School’s (almost) out for summer, and I need gifts for my kids’ amazing teachers. Who knew that picking out gifts for teachers could be so darn HARD.
What Teachers DO NOT WANT
- Candy: “Every year, one of our teachers collects all the unwanted chocolate and takes it down to the drop-in centre to donate to the homeless.”
- Mugs: “Our staffroom kitchen is overflowing with coffee mugs.”
- Candles and other trinkets: no one needs more of that.
- Perfume, bath stuff, and anything smelly: I have done this. I have given smelly stuff to teachers. I should have asked sooner!
What Teachers REALLY Want
- Talk about a time when the teacher did something exceptional or special for your child.
- Try: “I’ll always remember the time you…”
- Or: “It meant so much to us when you…”
- Safe bets are gifts cards from Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or Indigo.
- Parents are apparently hesitant to give wine, but let’s face it – your kids’ teachers probably need a drink.
- Don’t worry – they won’t crack it open until the kids are gone.
- Home-made cards from the kids are treasured for years.
- One teacher said, “I have a pick-me-up file filled with cards and notes.”