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Teachers - what do you most appreciate getting as a 'thank you?'

I'm new to the teacher-gift thing (preschool) and want teacher input on what you like to receive. I prefer to get things that are appreciated vs. gifts that don't seem like they'll see the light of day once the thank you notes are sent out. What have been your favorite 'thank you's' from students?

Fri. May 2, 11:43pm

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I think they appreciate either the very unique gifts that are so unique they will keep them for years to come and they will be a conversation piece, or cold hard cash in the form of a gift card. Too many "trinkets" from thirty kids per year have to add up pretty quickly. Although appreciated, I am sure they would much rather have something useful. Even a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a decadent box of chocolates is a nice welcome change from another "teacher" plaque or knick knack I think to collect dust. (Yeah I know we are all dieting, but the box of chocolates is for those that aren't, lol)

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 11:43 AM

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My friend is a teacher. She doesn't want a pin, a mug or a plaque having to do with children or teaching. She doesn't want body lotion or wash. She doesn't want wedding-type gifts (someone gave her a punch bowl once). She really apprecited gift cards to stores where she can buy things for the classroom or dunkin' donuts. She also appreciates hardcover books. One year, the whole class chipped in a bought her a real tiffany's bracelet. This was the only piece of jewlery she's kept over the years. I've followed these guidelines w/ my children's teachers and they seem to apprecite it-

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 3:17 PM

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A hand written straight from the heart thank you letter. It's the thoughts and memories that make a real difference.

I taught in my twenties. My students were special needs adults.

I had one student who wrote me for about 10 years after I moved to another state. I cherished getting her thoughtful hand written cards. Thirty years later I still remember her name and I wonder if she is still alive ( she was older than me).

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 10:31 PM

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The best gift I ever got was a teapot. My students knew that, though American, I'd lived in Britain for many years and loved all kinds of tea. It's very unusual, beautiful and functional.

I also like - and still use, 10 years on - a pair of quilted tartan coasters.

The lacy shawl and fan, suitable for a Victorian dowager, got donated.

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 11:44 PM

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I had a friend whose husband was a high school teacher. She suggested to me that a McDonald's gift card would be "one of the good ones - a keeper".

Sunday, May 04, 2008, 1:17 PM

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