I was thinking the other day about teacher presents that I have given through the years.
I remembered that when I only had one child in preschool I gave the both preschool teachers certificates for HoneyBaked Hams. They must have thought I was crazy.
My teacher gifts have gotten less extravagant over the years but only because I’ve had to buy for more teachers.
In most recent years, I have given movie passes so the teachers could take their families over the holiday break. I used to do $25 a teacher but now that we’ve added so many middle school teachers, I am down to $10 a teacher.
Sometimes I do books if I know the genre a teacher is interested in. For example one of our teachers liked Julia Child and World War II so I have given books on both topics. I also love to give the $12 The Gourmet Cookie Book, which traces the best cookie recipes featured in the magazine since the 1940s. I love it because it explains what was going on culturally to make the cookie popular. For example, honey was a popular ingredient for cookies during World War II because sugar was rationed.
For years on the blog you guys have said that the hand-written notes of thanks mean the most. I got my first hand-written note this year from a student and it made me cry. It was so sweet and so loving.
I have gotten several email notes of thanks and my students were very loving and thankful in my professor evaluations last year but it is special to get a hand-written note from a student.
So we are trying to include hand-written notes from the kids with the teachers’ holiday presents.
What are you giving this year? What about a hand-written note?