Gifts for teachers is something I've struggled with the past couple of years. We are so blessed with amazing teachers and my children have absolutely loved these women who thoughtfully care for them each day. And when Christmas time comes, we want to provide a little something fun for them to express our appreciation.
Well, the trend around here is for the mother helper for each class to send out an email call for monetary donations ($5-$10 or whatever you feel comfortable giving) and then organize the purchase of a gift card. And I do support this effort. Teachers have chosen a professional calling and it's one that doesn't pay nearly what it deserves. I like that we're helping them out a little during an expensive time of year and/or providing a way for them to treat themselves in whatever way is most fitting. One person's new sweater is another person's movie and date night with a spouse. I can't begin to guess the way they want to treat themselves.
But, still... we want to do something a bit more personal alongside this general treat.
In previous years, we baked cookies and packed them up with a bow. These are the kinds of gifts I appreciate most because I am allergic to unnecessary clutter and because I have visions of some poor teacher building an addition to her home to store all Christmas tchotchkes collected over the years.
I tend to use a different standard for our teacher gifts. Can this gift be appreciated for what it is worth (a personal thank you) and then either consumed or trashed without guilt or burden? That is what makes it a good gift. It brightens your day, but doesn't collect dust.
This year's gift to our teachers turned out to be a small plant. And I think this one could go either way. You can water it and keep it and let it be a permanent part of your household, or you can pass it along to a family member who has a green thumb, or you can trash it (rumor has it that plants are biodegradable) without fear that you're also throwing away someone's hard work.
We picked up a Frosty Fern (above) at Trader Joe's and stuck a cute little tag on it. Voila.
My original intention was to bake some cookies but I have been slammed with a head cold and I knew that I didn't have it in me to lead the kids in another round of baking this week. My beloved lemon cookies may turnout to be New Year's cookies.
But I'm curious, do you have a go to teacher gift? Has a teacher ever mentioned to you the perfect gift? Design mom always has the cutest gift ideas for crafty families and I've taken some inspiration from that site. And Pinterest... well, that volcanic mountain of ideas knows no bounds. But if you've got limited time and resources, I tend towards something consumable or something natural.
But perhaps I've got it all wrong and a plant would be considered clutter also. What did you give this year? Or did you skip it altogether?