Gift Giving 101

lessmgiftBy now you know that Christmas gifts need not be fancy and expensive to show others that you are thinking of them during the yuletide season. Still, you find yourself stumped when it’s time to buy gifts, especially for co-workers like your teachers.

What else could they possibly want or need? Instead of giving you a list of gift ideas, we’re enumerating what you should look for when scouring the shops for presents. You’ll find that it’s more fun to go shopping when this is what you have in mind! So go ahead and look for things that are:

Practical. Don’t spend a fortune! The saying “It’s the thought that counts” applies to anyone. Set a budget for each teacher and stick to it. Visit Christmas bazaars for reasonably priced items such as cosmetic pouches, fashion accessories, baked goodies, and more.

Useful. There’s no reason why teachers should add any more to their growing collection of small figurines in their workstations. Think of what they could really use at work: notepads, colored pens, desk organizers, and the like. If you’d like to get them something they could use at home, look for a set of hand towels or a bottle of scented hand soap.

Personal. Make each teacher feel that you always put thought in the gifts that you give. A handcrafted box, which you decorated yourself, or a handkerchief embroidered with their initials will surely get that message across.

Don’t forget the pretty packaging, too! A gift wrapped in brown paper with a pretty, colorful bow is enough to get someone in the mood for Christmas. Happy shopping!

 

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Too much?

Because it’s that time of the year, you’re bound to be on the receiving end of gifts as well. What do you do when a student or parent gives you a gift which you think is too expensive? This can be anything from a designer wallet to gift certificates that are good as cash. What do you do? First, make an attempt to return the gift politely. Explain that while you appreciate the gesture, it goes against the school’s policy to receive such gifts. Should the giver refuse, you have other options: have the item raffled off at the Christmas party for teachers, or auction it so you can use the money for teacher-related activities.[/box]

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