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OT - Does anyone still give end of year gifts to teachers? I used to make them many, many years ago for DS to give his teachers but didn't know if still done. 2 things I remember doing are a huge mug filled with a bag of bath salts & a cross-stitched breadcloth in a basket with a washable inner liner. Never any actual food gift. Now have DGS but don't know if the end of year gifts are still the norm. I have a cute container idea that can be filled with different things. I have these things made like matchbooks but filled with little emergency emery boards. Clear barrel pens to insert pretty paper & bling. I know can add gift cards. Any other ideas? Thank you.

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Last updated: May 4, 2012 9:23 am
Posted: May 3, 2012 2:37 pm
Commented by: Marie C.
May 3, 2012 2:40 pm
A letter of appreciation, copied to the principle, is a welcomed gift by all teachers.
May 3, 2012 2:52 pm
Have planned on DGS writing a note & he has his own ideas about that. About returning there & it was home. Good idea to copy to the principal & even the school board. Thank you Marie.
May 3, 2012 3:04 pm
I second Marie C. As a teacher, I can say there truly is no more meaningful gift. We hear when something is wrong/you don't like/agree w/something, but rarely do we hear the *good* stuff. As she said, better yet when cc'd to the powers that be. THANK YOU for thinking of your GSs teachers!
May 3, 2012 3:12 pm
Isn't that the truth, lth!
May 3, 2012 3:13 pm
Thank you lovestohost - We are the very lucky ones. He is in a great school with 2 of the most wonderful teachers. The note is a given. Just thought a few small happies would be in order.
May 3, 2012 4:02 pm
ESPECIALLY a cc to the principal! Letting someone else know how much you appreciate those teachers is better than any gift, IMO.
Commented by: Marianne
May 3, 2012 2:41 pm
It's right not to give food----unless the teacher knows you very well (otherwise it gets tossed or fed to the office). Thank you notes are best, gift cards great. Target, etc.
Holiday Baker
May 3, 2012 2:44 pm
I hope this gives you ideas ~
May 3, 2012 2:55 pm
No, I don't want to give food even though they appreciate treats for the class. I'm thinking a 'happies' bag, small things but that will be useful.
May 3, 2012 3:03 pm
HG, even then a lot of things given to teachers go by the wayside---even useful things. Just talking from experience.
May 3, 2012 3:17 pm
My sister is always spending her own money for activity/reward type stuff for her kids (she's a speech pathologist in an elementary school)so giftcards would be welcome and I know I love those matchbook emery boards! I've texted her to see if she has other ideas and will try to post if she has ideas not already mentioned.
May 3, 2012 3:18 pm
Marianne, I hate to hear this & I respectfully choose not to believe it. Some pretty pens & painted binder clips surely wouldn't be tossed.
May 3, 2012 3:24 pm
Things for the classroom are for sure kept. You'd be surprised at what things are given. I'm just trying to be helpful, not mean-spirited. A teacher can only use so many coffee cups, for example. Marie C.'s post is the best one!
Holiday Baker
May 3, 2012 3:30 pm
From what you are saying Marianne - I guess, I am glad I grew up in a home with little means and my mother could never had afford to buy anything for the teachers.
May 3, 2012 3:30 pm
Heidi, thank you so much. I was thinking gift card to a restaurant but office supply would be better. I was thinking Target for personal use but could be for school use. One of Matt's teachers, he will have again next year & you are giving me ideas!
Holiday Baker
May 3, 2012 3:32 pm
I thought the ideas form the link I posted were pretty helpful. There is a lady on there that actually has a board with teacher's gifts ideas. I hope you can still view it, without a Pinterest account.
May 3, 2012 3:36 pm
Since my twins started middle school, no gifts since they have six teachers each. My elementary school kid will take something to his, since he only has two. I've given gift cards, but when money is tight one of those giant Hershey chocolate bars is a great gift!
May 3, 2012 3:39 pm
Baker Bee, I'm not on Pinterest but thank you for the idea.
May 3, 2012 3:40 pm
The things I've saved are the handwritten notes on lined paper with hand-drawn flowers on them.
May 3, 2012 3:47 pm
Yikes Godzilla, 14 teachers! How do you keep it all straight!! - OT - I knew some twins in middle school who were devilish & had great fun switching classes & pranks on everyone until one tacher began putting a dot on one's forehead every morning. But this was so many years ago!
May 3, 2012 3:47 pm
HotGrandma, I come from a family of teachers and Marianne is absolutely right. I would vote for the Target gift cert myself.
