There are soooo many occasions during the year to be a gift giver. Christmas, Hannakuh, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Administrative Assistants’ Day, Bosses’ Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries…man, it’s exhausting. And that’s before your kids start school! Now you have other kids’ birthdays to consider besides your own and your nieces and nephews that, despite a desperate attempt at organizing, you never remember. In addition to remembering permission slips, lunch every day and to keep up with laundry so your darling child has clean matching socks every day (every day?) you also have the End of Year gift to add to your repertoire. Ack!
But here’s the skinny: you can’t stop this train. This is going to happen every year and you are going to want to commemorate it with a token, a note or an elaborate gift. So embrace the madness and instead of letting it catch you off guard, plan in advance. Budget. You’re a grown up now, you should have non-holiday wrapping paper, tape and scissors in your house at any time. Plus these are some pretty important men and women in your kiddos’ lives.
For this End-of-Year Gift Guide I went straight to the horses’ mouths, the teachers. (I double checked the grammar on that one…because of the audience, of course.) “What do you like?” I asked them. “I mean, of course you are incredible, selfless people and so you love everything, but if you really could drop a hint, if there really was a gift that you could use, appreciate, treasure…what would it be?” I assume bath salts and scented candles abound at their homes. I imagine their closets are teeming with the annual accumulation of tat. The truth is, though, they really are a loving and selfless bunch. Most of what I got back was a confirmation that they genuinely do love and appreciate anything and everything! However, I did manage to get a few more ideas. This is what they said they REALLY want. Not counting, of course, these gifts.
Gift Card to a local restaurant. $25 to $250.
Think of a restaurant that is near where your teacher lives or near the school. Pick one that is high-end and serves booze. You may not believe this but your little angel can be quite a handful Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.
This works equally well for a toddler to a high school graduate. Just a note saying, “I LOVE YOU” or “You know, you made a tremendous impact on my life this year” can often be the best gift a teacher can receive.
If you just can’t stump up for the wine or your child’s teacher is a teetotler, go for a spa gift certificate. Even teachers like to be pampered and taken away from a life of chewing crayons and dogs eating homework.