Post # 1
I’m finished almost all my Christmas shopping, but we still have our daughter’s teacher to shop for. We always get her teachers a small gift, and she especially adores this teacher so I’d like to get her something nice but not too expensive. We’ve done nice teas or coffees in the past, chocolates, etc, but I’m wondering what those of you who teach would like to receive from a student at Christmas?
Oh! Would you like it if you were given home-made Christmas treats or no? My daughter wants to make her cookies and things but I’m not sure.
Post # 3
I always appreciate homemade gifts from my students. In fact, just got one today for Thanksgiving. Other than that, I always appreciate gift cards…even $5 at Target or Starbucks.
As a parent though, I always give a $20-25 gift card to my son’s teacher.
Post # 4
You can’t go wrong with a gift card.
Post # 5
Some school districts don’t allow gifts unless they are inexpensive and hand made or can be shared among the staff (like a tray of cookies). I’d call the secretary first.
Post # 6
My parents used to give my teacher money specifically for books. So in today’s world, they’d give a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Back then, it was to a local bookstore. If you have a local bookstore, please consider a gift certificate to it!
Post # 7
I’m not a teacher, nor do I have any children but I think the baked treats are a good idea, especially if your daughter makes them. To bulk it up you could put the treats in a decorative box that she could use in her home afterwards (just put them in a ziplock) and include a gift card to a place like Target or something. I’m sure she’d appreciate the thought behind the baked treats (is there any way for your daughter to find out what her favorites are?) and the practicality of a gift card.
Post # 8
Gift cards are great. I would also appreciate cookies from your daughter, I love when my students have clearly taken the time to make something themselves, it shows how much they care 🙂
Post # 9
Starbucks gift cards or target gift cards. Please don’t send food (most teachers toss it), knick knacks (they get tossed too), or any kind of personal care items (it is strange to get bath stuff/lotion/what not). I would stick to a nice hand written note thanking me, or at most a small gift card.
Post # 10
@the boss of you: This– I am a public employee and cannot receive gifts at all. It is always awkward when people give me something because I cannot accept it and have to do a ton of paperwork to declare it. My secretary always recommends a nice note.
Post # 11
I LOVE it when my students bring in home made stuff.
As a child, my mom and I used to make tons of different cookies and fudges and wahtever, that we gave out to the neighbours and to family friends, and to all our teachers. I would go pick out a tin or container that I thought the teacher would like, and then we would load it full of the goodies. I know my teachers always loved it, and now as a teacher when I see a kid bring in some homemade stuff for me, I get so excited.
However, do call the secretary and ask if they can accept gifts. And if you do do home made stuff, make sure it’s nut free!
Post # 12
I’m a middle school teacher, so gifts are not as common, but I have never thrown away a gift a student gave me! Evvver. Even if it’s a little bit “different”, I still keep it. I once had an 8th grade boy gave me a gift (a pretty large one) with the most embarassed expression on his face. All he said was, “Merry Christmas. My mom made me give this to you.” And he jetted! When I opened the box, it was a set of 8 dessert plates, which may be a little strange…
But I still use those plates to this day! And I taught that kid 7 years ago and I still remember him when I use the plates!
Post # 13
Gift cards. I finally had to ask my parents to stop sending food/sweets due to some dietary restrictions, which was awkward. But I didn’t want them wasting their money (they would buy some seriously nice gourmet chocolates and treats). It was especially nice when the entire class pooled together to do a large gift card, but that’s not always possible for a variety of reasons.
Post # 14
Also, some people say teachers don’t like the “typical” gifts like the coffee mug with candy or whatever, but I don’t care if they’re cheesy, I love ’em! Basically, I can’t think of a gift I’ve gotten from a student that I’ve disliked. I just think it’s sweet their parents/they even think of me enough to give a gift!
Post # 15
@the boss of you: This isn’t an issue at her school; they’re allowed to receive presents, but good suggestion just in case.
@peachacid: I would give money for books but we have very few bookstores with books in the language she teachs. My parents totally gave book money when I was a kid or asked the teacher for a book wishlist for the class and gave some of them.
It seems like most people think the cookies are a nice idea – we bake a ton at Christmas which my daughter helps with, so I think we’ll send an assortment along in a pretty tin. We don’t bake with nuts and we (somewhat oddly) know her teacher has no food allergies because the class talked about allergies the first week to remind students not to share their food with one another because different kids can’t eat or be around certain things.
I always find gift cards so impersonal, but I know they’re practical and can be useful. We don’t have Target here and few other department/big stores but maybe for a coffee shop or something similar.
Post # 16
@kittyface: Some of my favorite gifts have been cute little teacher related Christmas ornaments.