Gift Ideas for School Staff?

I am on the PTA board and we are trying to figure out a new birthday gift to give staff members this year. Since we have a limited budget and must buy for many, we are trying to keep it inexpensive. Last year we had a poem that came with a bunch of small items. Does anyone have any ideas? (This is not just for teachers but all staff members.) Thank you for any suggestions that you may have.



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By Tim (Guest Post)
July 3, 20050 found this helpful

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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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 4, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Jo (Guest Post)
July 5, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
July 5, 20050 found this helpful

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,

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By sandy (Guest Post)
July 6, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By KLS8800 (Guest Post)
July 7, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Shari (Guest Post)
July 7, 20050 found this helpful

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!!

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August 11, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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October 22, 20130 found this helpful

Last year for Christmas gifts to teachers and staff, I collected inexpensive cute coffee mugs and made individual batches of "cake in a mug" to go with each. Essentially you mix it with water then cook in the mug for an individual treat. You can google for recipes. Be sure and provide written instructions on how to mix it up. It was a big hit and no one had ever heard of it. Good luck!

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