Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I was just about to write something on this. When I was teaching, I preferred edible gifts and gift cards to major stores (as opposed to, for example, the movie theaters that were nowhere near my house or the steakhouse before my pregnancy, when I started eating meat again).

I went with Starbucks gift cards for Scooter's teacher, his assistant, the reading specialist who's in their class multiple times a week, and the OT. I made foam sleeves for the cards and Scooter decorated them. For the rest of the staff, I roasted a bunch of coffee at home and am bringing that in for the lounge.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Great ideas, mouse. I like that you combined a homemade aspect with the gift cards. And roasting coffee for the lounge--what a fabulous idea! I think next year I'll make extra homemade marshmallows, bag them, and then leave them in the mailboxes for all the "extra" people at the kids' schools.


Hetha's picture Hetha

Since Ethan started preschool this year it was my first year of getting to buy gifts for his teacher, aids, and therapists. I had a ball! I went to World Market and bought each person a tree ornament and small versions of cookies and shortbread. They have really cute little gift bags and tags and it was all 50% off! My favorite gifts as a teacher were always the edible types!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree-the edible are the best!

And I do like shopping for the teachers' gifts--I just get panicked when I see other parents toting in gifts for the librarian, etc.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I work at a high school, so gifts are all but gone by then! :0)
I don't think everyone needs a gift, per se. If it is appreciation you want to show, a letter to the principal, mentioning people that you are thankful for by name, that is a gift that will keep on giving! Also a hand written thank you note with something tasty, that is very much appreciated. It really is more about the gratitude than the loot, but maybe that's just me.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's what I think too, Omaha. The notes of appreciation are so appreciated!

Have a great holiday