One family bought me 100 CDs and 100 Jewel Cases! What a great idea! The mom knows that I make end of the year CDs for all of the kids and wanted to help me out with that project as my end of the year gift. Thoughtful and useful!
Another family gave me a very special engraved clock from Things Remembered. It says, "Thank you for being the best teacher!" with his name on the bottom. They also gave me a little ceramic square that says, "Nurture little people, grow big dreams". They obviously put a lot of thought and planning into the gift and I am very touched by the inscription on the clock.
I also did receive some gift cards from families. A mom in each of my afternoon classes sent notes to the families to contribute to a group gift card for Target. They sneakily put notes in backpacks when they were in volunteering in the room and I think it is funny they both separately thought of Target (I LOVE Super Target. You can shop for anything there...groceries, clothes, office supplies, cosmetics, etc!)! I also received a Panera gift card....Mediterranean Veggie sandwich...here I come! Gift cards are always a GREAT teacher gift!
The most meaningful thing to teachers at the end of the year is having a nice note. More than any gift card or apple sign or expensive gift, teachers love a nice note. I did get several of those this year as well and I feel very lucky to have such wonderful families this year.
Some of the notes I received:
From the Thankful Families of....
Thank you for everything you've done for ------. We definitely see him coming out of his shell and communicating with everyone much more.
Thank you for the care you have given ------. The patience you have shown towards helping him grow is something I'll never forget. Thank you and we will miss you.
So....if you have kids, know that the teachers appreciate EVERY gift we receive. We may giggle at lunch about apple gifts or what you can really buy with a $5 gift card to Target....but we do appreciate the thought with it all, especially if it comes with a "Thank you for everything"!
Also, a plug for the other support staff at school....
The speech teachers, nurses, secretaries, PE teachers, principal and other support staff often get left out at the end of the year. We would not be able to do it without them and they are an integral part of making each child's year successful! They also appreciate a "Thanks for everything you do" note at the end of the year.
If you have kids:
What types of gifts have you given to your child's teachers?
If you are a teacher:
What are you favorite gifts you have received from students?