Post # 1
So very thinly related to weddings…
I decided to buy my bridesmaids customized Starbucks cups as a thank you for organizing the bridal shower and bachelorette. (Side question: do I need to give a gift for organizing bridal shower/bachelorette? Or should I bundle this Starbucks cup with another gift and just give it as part of their bridesmaids gift?) They’ll have the Starbucks logo and around it is their name.
They look so cute that I figure I’ll get myself one too! Plus it seems like a nice thing for all of us to have.
We’re all teachers so I’m always cautious about the things we buy that we could take into the classroom. For my bridesmaids, it’ll say “[NAME]’s Coffee” which is totally fine. I don’t drink coffee though so I want it to say something else.
I am thinking “[MY NAME]’s Pick-Me-Up”.
The definition of a pick-me-up is a drink that brightens your day or gives you an energy boost. However I looked it up and it can also mean alcohol.
So here’s my question: if your child’s high school teacher has a customized Starbucks coffee cup that says it’s her pick-me-up, would you get upset? Would you think it’s alcohol?
(You may think this is silly for me to ask, but you never know.)
Post # 2
I’ve never used the phrase pick me up in regards to alcohol nor have I heard it used in that context. I’m a teacher, and I think it’s cute. If they’re uncomfortable with it they could always just use it at home or in the car.
Post # 3
I think if the Starbucks logo is on the cup, they will just assume it is coffee.
Post # 4
I have never heard of that in my life. Alcohol is a depressant so it wouldn’t even make sense. You’re definitely in the clear!
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies! I just got a bit nervous when I double checked and Googled it. It’s a good point that the Starbucks logo would lend a context to the phrase. I feel a bit better about it now.
Post # 6
naturalflight: I mean, a teacher would have to be pretty dumb and / or brazen to have a cup with booze in it at school , so hopefully most parents would assume it was just coffee!!!! lol. I didn’t even consider alcohol until you mentioned it! ha ha!
Post # 7
I don’t see an issue with that at all – cute gift idea!
ps – While not needed, I think it’s a lovely sentiment to give a small token as thanks for the shower !
Post # 8
naturalflight: I’ve never heard that phrase referring to alcohol.
Post # 9
Heck, I’d be surprised if a parent even noticed your mug, much less thought it meant you had liquor in it. Everyone knows pick me up us more of a caffeine and hugs type of term anyway, so no worries!
Quick question: will your girls mind having their names on their mugs? I wouldn’t care for it, personally, though the cup itself would be fine.
Post # 10
naturalflight: I totally understand where you’re coming from! The things students/parents come up with to complain about are insane. Something that to anyone else would seem simple and an absolute nothing to one person, someone out there would find that as a reason to complain, just because they could. I substitute teach, so the things I’ve seen are crazy. Let’s see… we had a sub take a students phone because, per classroom/teacher policy, “no phones, confiscate any you see”. Well, student went all boo hoo my life is horrible, accused said teacher of stealing their phone, and low and behold, they were removed from that school because of “improper use of student personal property”. Another was accused of leaving fingernail marks on a students arm after moving them, until other students came forward and said they watched the student make the marks on themself in the bathroom, (that was a full time teacher, not a sub), one teacher had something on HER desk that either was a bible verse, or something religious related (never mentioned to students, never talked about, or anything) but a student who was an atheist mentioned it to Mom, who complained the teacher was pushing religion on her child.
So I totally understand thinking and overthinking things for the classroom.
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for the replies! I just want to get a sense of what other people think so that I wouldn’t have to constantly worry about it.
skunktastic: Honestly I’m not 100% sure if they would like the name or not. I think they would, but I wouldn’t rule out them not liking it either. I think without the name though, it just becomes a regular Starbucks cup. The Etsy seller can pretty much put whatever you want on it, but the alternatives (e.g. bridesmaid, teacher, etc) just didn’t seem as neat. Both of them are Starbucks coffee drinkers though and I like how these are suppose to be official Starbucks cups so they can get 10 cents off their drinks if they use it.
And if they don’t like it, I’m also getting them a thank you gift the day before the wedding so I’ll get another chance at it! 🙂
futuremrsc2016: I’ve never had it happen to me, but I’ve heard some crazy stories! I like to think that it never happened to me because I obsessively think about everything. It sounds stressful, but not as stressful as sitting there being questioned about a coffee cup.
Actually…I did have something insane happen to me once. I had a father complain that I moved his son to a desk near the front. He was being disruptive with a friend in the back and the two of them were bullying a student sitting in front of them. So I moved him up so they’re separated and I can keep a better eye on him. Father was livid and insisted that I had no right to dictate where his son sat. Luckily my principal backed me up on that.
Post # 12
I’d never heard of that referring to alcohol, but I wouldn’t want a student, colleague, parent to misinterpret the wording either! You never know! I’d probably just put your name on it without any additional descriptor of your beverage.
Post # 13
naturalflight: Nah, I’ve never heard alcohol referred to that way, so I think it’s the perfect decoy for sneaking a midday vodka into your routine…
Post # 14
i would never think booze. i was think coffee, as an upper, and something that tends to make a lot of people happier as a result. plus, with the starbucks logo, i think it cements it.
Post # 15
i work in the schools, as a therapist, and honestly I wouldn’t be comfortable having a mug with “pick me up.” I do think of alcohol. I asked my husband and he said, “A drug?” I’m pretty conservative though, when it comes to what I bring into the school, I stay out of the grey area!
Even if your teacher friends decide it’s not right for them to bring into the classroom, I’m sure they’d love it for home 🙂