Parenting: Teacher’s Gifts in a Pinch!

Like many of you, I’m a busy mother of three young children (5, 4 and 2) with barely time to get through the day.   Today is the last day of school for us and with schools getting out across the country over the next few weeks, it’s time to think about teacher’s gifts.  It’s nice to say “thank you” without breaking the bank.  Many parents give a gift at Christmas time and others wait until the end of the year.  Of course, as owner of The Well Appointed House, I have access to many great gifts for teachers (at half the price) and I gave cute monogrammed trays to them for Christmas.  Now that summer is here, I wanted to give something functional, that will be useful.  Why worry about trying to match the decor of a teacher’s house that you have never seen with picture frames or kitchen towels that won’t match, mugs that won’t get used (because they get them every year) and other tchotchkes that will sit and collect dust.  A special book or picture designed as a thank you by your child is key and memorable and if you’d like to throw in something extra, I’ve been told that Visa gift cards (of an appropriate amount, $25 or $50 – enough for something but not so much that you make the teacher feel uncomfortable!) are always welcome — so the teacher can truly enjoy something of his/her choosing.  I’ve decided to make a quick and cost effective summer pack of sunscreen and aloe vera along with a lemonade or water dispenser.  All things that will surely get used right away this summer!

Wrap them with a summer inspired bow, throw in a note of thanks and you’re all set!  What are you giving as teacher gifts?  Please share your ideas below!

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