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What to get and NOT to get your favourite teacher this week

What to get and NOT to get your favourite teacher this week
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What a better way to celebrate teacher appreciation week by showing your favourite profs what they mean to you! Whether it be your own professor or your child's, you want to make sure you do things right when showing them how much they mean to you.

In order to do so, you need to know what they like and don't like receiving (trust us, it's important!) So, here are the best and worst gifts, according to teachers!


1. Mugs and Candles:

This is a recurring gift that teachers receive. There is only a certain amount of cupboard space a person can hold.

2. Homemade Food:

While the thought is great. Sometimes you just don’t know what kind of culinary or sanitary skills a student (or their family) has. 

3. Apples or Apple-Themed Gifts:

This is the universal symbol for education, yes. But there comes a point when a teacher needs to rebrand their home to anything other than apples.

4. Lotions and Perfumes:

Unless you know the teacher personally, this can be a hard sell if the teacher isn’t a fan of the scent. 

5. Cash:

While gift cards are a great way to thank your teachers, cash is just plain old awkward. Thanks, but no thanks.

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1. Gift Cards:

This is both thoughtful and extremely useful. Teachers have so many added expenses to do as is, gift cards are a great way to thank a teacher for their hard work.

2. Handmade Presents:

Students leave a huge mark on the lives of teachers. Handmade presents are the best souvenirs for teachers to remember their students by.

3. Class Gifts:

Instead of getting 20 small gifts, nothing is sweeter than when students work together to get their teacher one big gift. 

4. Store-bought Food:

Who doesn’t love sweets for the holidays… Especially when they’re packaged nicely!

5. Handwritten Thank You Notes & Letters:

There’s no better way to tug at a teacher’s heartstrings than personal notes and letters. Let your teachers know just how grateful you are to them in your academic journey, from both student and parent. 

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