Sorry that I haven't posted in a while- Between finishing my master's degree (just a week and 2 days until I am done!!!) and getting ready for the "super important state tests", I have had NO time.
So, I saw a post on Kelly's Korner for Show Us Your Life: Teacher Gifts. I have been teaching for 6 years now and have gotten quite a few gifts... Honestly, I have loved everything that my students have gotten me. There are some things that I have really liked though, and others that I feel bad about (because they gather dust).
Things that I have tons of:
-teacher anything (mugs, shirts, picture frames, doo-dads, knick-nacks, you name it, I have it)- There are only so many things I can use/dust!
-mugs period- I have a whole cabinet full and don't drink coffee.
-lotions, sprays, etc- I have allergies and sensitive skin.
I would honestly love or have loved any of the following:
-Personalized anything- my favorite was a clipboard, but notepads, pens/pencils. I use these things all the time.
-Volunteer time- I ALWAYS have things I need done or students that would love to be worked with. I LOVE it when parents volunteer their time.
-Gift cards/certificates- nuff said. Not expected, just appreciated. Even for $5-$10
-Anything the child made (letters, pictures, etc)
-Plants or things for the classroom. Parents have sent in books for my classroom library, even if they are just ones that your child has outgrown. I have a friend who had a parent that got the entire class to chip in for a big gift for her (new comfy office chair for her to work with the kids in). I think that is a good idea too. Even letters from parents are appreciated!
Now, I love homemade goodies, but I know that some people are a bit more put off by eating things that came from other people's homes. I loved it last year when a parent I had gotten to know made dinner for parent conference night and brought it in for me to take home for us to have for dinner. How thoughtful was that??? I loved it!
So, I hope that this helps someone out... Let me know if it did (or maybe didn't). Thanks!!!