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    Default Charity gift for teachers - yes or no?!?

    I am considering getting DD's kinder teachers and our family daycare educator a charity gift this year for Christmas. Most likely an education based one (e.g. notebooks for kids overseas, books for disadvantaged students in Australia). We also give a Christmas decoration with the kids name and a short message on the back.

    What do people think of this idea?
    Teachers, would you be happy to receive a charity gift for Christmas, or should I just stick to vouchers/movie tickets?

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    I would love it :-)

    I always get nervous round this time of year about all the food I'm about to receive!

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    I love the Christmas decoration idea. We do that too after reading someone's suggestion about it on here years ago. A charity gift on its own is not something I'd be comfortable giving to my children's teachers but I think that giving in conjunction with the christmas ornament is okay.

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    I don't mean to sound harsh and I am not a teacher, but I wouldn't want an ornament with my student's name on it. I would much rather chocolates or something that I could enjoy. If I got 25 ornaments every year I would just end up throwing so many things out. I am not sentimental at all though, just my opinion. I do think it's a nice idea for family members but not a teacher. I think something like the charity gift and something like soap, candle, chocolate, etc would be nice.

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    Default Charity gift for teachers - yes or no?!?

    I think the charity gift sounds great. I know it's a different situation but I after dd was born I gave my midwife a Oxfam gift of antenatal care for a disadvantaged woman in Africa and some chocolates. She loved it!

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    I may have misunderstood but I wouldn't go with a charity gift. If by that you mean you buy something in the teacher's name for disadvantaged students somewhere else.
    I think charities are incredibly personal and there's a range of reasons people choose to give to one over another. E.g I don't give to faith based charities.
    So whilst I think the intent is nice, is go with something else, something just for them to enjoy. Tickets, wine, chocolates, a nice scarf, a bunch of flowers.

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    Thanks everyone. So many different opinions! I am still undecided but definitely taking on board some issues raised.

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    Charity gifts are great.
    This year we have brought whole or part uniform sets (undies, bra, socks, shoes, uniform and school bag) for kids in Pakistan.
    In the past we did a uniform for a child at our school. Total anonymously and not wanting to know who received it.

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    Default Charity gift for teachers - yes or no?!?

    I think charity gifts are a nice thought however unless the specific charity means something special to the teacher it is probably more about the giver feeling good that the teacher being thanked...probably sucks a little to receive as a gift.

    Nice thought though

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