What do you do about teacher Christmas gifts when your child is in the upper grades? Do you give a gift to every teacher? My child has reading, writing, science, social studies, math, music, art, gym, drama and Chinese. That's a lot of gifts and I have not included the office staff, security guard or the principals.
Back in my day, I gave a Christmas gift to my homeroom teacher. It was always something small like some perfume, candy or soap. I remember being excited to choose a gift for my teachers. My kids don't seem be interested at all. In fact, I don't think they have ever chosen a gift for their teachers.
Some room parents started collecting money and buying gift cards for multiple teachers. I always thought that was so impersonal. It's actually kind of awkward if you think about it. The teacher has to read all of the names on the card to know who to thank for the gift because it came from multiple students. For years I was crazy enough to buy gifts for everyone that came in contact with my children. Even the janitor got gifts from the Stanciel children. As you may have guessed, that became pretty expensive.
A few years ago, I came to my senses. I decided to make a tin of homemade goodies and give them to the teachers and staff for Christmas. It has been a big hit. Apparently, not everyone wants photo books, scarfs, gift cards and movie tickets but they all love the tin of homemade cookies, tarts, toffee and brownies. Find out what your child's teachers enjoy as gifts. If you are not into homemade gifts and need suggestions, visit my fellow blogger's blog "10 teacher gift ideas from a teacher".
I will say that I spend a lot more time on teacher Christmas gifts now, but it is truly a labor of love. I like that people enjoy my treats. I buy the tins right after Christmas when they are half off. I am now able to give gifts again to all of the people who make my child's school a great place to be.
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