End Of Year Thank You Gifts

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!

9 thoughts on “End Of Year Thank You Gifts

  1. I bought a small Christmas tree ornament for each of the boys teachers (I had to buy 5 gifts all up!). On the card we’ve thanked the teacher for a great year and added, “Every year when you place this ornament on your Christmas tree, we hope you remember ‘…..’ with a smile.”
    I think it’s a nice idea ;)
    .-= Narelle Nettelbeck´s last blog ..Psalm 115-1-18 More on Idols =-.

  2. This year I gave our girls teachers a gift from the Australian Baptist World Aid gift catalogue of training for two librarians and a supply of books for them to use in teaching children in Bangladesh – they were really pleased and it felt good for us too.

  3. As a childcare worker, I would absoloutely LOVE even a few pieces of fruit nicely wrapped! Such a simple gesture but lovely & healthy. We don’t get much appreciation in what I do, but I do receive the odd chocolate here & there around Xmas which is nice.

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