What would you buy your teacher?
What would you give your teacher? For some, it would be a book, for others, it would be something as simple as the postage stamp. Perhaps it would be a pencil, or a baking paper. One of the gifts many teachers receive at the beginning of the year is a healthy lunchbox, packed with nutritious foods.
Regardless of whether or not you think this is the right gift, it is definitely a nice thing to be able to do for your teacher. It may come as a surprise to them, but it sure is nice to do that for them. After all, they are always there to help you succeed.
Your teachers are constantly under stress in the classroom. They usually receive stressful and difficult tasks that other kids are not asked to carry out, but often they are and they have to fulfill them. If they start to get sick, or if they are stressed out, they may miss out on something critical to your educational growth, or they may choose to just keep it to themselves in order to avoid a bad grade or the stress. Being offered a sandwich or a sandwich sandwich or a healthy lunch, whether or not it looks too bad to open, is a very kind gesture and could give them the morale boost that they are asking for. It may or may not make a difference, but it might help to improve their performance.
You may find yourself having to struggle with the sandwich in the coming weeks, but try not to stop eating because you fear that you might have to buy something a bit nicer. If this is the case, you could decide to try to plan a second sandwich. The food you end up giving your teacher will depend on how old they are and how they like their food. A younger teacher may not be interested in a sandwich. However, a teacher who may be 18 years old and a new mother could find this really helpful.
Some teachers simply like a nice lunch and these are the types of things they are most likely to get. However, you might also want to offer a book, a picture or a variety of books. If you are concerned about making it too extravagant, they may be willing to accept some smaller gifts, too. There are not many teachers that might be begging for a book, but that does not mean they are incapable of enjoying a book. Some teachers might be satisfied with something simple and simple is all that they really need.
Even in case that they do enjoy a book, you might find yourself thinking that this would not be the best gift you could give. Teachers are most likely to be associated with the school they attend. This can be a good thing, as there may be other teachers who have grown up there, or the class might be in general of someone who grew up nearby. However, it can also be a bad thing if the teacher in question is known to be difficult and teachers often need someone who is going to respond to them in a positive and motivating way.
You might be concerned that your teacher might be angry about your gift and probably want to avoid getting the deal anywhere near them. This can be a very real concern. Even when you buy for yourself, you have to be very careful not to offend anyone. Plus, even if you know the teacher is not going to respond positively, it does not mean you should not try. It just means that you would better buy something that would be better suited for someone else than for them. When you are truly sure that your teachers will appreciate this gift, buy it anyways and see how it goes.
You could even buy a gift card to something that is on your mind, like groceries or a gift card to a favorite restaurant. Just make sure you focus on what the gift is. It can be so simple as buying a box of chocolates or fancy cookies. They just have to know that you thought about it, you went the extra mile, and you actually care about them.
Written by Joseph Jordan from Prepared Minds
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