The Teacher Gift

I think I am most “on the spot” when it comes to my blogging.

I think I am a planner at heart, but temper that with REALITY and you get posts about teachers gifts and Christmas projects not in time for it to be of any help to YOU (assuming you love my ideas and want to do everything I do) (let’s just assume you do) (AH! Shhh! Don’t tell me otherwise.)

I digress.

Teacher gifts.

Poor teachers.

Victims of re-gifts, poor taste, 1980 craft-style trinkets, mugs, mugs, mugs, the occasional fruit basket, and commercially made milked-down milk chocolate.

OR… the homemade treat from the kid who picks his nose all the time.

Poor, poor teachers…

I got this year’s little idea from Pinterest. Now I am not saying this is the be-all end-all of all teacher gifts. I’m sure that would involve a one-way ticket to the Bahamas.

Teacher gift

Inexpensive gloves ($1) and a coffee card.

The sentiment: Warm Wishes

I just feel the simplicity is appealing.

The inspiration gift had a cute label, etc. I had to go with what I could do. I used a tag found at Pier 1. I punched a hole in the plastic gift bag (I already had on hand) and thread the tag string through and tied a little raffia *just so*.

The latent crafter in me wants to spend hours creating something to wow and impress… but the latent homemaker in me needs to do laundry and dishes… the mom in me wants to bake cookies with the kids – or heck even a real dinner… the wife in me wants to go on a date with her husband… and the business owner needs to get some work delivered.

So I settle. For simple. Cute. And always coffee.

Of course if one hates red or coffee or warm fingers, then… clearly… this gift sucks.

And per RachelDanger‘s advice…

Twitter convo with RachelDanger

Hitherhencetofore, the girls also included a card for their teachers. Something to hopefully warm the hands, belly AND heart.

Speaking of giving, did you get a chance to read my post about environmentally and socially mindful ways to give – you’ll find it here!


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16 Responses to “The Teacher Gift”

  1. you are one step ahead of me…’the girls’ teachers are getting nothing at the moment…but she’s 15 and in high school, are they even s’posed ta get anything??? what is the etiquette here?? i mean good grief she has like 5 different teachers, i don’t even know…*sigh* i’m still working on making it off the couch without having major chest pains…

  2. You know, I should mention…. my son is in middle school and 5 (or 6) teachers. I sent nothing. I feel some guilt, yet… oh yeah… In that case, I lean towards baked goods or a nommy candy bar tied with an oversized bow 🙂

    • jennielynn says:

      I always have Kate pick a special teacher or two to gift, but I make HER do it and write a thank-you note as well. I’m lazy and more than a little mean.

  3. Jenn says:

    Adorbs! As far as I know, the little cafes/coffee shops in our village (yes, I said village – how provincial) don’t DO gift cards, and I’ve seen how much chocolate has been gifted, so I try to stay away from that.

    I’m the mom who gives booze. All my teachers (the 5yo has 3, as does the 7yo) are getting a bottle of sparkling rose. I will include a card from me – with words of thanks.

    But really – they have my 5yo 6+ hours a day. If any of the kids in her class have remotely as much, erm “character” as she does, they need a glass of wine at the end of the day.

    And I save up my supermarket loyalty cash rewards all year to offset the cost.

  4. jennielynn says:

    Not as sweet as that adorable gift, but I was SO thankful when moms from each of the kid’s classes stepped forward to take contributions towards class gifts. A nice big gift card can’t be too bad, right?

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Charlie’s poor teacher didn’t even get a gift this year. I have all the makings for Red Velvet Fudge which was the plan but it just did not happen. *sigh* Maybe all the stuff I do for Teacher Appreciation and PTO during the year makes up for it.

  6. Carrie says:

    I totally think you hit the spot with this one.

    Sheer perfection.

  7. Michelle W says:

    When I mentioned we wouldn’t be getting anything for our 12 year old’s teachers, she was heartbroken. I decided some well-made peppermint bark and meringue would do the trick.
    When in doubt, sweets (and coffee) work! LOL

  8. jubilee says:

    My kids teachers did not receive anything this year. Ack! I do have guilt over that, but one can only do so much at this time of year, right? I a thinking that a nice New Year’s gift when they go back to school might still be appropriate, yes?

    And then I have a great excuse to hit up all the after Christmas sales . . .

  9. Kristin says:

    I loved the gift. Simple. Useful. Thoughtfully done! The card Livi made was my favorite part and I hung it on my frig! :)Happy Holidays.

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