Hot Teacher Booty

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Over at the Life Is Good store, we hear that Montclair is mug crazy – they seem to be this year’s preferred teacher gift.
That reminded me: only two days left to get a holiday something for the teachers of my three kids. Let’s see…they each have a switch class, plus teachers for art, music, P.E. Then there’s the power brokers at the front desk. How many and what to gift? Last year we said “no” to tchotchkes, opting for gift certificates instead. Of course some items, like Godiva Chocolates, are like currency (good for trades and re-gifting).
We heard how you feel about holiday tipping…now tell us how you sort out the teachers. Your daily chat begins…

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36 COMMENTS

  1. My brother-in-law is a teacher. I remember him bringing home about 10 mugs, 5 ties, and assorted other tchotkes one year.
    Chocolate (can always be regifted) or cash.

  2. I’m guessing teacher gifts are the source of every cheap regifted gift anyone has ever received.
    Isn’t there a better way than wasting money on things a teacher probably doesn’t need or want? What can you do with 10 mugs a year?

  3. At Edgemont we collected money and then gave the teachers a gift certificate (they often spent it on things for the classroom!). I like that method, because that way they can pick out something they would actually like, and still know that the class’ parents were thinking of them.

  4. I am a college prof. I don’t get presents from students. Oh well!
    Wait, one student from Columbia gave me the book Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez. Hmmmm…

  5. When my kids were in the lower grades the wise classmothers collected from the parents and presented the teacher with an AmEx gift certificate. I think that they appreciated that more than the 10 mugs,5 ties, homemade cookies…..

  6. OK, I’m venturing from outer Baristaville to Montclair tomorrow to finish up the last-minute stuff… should I expect all the shops to open at 10, or is anybody opening early these days?

  7. Bought Visa gift cards for daycare teachers. The fees are much cheaper than the Amex cards and you can get them at CVS

  8. I’m giving each of my kids’ teachers a big present this year, and here it is: I’ll put off writing that letter to your boss for another month. Merry Christmas!

  9. The last thing you want to give a teacher is something fattening and unhealthy. Obesity is a major problem in our schools, and what are we supposed to tell our children if the people we trust to educate them are overweight themselves?
    “Educate” your teachers with a nutritious gift and spare the brownies and cakes.
    My husband and I are leaving to visit relatives tomorrow, but if any of you have questions about good nutritious gifts, please email me.
    Happy Season

  10. Inquiring: If your kid is in a “switch” class, it’s like they have two “main” teachers. One teaches math/science the other teaches language arts/social studies. The kids switch classrooms every day for a couple of hours…(at least that’s the way it works for mine in MTC)

  11. “Teach” is how the hoodlums in “Blackboard Jungle” refer to Glenn Ford. Especially Vic Morrow, who manages to turn it into a four-syllable word.

  12. Miss Martta- You should have stopped by to pick up a few of our doggie cookies for yours. They’re almost all gone.
    They’ve been a big hit.
    Hopefully we’ll get replenished tomorrow.
    Happy Holidays
    JT
    Montclair Feed

  13. I’m a teacher. I love cards and homemade gifts and save them all. I always tell my kids the best gift I get is when they walk in in the morning. I even asked that they donate money to childrens’ charities this year, but I got HUGE extravagant gifts instead. I have to tell you, that while I appreciate the thought and care that went behind these gifts, I’m a bit embarrassed. I am fortunate to have everything I need and a job I love. I have a feeling that maybe (?) some parents are trying to outdo others? Some of the kids didn’t even know what was in the wrapping paper. I don’t think I’m the only teacher who would prefer a dollar store item picked out by the student to 100’s of dollars worth of fine gifts that the students know nothing about. In any event, Happy Holidays 🙂

  14. I’m a teacher. I love cards and homemade gifts and save them all. I always tell my kids the best gift I get is when they walk in in the morning. I even asked that they donate money to childrens’ charities this year, but I got HUGE extravagant gifts instead. I have to tell you, that while I appreciate the thought and care that went behind these gifts, I’m a bit embarrassed. I am fortunate to have everything I need and a job I love. I have a feeling that maybe (?) some parents are trying to outdo others? Some of the kids didn’t even know what was in the wrapping paper. I don’t think I’m the only teacher who would prefer a dollar store item picked out by the student to 100’s of dollars worth of fine gifts that the students know nothing about. In any event, Happy Holidays 🙂

  15. I teach my daughter that this holiday season is a celebration of fellowship, therefore, our teacher gift is a donation to a charity which is chosen by my daughter. The my daughter writes a note to the teacher explaining why she chose that charity.

  16. My sister is a teacher and I asked her about gift ideas and while appreciative of any gift, – she really doesn’t need any more “worlds greatest teacher” mugs, pins, oranaments, etc. You can imagine how many of those things you accumulate after years of teaching. She said she really likes the homemade stuff (cookies etc) as she rarely has time to bake herself with teaching right up until Christmas.
    I usually do some baked treats and a Starbucks gift card.

  17. I always just buy a big bag of lindt truffle and seperate them among the 7 of my teachers.
    the look on their face when i give it to them is sheer…
    boredom
    but who cares?
    they’re just teachers
    [that last part was sarcasm. its kind of a thing i do]

  18. Only in Montclair would you have Janet telling us to “educate” our teachers with nutritious gifts. Heaven forbid we have “overweight” teachers in Montclair.Where’s the holiday spirit? Who wants nutritious at a time of the year when we splurge and eat wonderful treats. Janet, enjoy your granola whle lounging in your Birkenstocks on Christmas morning.

  19. This is my tenth year teaching. My favorite gift has always been a hand written card. I have so many lovely cards in which students write really personal thanks. I cherish them!

  20. I always make my kids write out a letter to their teachers and I give them a gift certificate to starbucks or two free tickets to see a movie.

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