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  • Anonymous
    Nov 09

    Yes! I’d do a gift card too! 15 bucks to Starbucks in a cute little mug or something like that is plenty :)

  • Jenn
    Nov 09

    $5-10

  • Vicki
    Nov 10

    $25

  • Cathy
    Nov 11

    $25-$50

  • Angie
    Nov 14

    I think any amount is appreciated. When i was a teacher I personally loved hand crafted cards that the child student actually made and handed to me personally. A gift card between $10-$25 is much appreciated. No gifts unless handmade by the child....just my preference.

  • Anne
    Nov 14

    At our school the parents organize a pool where each family contributes some cash if they can and then they use it to buy Visa gift cards for all the teachers and administrative staff. It’s nice because it also includes people who might not otherwise get gifts, like the nurse, janitors, etc. We also have our kids make handwritten notes for their teachers.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    As a retired teacher, I have a good insight into what is a nice gift for a teacher. As a teacher, I was overwhelmed by dollar store stuff that I'd never regift. If you truly cannot afford a gift, just write a letter of thanks. Most teachers would prefer that to anything you could give. I taught in inner-city schools for my entire career. More often than not, it was me who was giving and giving...and giving. The very best gift I ever got? The last day of school of 1986, one of my Gifted students told me to wait in my classroom after dismissal, his Mom wanted to come up. It was raining like crazy outside, and I had no idea what Sam had planned. About 15 minutes later, Sam and his Mom ran down the hall, wet and breathless...carrying a monstrous bouquet of flowers! I burst into tears. The Mom was a florist, and the flowers had been harvested that very afternoon. There were so many flowers that I had to put them in umbrella stands; they lasted for over two weeks. Which brings me to what I'd do for my sons' teachers (until 8th grade). For Christmas, I'd buy them a collectible ornament. On the last day of school, at dismissal, we would give their teachers a bouquet of flowers.

  • Amy
    Nov 14

    Cash is always nice. I’ve organized a pool with the other parents and given the teachers the cash collected. I don’t like buying visa gift cards because they have a fee to activate them and then they’re a pain to keep track of. I’m also a teacher...

  • Michael
    Nov 14

    I know what NOT to get my child’s teacher. No scented candles, no candy, and no bars of soap.

  • Nana
    Nov 14

    Gift cards from a favorite restaurant or Target.

  • Sara
    Nov 14

    Former teacher here... Unless you know what restaurant they like please don’t give them a gift card to a specific one like Starbucks. I knew a few teacher friends who didn’t drink coffee or tea or just didn’t have time to deal with the traffic jam there every morning. Amazon card is a great idea since they can buy almost anything. Even Walmart, Target cards, or cash would be fine. Someone else brought up a good point. No flowers, scented gifts, or candy / chocolate. You never know what they’re allergic to.

  • Emily
    Nov 14

    As a former teacher, I agree! Generic gift cards (Target, Visa, Kroger) are the best.

  • Cathy
    Nov 15

    Or if they’re old enough - booze. I was a teacher once 😂🤣

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 20

    I always do target gift cards, and usually for $30 per teacher along with a card that I let my daughter scribble on. But I have to say, and I mean this as nicely as possible, the comments from people complaining or kind of eye rolling about gifts from the dollar store or gift cards for stores they don’t like is a little rude...I don’t know why but it always rubs me the wrong way when I see that. Maybe because I came from a poor family who could never ever afford $30 gift cards per teacher but I felt so excited as a child to give my teacher a coffee mug filled with candy every year...Lol.

  • Cathy
    Nov 21

    @anonymous - I think what is hard for teachers is that they often know how much money parents pour into daycare (thousands of dollars a month) and then to be given a $5 gift card can feel like a slap in the face. This might be one of the reasons WHY parents give a $5 gift card since there’s so many teachers and parents pour money into daycare. I’m a Mom and a preschool Director so I see it all ways.

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 21

    Hi Cathy. I see what you’re saying but would it be better in your opinion for parents to give nothing? To be honest, I find animosity toward a parent or child for giving a $5 gift card to be so inappropriate. They don’t have to give anything, $5 is $5. And if teachers are upset at a parent for spending $1600/month on daycare (this is what I spend for my only child) while only forking out a $5 gift card, then their anger is seriously misplaced. They should be directing their anger at their employer for not paying them a higher salary given that the parents pay so much. Or maybe they should be mad at the government for their irresponsible, frivolous spending while still not making childcare affordable for parents.