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Friday, December 09, 2011

Gifts for Teachers

Having been the recipient of many a gift in my twelve years of teaching, I thought I'd share some good ideas for those who are looking to find a thoughtful gift for their child's teacher.  Here goes...

  • Personalized Stationary/Fancy Note Pads.  I got an adorable one from my room mother one year and I can still remember how sad I was when I got down to the last sheet.  It sat on my desk all year long and I loved it so much and it was super useful and pretty.  Great for a newly married teacher. 
  • Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks Giftcards.  What teacher doesn't love coffee?
  • Fancy Christmas Ornaments.  I treausure my "specials" from my former students.  As I decorate my tree each year, I am reminded of the cute little cherubs who gave them to me. 
  • Fancy candles and soaps.  We all love Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works.  If you're gonna do a candle, do it right.  And if you're gonna do soaps, stick to something useful and decent.  We love gift cards to these stores too!
  • Did I mention gift cards?  Teachers love them!  Barnes & Noble is always a big hit!  As is AMEX when it's from the entire class :)  But what about a nice restaurant in town, a manicure, or movie tickets?
Ok, ok.  I've also gotten some pretty lame gifts in past years.  Here are some things that we could live without:
  • Mugs
  • Chocolate  (Call me crazy, but enough is enough.)  Try to think outside the box.
  • Clothes from your closet  (No joke.  I was the recipient of various articles of clothing belonging to my student's mother one year.  It's the thought that counts though, right?  I'll never forget it.)
  • Body lotions  (See gift cards.)
  • Figurines 
I hope this list helps.  Share some of your other great ideas!

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