(Closed) Teachers of elementary school – what would like to get as a Christmas gift?

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

You can’t go wrong with a gift card. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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 # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kittyface:  Some of my favorite gifts have been cute little teacher related Christmas ornaments. 

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