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Your child spends a good 8 hours a day at school, most of those with one teacher if they are in elementary school. That teacher deserves a gift that shows you appreciate them, so a gift that they will also appreciate is crucial.
To find out what teachers really want, we went right to the source and asked the teachers themselves about their best and worst gifts. Here's one response from a 3rd grade teacher in Georgia:
Worst: Any type of figurine, mugs (even if they’re filled with candy, but maybe ok if they’re filled with money), stuffed animals
Best: Gift certificates of any kind, unique stationary (especially Post It notes), supplies for the classroom, donation to charity in the name of the classroom
She pretty much represents most of the opinions we heard, but just in case you're still not clear, this is other feedback from teachers who responded:
Worst: Candles (we just stash them in a closet that is now overflowing), food (especially Christmas cookies that just add weight at exactly the wrong time of year), soaps (unless you're trying to tell us something), dollar store items
Best: Gift cards the entire class contributed to (yes, this means one parent has to step up and coordinate the collection, but one big gift card can really mean a lot, gifts the entire class donates such as a flower arrangement, handmade gifts the child makes that come from the heart (especially letters), trendy personalized items such as monogrammed coozies or purses, etc.
Make sure to check out SignUp.com's Teacher Appreciation Printables for even more ideas on how to find the perfect gift for your child's teacher.
The easiest way to know if it's going to be something the teacher loves? Think about the teacher as a person and their hobbies, likes or dislikes. If they golf or play tennis, love the beach or collect frogs, those are big hints. If you still don't have a clue just think about what you'd love to get from your boss or colleagues and give that to the teacher. And again, a nice handwritten note about what they mean to you and your child is a super nice bonus!