5 06/26/2012 parenting Education

HELP! I NEED GIFTS FOR TEACHERS!

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Okay so we have only 4 more days left off school and as usual this month I am behind schedule!  Normally I would have had my end of year teacher gifts all bought, wrapped and given to the teachers by now but this month has been super crazy busy and I sort of put the teacher gifts on the back shelf. 
Whoops.
But here is the deal.  Between all my children in elementary school I have to get gifts for 7 teachers because some have TA’s and it wouldn’t be fair not to get them anything because they do most of the work with my child anyhow.  I haven’t included my two children in middle school in this because I don’t think this is done at this satge – or am I wrong?
HELP!!
So my plea to you other parents out there is this: “What can I purchase as teachers gifts that is not going to break my bank account??”
Any idea’s, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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What about you? Do you give end of year teacher gifts to your childrens teachers?  Do you give gifts to your children’s teachers in middle school?
Until next time,
Chantel, momof8crazymonkeys
  • dbernardo

    Thomas teacher was Dyslexic with Hoarding issues…she needed an A&E intervention…LOL

  • Tracey

    I think heartfelt, handwritten notes are the perfect thing. And when the budget allows? I think gift certificates to bookstores like Chapters/Indigo are a great idea – and you can do them in any amount – not everyone enjoys coffee or wine, but everyone likes books! (Good luck, lady!!)

  • Lynn

    I was an elementary teacher for a long time. Yeah, the tickets to Lion King at the Princess of Wales were awesome, the Tim Horton’s gift cards were great, I have enough coffee mugs to open a store and the precious baubles the kids bought at the dollar store were “thoughts that count”. BUT – by FAR the BEST gifts I ever received were the short, handwritten notes or cards from parents (and sometimes students) telling me that they appreciated my hard work and that I had made a difference in their child’s life in some way. I’ve saved them all, and you can bet none of them will ever find their way to a yard sale table!

  • Cons

    In the past I did flowers, Tim’s card, Laura Secord or Baskin & Robins cards! I don’t know if I will do anything this year. In middle school, my kid didn’t want anything, except a funny tie for her homeroom teacher who had the saddest ties ever. In winter I sent chocolates, gift cards and panetone or home-made cookies (together with the nice tray or dish).

  • Julie

    i usually donate to unicef or the stephen lewis foundation for the teachers. i know starbucks cards would probably be better ;-) but i like the idea of helping others. and you can do it on a budget as the recipient will not know how much you spent!

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