Do you buy gifts for every teacher once kids start switching classes?

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Do you buy gifts for every teacher once kids start switching classes?
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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 1:12pm

We've always bought gifts for my kids' teachers but it was much easier when they were youngers and only had 1-2 different teachers each year. Now that they are older and are switching classes, I'm not sure what to do. I'm leaning towards still getting each teacher a gift but with 7 different periods each, I'm not going to be able to afford as nice of gifts as we used to. 

Do your teens still bring each teacher a gift for the holidays? What do you usually give?

Thanks!

Lisa 

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Registered: 07-26-1999

No.  The first year of upper elementary school when my oldest was in 5th grade we made homemade truffles and boxed them up and she took them to each of her several teachers, and we may have done that in 6th grade also, but we had just moved to Texas, so I don't remember clearly.  Even this year with my middle one in elementary, she has about 4 different teachers between her regular teacher, PE, art, and music, but I think we are sticking with just a gift card for her main teacher.

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They probably get a ton, but we used to do things like special packets of cocoa and a travel mug, or something ds made, once it got to 5th grade when they started switching classes here.
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I wish they had a "main" designated teacher. My oldest has a homeroom teacher but she also counts for his 1st period, Science teacher. 

But if other's don't do it at this age, maybe we won't. I feel kinda bad, though that only elementary teachers gift gifts.

Suzyk2118- your reply came up blank...not sure why. Undecided Hopefully, it wasn't a long post that got eaten.

Lisa 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Or if you wanted, just have him pick his favorite teacher and just give one to that one. I think once teachers are teaching at the middle and high school levels, they expect that its hard for parents to really give gifts to so many teachers, especially if you have more than one kid. Even if you spend $10 on each teacher, you could easily be shelling out $60-80. I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but it definitely adds up.
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"Even if you spend $10 on each teacher, you could easily be shelling out $60-80. I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but it definitely adds up."

Yes! That was exactly my concern. I do feel better knowing that the teachers probably aren't expecting anything at this level. Funny that you should mention the "one favorite teacher" idea - I was just thinking about doing that! There's definitely one who stands out among the others.

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Registered: 02-14-2000

Once my boys got past 4th grade and started switching teachers we stopped getting gifts. In fact they probably would have been embarassed to take gifts at that point as it just wasn't done here in middle school and high school. Perhaps a tray of cookies or something for the teachers lounge if you want to do a little something.

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Registered: 07-24-1997

Heck no!  That's one GOOD thing about middle school and all those different teachers - not having to give teacher gifts anymore!  I don't think any of them expect it, and I'll bet most of the elementary school teachers would really rather not be given gifts.

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No, not that long - just mentioned 5th grade on we just did something like special cocoa and a travel mug which they probably already had tons of, or something ds used to make.
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Actually in middle and high school parents were encouraged to kick in to a breakfast for the teachers come end of semester grading time in December - bring in bagels or juice or whatever, that way it went to all.
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Registered: 11-28-1999

No, my son is in 11th grade & has 7 classes this semester.  I'd say that if he wants to give a favorite teacher a gift, then he should buy it anyway.  Can you imagine that 100's of kids that a teacher teaches in a day are all buying them candles or soap or something?  I really think that they would prefer that parents donate to the PTA (in our high school they stopped doing those fundraiser things where people bought stuff they didn't want and just asked parents to make donations) because then the PTA will buy supplies for the school.  Or there might be a separate fund for school supplies.  I do think that a gift certificate for a store that sells school supplies would be a good idea since I know a lot of teachers have to buy things with their own money for school.

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