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Last year I didn't catch on that this was one of those things that's considered nice to do.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> So I'd like to do something this year, but it needs to be cheap, like under $5 cheap. Any ideas?
 

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Last year we gave our SLP a box of chocolates. This year, my plan is to have DD make something, probably a Christmas ornament. Other ideas would be baking a batch of cookies or muffins, a plant (perhaps in a clay pot painted by your child), or something like that.
 

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Gift certificates to coffee shops work well with therapists I have found <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> If you're feeling really generous, tuck it in a cute or nice travel mug.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Gift certificates to coffee shops work well with therapists I have found <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> If you're feeling really generous, tuck it in a cute or nice travel mug.</div>
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What's great about this idea is that they can either use it, or leave it in the break room for general use if they think it's hideous<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> If you have a Dollar Store or Big Lots you can find mugs for $1. Then you can buy a box of tea, a box of hot chocolate, and some candy and fill up a bunch of mugs for under $5 each. Wrap in cellophane, or regular old plastic wrap, curly ribbon and voila!, you're Martha Stewart.
 

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We're supposed to give therapists gifts?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Oops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
DS has been in therapy since he was 17 months. He's now 4 (so this is his 3rd Christmas in therapy). 2 years ago (when he was 26 months) he did make a Christmas cake for all the therapists at the place he was going to (they all knew him, he had a habit of breaking free and running into their cubicles.... the place was held in a huge room with not much seperating the "offices" from the play areas). Anyway, they all loved it. Last year we didn't do anything (but didn't have an official therapist because of the f*$%ing school system). This year he just started with 2 new therapists. I'll be looking for ideas in this thread!
 

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I believe anything made by the child might be the most appreciated.<br><br><br>
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the reason I didn't is because of a policy I read for EI, that they're not allowed to accept gifts. it's too bad b/c I'd like to give them something but I'm confused about whether I can?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the reason I didn't is because of a policy I read for EI, that they're not allowed to accept gifts. it's too bad b/c I'd like to give them something but I'm confused about whether I can?</div>
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This was the situation for us as nurses also. But, we LOVED food/sweets given for the whole team though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><br>
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We're planning on giving ds' therapists each one of those big popcorn tins.
 

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We always give our therapists a little box of homemade cookies and goodies. We figure they can take it home to their own families, or pass it on when they attend holiday parties and get togethers.<br><br>
It doesn't really matter what it is, just that there's something (and a thoughtful something). Therapists work so hard--I think they like seeing their work recognized and appreciated whenever possible.<br><br>
I mean, wouldn't you love it if someone showed up at your doorstep and said "I really appreciate all the work you do with your child," then handed you a little gift? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> After that, would it really matter what the gift was? The recognition is the big thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We always give our therapists a little box of homemade cookies and goodies. We figure they can take it home to their own families, or pass it on when they attend holiday parties and get togethers.<br><br>
It doesn't really matter what it is, just that there's something (and a thoughtful something). Therapists work so hard--I think they like seeing their work recognized and appreciated whenever possible.<br><br>
I mean, wouldn't you love it if someone showed up at your doorstep and said "I really appreciate all the work you do with your child," then handed you a little gift? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> After that, would it really matter what the gift was? The recognition is the big thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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See, I was thinking about this because a popcorn tin is just so generic but I can't afford anything more than $10 and my son is too young to make anything. Anyone have any other ideas?
 

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I think a popcorn tin would be fine!! Put a pretty bow around it, or do some hand-over-hand scribbling with your son to make a card, and there you go--a thoughtful gift!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Plus who doesn't love popcorn?<br><br>
(Never underestimate the power of the hand-over-hand scribbled card <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think a popcorn tin would be fine!! Put a pretty bow around it, or do some hand-over-hand scribbling with your son to make a card, and there you go--a thoughtful gift!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Plus who doesn't love popcorn?<br><br>
(Never underestimate the power of the hand-over-hand scribbled card <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's a good idea! Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We often wrap in paper made from DS' artwork. If you only give the kid red and green or silver and gold or whatever to work with it is seasonally appropriate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We're supposed to give therapists gifts?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Oops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"></div>
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Yeah, that's how I felt last year.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">the reason I didn't is because of a policy I read for EI, that they're not allowed to accept gifts. it's too bad b/c I'd like to give them something but I'm confused about whether I can?</div>
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Hmm, good point. I wonder how I could find that out. I mean, it would be kind of tacky to actually ASK the therapists that.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">(Never underestimate the power of the hand-over-hand scribbled card <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)</div>
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This made me laugh really hard--not sure why. I guess b/c I never knew what hand-over-hand was until I had a SN kid. And of course, my kid HATES hand-over-hand. I might be able to tempt him to scribble some though--it's one of his goals, for pete's sake!<br><br>
I'm thinking now I might do some trial size organic/fancy shampoo or lotion or something--our coop is doing an order from a place that has lots of trial sizes.
 

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I'm doing small baskets with little individual apple cakes in them, plus maybe a candle and a small ornament or something in them.
 

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At the therapy center DS goes to the therapists don't wear shoes only socks or booties. I was thinking about hitting costco and buying some of those cute lounge socks. For the gals at his preschool I was going to make a huge batch of granola and maybe a little candle/tea bag or something in little gift bags.
 

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Gifts??? Oh wow. I hadn't even thought of that..... Mark HATES crafts and can't sit long enough to do more shove a few crayons in his mouth and then he's off again. And our therapist's are both terribly disorganized, I can't imagine giving them "stuff" to add to the insane clutter in their offices and therapy areas. Hmm.....
 

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Well, I was thinking a small basket with a small handmade cake, which would be eaten quickly.<br><br>
A small candle they can take home, and burn. No clutter there.<br><br>
And maybe a bag of apple cake mix or apple pancake mix to take home. No clutter and a basket they can reuse.
 
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