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#1 of 14 Old 06-24-2008, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I should have written this before. It is my son's last day of school tomorrow.
His teacher was very nice and helpful.
We got her a nice Christmas gift, but should I have given her something on the last day? I really want to show her our appreciation but I don't want to overdo it either and seem like I am bribing her.
It is not too late for me to pick up something tomorrow and drop it by the school.
What would you do?
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When I have been happy with DS' teachers I have given a holiday gift and an end-of-the-year gift. I usually do Target gift cards. Another option would be to donate a book to the class library if they have some books that stay in the room. Also, you could do a nice letter to the principal with a copy to the teacher. I think people really appreciate it when you tell their boss that they are great.

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We always do an end-of-year gift for the teachers - usually a gift card or a contribution to a gift from the whole class. I always get something that's for their personal use, not for work use. I might get a Barnes&Noble card, for example, but not a gift certificate to the teacher supply store.
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I usually do a gift card too. I do an independant book store for my 3rd graders teacher and was all set to do the same for my 6th grader when he decided to not go to his "graduation". He wasn't crazy about his teacher and it was pretty obvious that she wasn't crazy about us either.
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I can't believe I did not think of getting her a gift until today!
Now I remember I think I got his last years teacher something at the end of the year.
I will have to find the time tomorrow.
I like the idea of the gift certificate!
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A mom in one of my girls class was organizing a book donation for the class library so we did that. I got $15 GC's for blockbuster for that same teacher, my youngest's teacher, my oldests 2 teachers & the french teacher. My middle dd has 2 other teachers & my oldest has 1 other teacher, but I never got them anything. The 1 teacher is only there the days he teaches my oldest music so he won't be back till fall. The other 2 I'm still debating whether to get them anything. They both teach 1 class to my middle dd. I did the french teacher because she teaches all 3 of them. I have till Friday morning.
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We do gifts at Xmas and at the end of the year. My kids have two main teachers (they team teach) and three specialists (PE, music, Spanish) plus the teacher's assistant and the after school girl (a high school senior whom I don't really feel the need to get gifts for - but couldn't do EVERYONE else but her, so got her a gift too).

I don't spend a lot if I can help it, but like to get something useful or personal. No candy, no apple plaques, etc.

This year we got one teacher a dvd we knew he'd like. The other teacher got earrings; she is always wearing really neat jewelry so we know her style. As soon as she opened them, she put them on, and when I got to work she just gushed about how much she loved them. The kids just beamed. But the Spanish teacher's gift was my FAVORITE and I was so excited to have the kids give it to her. One of her dds was in my dd1's dance class, and there were (very expensive) recital photos available for purchase. When I was in ordering some of my girls, I noticed a really nice pic of her dd taken during the recital. Really neat shot. She is a single mom of four, and I thought she might not have ordered these. So I got a 5 x 7 of it, and some candles in a specific scent that she said was her favorite back when she had mad money for stuff like that (we were talking about candle parties at work one day). So hers I was so psyched about!

One student (I work there too) gave me a jar of homemade strawberry jam that he helped make. I LOVED that!! Another mom always writes the absolute sweetest "make you feel good" cards - which I will keep always. I personally LOVE the nice liquid soaps at Bath & Body Works - which are on sale for $3 every other week it seems. I'd be happy as a clam with that! It doesn't have to be a lot of money.

But when pressed for time, our Safeway always has a HUGE assortment of gift cards from every imaginable store!
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I really enjoyed reading about what some of you are giving.
Teachers have a very important job.It is certainly not always easy.
I think they (well most of them) deserve a show a appreciation.
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Usually I send a nice bouquet at Thanksgiving with a card that says "We are thankful for a wonderful teacher!" Then I find a way to tell the teacher that that is the end of gifts from our family. I feel desperately busy at Christmas and the end of the school year, so I try to do it early.

This year, my ds moved from French Immersion to English school later in the year and his new teacher was amazing. She specifically asked that we not give a gift. Instead a group of moms got together and made a nice lunch for her one day and dropped it off at school one day. There were three nice salads, a healthy dessert, and a big wine glass full of water, all on a tray with a nice napkin. She loved it.

I guess my message is plan for next year but don't necessarily plan for the last day. Still, for the last day, a bottle of wine is always nice. Even people who don't enjoy an occasional glass like to have one to take to a party.
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In middle school every teacher had a small library that students could choose a book from if they'd finished their work early in class. So I usually gave a book.

In high school I gave cards and bookmarks that I'd cross stitched. My senior year two teachers got blankets I'd crocheted - they really did change my life.
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I finally got her a Chapters/Coles/Indigo Books gift card along with a card and a small box of chocolates b'cause I know she likes them.
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Late to the game, but hopefully it will help someone next year. We are, hopefully, done with teacher gifts (youngest just finished 8th grade). My older one was okay with gift cards/whatever for each of his teachers. Younger? Wanted *special* gifts.

Luckily, she is the kind of kid who gets to know her teachers, so was able to gear her gift selections with them in mind. For one she (I) got an air popcorn popper, gourmet popcorn & flavorings because he and his wife recently had a baby and they spend a lot of time at home. Another teacher is a Mets fan, so she got her a Mets fleece throw. Another got an ice cream sundae package. And so on. (Yes, we got everything on sale.) Her favorite teachers she included a personal letter to, and the replies she received were keepers. I also wrote to each of her teachers thanking them for the time they invested in her education.
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Last year and this year, my daughter and I made her a litle "booklet" that she did by herself, picked out the papers/colors, and such. Inside she wrote what she loved about her teacher, made a bookmark, and then made a little pocket for a Barnes and Noble giftcard. I got the idea from Familyfun.com

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I know , the teacher job is not an easy job. Thank you card and box of chocolate are some of the best gifts for the teacher.
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