Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gift for Teacher!

Here's a rerun of a post I did a few years ago, but it is relevant every year!

It's that time of year again. Time for gifts for everyone, including your child's teacher. Most teachers seriously do not expect a holiday gift from their students, but it is a nice gesture. Your child's teacher spends the majority of the week with your child. What are some good ways to thank them for this?

One: Thank them! Yes, especially if money is tight this year, write a sincere thank you note to your child's teacher. Mention specific things on how he/she helped your child or lessons you or your child enjoyed. Your child can also make his/her own thank you or holiday card as well.


Two: Gift Card. Let them splurge a little or be practical. I know from experience that most teachers use their own money for some supplies in the classroom. They can spend the gift card on themselves or use it towards the classroom. Better yet, have a parent collect $5-10 from each student to buy one gift card or certificate from the class. If a class of 20 each gives $5, that's a nice $100 gift certificate for the teacher and a small price to pay for the students' families as well.


Three: You and your child can create something for your teacher. Every year when my children and I hang ornaments on our tree, I put up homemade ones from former students and tell my children about that student who made me the ornament. A parent also once made me a beautiful ceramic Christmas tree that adorns my house each year.

Four: Supplies for the classroom. Ask ahead of time if the teacher needs anything specific from extra pencils or paper to manipulatives or books (most likely he/she will have needs these days). Books are always a great gift for anyone!

I'm a former full time teacher, current teacher's aide who now buys gifts for my children's teachers. I usually give a gift card with a book or two for the classroom as a thank you.

So if you do decide to give a gift for your child's teacher, give it some thought, write a sincere sentiment to go along with it, and your child's teacher will appreciate it! Do you have any other good ideas for teacher gifts?


Here's a holiday tune from the Killers: A Great Big Sled. This tune was a charity single from 2006 aiding the (RED) campaign.

23 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gift cards are practical!

storyqueen said...

Books! Books! Books!

(I know a great one about a knight and some dragons...hehehe)

Great post, Kelly!

Shelley

Marcia said...

Great ideas, and touching to hear about the special memories that attach to homemade gifts.

One practical tip: take care that homemade tree ornaments aren't too heavy!

Patricia A. Timms said...

Happy holidays!

This year I am giving bath and body products. But I am doing a creative gift for the grandparents that could be done easily for the teachers.

I bought porcelain paints in the form of markers at the craft store and then bought 50 cent tiles (6") and we let the kids color on them. Then I bought rubber feet for them at Home Depot. I am including a hand painted towel (flour sack variety) and am including a Mix n' Chop from Pampered Chef ($10.00). I found the craft in a magazine (Disney Family, I think).

Have fun!

LTM said...

oh, thank you, Kelly! And well-timed as I was struggling trying to think of WHAT to get my girls' teachers. :o) <3

C.R. Evers said...

Great post! I'm having my kids make ornaments for their teachers this year.

Great list!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great ideas. I used to give gift cards to my daughter's teachers when she was in grade school. The teachers buy so much themselves and are always buying books.

Adrienne said...

I like that you share the gifts from former students with your kids. My mom was a teacher - I loved seeing all the creative gifts she'd bring home, and we enjoyed reminiscing about many of them each year.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Gift cards and books sound lovely to me. ; )

Anita said...

I remember this post! All the families get together and donate about $10 each to the teacher in the form of a gift card. Pretty cool getting a couple hundred bucks instead of 20 mugs. :)

Missed Periods said...

As a teacher, I would say that a great gift would be a pair of Jimmy Choos or a nice Chanel handbag. That's reasonable, right?

James Garcia Jr said...

Hi, Kelly. My wife is a teacher, so I thought this was a great (re)post. I, too, was thinking about gift cards and nodding my head in agreement when you mentioned the fact that they always need classroom supplies... Then I get to Jenny's comment about Jimmy Choos and a handbag, and I lost it! That girl is crazy, isn't she?
I hope the holidays are treating you well. Have a good week.

-Jimmy

Stina Lindenblatt said...

We usually contribute to the gift (a gift card to the local mall) at the end of the year. I should at least get my kids to make Christmas cards for their teachers. :D

Lydia Kang said...

A lot of the parents chip in for a Visa gift card. The teachers love it! I think they prefer that to random gifts of soap or cookies or books they didn't ask for.

julie fedderson said...

This will be the first year I have to get real "teacher" gifts. The gift card idea is great!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Some of my favorite gifts were Christmas ornaments or decorations. Then every year when I get out my decorations I can think about the kiddos who gave them to me, :)

Susan Fields said...

I wish I'd read this while my kids were still in elementary school (which was just last year). These are some wonderful ideas!

Caryn Caldwell said...

This is fantastic! I was a high school teacher, so parents pretty much never brought gifts or volunteered or anything like that, but sometimes we did get treats in the teachers' lounge. Yum! Still, if elementary teachers are receiving $100 gift cards, I was obviously in the wrong grade level!

Stephen Tremp said...

We give our kids teachers Starbucks cards. Always a winner. And there's one right by the school.

Stephen Tremp said...

We give our kids teachers Starbucks cards. Always a winner. And there's one right by the school.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I love this post! Such great information to have. I love all your ideas!

Christina Farley said...

This is a great reminder. Of course I'm a teacher too and I must say things for my classroom are really nice. That and chocolate!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great ideas! As a teacher, I love the cards and the ornaments. I've also received some potted flowers and homemade baking that have been great! :)