Christmas time comes with many to do’s, and must buy’s. I always make sure that I thank the Mailman (I am sure he has grown a seed of hatred for me, and I always try to redeem myself… I do A LOT of mail order, and that means A LOT of trips from his mail truck), the garbage men (a family of 7 produces an absurd amount of garbage which mean A LOT of heavy lifting), and all the people that interact with my rug rats on a daily basis.
Every year I always struggle with what to get for my children’s teachers. I feel like the go to is a box of chocolates, or a mug and I hate spending money on something that is just going to be tossed, and between you and me, I have an in who says things do get tossed during the holiday season. Which honestly, I hate to say I condone it but how many coffee mugs or etc. does one person need, which is why for the past years I went with the generic gift card…but it’s exactly that a generic gift card, I hate, no I loathe gift cards I feel like there is no thought behind it, and in my opinion gifts HAVE to have thought behind it.
With the holiday approaching my weekly trips to Michaels have turned into daily trips, I can’t seem to stay away. Besides, every day is a new deal, and I hate missing good deals. So, after my morning trip to the Gym, the two littles make our now daily trip to Michaels. The task at hand yesterday was teacher gifts, I promised myself we would walk out of the store with the tedious task completed. Instead, we walked out with 5 more ornaments for our tree, glass ornaments, paper, and ribbon to make more ornaments for our tree, 12 tiny gift bags, tissue paper and 2 craft kits for Madeleine my stubborn 4 year old who swore she would die without them. Yea, so I accomplished absolutely nothing which means I am out 60 dollars and still have to buy for the teachers.
After we arrived back home, and unpacked all of our very unnecessary goodies I felt an air of defeat, and I know it sounds absurd it’s just Christmas gifts and I still have an ample amount of time to buy, but this is an every year struggle that I have yet to crack the code to. I started searching online, and I stumbled upon an article titled “9 dos & don'ts of teacher gifts every parent should know” written by Emily Sher from Today.com http://www.today.com/news/teacher-gift-ideas-they-will-actually-love-1D80366026 The article hits every key note, ones of which I kind of already knew, but there is nothing I love more than having someone solidify a thought or feeling of mine.
The important tips that the article noted was “Remember that teachers are adults too, Don’t waste money on little trinkets or mugs, Do get creative, Don’t go overboard or too weird, Do work within your budget, Do give a gift from the heart, Don’t forget the specialty teachers, Do make it personal, and Do pool money with other parents”.
Now that I am sure that I am not buying a mug, or an ornament or a box of chocolates that breaks it down to only a million things of what do I buy? I have seen other parent’s buy wine for the teachers, but although I am a lover of wine, and I know teachers are people too, I don’t really feel it’s appropriate but hey that’s me, if you think that’s an easy go to, go for it and I am sure they will love it. I know I always appreciated a nice bottle of wine during the holidays. I love the idea of being creative, but I also feel it’s hard to be creative without trinkets and gizmos, so that means it is off to Pinterest for me.
The first pin I came upon was from Delightfulorder.com http://blog.delightfulorder.com/2013/12/teacherneighbor-christmas-gift-ideas.html
I love the idea of combining being crafty with the usefulness of a gift card. This also gives me a chance to flex my rhyming muscles, and I am right up there with Mother Goose when it comes to liking rhymes. As I roamed around Pinterest the more I found cute ideas similar to the first one.
The Girl Creative has a great blog centered on the gift card cards, and even includes an easy free printable for 3 different designs, which makes taking a visit to her blog a no brainer. http://www.thegirlcreative.com/printable-christmas-gift-card-holders/
With the help of an awesome article, and some awesome blogs, I now conclude my case on “The Teacher Gift Dilemma”, and decided to stick with the gift cards but to add a little twist to it with a cute little play on words for the cards. I am now out of doom and gloom, and can resume being joyous for the upcoming holidays, I can’t wait to share the completed product with all of you!
What do all of you do for your children’s teachers? Do you give to all of your children’s teachers such as music teacher’s, and art teachers? What about bus drivers? I would love to hear all of your inputs, and I am even open to advice!
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