Edited to add:
Andrea's readers at a peek inside the fishbowl also have really good thoughts on this topic.
The end of the school year is approaching and it's time to start thinking about gift giving for your child's teacher or caregiver.
Moxie has some great posts with terrific comments about gift giving to teachers. Some of my favourite points include:
- "If you really want to buy a gift, please please please no cheese balls and teacher mugs or tchochkes or ornaments. The most appreciated gifts I ever got were books, office supplies, or gift cards to Borders and Staples."
- "The greatest gift your child can give is a handwritten letter -- something like, 'Ms. Maura, this is my favorite class. I really loved the project we did on X. I'm always going to remember you because of X. Thank you for teaching me X.'
- "So, the best gift is cash on the barrel, closely followed by gift cards to retailers so large and ubiquitous that they are cash equivalents. So cash it is for daycare providers. I don't know what we'll do for teachers once we hit elementary school. Gift certificates to places school supplies are found, plus other stuff, sound great."
- "Both schools I worked at had policies about accepting checks/cash."
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