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What were some of your favorite gifts from coworkers, admin, or students? I want to give out some gifts at work, but I know some may not want stationary, pens, etc.


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Old 11-23-2020, 10:51 AM
 
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Lottery tickets..holiday dishcloths, holiday cocktail napkins...candles.
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High quality chocolate, cute signs/decor items for school or home, and (letís be honest ) gift cards.

I have been gifted fun little kitchen items, like a pampered chef apple cutter, food chopper, cookie cutters, and those were great gifts as well!
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I am retired now, but I still have a few plants around that came from students. I especially liked receiving blooming bulbs. I could toss them outside and they would miraculously start to grow when it rained. I have an area of bulbs that came from students.

I have an amaryllis bulb from maybe 20 years ago that still blooms annually. The mother said that she had many teachers in her family and knew what teachers liked. I also have a lavender plant and a living Christmas tree.
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:22 AM
 
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I live gift cards to Target, Panera, or Amazon.


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Old 11-23-2020, 11:33 AM
 
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Amazon, Wal-Mart gift cards are the best
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LOL. Really?
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I love pens, markers, "fancy" school supplies like shaped post-it notes or cute tape, good chocolate, hard candies, gift cards, candles, hmmm... I appreciate just being remembered...

The only complaints I've ever heard are coffee cups/mugs, cheap chocolate, or homemade food.

I would like to think most teachers would be appreciative of anything they received but I have seen some... Once, at the end of the year, I had to walk some things to my car and I was parked by the dumpster. I saw a young teacher who had two big boxes of assorted gifts. I thought she was walking them to her vehicle as well. Nope--straight to the dumpster... multiple stationary sets, recipe box, candies, hankies, vases, bracelets, EVERYTHING went into the dumpster along with the box.. When I walked out again at the end of the day, everything was still there with nothing on top or nearby so I put the boxes in my truck instead.

As a SpEd teacher that gets very few items, I was so confused. I thought that was very disrespectful and wasteful. I got it home and made sure nothing was personalized--found a few hidden gems ($20 GC to Subway, $10 GC to a local coffee shop, a little silver ornament thing.) For the next several years, anytime I needed a quick gift or a pick me up for my para, etc. I pull something from that stash. It serve me well.

I will never understand her thought process--some were from her colleagues--why not throw it away at home...
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I don't need more "things", so I love getting gift cards or homemade treats.
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If the teacher celebrates Christmas, a tasteful ornament is a lovely gift.

I agree about not wanting more stuff. My favorite gift is a small Amazon gift card.
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One of my students made a monetary donation to an organization I am involved with (came up during conferences). Another donated to our schoolís educational foundation in my name. I always thought those were special gifts, and 2 that I will always remember.


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Old 11-23-2020, 03:34 PM
 
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If you're really not sure, you can never go wrong with a gift card.
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Thanks everyone!
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Your ideas and stories were helpful. I can't believe someone would throw a box of gifts away, but at the same time I understand not wanting more things.
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Personally, I love gift cards the best. Now, at home from my ow parents/family members it's different, but at school, gift cards are the best. Easy to carry home when you get a lot of gifts!

As much as I love food gifts, I get that so much, it makes me feel fat!
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:18 PM
 
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Gift Certificates
Homemade Cookies with Hershey Kisses put loose in a Christmas Box
Hand Lotion
Flowery Tape Dispenser/Stapler
Key Ring
Poinsettia Plant
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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I especially liked cards that said a donation was made in my name to a homeless shelter, Salvation Army, our local Cheer fund, etc. I really didn't need chocolate, mugs or candles so it was heart warming to know those in need were gifted in my name.
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