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I will be honest and say this year I considered not purchasing teacher gifts since one of my boy’s switched schools and has only been at his new school for about a month and when I calculated the teachers alone that was five gifts, (youngest son has two teachers and oldest has three). Last year, I only had to purchase one gift and my son’s teacher was spoiled, but this year I just kept thinking how I could easily spend hundreds on teacher gifts alone. However, I do love shopping and I feel teachers AND bus drivers deserved gifts so I went to Pinterest and Reddit for inspiration.
On Reddit, I got recommendations to purchase wine, school supplies, and heard how one teacher received lingerie one year. On Pinterest, there were a bunch of homemade items and I just am not a crafty person and I don’t think teachers eat the food parents make and send in, because who knows how clean someone’s kitchen is unless you know them on a very personal level.
In the end, I was able to get the teachers AND my youngest son’s bus driver awesome gifts (I couldn’t get the bus driver for my oldest son a gift because each day they always seem to have someone new driving the bus). Anyways, my gifts weren’t as exciting as last year, but I think I did good, especially since I got them gifts and cute gift bags for under $100.
The gift bags just arrived for the gifts. I have waited all day for the package to arrive. They are smaller than I thought they would be but cute all the less.
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Despite the fact of some telling me not to buy teachers gifts at all, today I am going to discuss why I decided to do so anyways. In addition, I am pointing out why bus drivers need gifts too.
#1 They Watch My Kids for Multiple Hours
Honestly (yes, I am revealing many truths about myself in this post), my kids work my nerves at times. They drive me INSANE. Have you ever heard three toddlers talking as loud as they possibly can simultaneously? I have…so I can only imagine how teachers feel when they have to deal with multiple little people for hours (more than the three I care for), so yea they deserve a gift.
While I would like to say my boys go to school and are angels every day, the truth is they aren’t. My oldest had a bout where he came home with red or orange (not a good day colors) for almost an entire week for not listening and talking when he wasn’t supposed too. My middle decided to flip his eyelids up while on the bus and scare all of the girls. So, teachers AND bus drivers deserve a gift.
Bus drivers, aside from the commotion I am sure the eyelid thing caused, have to deal with a bus full of kids that are loud. Have you ever heard the elementary school bus pull up? It’s no wonder I don’t have a license, because I wouldn’t be able to concentrate with all of that chatter.
#2 They Should Feel That Someone Notices and Cares
Teachers have one of the hardest jobs (in my opinion) and a lot of time, they may feel as though their hard work goes unnoticed. They help teach our kids the educational things that they need to know to learn and grow. My oldest first year in pre-school he learned so much and he is learning even more stuff now that he is in elementary school.
As a business owner, despite the fact that I work from home full time, I cannot run up to the school to volunteer. It may seem like I don’t notice what my kid’s teachers do. But even though they may not see my face every week, I do notice, and by getting them a small token of appreciation (a gift and personalized cards from the kids), they can know that I notice their hard work with my kids and I am appreciative about what they do.
Today is starting off productive. We have worked out, gotten ready for school and now they are working on their Christmas cards. #productive #momlife
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Well, I saw this post was getting somewhat lengthy so if you hung in here with me until now, that is awesome. Overall, this post isn’t to persuade parents who are against gifting teachers to gift teachers, it’s just me sharing my personal opinion about why I do it. It’s not to bribe (yes someone told me gifting the kids teachers looks like bribery), it’s just because they deserve it.
Bonus – My Kids Teacher Gifts
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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know I broke the rule of teacher’s gifts by shopping at Bath & Body Works. However, one can never have too many candles right and hand sanitizer was actually recommended on another list (I didn’t know that until after shopping, but anyways). Nevertheless, whatever, I think that they will like it and my boys created Christmas cards to give it a personal touch. Therefore, if they don’t like anything else from the cute Santa pants gift bags (I hope they love those), at least the card and hand sanitizer will be something that they enjoy.
If you purchase teacher Christmas gifts, what did you go with for your kid’s teachers this year?