift..I purchased $10.00..starbucks for my son's teachers..also if you have several kids in one school or if the teacher has requested no gifts..buy a book for the school library and donate in the teachers name from your family..always a big hit!
good luck..

Angela - posted on 12/16/2009

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I suggest baking cookies as well. Cookies are easy. And I'd actually like to post a question since we are talking about this. What if your child, has say, 8-9 teachers (in middle school), how can you distribute to all of them? That becomes very pricey. Or do you pick and choose (which I feel iffy on). Since we're on the topic, I'd love to have some answers on this :)

Kappy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Gas cards are always appreciated. Perhaps to a station close to the school? Even a $10 gas card is appreciated when the tank is low! I like to get those magnetic note pads that stick to your fridge with a pen that can also stick to the fridge. Easy for making shopping lists. I usually have to use my hot glue gun to affix a magnet to the pen, but if I do that the whole thing is pretty inexpensive.

Tara - posted on 12/16/2009

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I am a teacher. Movie tickets work well. I second the suggestions about christmas decorations and homemade cookies. One year, I received a small photo album with pictures of events through the year, which still is a lovely memory.

Leanne - posted on 12/16/2009

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When I was teaching I always enjoyed receiving Christmas Tree decorations. When I decorate my tree each year it brings back beautiful memories of children I have taught in the past. So now I always buy our teachers Christmas decorations too and they always seem well received. Once I received Christmas tea towels which were also lovely. Fresh flowers, a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates were also always appreciated.

Alison - posted on 12/15/2009

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I do some sort of goody treat or look thtough Dollar Tree. You can get really cute pic frames!

Valerie - posted on 12/15/2009

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a deck of classroom virtues cards or a virtues poster...they will help the teacher with positive classroom discussions and behavior...www.virtuesvillagellc.com

Megan - posted on 12/15/2009

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To your comment about gift cards, I was a teacher and I loved getting gift cards...restaurants are always nice but for less $ do a smaller amount to a coffee place or bakery or a video rental place.

Renee - posted on 12/15/2009

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Hobby Lobby, Michaels or JoAnn's sells glass jars - I got Santa shaped ones, bought bath salts from Walmart and filled the jars, the cost was very minimal and since all the teachers but one were women they all love it. The man teacher I filled his jar with candy.

Sue - posted on 12/15/2009

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Why don't you just bake them some cookies, banana bread or muffins? Everyone likes to receive cookies. It doesn't have to be elaborate just baking a small loaf of banana bread with a card shows you made a nice effort.

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Oluwatosin:

I'm not much of a baker, unfortunately. I'm not creative in that way (wish I was)...what about gift cards? How much would be ok?



LOL, I'm pretty ordinary in the kitchen too, but they really were very easy :)



My daughter has a wooden plaque here to give to her teacher tomorrow which has been decorated with a saying "You can't scare me, I teach kids" :)  You can often buy basic wooden plaques and paint in a hardware store.

Kymberly - posted on 12/15/2009

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This year I got each teacher a jar of Pumpkin Butter and Cranberry Butter from Trader Joe's. Then added a cute Christmas spreader in a clear bag with a few candies thrown in. Easy and no cooking involved.

Oluwatosin - posted on 12/15/2009

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I'm not much of a baker, unfortunately. I'm not creative in that way (wish I was)...what about gift cards? How much would be ok?

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2009

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This year I made some cinnamon star cookies and chocolate truffles - the kids were able to help as well, so they felt they were giving a gift they had done themselves.

Phyllis - posted on 12/15/2009

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I am a busy kindergarten teacher, and I always appreciate the homemade breads, cookies, or jams that I receive as gifts.

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