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    Laura Baginski is NPN's Director of Marketing and Content and mom of two energetic boys.

    Laura Baginski

    Laura Baginski is NPN's Director of Marketing and Content and mom of two energetic boys.

    Top 4 gifts for teachers this holiday season

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    Foolproof holiday gifts for your child's teacher, and gifts you should avoid.


    We’re so busy during the holiday season, it’s sometime hard to brainstorm thoughtful gifts for the wonderful people that care for you child(ren) on a daily basis. We scoured the forums and interviewed teacher friends of our own and asked them what their favorite holiday gifts from students have been. Here's our list of the top most commonly mentioned gifts.

    1. Cash. Collaborate with other families if you can. I know it sounds a little tacky and you may even think there’s not much thought that goes into it but it was the number one answer we got from our local teacher friends. Couple it with #2 on the list and you’re golden.

    2. Write them or, better yet, have you kiddo make them a sincere holiday card/note.

    Quotes from teachers on the NPN Discussion Forum:
    “Write a sincere note. It’ll probably make her month.”  
    “I’ve been teaching for 22 years and I have kept every thoughtful letter that I’ve ever received.”

    3. Gifts cards are often a safe bet but think about where you choose them from. Not everyone drinks coffee or goes to the spa. You’re always safe with $25–$30 (or more if you choose) gift cards from Target, Visa or Amazon. Some teachers told us they like movie theater passes, too.

    4. Many of our teacher friends love receiving wine or wine club gifts. It’s not something they’d normally buy for themselves, so it’s very welcome.

    Note: Teachers don’t want your homemade baked goods unless you have a special relationship. There are too many allergies and personal preferences. Don’t risk it. If you’d like to get them food/pastries, make sure they are store/bakery-bought. 

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