May 3, 2012 3:57 pm
Gift cards to grocery stores or Target will not 'cost' the teacher more money. As other have said, teachers spend a lot of their own income on student/school supplies. Gift cards to restaurants often do not cover the entire bill thus taking more out of their budget. It may not be glamorous to give a card to a grocery store but to a teacher it is extra pay. A $5 gift card is helpful when put with others. Btw, I have a LDS teacher friend who is forever getting Starbucks cards. I buy them from her so they don't go to waste and my DH enjoys them.
May 3, 2012 3:59 pm
Everything is appreciated, not all is enjoyed...I think that's the point all of us are making as teachers. If you *know* without doubt (because you're around as a volunteer or know the teacher personally) get them more personal gifts. If you don't as generic as possible. Your best bet, in my opinion, is supplies for the classroom. I ask over and over not to be given gifts, but I know it's going to happen anyway. For teacher appreciation week at our school, I was asked to fill out a form that included favorite author and place to get gift cards. I said any children's author and iTunes and Staples for gift cards. That way if I get books, they will be books for my classroom and I can buy children's songs or classroom supplies with a gift card. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I don't get mugs and gift cards to Starbucks anyway.
May 3, 2012 4:25 pm
BTW, the most interesting gift received was pajamas from Victoria's Secret.
May 3, 2012 4:25 pm
Wow, so my mother was lying when she said it was the thought that counts....
May 3, 2012 4:31 pm
I believe all gifts are appreciated. Some are more helpful or treasured than others.
May 3, 2012 4:35 pm
I know the gifts I made 25 years ago aren't right now. Was saying that is what we used to do & then what I was thinking now. I don't consider a small pack of emery boards & a pretty pen very personal for nice ladies. I know teachers have to pay out of pocket for even the everyday supplies for their class. I can't afford to make even the smallest dent in that. Wasn't wanting to give a gift card because it would have to be Walmart. Don't want to give a fast food card & it is 80 miles to a Target. I just thought a few small not-too-personal things but not specifically school related would be nice. Most seem to say not to do it but I will think of something
May 3, 2012 4:53 pm
I didn't mean to be controversial here. I meant to be helpful. I appreciated things most when things were given from the heart. And not to make kids who didn't have money feel bad about not giving something.
What's for dinner, mom?
May 3, 2012 5:46 pm
I have made things like mouse pads that were personalized, books for the classroom with special bookplates inside or subscriptions to the classroom for special magazines the teacher used during the year. One year I had some friend/parents in the class chip in and we bought huge, decorative trash cans as the teachers hated those tiny waste baskets! Best gift ever and so fun and functional. Sadly, our school implemented a mandatory fee collection for holiday, birthday and end of year gift giving. Practical I guess but where is the fun in that?
What's for dinner, mom?
May 3, 2012 5:49 pm
Here is another idea that our teachers seem to appreciate:
May 3, 2012 8:23 pm
JAMJMine, it is*totally* the thought that counts...we've all said that. It's just a shame to have parents spend hard-earned money on things that can't/won't be used. Ive been a teacher for 15 years and have only met one selfish, self-centered teacher that WANTED gifts and actually complained about ones that didn't meet her standards.
May 4, 2012 9:23 am
Star Bucks gift cards are a big winner around our schools.
Commented by: Fyne
May 3, 2012 6:18 pm
My end of the year idea for my sons' teachers is this: A small beach towel, a current magazine and a small bottle of sunblock, all tied up with a pretty ribbon. Last year I did a current best selling novel and a book mark. The one gift I saw being given to the teachers that they seemed most excited about was wine...They all called dibs on their fav.
May 3, 2012 8:20 pm
I would find it very weird and awkward to receive wine as a gift.
May 4, 2012 5:41 am
Unless you know the person well, some of these suggestions would, indeed, be either given away or tossed. I never take a bath so bath salts would go in the trash. Not everyone tans and I am allergic to nearly anything scented so, again, sunblock would likely be tossed. Many people don't drink wine and tastes in wine and books vary greatly. I don't see anything wrong with a Walmart gift card if that's the store that's nearby. But a nice note, copied to the principal is a great idea. It presents a bit of a dilemma for me, however, because one of my girls has an exceptional teacher, the other....not so much. Should I send a note to one and not the other? If so, it would have to be without the kids' knowledge. Hmmm
May 4, 2012 6:38 am
Those notes cc'd to the principle go into a teachers file and do make a difference. If your child has an exceptional teacher give her credit. It will let them know the hard work and extras they do are worth it. It could also make a difference if there are cut backs or should they want to move up the ladder.
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