I had the opportunity to brainstorm with some of my favorite teacher friends about the good and the bad of of receiving gifts from students. You may be surprised to see what's on the list! Here's their reasoning behind everything:
Gift Cards - always a hit! It's better to give a $5 gift card then something on the other list!
Handmade Cards from students - Teachers love to hear that they are touching a life. Special cards written from the heart are the ones they keep!
Classroom Supplies - Teachers often buy these things with their own money; ask them to create a wish list so you know what's needed!
Playground Equipment - At the end of the year, many items are lost and the kids need some new things to play with.
Bring them lunch - Teachers never get to go out for lunch. Give them a few choices and then go and pick it up. Do not plan on staying to eat with them. They'd like to eat with their friends.
Apples - There are so many cute apple things out there for teachers. They make you think of your child's teacher. Hold yourself back, refrain, do not purchase, you can do it! They don't want it! Even a real apple can become quite a mess by the time your child gets it to school.
Stuffed Animals - need I say more?
Ceramic Figurines - sorry!
Homemade treats - This one may come as a surprise! Many factors here: 6 kids may bring in treats, the teacher is on a diet or has food allergies, and try not to be offended but, the teacher does not know how clean your kitchen is and may not trust how it was prepared. All in all, save yourself the time and energy!
Perfume and Candles - May sound like a grand idea or you've had one to regift for awhile. Certain scents are very off-putting to people.
Coffee Mugs - I know, you got a great deal at the Dollar Store! Try to refrain!
One more read: Teacher Gifts - What your teacher will never tell you!
Teachers - what other suggestions do you have?