Teachers like gifts as well as anyone! Here are some suggestions, in case you are in a quandary about what to purchase:
Stationery, "sit-arounds," and coffee mugs are generally poor choices, as the teacher probably has these in abundance.
Many teachers would just as soon have you spend your money in a community-service fashion, such as a donation to your local food bank, local literacy or arts council, battered women's shelter, Salvation Army, or the teacher's favorite charity.
copyright 1998, Martha Beth Lewis, Ph.D.
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