I gave chocolates last year but after reading this I will definitely avoid that this year. I got cute jars and these stickers made up, and tied Xmas theme lip gloss to the sides. They looked cute! ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1441506054.131085.jpg
Following with interest...our first year at day care so will need ideas!!
Also can I ask, at a centre do you buy all the educators a gift, or just the ones in your child's room?
Last year I gave all the day care teachers a mini bottle of bubbly with a Xmas ribbon and cards. This year DS is at school so reading along for inspiration
I prefer bottles of wine, vouchers and love the idea of coffee cards though I have never received one. A Zaraffas card would be very appreciated.
I've kept most of the kids' cards. What did I really appreciate and think was or would be cool besides those...
* bottle of wine
* beauty voucher
* dinner voucher
* coffee voucher
* fitness store voucher
* health store voucher
* nice ornament for the tree that we might buy one day (often with kid's name on it for memory keep-sake - simple yet great)
* nice pen
* jewellery (some classes pool their gift)
* book store voucher
What I would less appreciate...
* soaps, lotions and potions
* cheap chocolate, wine, etc
Basically, use the same rule of thumb as you would if buying for anyone else. Set your limit, whether it be a nice hand-made card by child or $5 or $20 (if spending money) and buy something that is worth that much and is quality, not quantity. ie. One small nice chocolate is much better than a massive box of cheap chocolate.
Another idea is to pool the class money and buy one gift and take your teacher out to dinner as a social thing depending on how close you all are.
Thanks some fantastic ideas
I agree with no chocolate or bath products. I love getting Christmas tree decorations. I have about 15 that kids have given me over the years and I think of each child when we decorate the tree each year. Vouchers are also awesome - any kind!
For anyone reading along buying for male teachers (DH is one)...don't be tempted by the chocolate route. DH gets so much chocolate each year, it's seriously out of control. Wine or a voucher is the way to go.
Are `teacher' things tacky? Our local gift store has some good quality tea towels I was looking at with teacher printed on them and green and red apples. They are cute, but is this something you would want?
When DD was in kinder, we bought a plain white mug and porcelain paint markers from spotlight, she drew her teachers and wrote their names on the mug underneath I wrote her name and the year....(you then bake them in the oven to make them dishwasher safe) and of course I filled it with chocolates (if I had read this thread I would have been more creative and not used chocolate!)
They loved it so much we did the same thing for her prep teacher. (We got a photo years later with the mugs so I think they genuinely liked it)
I'll be doing the same for DS's teachers.
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