Gifts for end of year students / Classroom Volunteers, Ideas Needed

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  1. Mrs.PrinceCharming

    Mrs.PrinceCharming Mouseketeer

    Oct 25, 2006
    I am trying to think of gifts for the moms who have volunteered in my classroom this year. I also need ideas for end of the year gifts for my students. Any suggestions? Anything you or your child has gotten that was particularly useful or special? I have over 20 students so the student gift has to be reasonable in cost.
  2. feedindy

    feedindy Mouseketeer

    Dec 12, 2006
    My DD always gets a book from her teachers. They purchase them on discount through the book club program. It is a nice educational gift to receive from a teacher and can be as inexpensive as you want. I don't know the ages of your students, but you can find cheap books for nearly any level.
  3. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2000
    My kids don't get end of the year gifts, nor have I recieved them as a volunteer. I don't think it's necessary.

    The teachers usually try to help the kids do some sort of memory book together that they can keep. One year a teacher gave each student a candid photo taken in class in a construction paper card. My child treasured his.
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  5. imageid

    imageid Mouseketeer

    Feb 10, 2006
    My DD received a lovely poem from her teacher in an inexpensive picture frame. She has had it on her dresser for 4 years!
    As a volunteer, please know that we do not volunteer for gifts or recognition. Most of us truely enjoy watching the children grow, and knowing that we helped in the process.
    I have received gift cards from resturants (some in our area have discounts for schools) and once I got a very nice hanging plant.
  6. tinkarooni

    tinkarooni <font color=teal>Gets way too excited about saving

    Jan 22, 2006
    I volunteer in both of my children's classrooms. Honestly the one thing I was given I loved was a really nice note from the teacher telling me how much she appreciated me. Hardly anybody says thank you anymore and the handwritten letter is practically gone. It was on a lovely piece of stationary and it meant a lot to me. Cost was practically nothing and it meant more than any small token. Good Luck!
  7. daemom

    daemom DIS Veteran

    Apr 13, 2005
    Our students usually don't receive gifts from their teaches, but our school does have a "volunteer appreciation" luncheon. All of the teachers get together and bring in various covered dishes and they come in and eat lunch with the volunteers. It doesn't take a huge effort, but it's quite appreciated! Good luck!
  8. marissat

    marissat Mouseketeer

    Mar 1, 2005
    My son's 2nd grade teacher gave the best gift ever! I loved the idea so much that I used it for the other son's K teacher the following year.....

    She got a painted planter at Walmart ($4) and had all the kids sign it with a sharpie ..threw in some flowers and done..

    I still have it .the flowerws died but I keep all of my gifts of rocks that the boys have given me....

    I would have been happy with nothing beacause I don't do it for the gift but this was a nice personal touch that all the kids had a part in....

    For the kids maybe some sunglasses with a note "Have a great summer"?

  9. CJMickeyMouse

    CJMickeyMouse Please do not disturb.

    Mar 22, 2000
    For your classroom volunteers, I would get a package of lifesavers, or a $1,000,000,000 bar, etc... you get the idea.... and then write them a personal note saying how much you appreciated their help.

    For the kids - I really like the picture idea - capture that moment in time.
  10. daisyduck123

    daisyduck123 <font color=green>I just love those parmesan mashe

    Aug 18, 2005

    Hi! Teacher here :teacher:

    We don't give our students end-of-year gifts either....I've been teaching 16 years & I've never heard of this.

    We do the same kind of "volunteer appreciation" but we do breakfast.

    OP: I always give my head room mother a beach bag with a beach towel inside.

    **Edited to add...I do give each of my students a Christmas book (a Scholastic book & a box of crayons) & a Valentine's Day gift ( a Scholastic book of poems).

    If I have any other moms that helped her on a regular basis, I give them one of those "gifts in a jar" cookie mixes.
  11. heatherg

    heatherg Earning My Ears

    Mar 31, 2007
    My kids have gotten a variety of items from teachers at either Christmas/Valentine's/end of year. . . . books, personalized stationary (this industrious teacher did "from the desk of . . . " and used a yearbook picture of each kid and made copies), small white boards/marker, tangram games, pencils, etc. I think the favorite has been a picture of the child and the teacher with a note.

    As a room mom. . . most years I haven't gotten anything from the teacher, which is totally fine with me. When I have it's been either a candle, lotion (tehehe. . . same kind of stuff parents seem to get teachers, huh?) or, my favorite, a notepad she created. She created it in Word and it had our names scrolling across the top and bottom with a dot between each one, then in a larger pt. "The ***** (our last name)" centered on the top. She could create 2 of them on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper then took them to Kinkos to have them printed in color and glued into a notepad. Simple things make me happy! :)
  12. Stephres

    Stephres Likes Disney and Scrapbooking<br><font color=deepp

    Jul 11, 2004
    My kids have received small scolastic books as end of the year presents, which are always appreciated. Last year my son't teacher got me a gift for the end of the year: I remember feeling very guilty! I volunteer because I love the kids and love the teacher: a thank you gift is not necessary! She did include a nice card which I did think was nice.
  13. Hannathy

    Hannathy <font color=darkorchid>When I stop laughing I will

    Jan 24, 2006
    What I have liked receiving from teachers have been plants for my garden, not huge just small flowers. One year it was a geranium, another was a small Mum (they were 1.99, I had seen them over the weekend at the garden center) which was nice because it is still growing in my garden and it has been 5 years! Wrap a piece of foil or material and tie on a bow. My DS's kindergarten teacher gave us a family gift of a small cheap basket with popcorn and a movie card, but I had helped a ton that year and my DH had spent hours getting her computer in shape and working for her. I have also not received anything and don't volunteer for a gift but it is nice to be thanked.
  14. ceecee

    ceecee DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2001
    I have also been a Class Mom for 6 years and usually get a note, which is more than fine with me. DD's teacher last year made bookmarks with their photo on top and the entire class autographed it, then she laminated it and put a ribbon through the top. She still uses it this year and it's a nice keepsake. The class moms made each child a photo album (the little cheapy ones for $1.00) and put in photos (each book only had 6-8 pictures in it) we had taken during parties and other school events, the kids really liked those as well.
  15. cats mom

    cats mom DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2000
    Mine are very similar to the ones already posted.

    I think the most common end of year gift my kids have gotten is a scholastic book. I actually picked them out at one of the big warehouse sales for DD's teacher last year. ;)
    One teacher sent an I miss you letter and a magnet she had made to the kids a week or so after school got out. My DD was thrilled to get mail and thought that was really neat. (probably would not be a hit for older kids, DD was in 1st grade)

    As for volunteer mom gifts... I really liked the gift card good for a free Jamba Juice. I'm not sure how much those cost, but the neat thing is that they don't have an amount on them - they just say good for any regular size Jamba (so I'd imagine around $5.00 or so) I've gotten a mug and a Starbucks gift card and plants and lotions in the past as well.

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