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End-of-School-Year Gifts

June 9th, 2011 at 06:24 pm

I suspect we've had this discussion before, but I'm wondering how much, if anything, folks spend on gifts for their kid's teachers and other school staff. A mom at school shocked me this morning when she said she bought a (eek!) $100 gift card for her son's teacher.

I had DD write a thank-you note and gave the teacher a $20 gift card. The bus drivers each got a small Target gift card too. Am I too cheap?

More progress on the deluttering! I spent half an hour in the basement laundry room clearing things up and throwing misc junk away--and lo and behold--I found DD's long-lost Hello Kitty camera! She'll be thrilled.

I've also listed a couple of books on ebay. Slow but steady, I hope.

6 Responses to “End-of-School-Year Gifts”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:


    That said, we give them Scholastic vouchers earned with labor. Worth about $100/each free books, but if I had to spend cash, $20 is about my limit.

  2. librarylady Says:

    I've never given end of school year teacher gifts. Never heard of such. But, you can be sure, if I was gong to give a $100 gift to the teacher, it would be at the FIRST of the year. LOL! Smile

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I never buy teacher gifts. I think it is a ridiculous practice. A sweet picture drawn by the child with a note is enough, IMO.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    So, I wasn't cheap but extravagant? I just got back from an "last day" park outing, and there was widespread discussion of 25-50$ amounts. Granted these folks are probably richer than us--doctors and lawyers etc.

  5. miclason Says:

    Er... they get a couple of brownies if I have the time to bake...

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can't think of any gift I received that cost more than $25 - most were closer to less than $10. But really, I'd say the most appreciated gifts were thoughtful notes/drawings saying what the child/parent appreciated about the teacher. If you really like your child's teacher, a note from you and your child would both be appreciated AND be useful for them to put in their portfolio. Smile

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