Gifts for Teacher
by John Pearson
With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to talk about gifts for that special teacher. Though these gifts are certainly not mandatory, many children genuinely want to give their teachers presents, to show how much they mean to them. For others, it's more akin to buying a gift for old great-aunt Margot -- it would just feel weird not to get her SOMETHING!
On behalf of teachers everywhere, let me first offer up a giant thank you to all students and parents who include us among your list of gift recipients. It's always nice to feel appreciated. But before you go out and plunk down the cash for that BMW Z3 convertible with customized plates that say, "MSTR TCHR”, here are a few things to consider.
Many school districts have strict monetary limits in place regarding what employees can and cannot accept. In Dallas, I believe that limit is $50.00. So while I would gratefully welcome The Transformers Limited Edition DVD (including theatrical commentary from Optimus Prime!), I would have to decline the 50” flat-screen plasma TV on which to view it.
Below that price ceiling, common sense must be used to decide what is acceptable and what is inappropriate. For example, coffee mugs and candies are always appreciated. A bottle of Jack Daniels, however, would not make a suitable gift from a student. This is not to say it wouldn't be desired -- we just couldn't accept it.
Clothing is always a good gift option. Ball caps, T-shirts, and socks can be fun to receive. Just don't buy something from Victoria's Secret expecting a rise in your child's grade. You might find yourself on the receiving end of a restraining order instead.