Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Caregivers

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It’s always hard to know what to get your child’s teacher for the holidays. Is this too expensive? Is that not enough? Here are some ideas from our readers on how to thank your child’s teachers and caregivers.

“We have been giving gifts from The Hospital for Sick Children’s gift shop website. You can purchase a gift for the teacher online and have it shipped to you. A portion of the proceeds go back to support the hospital. There is also a hospital wish list available—you can donate to a fund for equipment or toys in the teacher’s name.” – Jen Fedosoff, mom of Abby, 10, and Noah, 7, Etobicoke, Ont.

“Last year I gave my daughter’s teacher and the teacher’s assistant beautiful cotton and bamboo blankets. These women had shown such warmth to Charlotte during her first year of school, I wanted to give them something that would provide them some warmth too.” – Robin Stevenson, CF’s Senior Editor and mom of Charlotte, 5

“I organize a group gift. I collect $10 from each family and buy a gift certificate. The families are happy to only have to spend $10 per teacher since most of us have multiple teachers to buy for. And really, who wouldn’t want to receive a $200 gift certificate over 20 boxes of chocolates!” – Danielle Eveleigh, mom of Simon, 7, Andrew, 5, and Alex, 3, Toronto
Teacher’s Say

“Instead of a mug or candles, the best gift is homemade cookies along with the recipe. Also appreciated is a donation in-lieu to buy pencils for a classroom in Africa, for example.” – Marie-Josée Gaudreault, mom of Philip, 7, and Madeleine, 5, Toronto

For more Holiday giving etiquette, check out this article:

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