Dear Home Ec 101,
I’m on a fairly tight budget but I want to get my children’s teacher a gift to show my appreciation. Do you have any ideas?
~Pinching Pennies in Pennsylvania
I think it is wonderful that you want to do something for the teachers in your children’s lives. I firmly believe a handwritten note of thanks is sufficient, include favorite memories from the year and mention areas in which he or she has been particularly helpful with your child. I belive our society has gotten so commercialized that we often give items when merely an expression of appreciation would do. Teachers are often overwhelmed with knick-knacks and baked goods at the end of the year. I know it is hard enough to keep clutter out of my own home, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for teachers. While the items are appreciated, it becomes harder and harder to find a place to store each item and it is hard to throw or give away a gift given out of love.
If you must give something, a gift card to a store where they may find supplies for their classroom is often highly appreciated. Do not feel guilted into spending more than you can afford, even small denominations help.