It’s that time of year and parents are trying to find the perfect gift for their child’s teacher. Christmas isn’t the only time parents try to find presents, as they do the same at the end of the year. This can be difficult for many people, especially if they don’t know their child’s teacher very well personally. They don’t want to give them something they know they probably have hundreds of, but they want it to be personal. They also don’t always want to spend a lot of money on a gift, but they don’t want to come across as “cheap” either, that’s a big deal.
The teachers in our children’s lives are important, and parents know it. For most of the week, our children are with their teachers for the majority of their waking hours. Teachers help teach and guide our children, and they can also be a trusted person to turn to if they need help. However, if mom is stressing about getting the perfect gift for the teachers in her life, she might not have to worry too much because gifts don’t have to be extravagant.
Should you even get a gift?
Some parents may even wonder if they should give teachers a gift they think is their job that they have agreed to do. However, according to Quartz, a small gift or token is considered “socially appropriate,” and it can’t be considered any different than tipping other workers for their work, such as waitresses and hairdressers. Receiving a Christmas or end-of-year gift is a small way to show a teacher how much you appreciate them. That said, some parents have multiple children and need to watch their gift budget.
According to The Guardian, a teacher who remained anonymous explained that he didn’t really need expensive gifts from his parents. She said that over the years of teaching she received lots of gifts, ranging from jewelry to homemade products, but none of these things were what she valued the most. She said what she was really looking forward to getting was the card or the cover letter. Reading how she impacted the child’s life and how grateful the families are is what really mattered to her. She was also okay with feeling that she’s just doing her job, and it’s a job she loves.
They can be problematic
According to Teaching Travelling, gifts for teachers can become problematic. Gifts can raise a lot of ethical and equity issues, and some teachers say they end up feeling bad when certain families give them expensive gifts. It’s because they know how difficult it is right now, financially, and they don’t want their gifts to cause additional stress for families trying to make sure they can provide a Merry Christmas to their children. It turns out that a simple thank you card and a little token of appreciation can be the best solution.
Sources: Quartz, The Guardian, Teaching Travel