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Teacher gifts

What are some gift ideas for preschool teachers? Teachers please chime in with your favorites gifts you've received. Biggrin

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this is for a kindergarten teacher.......and it's something i'm gonna let lucy do......i bought a 7x14 canvas at walmart(2 actually) and some buttons......2 packages.......so i'm in for $6........so far.........LOL.......not sure when i'm gonna do it......but i will post pics when we are done......i'm gonna have lucy write with a marker, merry christmas ms. st. martin love lucy.........and then under it i'm gonna have lucy do the tree.......we are just glueing the buttons....i'll "paint the glue in the shape of a tree, and she will just apply the buttons the way she wants.......i bought a package of all green buttons and then a package of colored buttons for the christmas decorations.......i have left over foam so we can cut out a star and some presents for underneath..........cheap, creative and fun!!!!!!!
http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2010/12/christmas-button-tree.html

we are also making her 2 little pinecone christmas tree's........
we went on a pine cone hunt and found them and we have pompoms already....so these are freebies....

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if you need pinecones...I could hook you up....LOL

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I saw these both on pinterest and thought they were cute and a good way to get your LO involved. If your not feeling crafty - I always appreciated gift cards from students - book stores or coffee shops are usually pretty safe bets.

http://www.howdoesshe.com/christmas-gift-idea-teacher

http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/diy-tea-wreath/

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Gift cards with anything creative.

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I am making Owen's Diablo teachers this

Pretty simple but time consuming.. styrofoam ball and buttons and pins...

I actually just bought the materials today!

I contribute a lot to his classroom in the form of food, supplies, and money, help etc.. so no GC with it. I think this is a beautiful gift that will hang on their tree.

Also while I am at it.. when I was a kid my grandma was a seasmstress (hence my moms sewing skills) anyways I would self entertain with a tin can of buttons for HOURS .. it's a very vivid memory from my childhood.. recently Mamaw had to move into assisted living and when we went through her house I asked her for that tin.. it sits on my bookshelf... I have thought about doing something with it for awhile.. but wasn't sure. I am going to make an ordament for my family and one for Mamaw .. I will present her with it before Christmas with a mini tree for her "apartment" .. it will be a priceless memory every holiday season.

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At Miles school they really encourage gift cards if anything. Miles's teacher is teaching 3 classes this year, which means 30 kids. Multiply that by ornaments from everyone and over several years and...that's a lot of stuff.

We actually all go in together (the whole class) and gets one big GC for both teachers and both administrators again, rather than a whole bunch of smaller ones.

That said, I will also take them each Xmas goodies when I make them. Tip I learned last year when I was there helping the day before Xmas break - if you're taking goodies for everyone to shark take them early in the month. So much stuff got tossed last year!

Also, since M has been a bit of an extra handful this year I was going to get everyone a bottle of wine. I can't imagine a preschool teacher wouldn't be a drinker, lol.

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"msmama" wrote:

At Miles school they really encourage gift cards if anything. Miles's teacher is teaching 3 classes this year, which means 30 kids. Multiply that by ornaments from everyone and over several years and...that's a lot of stuff.

We actually all go in together (the whole class) and gets one big GC for both teachers and both administrators again, rather than a whole bunch of smaller ones.

That said, I will also take them each Xmas goodies when I make them. Tip I learned last year when I was there helping the day before Xmas break - if you're taking goodies for everyone to shark take them early in the month. So much stuff got tossed last year!

Also, since M has been a bit of an extra handful this year I was going to get everyone a bottle of wine. I can't imagine a preschool teacher wouldn't be a drinker, lol.

ROFL

I will just get gift cards--they like the money!!

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I think I'm just doing GC to michaels with a little craft....Colleen I love that idea! fWIW, his teacher has said crafts stay in the classroom for that year, then she actually saves them for either the classroom again, or her house....and has lots of totes of kids gifts from almost 30 years of teaching lol!

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"Jumarse" wrote:

I think I'm just doing GC to michaels with a little craft....Colleen I love that idea! fWIW, his teacher has said crafts stay in the classroom for that year, then she actually saves them for either the classroom again, or her house....and has lots of totes of kids gifts from almost 30 years of teaching lol!

lucy's teacher is brand spankin new........1st year out of college.......so she has already said she is excited for the holidays!!!LOL!!! maybe we will "decorate" the tree with a couple simple gc's......michaels is an excellent idea.....and maybe a staples card,too......i do donate every month.......our pto sends home a "supply of the month club" at the beginning of the year.......and i did sign up for it......so november was markers, october was tissues, and september was lysol wipes..lol!!!......so......i donate what they dictate they need for the month!!!! Biggrin

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For Christmas, we are giving the teachers magnets (you can make these yourself, but I got them off Etsy) with a card. I will get them something a little bigger to thank them at the end of the school year.

