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Stumped about what to get your kid's teacher? You're in luck.

Giftcard tree

Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: OK, so what about when you have to coordinate the teacher's gift and you don't really have the time to collect money and then go get something from everyone?

A friend of mine passed on what she does, and I think it's brilliant. She purchases a little tree or plant from the grocery store or local nursery and asks parents to bring in a gift card to whatever store they choose, in any denomination. She encourages them to use one they may have received that they are not able to use.

Before presenting the tree to the teacher, she clips the gift cards to the branches with those tiny clothespins you get at Michael's or Jo-Ann Fabrics. The different cards make the little tree look really cute and festive. People can contribute up to the last day of school before break, since all that needs to be done is to clip the card to the branch.

I did it last year and found that I ended up collecting a lot more, since it was so easy for parents to participate and they were able to find a use for an item that may not have been right for them. If you're looking for an easy way to thank your teacher, hope this helps!

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous December 10, 2010, 1:43 PM

This teacher says thumbs up!

KS December 10, 2010, 6:49 PM

That is an awesome idea.

Jennifer December 13, 2010, 10:35 PM

I always give my daughter’s teachers gift cards for xmas- but I see the majority of parents hauling in plate after plate of cookies on the last day of school. How many cookies can one teacher eat?? Oof!

jennifer December 14, 2010, 7:19 AM

as a teacher I would love this gift! for another idea, a heavy duty pencil sharpener!!!!! kids can eat up a pencil shapener faster than anything in the world! I’d love to find a kid-proof pencil sharpener!

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 8:17 PM

Good article! Enjoyable reading. There is a point to submit about tee shirts.

k January 9, 2011, 11:51 AM

Make sure the teachers can accept something like this first, some places don’t allow cash or gift cards (or have a limit on the amount allowed)….

Katie March 7, 2011, 7:20 PM

Nice article. A Panasonic pencil sharpener would make a great gift for a teacher.

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