Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Washington state
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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!