Holiday

'Our child may be the reason you drink:' Family's intoxicating gift to teachers creates buzz

Posted December 21, 2017 9:53 p.m. EST

— An Ohio family is getting a lot of attention for the gift they decided to give to their child’s teachers this holiday season

D.J. Sommers said his parents give the school teachers a present each year around the holidays, typically a small candle or flower. This year, they thought the educators deserved something a little more intoxicating, so they bought each teacher a bottle of wine.

Each bottle donned a custom label with a smiling photo of D.J.’s younger brother, Jake, and a caption reading “our child might be the reason you drink, so enjoy this bottle on us.”

D.J. said he thought the gift was funny, so he snapped a photo of the bottles and posted it to Twitter, where it generated quite a buzz.

He said his parents chose the gift to recognize that while Jake isn’t a bad kid, he is “that kid.”

“It does definitely give off the illusion that my brother is a big time troublemaker and that’s not entirely true. He’s definitely not the worst student in the entire world but he’s definitely not the best in the entire world either,” D.J. said.

D.J. described Jake as the “school clown” and said after this spring, the school will officially be free of the Sommers family, as D.J., Jake, their sister and mother all went to the same school.

“It was kind of more of a thanking the teachers for putting up with me and my sister and my brother,” D.J. said of the gift.

Overall, D.J. said all parties involved got a good laugh out of the gift.

“It was all really well received. It was more of a thank you because I know I can’t spend six hours in a room with my little brother and they’ve been doing that every day for however long he’s been in school, so they got a good kick out of it too. They all thought it was really funny,” D.J. said.