It’s that gift-giving time of year again.
And if you have kids, your list just got a little longer because unless they are home-schooled, they have teachers – probably a few.
While you would love to spoil the person who keeps your children engaged, in line and safe every day, they are usually but one person on a long list.
I noticed some moms discussing appropriate gifts and gift amounts on Facebook this week. I decided to conjure up some ideas of my own and share some of their ideas, as well.
Gift cards seem to be the most popular choice for teacher gifts. Many schools compile lists of their teacher’s preferences for restaurants or stores. I tend to give Starbucks gift cards not just to teachers, but to friends or as thank-you gifts too.
After all, $5 cups of coffee are something most everyone can go without when money is tight. However, it’s sure nice to have a coffeehouse gift card tucked away in your wallet when a craving strikes.
One mom posted that another mom in her child’s class took up a $10 donation from each child. She would then buy generous gift cards to local area malls from all the kids in the class.
Last year, my oldest son was in preschool and he had 10 preschool teachers. If I were to spend $20 to $30 per teacher, it would’ve cost me $200 to $300.
So, I visited www.mommywisdom.net and had some adorable stationary personalized with each teacher’s name. Each card is $1, so you can easily get a nice package for as little $10. The owner slips each set into a cute clear bag and uses holiday ribbon to tie it up.
This is one she did for me personally last year.
Never underestimate the impact of a homemade, from-the-heart gift. I found this cute idea on Pinterest and decided to enlist my sons in making some for their teachers. (It’s also a great way to teach your kids the value of recycling!) Using old CDs, colored paper, ribbon and Modge Podge, you can create a “vintage” Christmas decoration for your child’s teacher.
Another great idea is to give these Cookies in a jar. Most teachers are probably busy right up until the holidays and have little time to make holiday treats for their own friends and families. Here’s a thoughtful and inexpensive way to ease that burden.
How about a holiday bouquet for your child’s teacher to take home? Most people love beautiful blooms, and a floral centerpiece is a lovely addition to their holiday table or entryway? Choose Christmas, Hannukkah or other winter holiday color schemes.
Hopefully, you now have some ideas as to what to gift your child’s teacher this year. The amount you spend is entirely up to you and your budget, but most teachers are appreciative of even the smallest sentiment.
Have other great ideas? Let us know how you thank your children’s teachers for the holidays.
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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