Want to start the year off right with a new teacher? Then, don’t wait until the END of the year to give them a little gift… do it now, at the beginning!
I know – giving a “year-end” gift is the usual tradition most people practice and it’s certainly well-deserved, especially by that point, because of the countless hours they’ve spent nurturing students all year-long. But, if you also consider a reasonably priced and useful gift on “Day 1”, your thoughtfulness will surprise them and show your eagerness to establish a good relationship (right away), thereby setting a positive tone for the entire school year. 😉
And here’s my (useful) gift suggestion…. a lunch kit! This kit idea came to me when I had to come up with a “thank you” gift for 2 VIPs I recently helped host at a charity event. Both of these ladies are hard working career women and I know a lot of people are watching their diets today by making & taking their lunch to work. So, I thought a gift of lunch necessities and recipe ideas would be something they would appreciate and actually use! The kit consisted of: an insulated, re-closeable lunch bag with their name attached (I used a Vera Bradley luggage tag for this *found on clearance!*, which created a dual purpose BONUS GIFT!), creative lunch ideas cook book, package of napkins, 2 unique & reusable food containers and for those stressful days… some snacks & gum. Cost: less than $20. Value: Priceless!
MORE IDEAS! You could also add S & P shakers (I found a bright, polka-dotted pair at Walgreens for $1.49!), yogurt bars, instant drink mixes (like Starbucks VIA and Nestea Blueberry Pomegranate & Honey), recycled & reusable bamboo utensils, etc. And if you find out they are on a restrictive diet (Gluten free, etc.), you can probably locate a cook book with those recipes. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that a co-worker, relative, friend or sibling would also love to receive a gift like this!
P.S. Click HERE to check out my Back-to-School Wreath too!