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That is a great question Motherkins, and one I struggle with a lot, especially since there have been threads here about what NOT to get teachers! I am very light on the gift giving for teachers. I figure a handwritten note saying what I appreciate about them is worth more than a cutesy gift. We do usually give a gift at Christmas time, but it is something like movie tickets, a book store gift certificate, etc. I have noticed that other moms are more into the gift thing than I am, and I have generally made peace with it, but every now and then it bugs me. I will be interested to see if any teachers talk about it influencing them in some way with the child. I also follow my children's lead about gift giving. There have been some teachers they have just been wild about, and my child has wanted to get them more little gifts. Other years, they have no interest in giving the teacher a gift, so I certainly don't make a big deal of it.
Also, many classes do a gift for the classroom-- like new puzzles, a rug, etc. One year we purchased a mini refrigerator for the classroom by taking a collection. I am never in charge of these things, but I am happy to donate!
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