Time For Teachers’ Gifts


I can’t believe it – but it’s almost the end of the school year!  Which means my friends and I have started once again to discuss what to give our children’s teachers as an end-of-year gift…

Some of the parents I spoke with feel that you should always give money – or a cash equivalent like a gift card. One friend told me that because teachers generally get paid so poorly and have such tough jobs, she feels money is the only gift that really fits the bill.

On the other hand, another friend told me that she always has her children make or paint a gift for the teachers – something they can use, like a mug or a pencil holder.  She feels that the teachers appreciate the sentimental value and effort it takes for the kids themselves to show their appreciation…

Yet another friend said she actually thinks it is tacky to give money or a gift card and usually buys the teachers an actual thank you gift such as a pretty pen, monogrammed note pad, or a plant to show her appreciation.

So – what do you think?  Is cash king when it comes to teacher appreciation gifts?  Or are there other ways you think are better to show your gratitude? Or maybe you don’t give end of year gifts at all? Tell us what you think!

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3 Responses to “Time For Teachers’ Gifts”

  1. Alice says:

    Cash is tacky. Teachers earn more than most of us with a matching monthly pension for life! Keep it simple and reasonable…she will regift it anyway.

  2. Molly says:

    A pencil holder from your child? Oh pul-eeze……just what the teacher wants, a bunch of useless dust collectors all over her house…NOT.

    I think a gift card is a little more personal that cash. But if you want to give a personal gift, make sure it’s one from a store and comes with a gift receipt so she can return it if it’s not her style.

  3. Liz says:

    We forget how much time most teachers put into our children. Teachers don’t get paid nearly enough to put up with all the nonsense our children try to get away with. The first years of teaching they are in horrible student loan debt and only get paid between $20 and 30 thousand a year. So the gift we want to give the teacher should be thought out depending on how difficult our child can be. Be thoughtful and kind. Cash is not tacky but thoughtful for a nice lunch.
    P.s. Teachers do a lot more than just teach…..

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