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What Teachers Love {& Don’t} for the Holidays

Hello all!! I have another one of my friends here today with some helpful information when looking for teacher gifts this holiday season! Now, as a teacher, I have to say that of course we are GRATEFUL for anything that we get during the holiday season because it really is all about the thought. But, my girl Jenn has a point (in her witty, humorous and maybe a bit sarcastic way) that if you really want to get something that teachers will love, there are some things to stay away from. As always, it is best to get to know your teachers throughout the year to make thins easier and this post doesn’t speak for all teachers… but probably most of them. Take it away Mrs. Jenn!

Hi Delicate Construction readers! My name is Jenn and when I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I used to line up my dolls and stuffed animals and make them listen to my fake lessons I would make up with my chalkboard I had in my room. When my brother was old enough to sit, but not old enough to know better, I used to make him sit and endure my horrible lessons too.

I went to San Diego State University and majored in Liberal Studies. You should have seen my book bag. It had an apple it. I had a notebook with ABC’s and crayons covering it. I looked like I was a teacher (or so I thought). Everyday, during my year as a student teacher, I carried my “teacher bag” that had my name, “Miss Wish,” embroidered into it to school like I was a pro. I even had a mug sitting on my desk that said “Best Teacher Ever.”

And then, student teaching ended.

The real world started and I became a real, true, teacher. I have been teaching for 12 years now. And, don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I am a Resource Specialist (special education teacher) in a middle school in a very low socioeconomic area. But, what I hate, truly, passionately, hate, more than anything (yes, hate is a strong word- get over it), are teacher-themed gifts. All teachers do. And that is the truth.

Take my word. Your children’s teachers do not want a mug for the holiday’s that says “Best Teacher.” They don’t want another pencil holder for their desk that says their name on it. They really don’t want a bag with apples and pencils covering the whole thing.

And, all that stuff you see on Pinterest, forget you saw it. The pot with your kid’s handprint on it that says, “thanks for helping me grow” No. We don’t want that. It’s cute, but it’s going to go in my backyard and probably be forgotten. The vase covered with colored pencils, doesn’t really match the décor of my house (yes, really, my house isn’t decorated with apples and my mantel does not have a sign that says “World’s Best Teacher” believe it or not).

Please don’t think I’m ungrateful. Like I mentioned, I teach in a very low socioeconomic area. I haven’t gotten a gift for the holidays or end of the year in the past 9 years. And I’m fine with that. I didn’t go into this job for the gifts. But, if you are going to buy your child’s teacher a gift, buy them something they would actually want. They are real people, just like you.

You want ideas? Most people like coffee. You can’t go wrong with a Starbucks gift card in a nice travel mug. We all like shopping. A Macy’s gift card would be amazing. Some people aren’t comfortable buying gift cards. I get that. Pay attention to what your child’s teacher wears. Does she wear pretty scarves? Buy her a new one. Does she like jewelry? Buy her a new bracelet or necklace (not something super expensive, I’m a huge fan of places like Ross and Marshall’s). We like going to the movies and having a night out, just like you. Movie tickets are great! My favorite gift, ever, was when my entire class got together and gave me one, huge, class gift. Everyone contributed a little bit and one mom shopped and bought me a basket full of scrapbooking supplies. I was in heaven (I am obviously a scrapbooker so it was amazing to me). Again, get to know your teachers. Know what holiday they celebrate. I am Jewish. It’s amazing how many Christmas themed gifts I used to receive.

Please, don’t get me wrong. Teachers appreciate being thought of during the holidays, teacher appreciation week and the end of the year. We did not go into this job for the gifts. I love what I do. I love teaching your children each and every day and watching them learn and grow. It’s why I do what I do. But there is no need to spend your time and effort creating and working on projects that will just go to waste. It’s just not worth it.

Thanks so much for having me!

jenn 2


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