I taught for 14 years, and I received a pretty wide range of gifts at this time of year. I don't want to sound unappreciative, especially for those dollar store gifts that you know are all the family can afford, but come on, all a teacher really wants is a gift card (even $5 is a treat!) and a nice note. All those cutesy teacher gifts? Those are given by people who have never been teachers. Teachers are poor, and teachers are busy. What they want is a little help with their grocery bill or the luxury of buying their morning coffee at Starbucks.
And a nice card. Since we're always crafting anyway, we made teacher cards this year:
|Maggie was sure a cake was an appropriate holiday card design. Oh, and we have discovered glitter glue.|
And then baked goods. Maybe that's not all teachers, though. I'm not gonna preach that one. Here's the thing: I like to bake, but I don't like the baked goods sitting around my house. So I use teachers and neighbors (and the mailman!) as places to deposit those baked goods.
This year we made brownie cupcakes and peppermint marshmallows dipped in chocolate. I buy the festive liners and boxes during post-Christmas sales and stash them away until the next year.
Our neighbors got a sampling of the baked goods, too, and I tried out this card idea I found on Pinterest:
Those are supposed to be trees. Can you tell? I jumped when I found another use for old holiday cards, but I'm not sure how these turned out.
Now, off you go to buy those gift cards for your child's teachers! And don't forget the note!