Christmas is already in the air! Well, at stores at least.
Our youngest celebrated his first birthday this past October and received a gift that I needed to exchange at Kohl’s. So I told my husband “just drop me off by the door and I’ll run in quick!”…but it was not very quick…
I took my best guess at which corner the return counter was at and was dead wrong. So I walked three quarters of the way around the store to see a long line. On my hike I couldn’t help but notice all of the Christmas decorations and the lines at the check outs.
I stood in line and finally made my way up to the counter. As I was being helped I heard a gal say to another “MAM! The line is over here, we’ve all been waiting, you can’t just go ahead!”
I felt for the poor woman because the line had been poorly marked and I had flashbacks to past years of Christmas shopping when lines are long and tempers are short. And all I could think was “get me out of here, I want nothing to do with Christmas shopping this year! Plus, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!!!”
So, long story short, it reinforced my desire to SIMPLIFY CHRISTMAS this year by:
- Opting out of any gift exchange that we possibly can
- Giving more gift cards
- Getting teachers crossed off of my list–here’s how:
What Teachers really want for Christmas:
By far our most popular post every Christmas over at I Think We Could Be Friends is “Top 10 Teacher Christmas Gifts (written by a TEACHER!)”
In it, Beth, a middle school teacher and mom shares what teachers really want for Christmas. It is a fun read if you have a minute, but topping the list are gift cards followed by anything “practical or consumable.”
Practical or consumable teacher Christmas gift ideas include:
- Fancy markers/Colored Sharpies
- Post-it Notes
- Blank Note Cards
- Double Sided Tape & Stickers (Remember, we’re school geeks that get excited when school supplies come out in the summer.)
- Fun smelling hand soap or hand sanitizer
- Fuzzy or fun socks
- If your child’s teacher/school has iPads: iTunes gift card
- Amazon or other bookstore gift card
- Candy or some other type of treat (if you don’t know… go with chocolate! Often it is chocolate or caffeine that get us through the day!)
- Get the teacher his/her favorite beverage (that won’t get your kid sent to the principal’s office)
Trust me, I definitely understand wanting to get our children’s teachers something thoughtful. I’m convinced my daughter’s kindergarten teacher is an angel sent from above and I would love to give her a million dollars…but that won’t be possible this year. So instead, I’m going to get her a gift card to a restaurant in town with a note (And the best part is that I am supporting a local business and don’t have to go into Kohl’s to get it!).
AND, if a gift isn’t in the budget this year, THAT IS OK, too! Beth says a card of appreciation (especially one written by the student) goes just as far.
Do you have a gift that you usually give the teachers in your life? Please share below! :)
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