As 2010 comes to a close (oh. my. goodness!) we say goodbye to some of the people in our “village” who have helped to raise our kids: teachers, carers, coaches, babysitters, specialists… But what to give to show our appreciation?
This morning on air I suggested some alternatives to the usual gifts:
Listen here! SquiggleMum Podcast – thankyou gifts
- Instead of chocolates… give a bowl of fruit.
- Instead of a bunch of flowers… give a potted plant.
- Instead of a book or calendar… give a magazine.
- Instead of a coffee mug… give a range of teas or some gorgeous coffee.
- More than anything… make sure you include a handwritten thank you card or note.
Two fruitbowls (one pictured above), wrapped in clear cellophane and finished with a Christmas bow went to my daughter’s kindy teachers yesterday. What a wonderful year she has had! Of course we included two thank you cards, and a handmade gift for use in the kindy. (It is summer here in Australia, so our fruitbowls were full of delicious stonefruits and juicy mango. Mmmm.)
Don’t forget – when it comes to thank you gifts, the amount you spend is NOT an indication of how grateful you are!