The school year is ending and I’m struck by the number of posts I’m seeing on blogs, Facebook and Pinterest about end of year teacher gifts. This is brand new to me. My school growing up didn’t allow gifts to teachers. The preschool my son goes to does class gifts where we all contribute to a single, nice present for the teachers. I’ve never had to think about some sort of token of appreciation for teachers.
I’ve been very impressed with the fabulous things people think to make for teachers. Hand crafted stuff with artwork done by the kids. Really thoughtful things that look just gorgeous – and so far outside of my range of abilities that I’m already stressing that teachers will dread having my kids because I suck so hard at all things crafty.
So what’s a non-crafty mom to do when it comes to teacher gifts? Well, I decided to ask some teachers what they have always liked from students at the end of the year. I also checked in over at Rants from Mommyland where Julie Miner and Claire Goss did a post about this same subject last year. What I found out was both illuminating and reassuring.
It turns out teachers like things that are either practical or sentimental. They want to remember your kids but the best reminder isn’t the same Hallmark mug they’ve gotten the past four years or the apple-shaped pencil holder you and every other parent saw on Pinterest. Here are the kinds of gifts teachers say they really like!
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