Holiday Gift Guide: Your kid's teacher
Let’s be honest. We want the teacher or day care worker to like us best and adore our children most. Some of us are not above bribery when it comes to the people who take care of our kids. Cynicism aside, thanking the people who do a sometimes thankless job is important this time of year.
Cheap: We’ve been told by these angels that what they most treasure is a heartfelt note of thanks with specifics on why they make life better for you and your kids. The first one to make the teacher cry wins! Throw in a basket of consumables like the expensive classroom supplies that teachers often buy for themselves — Post-its, colored gel pens, Sharpie markers and white board markers. Or find some artsy items at local shops like St. Petersburg’s Central Art Supply Company. If you give a gift card, try to keep it practical, like movies, coffee or groceries. Central Art Supply Company, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 898-8300, centralartsupplycompany.com.
Mid-range: If you don’t want the other parents resenting you, make an effort to team up with them for any gift over $20. This isn’t an arms race, and if you have a great idea, pool the resources. Get something for the classroom like this melting clock from the Salvador Dali Museum store for $24.95, along with this picture book The Life and Work of Salvador Dali, $9.95, which is suitable for preschool through preteen students. Salvador Dali Museum gift shop, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, (727) 823-3767, salvadordalimuseum.org/store.
Pricey: For a high-dollar class gift it’s best to ask the teacher for her wish list, but you might offer as a suggestion these cute area rugs by Surya, found at the independent furniture shop Being in St. Petersburg. This is great for story time or as a gathering spot, and you’d be surprised how grubby those rugs can get by the end of the year. Most teachers or day care workers really appreciate a clean new one every year. It’s $130-$530, depending on the size. Being, 1575 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 822-6252, shopbeing.com.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Guest Deal Diva