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Do You Give Your Child's Teacher A Holiday Gift?

Do You Give Your Child's Teacher a Holiday Gift?

Has holiday gift giving gotten out of hand? We see gift guides for everyone from our kid's coach to the local crossing guard — not to mention the tips we dole out to our service providers. Where is it OK to cut the list? Well, some schools have tried to put an end to present stress by banning the practice of giving gifts to teachers. Parents pool together to collect a minimal amount for each child in the class and then present the teacher with one large gift or just forgo the gesture altogether.

Does your child's school have rules about this?


Read2me Read2me 8 years
I teach first grade and in the past have requested that if parents want to give a gift that they get something for the class- a book for our class library, a subscription to a children's mag, a supply we need, etc rather than something for me. I still end up getting some gifts but it's fun having the students help me open gifts that are for the class.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
"I've never heard of giving gifts to teachers before. It seems sweet to me but what about the children that don't give gifts, will they still get an equal amount of attention from the teachers?" Unless they have a really crappy teacher, of course they'd get the same attention. My husband's a 3rd grade teacher and gets gifts from about 5 students per year. He's very grateful but doesn't play favorites anymore than he would any other time. I'd be pissed if the school recommended I "redirect" my money to charity. I choose my own charities and those rarely coincide with things school districts support. I can donate to charity and recognize the teachers at the same time.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
We aren't suppose to give gifts to the teacher's individually. In the past I ignored that rule and had my daughter make them chocolate dipped spoons and biscotti. This year we are just going to get supplies for the class.
ssasy ssasy 8 years
As a former teacher, this question really surprises me. NOT get a gift for your child's teacher?! In many cases, your child's teacher spends more hours with your child each day than you do! Why not show some appreciation? Besides the fact that teacher's get paid essentially nothing for what they do. The best gifts I received were the ones students actually made and homemade food their parents made. They were more thoughtful and are the ones I still have years later. I won't lie, though...the very best gifts I received were gift certificates to restaurants or spas. Teachers don't get holiday bonuses or perks and heaven knows they deserve them! Oh! And, in my experience working with kiddos from lower income situations...the children were proud of what they brought their teachers...even if it was one of their own stuffed animals or something they found at the thrift store. It was never expected that gifts were given and was in fact made clear that they should not, but my students WANTED to and found a way to...even when finances were tight.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
Our school attempted to deflect the gift-giving by having a charity drive week: each class picks a charity that they support and the school asks that parents "redirect gift-giving" to the charity. Yet, last day before holidays kids still show up with enormous bags full of loot...I know parents who spend $30 for each of their kids' teachers at Christmas and then again at the end of the school year. I don't mind the idea of a thank you card or such, but the gift giving is out of control. I was really ticked when I read a Toronto Star article on the subject and they quoted a teacher who said she was "upset" if she didn't get a present "after all I've done to teach their children". We don't give Christmas gifts to our doctors, or our bus drivers, or our mechanics...this is consumerism out of control. I'm tired of the guilt of it all: too many moms I know buy gifts because they don't want to look like "the only one" not doing it.
laluna laluna 8 years
I always helped my little sister make gifts for her teachers and they always loved them.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I've never heard of giving gifts to teachers before. It seems sweet to me but what about the children that don't give gifts, will they still get an equal amount of attention from the teachers?
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
We always made our teachers gifts all through elementery school. We did cross stitching, crocheting, etc. The teachers always raved about them becuase they were unique and homemade. We absolutely loved making them too. Kindgergarten and 1st grade teachers really make out on gifts lol
Kaizykat Kaizykat 8 years
I'm in high school, so I don't get gifts for my teachers. Not because I don't want to, but because I wouldn't be able to afford it! If I got every one of my teachers a $10 gift card I would have to spend $70. Then, there are the teachers who don't teach me anymore, but I still like a lot. I think I'll wait until my senior year and get gifts then. Or even better: Actually sit down and make them something!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
my mom teaches middle schoolers now, so she rarely gets gifts, but when she taught 1st grade she got TONS of gifts. my favorite was (is) a knit mailbox that opened and had a little envelope inside. inside the envelope was a small slip of paper that said - in a 6 year old's handwriting - I love you Ms. Lastname. adorable. <3 that first grader is now about 33 years old!
krae85 krae85 8 years
my mom always got presents for my teachers :) I'm sure I'll do the same.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yes. I don't to the crossing guard and all that, but their teachers get one. The bus driver usually gets a bag of candy or something else small. The teachers get something totally non-school related, something for them. And I far prefer to get our own rather than pool with the class, the kids LOVE picking something out.
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