When Oldman started school, I was embarrassed to find out that you’re supposed to give a gift to the teachers for Christmas. It never occurred to me for some reason. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate her and it’s not that Oldman didn’t love her because he did. I just didn’t know the etiquette behind gifting to teachers. I made sure not to make that mistake for the end of the year gift!
Over the past 5 years we have done a variety of gifts, but in talking with a number of teachers I have found the following to be gifts that are truly appreciated:
~Gift Cards to a bookstore/supply store (unfortunately a lot of things in the classroom come from their own pockets)
~Food baskets (the kind of food that can be shared)
~Christmas ornament (and I’m not talking about a Charlie Brown bulb!)
A few things I was told by teachers they would rather not have:
~Apples (unless it’s a Mac!)
~Perfumed lotions (apparently they get a lot of those)
~Candles (they get a lot of those too)
~Christmas Ornaments (the teachers have gotten some crazy ones!)
I used to do the ornament, but if you don’t know the personality of your child’s teacher, it can be inappropriate. What we do now is give a Gift Card with a card made by the child with a note of thanks and appreciation from us.
I would love to hear some other ideas…what do you guys do? And any teachers out there…your thoughts?