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  • djofraleigh Dec 13, 3:56 p.m.

    The best thing to give teachers is support as shown in expecting respect and obedience of your child for them. Teachers don't work for tips or material presents.

  • foster208 Dec 12, 8:10 p.m.

    Homemade items and gift are the way to go. How about some gift cards to Panera, Jason's Deli, etc. It doesn't have to be expensive. It is the thought that counts.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Dec 12, 3:18 p.m.

    16 years as a teacher...WAY too many coffee mugs, ornaments and such.
    Gift cards are AWESOME, but be to general places like a Walmart, unless you know the teacher likes something. I've been given many Starbucks cards, but I don't drink coffee. I can't eat chocolate, but have received numerous chocolate goodies.
    Hand written notes of appreciation are AWESOME! Teachers don't get praised nearly enough. They hear from the unhappy parents all the time, and would welcome more notes with positive thoughts.

  • faulkner Dec 12, 2:02 p.m.

    I like the to buy bread/goodies from the Great Bread Harvest Co. They usually have gift bags with a coupon attached for a free loaf of bread(in addition to the gift I brought).
    I also have brought the teachers lunch. I purchase the meal from their favorite restaurant and bring it to school during their lunch period. Panera is a favorite!

  • jessicaeakes Dec 12, 1:24 p.m.

    I'm making mason jar gifts for my son's day care teachers: http://christmas.organizedhome.com/crafts/gifts-in-a-jar/m-and-m-cookies

    I've also done cookies

    There are tons of suggestions on Pintrest!

  • gocats8 Dec 12, 12:18 p.m.

    My mother-in-law is a retired teacher and my husband taught as well. They both received way too many candles. The best gifts were gift cards for school supplies or restaurants and also hand soap. Even those that are sensitive to fragrances can use scented soaps. With all that said, a card with a nice hand-written letter from the child is the best.

  • blytheclifford Dec 12, 11:28 a.m.

    My friends that are teachers say gift cards are best because they often spend their own money on supplies for the classroom. They don't need any more candles, lotions, etc. We like to add a personal touch, though, and usually do a small item that has some significance for our family and/or the teacher (like something that matches the theme of their classroom, an item of their "favorite things" list, a small treasure that our children have made or something from a trip we have taken during the year). We pair that with a gift card and a handwritten note.

  • grannybam07 Dec 12, 10:35 a.m.

    This is my 24th year of teaching and I've received all of the gifts listed in the comments. My favorite gifts have been hand written notes from parents & students sharing what I mean to or how I've influenced them. These are treasures long after the gift card is spent. By all means, give your child's teacher a gift to say thank you but take the time to write an honest, heart-felt note. I've kept each of mine and they are in my 'smile file' so I can go back to them on a day when I need encouragement.

  • khoggard Dec 12, 10:19 a.m.

    This year (and I have done it before), I am giving my sons teachers homemade goodies. He usually helps me make them & it usually includes cookies, some kind of bars or other candy & maybe homemade suckers. This year, I bought miniture loaf pans that are decorated for Christmas & am baking bread & I have a teacher guardian angel pin that I will put with it also. The last time I did this, the teachers loved it!! He even wrote a little poem using the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for inspiration. It was sooo sweet!! Also can be somewhat inexpensive if you look at the overall cost of the baking since it it done for more than one - I am doing it for 5 (2 at school, 2 at church, & a piano teacher). Hope this helps!!

  • missparrothead Dec 12, 10:14 a.m.

    I've gone the direct route and simply asked the teachers what their favorite stores are, etc. Most women like bath/shower gels, and I usually get them in clean smelling fragrances (who doesn't like lavender?) For my 4th grade daughter's teacher this yr, the class chipped in $$, and I purchased different gift cards (from her fav. stores), and added some chocolate, starbucks coffee (her fav), an ornament, amaryllis plant kit and assembled into a nice basket. You can also purchase great gift basket food items, candy, coffee, from TJ Maxx, Marshalls.

  • sandpiper96 Dec 12, 9:23 a.m.

    I usually do a "cake in a jar". I put all the dry ingredients to my favorite cake recipe in some sort of decorative jar/container and then provide the recipe in order to make the cake. You can also do this with a cookie/soup recipe! I've also given Chick-fil-a calendars with their great coupons!

  • sduncan8 Dec 12, 8:27 a.m.

    I did this last year at the end of the school year and the teachers loved it. You could change it to the holiday break instead of summer.

    http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2011/04/teachers-love-gift-cards.html

  • meredithscheopner2 Dec 12, 6:30 a.m.

    I have polled quite a few teachers in the past, and the general consensus seems to be: gift cards (I stick with 'Walmart' & 'Target'). That way, they can get whatever *they* like. :)

  • lilypony Dec 11, 9:54 p.m.

    Can't go wrong with gift cards! Get it from an office store or Walmart if you want them to spend it on the class, restaurant or the like if you want it spent on themselves. Public school teachers (and some private) are prohibited from accepting personal gifts so definitely stick with classroom friendly gift ideas. No ornaments, desk/house teacher decorations, candles, lotions, or homemade goodies. I personally love store bought goodies but my coworkers tend to just pass them onto husbands or their kids - swimsuit season's around the corner LOL! Basically think about what you'd genuinely appreciate if you received yourself and not a "teacher gift."

  • angel2000 Dec 11, 9:27 p.m.

    I am a teacher and one of the best gifts I ever received from a parent was a ream of colored paper. I love to copy certain things on colored paper and it was nice to be given something useful and fun.
    As a parent of a school age child I give gift cards to my child's teacher. We don't have a teacher supply store nearby so its usually Walmart/Staples and I'm even throwing in some Starbucks cards I got off of swagbucks.

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