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By Rebecca Teti

Fridays: Education

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Whether your children attend school or are homeschooled, this is the spot to ask questions about curricula, religious education, parent-teacher relationships, or academic concerns of any kind.

Please join us!

Rebecca Teti


  • Discuss anything you'd like, but here's a prompt question: what's a good end-of-year teacher gift? Do you give such gifts?

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 5:30 AM by Rebecca Teti

  • As a teacher, I appreciate non food items. I personally have many food allergies. It's thoughtful that people bake cookies or give me candy, but I wind up either giving it away or throwing it out. The best gifts I receive are notes from parents expressing their thanks. They mean a lot to me. Gift cards (even $5 !) are always appreciated. Perfume- not. Allergy issues again. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Always ask before giving food or perfume. This applies not only to teachers but to anyone, especially children! Allergies are rampant today!

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 5:39 AM by Joan

  • As the daughter of a teacher, no food, no coffee mugs, and no stuffed animals (you'd be surprised how many my mom's gotten of those last two over the years). I get DIY ideas from Pinterest that my daughter and I can work together on. Or you can go to one of those "paint your own pottery" places. Those always make nice gifts.

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 8:55 AM by MC

  • I usually give gift cards, sometimes Yankee Candles.

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 9:15 AM by Claire S

  • For the past few years, I have given something personalized, but consumable. A big hit with a bunch of teachers is a pack of different notepads, post-its, etc. (all casual paper items) with their name printed in different colors or fonts. I figure they can always use more post-its, and these are fun. There are a lot of stationary websites that have fun gift packs. Also, along those lines, packs of sharpies and pens and pencils with their name (Lillian Vernon has cute sets). One non-consumable that was a hit (I got a few phone calls) was a personalized thermal mug for hot or cold drinks. But I try to stick with things that get used up. For pre-school teachers, whom I know a little better, when appropriate, I give a certificate for a pedicure to celebrate the beginning of Summer.

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 12:54 PM by Danielle M.