The holiday season is wonderful time to extend a token of gratitude for those who care for us and our families throughout the year. Even though many are feeling a little Grinch pinch in the pocketbook this year there are many quick, easy and affordable gifting options that will make everyone’s heart feel three sizes bigger. Creating the opportunity to give a little something to say thanks to someone who children see almost every day and can have a great influence on children’s lives, their daycare provider.
There are a multitude of ideas so many they could fill Santa’s sleigh meeting every budget. Gifts like bubble bath and soaps are appreciated as well as a multitude of gift certificates anything from entertainment like movies or iTunes downloads to amazon.com. Bookstore gift certificates are great for teachers too.
However if the budget is tighter take a little time to get to know a daycare provider better this allows the chance to do something little that means a lot.
Find out about the special likes and interests to acknowledge daycare providers in a special way. For example an ornament for the Christmas tree teacher inspired or from their favorite sports team or Disney character. A book like Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons can be a fun idea as well as other lesson plans and books that have to do with the holidays.
A mug with candy or decorative pens and pencils can be a nice treat especially with a message on it like Miss Tammie is the best teacher! A picture of your child with her teacher on the mug can make it even more special. Gift certificates to the movies or special dining establishment can be fun and good old fashioned cash is always appreciated perhaps with a musical greeting card to add a little extra merriment.
Homemade treats like caramel popcorn or cookies in a festive tin can always be welcome if teacher is a coffee lover perhaps a mug with some special flavored coffees for the season.
For an inexpensive but fancy and thoughtful present give a recipe in a jar. From brownies and cookies to soups and breads there are many thoughtful and beautiful ways to make recipes in a jar which is a wonderful gift for the teacher on the go.
With a little puffy paint and some love create a t-shirt, apron or tote bag. Have children cover their hands in paint and place their handprints on the item with the teachers name and class year on it.
There are many thoughtful and fun ways to show your daycare provider that you think they are someone special!