Hol­i­day gift guide for teach­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - GREAT GIFTS -

Look­ing to score an A+ on the gift for your child’s teach­ers this year? Here are some ideas from Lisa Aunger, a real-life high school teacher.

1. Some­thing to savour. Re­mem­ber that your child’s teacher is likely re­ceiv­ing gifts from more than twenty dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies ev­ery sea­son, and a few small trin­kets can pile up quickly. That’s why Aunger sug­gests some­thing that can be shared with friends and fam­ily over the hol­i­day break - like Sec­ond Cup’s iconic hot choco­late, perfect for fill­ing those #1 Teacher mugs. This year, their hol­i­day col­lec­tion in­cludes three fes­tive flavours — choco­late, white choco­late and candy cane white choco­late — pack­aged in beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tive can­is­ters.

2. Some­thing to do. ‘Tis the sea­son to spend qual­ity time with peo­ple who mat­ter the most — some­thing teach­ers don’t al­ways have time to do dur­ing the busy school year. Aunger loves ex­pe­ri­ence gifts, which help teach­ers max­i­mize their time off. A pair of movie tick­ets and pop­corn is a great choice. 3. Some­thing for the class­room. It may seem prac­ti­cal, but Aunger says par­ents can’t go wrong with class­room sup­plies — es­pe­cially if it’s some­thing a bit ex­tra spe­cial. A gift card to a lo­cal art sup­ply store will help your child’s teacher re­plen­ish her sup­plies at this mid-point of the year. “Fancy mark­ers, beau­ti­ful paints — all of these add a ton of value to our class ev­ery day,” she says.

4. Some­thing that gives back. It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year, but it can also be a dif­fi­cult time for those in need. In­stead of a phys­i­cal present, Aunger loves the idea of hav­ing a do­na­tion made on her be­half to a lo­cal char­ity. Con­sider an or­ga­ni­za­tion like First Book Canada, which pro­vides new books to chil­dren from low-in­come fam­i­lies through­out the coun­try. 5. Some­thing to trea­sure. If the pur­pose of your gift is to say thank you for ev­ery­thing teach­ers do, there’s a pow­er­ful sim­plic­ity in de­liv­er­ing the mes­sage in a heart­felt way like a poem, pic­ture or per­sonal note. “One of the best gifts I ever got was a hand-writ­ten let­ter from a stu­dent ex­press­ing their thanks for ev­ery­thing I had done for them,” ex­plains Aunger.

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