My sister works at a hospital. One year for Christmas, she made several batches of praline ice cream topping that she gave as gifts. Placed in a pretty jar or bottle with a pretty ribbon. Could do the same with flavored vinegar or homemade breakfast syrup, jams, jellies or preserves. Go to your local dollar store for small inexpensive candy dishes or a pretty soap dish, wrap up some homemade cookies or candies on it. Or go to a local thrift store and buy some decorative saucers or coffee mugs to wrap homemade candies, cookies, etc. in them to give as gifts.
How about a $5.00 gift certificate to Subway, or some local business? You can give them a lunch on the weekend, plus keep your dollars in your community......check with local businesses and see if they will donate certificates to the school. I once asked the local landscaping business for bulbs for a project at school, fully intending to buy them. The owner donated 1000 bulbs......worth a try!!
How about a book passed around (like a composition theme book) and the staff writes a nice piece on the one to receive it. Like, how maybe the one receiving the book helped someone out, or did something funny, or even just made their day a bit brighter. Then a gift certificate to their favourite store, or restaurant. If everyone gave $1 to that certificate, even at a smaller school, they could get a very nice dinner at a family style restaurant. Everyone likes to know that even in small ways, we have made someone else smile. Seeing it in writing makes it tangible and they can go back to it. The certificate is just the icing on the cake.
i babysit and get all kinds of nice gifts i will never use. i would love to get a gift certificate to a food store, sears or even home depot.
i am giving the unusable gifts for Christmas etc. but i dont like giving things that were a gift to me.
many people dont burn candles, or cant use perfumes and bubble baths. i have so many stuffed animals i am getting rid of some. i love china dishes but i have to many of those. it would be really wonderful if i never got another gift except a certificate.
As someone who works at a school, what I'd like to see given is a book to the school library, a donation to the field trip fund, or a treat for the class- homemade cookies, a basket of apples, popcorn, enough cupcakes for everyone,
How about a one-time donation to a charity that is near & dear to someone? This could be done whenever your group decides, and you would then give a nice note to all staff members indicating what has been done on their behalf.
I taught for many years and what we don't need is anything with an apple on it. How about an "emergency box"-tylenol, bottle of water, energy bar, candy hugs and kisses, bubbles, a few bags of popcorn (enough for a class treat) maybe a coloring book or word search book they can copy out of for a few minutes down-time now and then. In a plastic tin, a fabric lunch bag or paper gift bag, I'm sure this will be appreciated.
Give a couple bags of microwave popcorn and a card. Thayer Publishing sells 2 bags of popcorn and a card for about $6 online, however you can buy a box of 10 bags of popcorn for about $2.50 at a local store and wrapping paper at the $1 store. Tape three or four pieces of hard candy (I put smiley stickers on each piece) to the top as a bow.
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