Budget – Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Therapists
Budget – Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas: Free and Heartfelt
Twenty Gifts Under $20
1 – Don’t just write a note, write a note with details. Put what you say to friends and family in writing. “You’re the first teacher to make school fun for Riley.” “Your positive attitude motivates my son more than any OT he’s ever had.”
2 – Send a copy of your letter to their boss for their employee file – your gift will be appreciated again at employee review time.
3 – Depending upon your child’s age and abilities, let your child write (or dictate) a card or letter. Let your child finish the sentence: “You’re the best teacher because…” or “Top 5 reasons you’re my favorite speech therapist…” Take a picture of your child working on the project to include as part of the gift. Reading a child’s own words of gratitude is priceless to someone who works with children (and a great lesson for your child).
4 – Volunteer more in the classroom. Ask what you can do that will help save the teacher time. This can be a one-time occurrence or a longer commitment depending on your availability.
5 – If you believe that your child’s teacher is “Teacher of the Year” material, nominate him/her! This is what I’m doing this year. I organized classroom parents to nominate my daughter’s teacher for a local news program’s “Teacher of the Week” contest. I’m putting copies of the nomination letters with pictures of the children in a notebook that will be her Holiday present from the class. (I hope she doesn’t read this!)
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