And so another school year comes to an end and with it comes the annual dilemma of the ‘thank you teacher’ gift.
Of course, the shops wised up to this growing trend for giving teacher more than just an apple and a homemade card at the end of the school year, and there are now any number of shelves dedicated purely to gift displays for suitable thank you teacher presents.
Which makes me ponder. Is it really necessary to give your child’s teacher a gift? Is a personal thank you not enough? Is a gentle nudge to get your child to draw a picture or write a little note to their teacher not sufficient anymore? And if a gift is necessary, what should I get for my child’s teacher? What does she like? Does she drink wine and if so, is she a red or white kind of girl (personally, I wouldn’t say no to either, but that’s just me). Does she eat chocolates – and if so, does she prefer milk or plain – or even white? What about hand creams and body lotions - does she have dry, sensitive skin or oily perhaps?
In fact, the ‘end of year gift issue’ has just made me realise that I don’t know her all that well, so I’m a bit stumped. Of course, I could get her a plant, or some flowers, but she might have an allergy, or hay fever. Aarrrgghhhh……
So, yes, the ‘teacher gift’ irritates me slightly. It seems that, for many parents, it is now taken for granted that at Christmas and at the end of the school year, a gift will be given. Is it to keep the teacher sweet? Is it genuinely to thank them for giving your child such a fabulous education?
Whatever the reason, I can’t help thinking that a simple picture and the words ‘thank you’ should be enough?