So this will be my second year not teaching, staying home with Will. I probably should have gone back this year. It would have helped out a lot financially, but I will just have to do my part with quite a bit of subbing. This time of year was always very exciting to me as a teacher. The stores are putting the school supplies front and center, parents and kids are walking the aisles with their supply lists, and teachers are getting their rooms ready for another long year. Of course it's sad too b/c summer is ending, but a fresh start is always good.
Anyway, I've caught wind of a few conversations lately of parents thinking about a teacher gift for the first day of school. Since I'm not teaching this year, I don't feel like it would be super tacky for me to offer some suggestions... and some "don'ts" for beginning of year teacher gifts.
Here are my thoughts
-gift cards: even just $5 to Sonic or Target is much appreciated
-gift card to a teacher supply! I got this once & loved it!
-a sonic drink, Starbucks drink, bottled soda- so simple and inexpensive
-school supplies: fun pens or notepad
-candy: again, much needed after a long day
-food: I've had a mom make me a strudel once and another made me a pie.
-Donuts! This past year a student brought me a little bag of donut holes & it totally made my week!
Thoughtful, but Please Save Your Money-Items teachers get ALL the time and don't know what to do with
(This is actually quite a touchy subject, as I could very well end up looking like an unappreciative jerk. Please know I appreciate all thoughtfulness from my students and parents.)
-Coffee mugs: I know it's super cute to fill it with candy and that it says "World's Best Teacher" on it, but I am being serious here- your teacher probably already has a cabinet full of mugs
-Stuffed animals: again, it's just not very practical or useful. Cute and the kids will like though.
-Apples, plaques, signs, calendars,... that say "World's Best Teacher"- We get so many of these
These previous items are sweet gifts, but the problem comes we get so many year after year and don't know what to do with them. I hate the thought that someone spent money on something that is going to end up in a cabinet somewhere. I'd really rather you just save your money and write me a note.
Anyway, I hope this will be helpful to at least one parent out there. I also hope I didn't come across as horrible rude. I've seen so many families on the back to school aisle discussing what to get the teacher. Don't stress about it. We're easy. We like drinks, snacks, and mostly just smiles.
Good luck this year,