My four-year-old son is in his first year of preschool, which means it's my first time planning teacher gifts. After quite a bit of thought, I'm planning to make Oreo truffles this weekend, and I've also done charitable gifts in honor of my son's teacher and assistant teacher via Heifer International. I hope the teachers like their gifts! Based on the responses I've heard from a few teachers to the ideas, they should go over well.
I'm a researcher and so I've been digging up other ideas for teacher gifts for future years. Gift certificates are a convenient and appreciated option, and gift certificates to bookstores, craft supply stores or popular everyday stores like Target also seem to be very good choices.
The charitable donations idea came to me after I was contemplating Target gift certificates. I had recently watched this Advent video about consumerism at the holidays, which made me feel that a charitable gift may be a wonderful option. I chose Heifer because it is convenient, a well known organization, easy to order online and has nice "packages" such as a flock of chicks, etc. Another option that would be wonderful that I'm considering for future gifts are donations to literacy and reading organizations -- issues close to most teachers' hearts. I asked online how people feel about charitable donations as teacher gifts and got a mixed response, many moms don't feel quite right giving that kind of gift, but -- most of the teachers who commented liked the idea!
Another great gift idea is giving to the classroom -- buying books or needed supplies, or giving a gift to the school. Ask your child's teacher or school librarian for ideas.
Of course, it's not required to give a teacher a holiday gift, and a kind thank you note from parent or child is always a wonderful idea. Everyone needs and deserves appreciation!
Do you give gifts to your children's teachers? Are you a teacher? What are your favorites?