I am a teacher in Australia and the best gift I ever got was a vase engraved with ‘ love from’ and the child’s name. Every time I put flowers in that vase I think of him when he was six even though he would now be in his late twenty’s.
These are some great ideas, thanks for the insight! Visiting from “This Momma’s Ramblings” link party.
Our entire class combined the money we would have spent on small gifts and bought a gift card for over $300 at a local shopping centre. The teacher could choose any store in the centre for her gift and chose a beautiful gold bracelet for herself.
Michele… We LOVE homemade treats! Whatever treats make it home… :) (many times they’re too good to leave alone) often go with to family gatherings. So it’s a double blessing…delicious treats and one less thing to bake for get-togethers!
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That is such a great idea!!!! I would love that for the pure thought that went into it!
Great post! Brings me back to the sweet years I spent in the classroom. I found you through the ‘make my Saturday sweet’ link-up, and I’m so glad I did! ~Lisha
1) Movie certificate taped to a box of popcorn 2) Something you can find at the checkout counter of your local hardware store: flashlight, inexpensive screwdriver or hammer, batteries 3) Duct tape 4) Car Wash Coupons 5) Gas Gift Card 6) Jar of Peanuts or Mixed Nuts 7) Favorite candy/pop
One of my favorite presents is a class picture taken by one of the students. I have one for each class I taught. A very personal and special gift, especially if it comes in a handmade frame.
Okay here it is… This is what every teacher wants for Christmas:
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(*Note: teachers do not “expect” gifts, and a hand written note is wonderful, too!)
He explained that it was a gift from a student who really didn’t have anything….but wanted to give something special. I don’t think any gesture or gift could have honored my husband more.
Forget present buying for mothers-in-law, far worse is the annual angst over what to give the teacher. Will a home made card be most appreciated or should you send your children into school clanking wine bottles or hauling yet another box of chocs?
Last year a family made lunch and brought it to the school for our grade level teachers (4 of us). They made a crock-pot full of potato soup, cheese, bacon, green onions, and a pound cake. Best gift ever!! We even had some left over to share with others on our hall.
Great tips, my daughter is in preschool so this is all new to me. I’ve gotten to know her teacher a bit and I will keep these in mind when i go shopping (or crafting).
I love this post! Luckily my kids are all too old for this now, but I used to see people going in on the last day of term with enormous bunches of flowers/jewellery/fancy & expensive things. My kids used to make a card and if you were super lucky there would be a flat bar of (half decent)chocolate taped to the front & incorporated in the design somehow
I have found that many teachers both male and female love scentsy! I only found that out thru selling it tho lol. But its an awesome gift and it is something different. https://atravelstead.scentsy.us I also had my kids do those plates that you draw on with sharpie then bake and I had em do a mug also and both teachers ended up in tears. My babies traced their hands then colored.it however they wanted. it doesnt require supervision until the baking part :)
Like most, I've swung between trying to find the perfect personalised present (and, with hindsight, failing embarrassingly) or grabbing the last bunch of flowers in the local flower shop.
Your Middle Schooler (be careful not to call them a child… it offends them… but then so does the color of shirt you’re wearing today…) now has 4-6 (or more) teachers… that’s a lot of teachers to buy for! There is no hard and fast rule… some kids don’t bring in anything, some kids bring something in for their Homeroom or Advisory Teacher, and some bring in something small (like a candy bar) for each teacher. You get some wiggle room when your child… kid… gets to Middle School.
Great list – I’ll need it latest mid December ;-). Visiting from Mondays Parenting Pin it Party
While these are great ideas, you must keep in mind that not every family can afford things like gift cards. My kids picked out ornaments for their teachers, from the inexpensive ones at Target. It makes me sad that a teacher may not appreciate an ornament because she has gotten so many over the years. My kids took a long time picking out just the right one they wanted to give their teacher. Now I’m wondering if we should even send it in. :(
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My sons went to Catholic grade school and had a few teachers. Each year I would buy a large fruit basket for all the teachers/administration to share. EASY
Great reply, thanks Jenn :) I love the idea of writing the student’s name and the year on it, that would make it VERY special :) And Heather, I hope you noticed in the comments that Beth replied that a hand written note is as good as any gift, she really doesn’t expect extravagant gifts from her students, but I’m glad you shared your perspective as a mom, too…thank you!
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We do the same thing at my daughter’s school. The teachers are encouraged to get as specific as they can. It helps so much. :)
Buy a book for the classroom (Caldecott winner or Newbury winner) or donate a book in the teacher’s name to the school library. Have your child write a note saying how the teacher is making a difference – I guarantee that will be the best gift of all.
Best gift ever… Room Mother collected $1-2 from each child, painted a branch white, and made “leaves” out of the bills. Sure beat those scented candles and some perfume!
Remember that this is just someone’s opinion, and I am sure that she appreciates each and every gift she’s ever received, too.
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If your child is old enough, have them do a little re-con work: get them to find out his/her teacher’s favorites… (good chance they’ll already know…)
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I bought my daughters teacher a gift card to bath and body works and chocolate :(
I had my son research his teachers’ favorite sports teams and had wine glasses and beer mugs made with their favorite teams logos. I also gave bottles of wine and beer. (Which I dropped off after school of course)
I’m glad with this ideas! This year my daughter has a male teacher, and he is her guitar teacher also. We will make homemade cake look like a guitar. My son”s teacher will be a tea pot with a tea seed which, if you put hot water it opens like a flower.
I just bought my aunt (who is a teacher) lesson credits from UClass.org (an edu resource marketplace) and she was ecstatic! I used this link: uclass.org/holidaygift
Great suggestions! I visited from Titus 2 Tues. this morning :)
I’ve been teaching for fifteen years, and several years ago my third grade teacher sent me an ornament I had cross-stitched for her when I was little. She had kept it and put it on her tree for all these years. I cried like a baby!
Oh that’s a great idea! I was at my daughter’s school the other day and noticed her making coffee in the break room and I was like “ok, good, she is a coffee drinker!”, but it would be good just to ask at the beginning of the year, less spy work involved ;) Thanks for sharing!
She said it’s great because they have great lessons that will save her hours of planning over the break.