Great minds must think alike because as I was mentally composing a post on teacher gifts, Jen was actually composing this post on teachers gift. I love that she emphasized that its not about what you give, but why you are giving it: to recognize the hard work, caring, and dedication we have demonstrated by spending 6 hours a day, every day, with your child. Non-stop.
At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I am now going to add to Jen’s advice by providing you with some guidance of what NOT to give your child’s teacher this holiday season.
Disclaimer: this post is being written by a teacher who has a dry sense of humour and who, every day, wears the same ratty sweater she bought at Costco. Do not take me any more seriously than I take myself.
Disclaimer #2: My advice is based on actual gifts received by either my colleagues or me. For real.
DO not give us “personal” items, no matter how much you feel “connected” to us. I don’t want a bra, roll-on deodorant, or sensual body lotion.
DO not give us homemade food items that have obviously been manhandled by your sweet little Billy, such as a marshmallow-cereal snowman. I am well-aware of Billy’s nose-picking habit and I am not eating that snowman.
DO NOT give us chocolates, picturing me enjoying them over a cup of tea while reading a book next to a roaring fire. In reality, I am uncontrollably eating your box, along with the other six boxes I received, while at the same time crying because my jeans no longer fit and I have to get in a bikini next week.
DO NOT give us mugs. My daughter always requests that we get mugs for her teachers. When I inquired as to why, she replied, “Well you get so many of them every year, Mommy, so that means all teachers love getting mugs, right?” Wrong.
DO NOT bring me homemade food, make me try it on the spot, and then stand there smiling. While I am an adventurous eater and major foodie, I am also really bad at hiding my emotions. I see this ending bad for both of us.
DO NOT give me gifts that have obviously been re-gifted. Like the photo album I received one year that still had someone else’s pictures in it.
DO NOT assume that the rules laid out for teachers a century still exist. Contrary to popular opinion, we are allowed to drink alcohol and go out in public after dark in the company of a man (gasp!).
Other than that, get me what ever you want…after all, it’s the thought that counts.