Teacher gifts 2009

This year I had a dilemma. NHL was in a multi-teacher classroom. There was a regular education teacher, special education teacher and two aids in the room. Obviously, I could not afford to get them all something big and exciting. In December I organized a collection of money for gift cards to give each of the teachers in the room. Once again several of the parents expressed a desire to do this, so I agreed to send out a note. Only a handfull of people sent money in, so I purchased each of the teachers a gift card to a book store where there is a myriad of possible items to purchase. As a a teacher I loved giftcards that allowed me to buy something special that I may not have otherwise purchased. 

In addition to these adults,  NHL has PT and OT where I wanted to thank them for all that they have done. I wrote in NHL’s communication log asking for the six adults to tell me their favorite colors. My plan was to knit them some wash cloths to have. Something a little more personal. In addition to this, I went and bought them some notecards and mini-notebooks for their purses. Here are some photos of what I purchased for them.

One of the teacher gifts    More sets of knitting for the gifts

This is how I wrapped them to send in with NHL:

All gifts ready to go 

In addition to this, I bought the school nurse a gift card for some coffee. She went out of her way helping us with allergy and pinkeye issues throughout the year. What I did not do was purchase/make anything for NHL’s Music/Art/PE teachers or the librarian. As wonderful as they are, there has to be a line and that was mine this year.

So my question to you this week:

What do you usually do for teachers? Do you give something to all of the individuals that work with your child/children, or only certain teachers?




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  • We only gave gifts to our daughter’s figure skating coaches.

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  • I give baked goods and candies that I’ve made. For my son’s last day of school, I made an awesome recipe for peanut butter fudge. I made a huge batch and cut half into squares then wrapped in waxed paper and put it in reusable containers for the teachers. I tied a bow on and copied the recipe on an index card, so that way if the teachers liked the recipe, they could make it themselves. They LOVED it!! I cut up the other half and (after making sure no peanut allergies) gave it to the class for a last day treat.

    I gave presents to his kindergarten teacher as well as the one aide they had in class. She helped a lot too and was really good to my son, so I chose to treat her just like the “real” teacher. :)

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  • Dee says:

    We dont have teachers yet!

  • Nancy says:

    Alex’s room moms collected money for a gift, plus they made a photo album that I contributed pictures to. I didn’t get her a separate gift but gave her a thank you card, had Alex sign it and wrote a note myself. He also drew her a picture. Funds (and time) are tight right now so that was the best I could do, having returned from CO 2 days before school ended and of course I didn’t think about it before that.

    For the aftercare K teacher I did the same thing – hand written thank you note and a picture drawn by Alex.

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  • Gift cards to places to eat.

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  • Cathi says:

    At the end of the year my kids would give their teachers a candy bar card or a treat from our oven. :)
    During the year we would remember their teachers on birthdays and have them over to the house for different occasions. As a grandparent however I try to encourage my children to keep the cost of the grandkids teachers’ gift at a minimum. With age I’ve learned that it’s the simple things in life that bring pleasure to people.

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  • Heatherlyn says:

    We usually do gift cards because I figure that the teachers probably get lots of little things that they don’t really want. At Christmas time I also give a gift to our piano teacher but never a gift card for her. I really like it when some one organizes it and everyone in the class donates money so that the teacher can get a larger gift certificate or something really nice.

    Heatherlyn’s last blog post..Snorkling, Private Islands, And Other Things We Don’t Have Back At Home

  • Elle says:

    Usually the whole class goes in for a gift card for J-Man’s class, but now that Sissy is older we don’t do teacher gifts. Too many teachers.

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  • Nina says:

    We gave a gift card to his teacher this year. I have always stuck with the primary teacher, not to say the others aren’t just as important but you do have to draw a line somewhere.

    Nina’s last blog post..Funny Kids

  • Vicki says:

    A Visa gift card is a good idea because most teachers spend their own money for supplies throughout the year!

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  • We’re not there yet (boy’s not in school) — but I remember my mother always making sure my teacher had a gift. That was just for my primary teacher. I guess she figured the primary teacher had to put up with me more hours than the other teachers!

    Holly at Tropic of Mom’s last blog post..Overdue

  • kailani says:

    I usually just give to their primary teachers and afterschool leaders. Since we don’t have a Bath & Body Works in Hawaii, I usually stock up on my layovers and give them as gifts.

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  • I gave Lil’ Boys teachers a book and Read along DVD for his class. I gave some of his other teacher flowers.

    Susan Lindgren’s last blog post..Can’t Stop Till You Get Enough

  • […] This 40 does not includes dozens that I have given away throughout the year. In June, I made teacher gift bags and included 2 for each of NHL’s teachers (2), aids (2), and therapists […]