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Top 10 Gifts for Teachers What do you think are the best gifts for a teacher? Jamie will be putting some of your ideas together for a post on the eNotes blog. Here is her latest, "Top 10 Gifts for Readers and Writers."

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The best gifts for teachers are gift cards to book stores or superstores like Target and Wal-mart.  Teachers don't get paid much, and we are constantly spending our own money on things for our classrooms.  Gift cards allow us to buy those things we need, either for our class or for ourselves.  There have been times when I used gift cards my students gave me for things like groceries, because I spent so much of my money early in my career when I was already broke.

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I, too, appreciate the notes of praise and thanks. (I have a file in my desk drawer where I collect them.) And I truely don't need/want anything else from my students. If, however, they want to give a small token of appreciation, make it edible. A little treat in the middle of the day is nice and never has to be carried home, dusted, re-gifted, etc. LOL

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My favorite gifts have always been books, cards, pictures or notes that have to do with something a student learned in my class. Once I received a Christmas card with lines from Romeo and Juliet, and another time a student carved a piece of soap to look like me, like the children in To Kill a Mockingbird found in the knot in the tree. These were so dear to me because they show that the student cared and learned something!

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it is irrelevant what the top ten gift items are for teachers. As a teacher in NYC public schools, we all received an email about accepting gifts from parents, courtesy of our mayor and school chancellor. It is generally frowned upon, and over a  very small amount,  illegal. Therefore, the only and best gift a teacher can get is when a student tells you years later about the impact you had on their lives and their future.

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Handmade cards and whatnot from kids are always great. Otherwise, gift cards are the way to go, especially if they are for a department store with a wide variety of items. Some malls actually have all encompassing gift cards, which is great.

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 I love getting handwritten/hand created notes or cards from students. It's really nice knowing that they took the time to make something or write out a letter (even misspelled!) to me.

 If it is something purchased, I believe that most teachers would appreciate gift cards to places like book stores, movie theaters, or target or walmart, where we can choose what we would like to get to pamper ourselves.

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Here is the post on the eNotes blog. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions!

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My favorite gift is a visit from a former student.  This is incredibly heart-warming for me.  For a student to take the time to do this after having moved on in life is a powerful affirmation for me that what I do matters.  Most of my classes are night classes, and former students stop by after working all day, to let me know how they're doing, to talk to the classes I am presently teaching, and to tell me how what I taught them is of use.  That is a true gift for me. 

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Kiwi, you are not alone! I am personally obsessed with new stationery! I relish the thought of back-to-school shopping, if...

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arrellbelle | Student

I think anything like office supplies should be suitable gifts for teachers. For example, sometimes teachers run out of these supplies because they misplace it, or they use it up too much, sometimes students even forget to give them back, or worse, students steal your supplies as well. So it's always nice if a teacher has back-up supplies and it shows how professional you are.

intel2003 | Student

At the conclusion of the semester, one of my students, who loved going back and forth with me, gave me a picture and a written letter.  In the letter, she said that she did not feel like she could relate to the other students, but she found me to be a person she could "bother" and still know that I wanted the best for her.  She went on to say that I was her hero and she would be applying to my almer mater with an early decision application.  I must say that this is the best gift that comes to mind.   

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cvest | Student
Top 10 Gifts for Teachers

What do you think are the best gifts for a teacher? Jamie will be putting some of your ideas together for a post on the eNotes blog. Here is her latest, "Top 10 Gifts for Readers and Writers."

I think the best gift for teachers would be gift cards to book stores or teacher supply stores. Teachers spend so much of their own money on classroom supplies and every little bit helps. Gifts that would be able to help students would the most helpful. Teachers do so much for others that having the means available to keep doing for others is priceless.

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crazyface22 | Student

i think it is the gift of learning

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rbschreiber | Student

Other than a wonderful, personal note or letter of some sort, I love when a student gives me something personal, something related to a 'moment' we had or a discussion in class. As simple as something related to my favorite sports team I mentioned, or something related to the subject I teach. I enjoy having things around my room that remind me of certain years or students, and seeing the knick knacks or tsotchkes given to me by special individuals.

 

For example, I have a Build-a-Bear that was personally designed for me and really bears (get it?) a striking resemblance. I have a drawing a student made of me. Or, as a drama teacher, a Hollywood-style director's board. These personal gifts mean more to me than the ever useful Staples or Starbucks gift card.

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mgraham71 | Student

Teachers love receiving gift cards, candles, bath goodies and even chocolate but the most treasured gift I have received over the years has been the respect of my students. Right before winter break, I sit down with my group of third graders and we talk about our wants and wishes for the holidays. I always end the discussion by having them volunteer an answer to the question, "What gift have you received by being in this class this year?" Presently, I have a student with a major anger management issue and he receives consequences daily for his outbursts, backtalking, etc. I always tell him how much I care about him and that I understand that he gets frustrated but there are other ways to take care of his anger. There is not a day that goes by that he does not get positive responses from me, even during the most tense, frustrating times. This past December, during our discussion on what gifts we have received this year, this particular young man raised his hand and when I called on him, he said, "You are my gift because you love me even when I do not like you and you always forgive me when I want to throw something at you. You always make me feel like it is okay to be myself but you make me want to do better too." How powerful! I will gladly take material gifts any day but the intrinsic reward of knowing that I am a positive force in a troubled child's life is so much better!!

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Top 10 Gifts for Teachers

What do you think are the best gifts for a teacher? Jamie will be putting some of your ideas together for a post on the eNotes blog. Here is her latest, "Top 10 Gifts for Readers and Writers."

  Gift cards to places like Walmart, Kroger, and maybe Amazon.com.

 

The reason I say this is because teachers spend their own money in their rooms and this would allow them to not be so overwhelmed in spending their own money.  Also I mention Amazon.com because many books are so cheap on that site and school systems rarely allow you to order from this site due to purchase order issues.

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meganp0504 | Student

i love to give my teacher homade treats like fudge,gingerbread cookies,brownies,ricecrispies and stuff like that and they love it so it mostly depends on what they like .(chocolate)

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