Any ideas for good teacher gifts?

They nurture, challenge, teach, discipline and put up with our children day-in and day-out — and manage to make it look easy.  Somehow “thank you” doesn’t seem to do it justice!   What can you give a teacher to show your appreciation without breaking the bank (and violating any school rules!)?

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Teachers in the Hong Kong Moms community have weighed in on this subject that is dear to their hearts.  Here are a few tips straight from the source:

  • Check to see if your teacher is leaving town right after school finishes — if so,  perishable baked goods and flowers might not be suitable.
  • Chocolates are delicious but too many are not good for the waistline!
  • Don’t feel compelled to give gifts — even if “everyone” is doing it!  A simple heartfelt thank you card is just as appreciated.
  • Scented soaps, candles, and lotions can pile up at home and be hit or miss.

You can’t go wrong with these teacher favorites:

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Classic

  • Bottle of wine – they deserve it!  (Hong Kong Moms get a discount at The Wine Stash and The Saffa; check the Special Offers page!)
  • Flowers or potted plant
  • “World’s Best Teacher” mug
  • Macarons in a pretty box from Ladurée
  • Tea in fancy packaging — like the tins sold at The Cakery

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Sentimental

  • Handwritten note of appreciation from you and/or your child
  • Class photo framed and signed by the children
  • Letterpress stationary from Ditto Ditto

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Pampering

Practical

Unique

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Group Gifts

  • Voucher to a nice restaurant in Central
  • Gift certificate for a massage at the Mandarin Spa
  • Decorative box from Shanghai Tang

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What is your go-to teacher gift?  Let us know!

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