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Good presents for teachers?

Asked by tianalovesyou (692 points ) December 5th, 2011

I want to give my teachers a really nice gift, but I have no idea what to do. I don’t want to give them boring gift cards or flowers. If you were a teacher, what would you want for a gift?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

Fruit baskets are popular here, and they are healthier than a box of candy.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Good teachers want good grades from their students.

blueiiznh's avatar

Gift cards to coffee places like Dunkin Donuts, etc….

digitalimpression's avatar

A brand new car!

Bellatrix's avatar

You know, a hand written note, perhaps in a card, telling them how much you appreciate their work as a teacher and how it helps you to learn etc. would mean more than any present. It shows you value the work they are passionate about.

gailcalled's avatar

I was a teacher and I loved knowing that a student appreciated what I did; I never wanted or expected gifts, however. @Bellatrix is giving you excellent advice.

I did love the homemade tree ornaments that some of the third and fourth graders made for me; they cost the kids almost nothing and were really labors of love.

rojo's avatar

Most teachers I know are constantly buying classroom supplies for their kids. I would think anything that would help with this would be greatly appreciated.

linguaphile's avatar

I’m a teacher—NO FOOD!!! The breakrooms are full enough of food, especially at this time of the year where all the teachers bring their party leftovers. Ick.

@Bellatrix is right—handwritten notes mean much, much more.

If you really want to give a gift: bookstore gift cards, books in our interest areas, teaching store gift cards, Amazon gift cards, or framed photos/quotes are all sure-bets.

zensky's avatar

My favourite gifts were Compact Discs with a handwritten card. Don’t forget the exchange slip.

smilingheart1's avatar

What @Bellatrix, @gailcalled and @zensky said. One keeps these hand crafted messages for YEARS, maybe always— they have such short demand on the purse strings and yet such long heart strings are attached to those oh so personal gifts.

Supacase's avatar

My daughter’s Kindergarten teacher requested that we by fun things like unusual stickers or other little things for the class reward box. (They get rewards for things like getting a whole week of green lights, earning a character brick.) She says seeing the kids happy makes her happy.

I also happen to know she buys the daily snack herself so I will either buy a few healthy snacks or a gift card to the grocery store with a note.

She worded it perfectly so that no one felt obligated to buy.

Keep_on_running's avatar

If I was a teacher I would want chocolates or cool stationery. But I kinda always want that so uh…yeah but I’m sure a personal hand-written note would suffice.

zensky's avatar

“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love.”

jca's avatar

Last year I gave my daughter’s preschool teachers candles and a gift card (I think it was to Dunkin Donuts, $20 each). I thought the candle is something everyone likes to have, is somewhat practical, and it’s always nice to get a “gift” gift. The DD gift card is practical and useful. I wrapped it in pretty bags for each with paper and a nice note about how much they are valued.

jca's avatar

This year Costco has a coupon for Ghirardelli chocolate individually wrapped mini-bars. I think I may buy a big bag, put a bunch into smaller “cookie” bags (cellophane with decoration on it) for each teacher, along with a gift card for DD. Plus the note as described above, about how much the teacher is liked and valued.

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