Teacher Gifts 101

Certain situations merit special consideration, and giving teacher gifts sometimes falls into this category. It can be hard to know what to do in some gift-giving situations, but we'll help you do the math and provide the solutions you need.

Many parents are at a loss when it comes to buying teacher gifts especially if they have more than one child. If you have two children who have the same teacher, don't sweat it. There's an easy way to navigate this situation that any geography teacher would be proud of.

It's perfectly acceptable to buy just one teacher gift and attach both your children's names to it, and it's not even necessary to increase the amount you'd normally spend on teacher gifts. Decide on an amount that you're comfortable with and don't feel compelled to increase the amount. Teachers are overwhelmed enough that you've thought of them, so every gift is greatly appreciated.

If your children prefer to pick out their own teacher gifts, then simply divide your available gift budget in half. Depending on their age, you'll most likely need to help them with the selection process.

Don't forget teacher aides when you're buying teacher gifts. If your child's classroom has a regular instructional assistant, make sure you include him or her when you're buying teacher gifts. Teacher aides fulfill a very valuable role as well, and too many parents forget them when it comes to buying teacher gifts.

Don't let a confusing situation stop you from buying teacher gifts. If you're ever stuck for ideas or aren't sure how to handle a gift-giving situation, ask other students' parents in the same class to get valuable input. It's also a good idea to get a sense of what other parents are buying so you can avoid too many duplicate teacher gifts.