Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Homemade Teacher Gifts

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Originally published in December 2009 at Chicago Moms Blog. I'm totally going the gift card route this year.

After pouring more mental and physical energy, not to mention more money, than I intended into homemade teacher gifts last year, I felt our presents did not make the grade. After talking with friends and family and seeking advice my from blog readers, it was clear that teachers love gift cards--gift cards for a quick lunch at Subway, an indulgent treat or necessary pick-me-up at Starbucks, or personal or classroom supplies from Target or a book store.

Homemade treats and tzochkes = nice. Gift cards = good.

Sure the handcrafted Pi magnet my son created for a special math teacher was heartfelt and even practical, but it likely fell flat compared to a free grande peppermint latte.

And getting my kids to complete the projects they were supposedly eager to tackle was like herding cats. Also, I didn't always have the right colors on hand for my demanding artists, so I made a couple of costly runs to the craft store.

"Never again!" I swore.

But here we are a year later. Not only is my husband still looking for steady employment, but my boys have more teachers than ever. Our budget is still tight. Even a small gift per teacher would set me back further than I wanted to go. Which is why my nine-year-old has set-up his own little Santa's workshop, and I've been baking up a storm with my boys.

I'm sorry dear teachers; once again, we're looking at a homemade holiday.


RL Julia said...

I don't think that teachers necessarily expect gifts. A card and a heartfelt message really can be enough -and I never buy for all the teachers. Just the main one - or in my son's case just the one teacher he really has connected to.

I am sure your gifts will be appreciated, but I don't know if you need to feel obliged to provide them.

Rachel Boldman said...

I have to stop and remind myself while Christmas shopping, that I don't have all the money in the world. I wish I did. Because then every one of Zeke's teachers, whom I appreciate SO MUCH would get the awesome gifts they deserve (either coffee or gin, whatever is more appropriate for dealing with 15 two year olds every day). But I've had to remind myself that kind words and thoughtful small gifts, while they aren't as impressive on the inside, still matter. The time and love put into a handmade gift make it so special. It's truly priceless!

Megryansmom said...

TOF and I just got done making personalized hand sanitizer, just like last year and attached a gift card. I blogged it here last year, check it out.

Yum Yucky said...

Gah! Now I'm totally rethinking that holiday gift I thought of for the teacher: A fresh apple with magic marker imprinted "happy holidays" message.

Michelle said...

I'm with ya on the homemade gifts. I did truffles for the teachers that they appear to be really enjoying right about now. Yay! Recipe is on my blog... super easy and cheap pp. I'm with ya, and you don't want to know my final count of gifts needed :s