Teacher Gift Cards
Every year I struggle with a meaningful gift for my children’s teachers. Friends who are teachers have told me they have enough mugs and scented lotions/hand soap to open a store. Chocolates are a food group in my world, but who knows how others feel about this decadence. Plus, in an age of food allergies and fear of sanitation, it is best to only give store purchased goods. My solution is a gift card, but they seem so impersonal. A simple piece of plastic added to the next Target or Starbucks ‘s run seems to lack excitement. Yes, I know teachers purchase classroom supplies from their own pockets and some thrive off their daily caffeine kick but each teacher is different. A true gift should reflect the recipients’ joys in life. My solution is a gift card that fits their interest and small notes from my kids.
This year the kids and I glued two different size mason jars together. The plan was for the small jar to hold mini wrapped chocolates, while the bottom jar held small notes written by the kids. The chocolate can be ditched or saved for a bad afteroon. The kids wrote their notes on colored strips of paper and the end result looks like confetti. The gift card was tucked between the strips of paper. The mason jar rings were glued together and a strip of ribbon added to conceal the glue.
I knew Wild Regan’s teacher was into scrapbooking, so her gift card was to Joanne’s. Amazing Ann’s teacher has two small boys and Revin Roger’s teacher is a new grandmother. Their gift cards were to a local ice cream shop that caters to families. The only downside to these gifts were the glass jars. I could see glass shattered in their backpacks on the bus ride. So I drove them to school that morning and reminded to hold the gifts with two hands. – always the mom.
Hopefully my children’s teachers will enjoy the chocolates and reading notes from my kids.
What gifts to you give to your children’s teachers?
Sharon, The Mayor