Children saying Thank You at Christmas
Christmas is a time of giving and
caring. Itís also a great time to show some
appreciation to those who have done things for you
during the year.
At the end of the
school year, many teachers, child carers, coaches and
others who regularly deal with children are given
little gifts by the children and parents.
Why give them gifts?
Although these people
are usually paid for their work, they often do more
than the basics and truly care about the
children in their care. These people play important
roles in the development and growth of the children.
Giving a gift to a
special teacher or coach is a great way of
acknowledging the extra time and effort they put in
throughout the year.
It is also an
important way to teach our children generosity,
respect and gratitude. And children love giving
things to make others happy, unless we teach them to
have a 'give me" attitude.
What gifts should we consider?
Obviously, it depends on your
budget, but there is no need to spend a fortune on
gifts for these people Ė they donít expect it.
However, there are only so many
little soaps and chocolates that a person needs to
get at once. So what can you give that isnít
expensive and is a bit original?
Here are some ideas:
Get together with others and make a combined gift.
All the children in one class donít need to
contribute much money for the teacher to get a
massage voucher or a
Be altruistic. Visit
Tear Australia and buy some cards as thank
yous. Think of how far $5 can go for poor people,
but how little it buys for a gift and the card
becomes highly valuable.
Make a special
certificate for the teacher or carer. To make it
really special, grab a self laminating pouch and
Get the kids to make
some chocolates or biscuits and
present them in a nice box or basket. A
gingerbread person is another great idea - the
child can make one for each teacher/carer.
Give a home made gift voucher. Let the kids offer
to clean the teacherís blackboard for a week or
bring an apple every day!
If you know the teacherís hobby, some little
pieces would be appreciated. For instance,
stickers for a
scrapbooker, a bookmark for a reader, a CD
case for a music lover or gloves for a gardener.
Instead of sweets, why not make up a basket of
fruits? Maybe a collection of fresh and dried
fruits would suit.
Put together a small hamper with some biscuits, an
avocado, some cheese or dips.
bottle of wine or spirits can be a nice gift,
but there is the risk of the teacher not liking it
and there are legal issues about alcohol on school
Speciality shops now sell some interesting
herbal teas and
coffees and they make lovely little gifts.
Look around the classroom. Is she struggling for
pegs to hang art work? Maybe her cushions need new
covers or a tablecloth is ripped. Replacing some
of these little items wonít cost much, but could
make her teaching life much easier.
We all love pampering, and you can give a
pampering gift quite economically. Various shops
sell items such as thumb massagers, massage
rollers, massage oils, eye cushions,
bath salts, manicure sets, moisturisers and so
Get your child to plant some
herb seedlings in a pot. If they are creative,
get them to paint the pot first, too.
Give a small vase as a gift, and fill it with home
grown flowers to present it to the teacher.
foot creams are a treat for tired child care
workers at the end of a long day chasing kids.
Christmas decorations are another idea. They could
be added to the classroom or taken home for
Make some toffee apples for the teacher!
Give a notepad or post-it notes with a cheerful or
positive message on each page.
Give a double pass
to a movie - it doesn't cost much if you buy them
in bulk and use them as gifts for a few teachers,
carers, coaches and relatives!
Candles can make a lovely gift, and as they
last it doesn't matter so much if someone gets
lots of them!
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
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