It's almost the end of the school year — or maybe you've already reached that point if your child is in preschool or a private school — and you may be thinking about what to get as an end-of-year gift for your child's favorite teacher (or teachers.)
The task may be easier if you know something about that teacher's interests and personality. But what if you don't?
So, what are you planning to get for your son or daughter's teacher? Do you favor gift cards? Edibles or other items that won't clutter up their home forever?
Or do you sometimes even get some sort of memento decorated with...an apple? Teachers, how many of those do you have???
I sometimes gave teachers tea or (for women) lotions or soaps in "relaxing" flavors or scents. I figured they needed it by June! (But I did sometimes wonder if that was too personal. On the other hand, I wasn't giving them some sort of decoration that they may like, but could hate, and probably wouldn't have room for, either way.)
What about baking your specialty cookies or cakes? A gift card to the movies or restaurant?
Teachers, what have been your favorite or most touching gifts that you've received from students?
How much do you invest in such a gift? And — admit it — do you give a nicer gift to a teacher you or your child really like a lot?
At what grade level do you stop giving such gifts? Would you even give a gift to a middle school or high school teacher whom you felt went the extra mile to help your student?
Let us know by adding a comment at the end of this story! Maybe you'll give another parent an idea of what to get (or NOT get) for this year's teacher gift.