Yes, here is where I sound like an ungrateful brat. But, really, unless the teacher is a first-year newbie, they probably already have all of that stuff. I was gifted with all that sort of thing when I was a student teacher and it was cute then, but after that, notsomuch.
I thought it was really nice any time any of my students thought to give me a gift, though.
And some of my favorite gifts didn’t cost anything, like the parents who arranged to take my lunch duty for a week as a gift for teacher appreciation week or the mom who wrote me a four page handwritten letter thanking me for all that I did for her daughter.
There were really good gifts that cost some serious money, too. Woohoo to spa gift certificates for a whole day of pampering and a beach bag full of everything you could possibly need for a day at the beach. Most of the bigger gifts were from my whole class and if you can organize something like that, go for it!
Now that I’m a parent, I feel the pressure to come up with a good gift for my boys’ teachers.
I don’t have lots of cash to throw around, so I have to figure out how to do something nice for not very much money.
Due to all the germ-madness this year, this is what I came up with:
Forgive the craptastic job on the tissue paper- I really need to fix that.
I had three teachers to buy for.
Inside each bucket is:
Lysol sanitizing wipes- $2.92 x 3
Big bottle of GermX instant hand sanitizer- $1.98 x 3
Bottle of Chewable Vitamin C- $2 x 3 (found that bargain at Wally World)
Travel-size kleenx-$.99 for a pack of three
5 bags of Yogi brand tea: Cold Season $4.42 for one box, that I split in 3
On the sparkly tag, I wrote “Miss (insert teacher’s name here)’s Germ-Busting Bucket.”
So, that’s three teacher gifts of something that I think they will actually use, for just over $20 total.
Um, not counting the buckets($2.50 each at Wally World- they have a cute lid with a snowflake on it), tissue paper, and the sparkly tags, which bring my total closer to $30. But, by the time that I was shopping for those items, I had picked up the older two from preschool and had three kids shopping with me, so I went for whatever I saw that I thought was reasonable, instead of shopping around for a better deal. But, still, that means $10 per teacher, which isn’t bad at all!
Feel free to steal this idea for your kids’ teachers!
Click to see the movie-themed basket I made for my boys’ teachers as an end-of-the-year gift.
What are you getting for your children’s teachers?