Before we get to it, I want to make sure something is very clear: gifts for teachers, at any time of year, are NEVER required or expected. Practices differ from area to area and school to school, and it’s always a parent decision. Because I’m a teacher, readers from all over the place often ask me for ideas, which is why I like to share posts and segments with suggestions, but it’s in no way ever meant to be pressure on anyone! You do you. Okay, I feel better now.
I was back for my second visit to Global’s The Morning Show in Toronto today, and had a chance to talk to host Carolyn MacKenzie about some holiday gift ideas for teachers. (Off-air Carolyn shared that she likes to wrap up some great baking for her kids’ teachers – another fantastic idea! I also have to give Carolyn credit for unknowingly inspiring me to cut my hair, but that’s wildly off topic.)
Here’s the video of the segment:
I also want to give a shout-out to Le Chateau for once again getting me TV-ready. It was fun to survey my Facebook and Instagram peeps to see which dress they thought I should go with…and this was the final choice! (Shoes and earrings also from Le Chateau.)
Now, because I have parents of former and current students kindly following me, I want to give everyone a bit of a background on how a segment like this comes together. I was working primarily with Walmart to find great teacher gifts that they have in store and online, and then I incorporated a couple of other companies that I really love and wanted to promote (Personalize It By Cynthia and Foxy Originals). I couldn’t possibly cover all of the lovely things I have received and appreciated over the years…and hand on the bible I swear that I meant what I said right off the top of the segment: the personal messages really do mean more than “stuff”. Already this year I’ve received a couple of emails that made me cry – in a good way – and will be saved forever. If your child is old enough (like mine are now), put them to work telling their teacher why they appreciate them!