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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Teacher gifts and thank-yous mark school's end

thankyou.jpgWho's counting the days till school is over? I am! Much more so than the kids, I think. I'm so tired of getting up early and signing papers and escorting field trips. But as the school days wind down, don't forget to take some time out to thank the people who help you raise great kids. Not just the teacher, but the principal, the Red Sox-loving school janitor who cracks jokes with the kids about the Rays, the bus driver who must be blessed with nerves of steel, the crossing guard who smiles and waves to everyone as she protects her charges across the street.

It doesn't have to be a gift card or something store bought. Simply taking the time to write a heart-felt thank you note and having your child bring a flower with it is more than enough to brighten their day and feel appreciated.

If you want to buy something, check out our list of gift ideas for teachers in every price range. And here's what we came up with to say thank you for $10 or less.

The most important lesson I've learned about gift giving for teachers is to steer clear of anything labled "teacher gift" at Hallmark. They already have piles of coffee mugs, stuffed animals and apple jewelry. Go practical and consider gift cards for coffee, movies, groceries.  And I loved this idea from a reader last year: "Get them a plant with a note: "Thank you for helping me grow." Add a $5 giftcard for Starbucks and you are set."

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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