Teacher and Care Provider Gifts

I have been pondering the question of what makes an appopriate gift for my children’s teachers and care givers.  The teachers are easier than the daycare provider.  Teachers do not expect large gifts and for the most part would be embarrassed to receive them.  We usually opt for something small and personal.  Especially with five kids at home.  K3 is in Kingergarten where she has three Teachers… and then in the afternoon she goes to an enrichment program where she has three more Teachers.  Yep, six Teachers all for my five year old.  Then we have the three Teachers who do the first/second grade rotation (now the count is nine) and little critter’s babysitter.  That’s 10 people to get a holiday gift for.  Now, if TeenGirl expects to add her teachers into the mix, we are talking crazy.  We already have a gaggle of girlfriends to get gifts for.  Then comes the question of PTC.  I am the VP… soon to be the full fledge Prez… our Executive Committee consists of four (3 Mom’s and the current Prez/Teacher).  Shouldn’t they get a little something?  And what about the Principal… the Office Staff?  Holy Krikes!  I think there is smoke coming from my ears (or my credit card).  Obviously, we have to draw the line somewhere.  I certaintly CANNOT give holiday gifts to 17 people just in my children’s school.  Maybe we will stick with a nice greeting card and a candy cane for all those special people.  That said, we will definitely be getting a NICE gift for the babysitter.  Afterall, she is more than a sitter, she has become a friend… she is the person who spends nearly 7 hours a day with my little critter.  And critter ADORES her.  Sometimes I think she likes her better than me.   We will also be getting a little gift for all the kids Teachers and probably limiting it to a card and candy for the Teaching Assistants/Helpers. Perhaps I will bust out the baking mix in a jar recipes and whip out a plethora of yummy looking creations to gift.  More on that later.


About PolkaDotMommy

Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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