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Old 12-08-2009, 08:19 AM   #16
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As a teacher, the gifts I prefer the most are gift cards, particularly to borders or barnes and noble.

As a parent, every year I give my dds' teachers book store gift cards, and have always received personalized cards of thanks.

I don't know a single teacher who wouldn't appreciate a gift card to a book store. One year, i got one to starbucks, and I gave it away because I don't drink coffee and have never been inside a starbucks. A gift card to a teacher store would be ok, but I personally wouldn't like it, I am lucky enough to get all those materials through my district.

Here's an even better idea. One year my dd's 3rd grade teacher had just bought a home and was pregnant, so all the parents pooled money and got her a $100 pre-paid American Express card, so that she could use it wherever she wanted for whatever she needed for the house or baby.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:02 AM   #17
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My DH is a teacher, but since he's a guy he doesn't get many candles. He teaches music and lately has been playing the Charlie Brown Christmas music before class begins, while students are getting their instruments. Last week, one of his students brought him a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Best gift ever according to him.

My DS is in 1st grade and his teacher sent a note home saying she did not want any gifts, but if we had to get something, to get something for the class (art supplies, games the kids want to play in centers, etc.).
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:43 AM   #18
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I'm thinking about giving DDs' (twins in Pre-K) teacher and teacher assistants $25 gift cards to a nail salon near school. That would be enough for a deluxe pedicure or manicure. Good idea?

Any advice from teachers and teacher assistants would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:17 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for your honesty! I am going to pass on giving her a candle. She has a dog that she always talks about in class so I think I will have my dd get her something cutesy (bones with a Xmas theme) to give her. I also have chipped in for a class gift which is a gift card!
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:28 PM   #20
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At my kids' elementary school, they have the teachers fill out profile pages each year (if they are returning teachers, they update them at the start of the year). This lists things the teachers like - restaurants, hobbies, stores, whether they have pets or kids, etc. It's really helpful in knowing what types of gifts or gift cards to get. You may want to ask at your school to see if they have something like this for the parents.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:51 PM   #21
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I am very happy with the idea that our class mom brought up this year- a gift card wreath- anyone who wants to participate sends in their own gift cardfor the teacher and it is added to the wreath. I love this idea- as it is more personalized and yet will give a variety of treats for teacher to use as she wants.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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Our PTO takes up a collection every year and divides it among all the teachers. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

No hassle with trying to come up with a good gift, and the teachers are happy to get a cash bonus. Suggest it to your PTO.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #23
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I do a Borders gift card every year for Christmas. And if I really like the teacher then I also give one at the end of the school year as well.

Dance teachers get an Itunes gift card as I figure they can use it for either their personal Ipods or download music for the class.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:40 PM   #24
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Our PTO takes up a collection every year and divides it among all the teachers. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

No hassle with trying to come up with a good gift, and the teachers are happy to get a cash bonus. Suggest it to your PTO.
Until this year it was a tradition that the HRP at our school did something like this but no more . The state of Massachusetts has decided that it is immoral for teachers to accept gifts with a value of more than $50 - even a group gift from 23 kids. . So now we all have to start coming up with our own gifts again. I'm sure the teachers appreciated the Gift Card to A.C. Moore and Staples or borders or much better than getting a bunch of candles and stuff.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:12 PM   #25
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The state of Massachusetts has decided that it is immoral for teachers to accept gifts with a value of more than $50 - even a group gift from 23 kids.
I think I'd be calling my legislator. There should be an exception for gifts collected and disbursed by a non-profit third party. If the teacher does not know the source of the gift then it is impossible for it to result in preferential treatment for anyone.

What the state thinks doesn't matter in our case b/c it is a private school. No one knows how much money any one family gives, because it is all sent in as cash in envelopes to the school office or to a PTO officer's home, collected by the PTO, then split evenly among all the staff members except the Principal. We give about $100 each year, and we have one child (who has 8 teachers); I'm sure that there are some families who give nothing, and some that give quite a lot more. We are normally not told how much each staff member recieves, but last year I happened to find out because I knew someone on the committee; they each got $300. There are 43 staff members who are eligible, so we can infer that the total collected was equal to about $40/student.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:04 PM   #26
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Our PTO takes up a collection every year and divides it among all the teachers. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

No hassle with trying to come up with a good gift, and the teachers are happy to get a cash bonus. Suggest it to your PTO.
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I think I'd be calling my legislator. There should be an exception for gifts collected and disbursed by a non-profit third party. If the teacher does not know the source of the gift then it is impossible for it to result in preferential treatment for anyone.

What the state thinks doesn't matter in our case b/c it is a private school. No one knows how much money any one family gives, because it is all sent in as cash in envelopes to the school office or to a PTO officer's home, collected by the PTO, then split evenly among all the staff members except the Principal. We give about $100 each year, and we have one child (who has 8 teachers); I'm sure that there are some families who give nothing, and some that give quite a lot more. We are normally not told how much each staff member recieves, but last year I happened to find out because I knew someone on the committee; they each got $300. There are 43 staff members who are eligible, so we can infer that the total collected was equal to about $40/student.
This is what our private school does as well. This way it covers all teachers, even the Specials teachers like PE, Music, Art etc and the maintenance and support staff. It is anoymous as well which many people complain about. Since they do not know which families contribute, I contribute half to that and the other half I get a gift card. This year I got the teachers all gift cards to Panera Bread.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:08 PM   #27
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My mom has been a 1st grade teacher for 20 years.

Candles- NO WAY JOSE. Every candle (or apple-related decor) she gets ends up in our next yard sale.

Gift cards = . Even $5 ones to Starbucks are great.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:13 PM   #28
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Our PTO takes up a collection every year and divides it among all the teachers. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

No hassle with trying to come up with a good gift, and the teachers are happy to get a cash bonus. Suggest it to your PTO.
I wouldn't care for ours to do that- some teachers we like more than others and give more than others- one year we gave a 10.00 gift card since the teacher was ALWAYS absent and we just weren't crazy about her- this year the teacher is great so we are giving to the class collection and getting her a 25.00 movie theater gift card to go with that.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:09 PM   #29
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Would you enjoy receiving a candle for a Christmas present? I love candles and would love to get one. However, I worry that the teacher may end up with a bunch of heavy candles to take home. I took advantage of the buy 2 get 2 free Yankee candles & now I'm second guessing. Opinions appreciated...

Oh please no...none for me, thanks. I have put dozens, literally, of candles in my annual yard sales over the course of the 20 years I've been teaching.

I would love though, a $5.00 gift card to just about anywhere.
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I get each of my children'ts teachers a gift card to Target every year. I figure they can always find something great there.
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