Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gifts outside of the Box-Gifts from the Heart for Teachers

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The time of the year for my annual list of gift giving ideas that do not necessarily come from the store.

These ideas came from teachers. Wishlists for a teacher may vary by how long they have been teaching. One school has the teachers fill out a “Favorite Things” questionnaire (see sample below) that is available for parents and students. Parents are given the opportunity to contribute to a joint gift and then a room mom does the shopping based on this list.

Any gifts that can be used up!  As much as some feel that a gift card is impersonal, teachers really like them. This was a top pick for my teacher friends. To make it personal, include a heartfelt note of thanks to the teacher for teaching your children.
            Gift cards for teachers favorite store/s
            Movie passes
            Magazine subscriptions
            Items from the teacher’s wish list for classroom supplies (most teachers spend their own money on non-budgeted items for the classroom)
            A cozy evening at home basket-favorite beverage and snacks in a basket
            Movie night at home basket with snacks and movie
            Manicure/ pedicure/hair salon gift certificate
            Do you know if a teacher likes to cook? Give an opportunity to take a cooking class. Loves art? Membership to a museum would be an appropriate choice.

Give the gift of time. In a teacher’s case, it would be to save them time.

            Easy to prepare meal in a basket or a ready-made meal brought to school on a scheduled night to save the time of cooking a meal. Give them a personalized coupon that they can redeem at a future date. Have your child create the coupon.
            Christmas cookies to save the teacher the time of baking
            If allowed, bring a special lunch for the teacher and watch the students while the teacher has some alone time.

“Favorite Things” Questionnaire

Favorite color:
Favorite hobby:
Favorite fast food:
Favorite snack:
Favorite stores we shop at:
Things we collect:

Any special wishes:

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