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My DD is finishing her first year of preschool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> She did amazingly well, despite a rough start. Her teachers are WONDERFUL, and I need some ideas of something I can do with DD to show our appreciation. Since there are so many, i don't want to spend a lot, and I don't just want to do giftcards. My DD is almsot 4. TIA!
 

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That's a lot of teachers!<br><br>
I know you said no gift cards, but the teachers at my dd's school love Dunkin Donuts gift cards. You could do $5 or $10 depending on your budget.<br><br>
A heartfelt note about specific things they did is always good, too.
 

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Hand made cards with a photo of your dd at a school event.<br><br>
Potted kitchen herbs in pretty pots.<br><br>
A huge fruit salad brought in to the school staffroom around lunch time, on a day near the end of school, along with a thank you note for all the work they did nourishing your dd's development this year.<br><br>
Gift cards to a local bookstore or office supply store (I know you say no gift cards, but teachers I know love them).<br><br>
Otherwise, I always give consumable gifts - things that get used up. Gourmet oils or vinegars (you can make your own easily), jams or spreads, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, etc. I figure that if they don't like or can't use it (allergies etc.), they will re-gift in the staff room or to family/friends who can.
 

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Consumables are almost always a good idea. The problem with "stuff" is that teachers get so much of it. How many coffee mugs does one person need? Or pictures of former students, etc. Especially at a Kindergarten level.<br><br>
The idea of a "communal" gift like a fruit salad, cookies, muffins, etc. for the teachers as a whole is great. Who doesn't like to come into work and have a nice snack/treat available? Also greases rails for the next year's teachers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I know that we often have bread/muffin mixes, dips, sauces, etc on sale/clearance at the store I work at, and we often suggest them (with maybe a small whisk or spatula, some pretzels, a basting brush, and so on) as an inexpensive but usable (or regiftable) teacher gift.<br><br>
Some teachers I've known (over the past 12+ years of kids in school), really appreciate a "classroom" gift. A couple of new books, a new toy or two, etc. That, a plate of cookies, and a sincere note - and you're good.<br><br>
What *I* have done over the years - especially as my kids hit MS and HS, is write an email to the one or two teachers who I felt really made a difference to my kid's time in school. By that age, teachers tend to hear a lot of negative feedback from parents, but not always to positive. They appreciate a heartfelt thank-you from a parent. Especially as the kids "age out" of actual teacher gifts.<br><br>
This year, I have the more difficult task of writing several such emails, as my son is graduating. He has had many teachers who have touched his educational life in positive ways. They all deserve to know how much they are appreciated.
 

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My dd always draws a picture for her teachers and I get five dollar gift cards from a coffee place for them. The gift cards are always a big hit so I really recommend them if you can afford cheap ones even if you aren't a fan of gift cards. I also brought donuts in for the break room one year and that was also a big hit.
 

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We homeschool and do a lot of outside activites, so have lots of teachers to buy for.<br><br>
Lately, my kids have been choosing organic fair trade chocolate bars. These have been very well received.
 

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I'd tell them, "Don't bring anything for lunch on *insert day here*" and then order a suitably-sized party sub for them... or some other kind of generally-acceptable lunch.
 

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I always like "class" gifts. So a gift card to a teacher's store or craft store would probably be well received.<br><br>
If they have a coffee pot at school buy coffee for them to have at school or tea. Of wine or beer for after school!
 

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When I had that situation, I would swing by and get a bunch of bagels and donuts to drop off with one general thank you card. It was always very well received.
 

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What I have done in that situation is have the kids choose a book to donate to the classroom or library in honor of the teachers. My DS1 in preschool donated a couple of puzzles because he was so into them that year and he could not find a book he liked.
 
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