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"msmama" wrote:

At Miles school they really encourage gift cards if anything. Miles's teacher is teaching 3 classes this year, which means 30 kids. Multiply that by ornaments from everyone and over several years and...that's a lot of stuff.

We actually all go in together (the whole class) and gets one big GC for both teachers and both administrators again, rather than a whole bunch of smaller ones.

That said, I will also take them each Xmas goodies when I make them. Tip I learned last year when I was there helping the day before Xmas break - if you're taking goodies for everyone to shark take them early in the month. So much stuff got tossed last year!

Also, since M has been a bit of an extra handful this year I was going to get everyone a bottle of wine. I can't imagine a preschool teacher wouldn't be a drinker, lol.

This is what they do at Nicholas's school too and actually I am in charge of getting a letter to all the parents next week to collect the money, so I guess I should draft a letter this weekend...

I will probably also send in a plate full of goodies for the teacher and each of the aides, good tip on taking them early, I hadn't thought about that.

For schools that don't do the group gift card though I still think giftcards are the way to go. As a teacher those were always my favorites or a gift card with something made by the child. I still have quite a few ornaments that hang on my tree that were given to my by students.

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"msmama" wrote:

At Miles school they really encourage gift cards if anything. Miles's teacher is teaching 3 classes this year, which means 30 kids. Multiply that by ornaments from everyone and over several years and...that's a lot of stuff.

We actually all go in together (the whole class) and gets one big GC for both teachers and both administrators again, rather than a whole bunch of smaller ones.

That said, I will also take them each Xmas goodies when I make them. Tip I learned last year when I was there helping the day before Xmas break - if you're taking goodies for everyone to shark take them early in the month. So much stuff got tossed last year!

Also, since M has been a bit of an extra handful this year I was going to get everyone a bottle of wine. I can't imagine a preschool teacher wouldn't be a drinker, lol.

This is excellent. One of our teachers got a Visa GC for over $200 a few years ago. We were all so jealous!!!

I totally say GC, even if it's just $5 or $10 to Barnes and Noble or Starbucks.

I think I'm doing a small GC along with something crafty...probably a set of coasters (made from scrapbook paper, modge podge and 4x4 tiles...ala pinterest) or possibly magnets similar to the ones Karina posted.

Colleen, I love the button tree!!!

I also got a teacher's survival kit one year. It had all sorts of goodies...pens, shout wipes, chapstick, chocolate, bandaids, etc. It was all in a huge basket. And last year I got pretty monogrammed paper Christmas napkins along with some really pretty vintage looking tree ornaments. It is fun to get personal things like that.

Do NOT (and I mean it) give them a mug!!! LOL

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I'm going to give a gift card to probably Starbucks or something like that.

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I was planning to make this: http://pinterest.com/pin/43065740156272118/ and include a gift card. I can't decide if I'll make it holiday themed or not. Pax's teacher is in her first year teaching preschool out of her home (after many years in schools), so I think she'd love some stuff to make it more "school-ish".

A friend of mine is a teacher and last year got a $100 gift card to Victoria's Secret. ROFL Um...awkward??? I'd say DON'T do that!

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I agree with the GC - even small ones are nice and appreciated. Smile

My favorite crafty present ever came from a student who decorated a shirt for me. I'm pretty sure his mother had him color a picture and then somehow she transferred it to a white tshirt. He was probably about 6 at the time and he drew a picture of a piano and of the two of us at the piano (him sitting and me standing next to him) and he wrote, "I like playing the piano with Miss Ruth." I love that shirt.

And like Marcie, in addition to no mugs, please... music teachers already have all the music paraphernalia they could ever possibly want. I've cleaned it out over the years, but at one time, I had a music/keyboard hat, lots of earrings and other jewelry, scarf, socks, pins, pens/pencils, totes, etc., etc.

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Karina here's a few of the magnets I made, there's a ton more and it's not the best pic, but you get the idea lol!

A friend made the best suggestions....use rare earth magnets, they are SO STRONG, as in if you have the magnets on a non-magnetized surface, they strongly attach each other. They are tiny, less than 1/2 the size of the dime the ones we used, and I swear they could hold up a car lol! Use silicone as the glue to glue both the picture and magnet, it's stringy but dries very clear and it's super strong.

You didn't ask any of this, just wanted to share since I've had someone make them with me who already figured this stuff out!

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I got this from a student yesterday. Doesn't take any creativity but is awesome. I think you can get it at Sams Club.