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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Looking for that perfect gift for your child's teacher?

Teacher Tales by Ree Shapiro (guest article)
Finding the right gift for your child’s teacher can sometimes be an awesome challenge.  It is just one more thing to add to your to-do list!  I do not claim to be an expert on the perfect holiday gift, but I can share some of the gifts that were special to me through my years of teaching.
I have been a teacher for sixteen years and through those years I have received some interesting, thoughtful, practical and strange gifts!  I have treasured them all, and truly appreciate when parents think about me at holiday time. 
In these tough economic times, please do not feel you need to spend a lot of money on gifts. Homemade gifts are always enjoyed, especially when my student had a part in the making of the gift.  I also love getting little gift baskets with candy or snacks.  Personally, I feel, it is difficult to buy lotions or perfumes, for teachers, because everyone has such different taste.
If money is not so tight, gift cards are always appreciated.  You can find gift cards starting for as little as five dollar at many coffee shops.  Those are nice, because you know that your child’s teacher could get a coffee or a bagel and not need to put in any extra money.  I have to admit these are my favorites!
Candles are always nice gifts and even after sixteen years, I still enjoy getting gifts especially for teachers.  I love “nice teacher” mugs or “great teacher “desk decorations.  Another gift I have enjoyed getting are movie passes. Plants or flowers also make lovely gifts.
Whatever you give, have your child make a card.  If using a store bought card, have your child write a little something inside.  Reading what my student wrote on a card and/or seeing the picture they drew is always my favorite part of the gift!

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