Budget – Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Therapists
Holiday Gift Budget: $5.00 or Less
6 – Food of any kind. Consider sharing your specialty instead of only giving baked goods – casseroles are nice to take home after a day at work; home canned fruits, veggies or preserves are a treat; chocolate covered strawberries are easy and look impressive. If you are cooking for a group, then give individual portions. Don’t worry if Martha Stewart wouldn’t approve about the presentation, good food tastes great with or without fancy ribbons and bows.
7 – Buy a festive gift bag or box from the dollar store, fill with assorted candies and treats.
8 – Help them shop green. Buy five reusable shopping bags, roll up four and put them inside the leftover bag, tie the handles shut with ribbon.
9 – Music downloads can be for personal or professional use.
Holiday Gift Budget: $5.00 to $10.00
10 – Deliver planning/work day snacks for your child’s classroom support team. If your child goes to a therapy center, you might be able to drop off a snack to go in the employee break room for all to enjoy. Don’t forget the note!
11 – If you have an IEP meeting scheduled around the Holidays, then bring a snack with you so all members of your child’s team can enjoy it together. Bring extras for the classroom aides and other team members who might not be at the meeting.
12 – A reusable, self-filtering water bottle.
13 – If you just can’t resist a coffee cup, how about a thermal travel mug with a spill proof lid? Some have a removable liner for decoration – let your child do the art, or have classmate’s parents email pictures to you and make a digital collage of the whole class.
14 – Let your child make a seasonal or Holiday craft. Look in your favorite parenting magazine for ideas (some of them don’t require a subscription to explore their websites). Another site with craft ideas for all ages is: Disney Family Fun (https://family.disney.com/)
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