12.16.2009

Teacher Christmas Gifts

This year the holiday season has been extra special for Natalie because she has been doing lots of fun stuff at preschool. Today was their Christmas party, and I had fun coming up with a little something for her three teachers.

I always like a little group of things packaged together in a cute container that can be used again. In this case, I had Natalie pick out her favorite coffee mug from Starbucks to hold their goodies in. Thanks to my bro's 40% employee discount, they were only $4 each.

To go inside I bought anti-bacterial hand gel and hand lotion in the scent "Winter Candy Apple" from Bath & Body Works. I thought that it was a cute nod to the whole teacher-apple thing. Plus, dealing with all those kids and germs, I figure they can use all the anti-bacterial products they can get! (Can you tell I'm a germ-o-phobe?). The lotion was a splurge at $4 each-they are so small for the price- but the hand gel was more reasonable at 4 for $5.

Lastly, tucked in the back, I had Natalie color each teacher a wooden angel ornament I bought at Joann's Fabric store for around .30 cents each. On the back I wrote "Merry Christmas Teacher ____. Love, Natalie"

Natalie was so proud of her gifts, and was very excited to hand them out to her teachers.

For around $10 each, I really liked the way they turned out. Any teachers out there care to put you two cents in as to what you like to get from students? This being my first year, I wasn't quite sure what to get. I was originally going to get them Starbucks gift cards to go with their mugs, but then decided against it. I noticed a lot of the other students gave home-made candy and cookies. What about you other mommies out there who are experienced teacher-gift-givers? Any tips? I'd love to tuck away a few ideas for future years.

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift!
    Have a nice day.
    Federica

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  2. What a great idea! I love packing different things together in pretty containers. And I love receiving such gifts!

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  3. that is what I gave my boys' teachers too.
    I am a teacher and I would love that, gift cards, decorations.

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  4. This is SO cute! Maybe you could pack one up for my son's teacher to!?!? I am such a bad mom, I missed the cut-off for the teacher's group gift and tomorrow is the last day before break and I have NO tricks up my sleeve for his teacher - oops!

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  5. cute gifts. thanks for keeping me on the ball. almost forgot to get my teachers gifts together! XO. amy

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  6. You are so stinkin cute! Those are some lucky teachers.

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  7. Super cute-love them. As a former teacher I would have loved them. I also did like starbucks gift cards because we did get a lot of cookies/candy at the holidays. The best gift-a mom asking me what my favorite starbucks drink was and bringing me one a few different times during the year. (christmas, last day of school, etc)

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  8. As a teacher myself, I must say one of my all time FAVORITE things to receive are ornaments from students. Each year I pull out my boxes of Christmas decorations and ornaments, and it's like a walk down memory lane to view the ones from students past. Very sweet and thoughtful of you...and your daughter!

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  9. I think this is a great gift. Home made sweets - way too much effort! And I don't like to eat things made my people I don't know too well - in case they put poison in! Just kidding - sort of...

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  10. Looks amazing :) Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.

    Raru
    79ideas.org

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  11. As a teacher, I love gift cards. Don't doubt the Starbucks gift cards - those are like gold for teachers. Cards for Target, a local movie theatre, a mani/pedi gift certificate, or a bookstore are nice too. When your daughter gets older and only has one teacher, you can feel better about spending a little more money (maybe 40 or 50 bucks)on them. Things not to get: a holiday scented candle.

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  12. Interestingly enough, my son's preschool specifically asked that we NOT send in gifts to the teachers. (Though, they said heartfelt notes and cards from students and parents were always welcome.) Instead they've asked all the parents to join together on one Saturday in January (the week after the holiday break) for a "School Service Day." In the past parents have painted walls, fixed broken cabinets and chairs, and washed & sanitized toys. Basically the teachers submit a "wish list" of what they could use done in their classrooms and we, as parents, come in and take care of it! This year I will be making several Lap Teddy Bears filled with gravel to be used by children at the preschool with sensory issues. I'm so happy to know that we are giving the teachers something they actually want and can use! Plus, I'm no good at putting together cute little crafty gifts--let alone remembering to do them before the Christmas break!

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  13. Very sweet gifts! We gave my daughter's teacher gloves and a scarf. Last year I made her teacher notecards.

    My favorite gifts as a teacher were gift certificates. It was so and sweet (and generous) of them to think of my outside the classroom.

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  14. Very sweet! I am a school social worker and some of my favorite items have been mugs with hot cocoa packets and the wonderful BBW products. I like the idea of the ornament as now her teacher will have something to always remember her by:)

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