Also even if the trinkets or chocolates etc eventually get thrown out, the cards almost always get kept so have your child write a little note or draw a picture. Whenever I stumble across my collection of cards and notes from my ex students I remember them all so fondly.
Previously I have given wine (if I know what the teacher drinks) and movie vouchers. If I know that they are married or have a partner I get two and if they have kids I get a family voucher.
This year they will get either of the above and a handmade silk bookmark that we got in Cambodia from a place that employs homeless people, trains them and gives them a job.
I am a teacher & I LOVE the idea of a charity gift Especially something related to children or education. After all, I entered the profession because of my love and passion for educaing children. I also love getting xmas ornaments - every year when I decorate my tree,for a moment I think of the child who gave it to me & hope they are well and prospering in life.
I really appreciate any gift,personally I am a wine & choccie person,Im not much of a hand creams or trinkets person, but I guess its such an individual thing.
^^^ lol @ educaing. Just spotted the typo. I am a great educaor. Especially spelling ☺
Thanks everyone for the varied opinions. Despite the mixed opinions I think I will go ahead with my idea for charity gifts along with a handmade card and decoration. Hopefully they appreciate it! As others have pointed out, the card and thanks expressed within it are probably the most important part of the gift anyway.
I think the charity gift is a lovely idea.
DD1's class a couple of parents are arranging a letter to go out so the class can contribute to one big gift if they like - completely optional
DD2's daycare teachers im giving eggs to. Sounds unusual but they are from our free range chickens and DD2 is painting a label to go on each carton.
I've been a teacher for 20 years and never received a charity gift. I LOVE the idea!!! As another poster said, teachers have entered the profession because they care about kids and society and I think the majority would love this idea. Having said that. ...i never never never expect families to spend money on me at Xmas and can honestly tell you that a family who bothers to write a kind note about my contribution to their child's learning makes my year!
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