It is time for Spring Break and before you know it the kiddos will be out of school for the summer. We start thinking about gifts to show teachers how much we appreciate them. You peruse Pinterest to get inspired to make the cutest gift the teacher has ever received. Well, I am here to tell you to JUST SAY NO to "teacher gifts". We are all guilty of it at some point but it has to stop. Your teachers really don't want another mug that says #1 Teacher. They REALLY don't want another picture frame handcrafted from pencils. No more plaques with pictures of apples. Those melted crayon art canvases are kind of strange. They really do not need any more apple jars. Cut it out with the cutesy rulers and clipboards! Also, just as a reminder, an 8x10 picture of your child is not appropriate.
The main reason to forget about the cutesy gifts is to help your teacher control clutter in their home. This past Christmas break I helped my mother in law do some decluttering. She taught for many years and had many beloved students. We collected over 50 "teacher" mugs, that many candles, and some strange body sprays to take to Goodwill. We also got rid of some "teachery" Christmas ornaments and jewelry boxes. This stuff had been taking up real estate in her home for years. We are not even mentioning all of the mini school pictures of her favorite students. She just didn't know what to do with all of these gifts. And this was just a drop in the bucket of what she has received over the years.
Let's do the math. If a teacher has 20 students a year and teaches for just 15 years they could receive 300 gifts during their career. That is a low estimate. If each of the 20 students spent $10 then the class as a whole spent $200. What if everyone gave a couple of dollars for a gift card instead? This scenario would be less expensive for the families and the teacher gets something that is useful.
I know that teachers appreciate your thinking about them. But, wouldn't you much rather give teachers something they will enjoy? How about a gift certificate to Starbucks or a restaurant? Some teachers like to have their nails done. Male teachers would probably like a gift card to a sporting goods store. Hey, how about a gift certificate for an organizing session to get rid of all those teacher gifts in the closet...lol! Or, just save your money and tell the teacher how much you appreciate their hard work.
I would love to hear from some teachers about the gifts they would like to receive. Please leave your comments below.
3/14/2015 03:42:44 am
My mother taught for twenty years and while she didn't necessarily have 50 "Best Teacher" mugs - she did have quite an assortment of gifts. While she had gotten rid of a lot of gifts throughout the years, she has held on to a few - from her early teaching days. I think it's sweet to have your child make a card for their teacher; but to give them a gift-card for their gift. Otherwise, your totally right - they become bogged down with all of these gifts!
3/14/2015 05:09:42 am
I know when my kids were younger we would give them Magnet to do pads and all of them would say they loved it because it helped them get organized. They also loved gift cards from stores they would use frequently like dance supply stores for dance teachers. Thanks for sharing.
3/14/2015 06:33:15 am
I have many teacher friends who would agree with your post! My friends say gifts for the classroom like art supplies, books, and hand sanitizer are much more useful
3/14/2015 07:29:10 am
Ha ha, this reminds me of a teacher client of mine who says, "All we want is a gift certificate to Olive Garden, Target or Starbucks!"
3/14/2015 02:34:11 pm
I agree--please no more apple-decorated clutter for teachers! I used to teach first grade and I still have some of the gifts from my students. Getting me organizing products would have been a useful gift--I had 30 students in my class each year and keeping track of them all required a high level of organization. Actually, a gift certificate for a foot massage would have been wonderful. Teachers stand on their feet all day!
3/15/2015 04:07:16 am
100% agree!!! The odd decor items I have received , mugs , candles!! I don't know many teachers that actually want that! Gift cards are the way to go!!
3/15/2015 09:29:54 am
I agree, I have a friend who is a teacher, and she said really, nothing is better than yet another mug. I usually find out their favourite coffee shop and buy them a gift card.
4/11/2015 02:46:52 am
So timely, the "apple" section of any of my clients who were teachers is always crowded! Gift cards are always welcome, either to Target or the grocery store, and I think all teachers really do appreciate and cherish the handwritten note from the student (even if I then give them permission not to keep that for the ages too!)
10/7/2015 06:50:04 am
I like to try to give gift certificates to fast food places that I know a teacher likes because I know their lives are always on the go and having a break from cooking helps. :)
1/16/2016 05:42:16 pm
Another suggestion would be to give gift certificates to stores that sell teacher supplies. So many teachers fill the classroom with items from their own funds and not school budgets.
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