Every year we invest hours of our time and thought into putting together adorable, delightful and even quirky gifts for our children’s teachers. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The one gift they really want is cash.
It may sound crass to say teachers want cash, but they do! After asking several of my friends who are teachers, they all admitted that while they do think the gifts they receive are adorable, the one thing they truly appreciate and use are gift cards.
Think about it. Teachers are on a limited salary. With smaller school budgets, teachers often spend their own money to get craft supplies for their classrooms rather than have kids go without. What better way to say thank you for their dedication than to help them out where it will ease the burden.
It’s easy enough to pop into a store. And while it may feel like “cheating,” sometimes it is the gift that counts. Popular places for gift cards include: Target, Walmart, OfficeMax and Staples.
I’m not saying ditch the idea of creating a sweet gift for the teacher with your child. It’s important our children learn the importance of saying thanks. But we also need to think about what will help out our teachers. This holiday, think about making a present that creatively presents a gift card to your child’s teachers. They’ll thank you for it.