Teachers and presents....
Again, I need all you mommies out there for some advice.
Yes, it's that time of year again.
I used to be kind of thrilled that I was Jewish and didn't have to go through what seemed like the biggest pain in the ass (according to my friends who celebrate Christmas) when it came to buying gifts. I didn't have to buy X-mas gifts for anyone.
I send flowers to people like certain editors/publishers I like.
But now The Dictator is is full-time school and she has a number of teachers. And I have to buy these teachers X-mas gifts.
She has two main teachers.
But The Dictator also has a music teacher, a gym teacher, a french teacher, a mandarin teacher, and an after-care teacher who sometimes takes care of her when I can't pick her up at three.
Ok, so, my question is, "What the heck do people buy teachers these days?"
First off, her main teacher is a guy. And we all know how difficult it is to buy men presents...anyway. (This is just an added problem.)
Second of all, while I know all her teacher's names, I have no idea what they like to do in their spare time (Would a LCBO gift certificate be appropriate? Because if I had to spend my entire day with 12 toddlers, I'd think that's what I may want.)
I love all her teachers. And The Dictator loves them all too.
So I have to get them something good.
Now, I'm not opposed to gift certificates necessarily. But I would like to get them something a little different, like an actual gift. (That way, they also don't know the exact price of what you spent.)
So, my questions are as follows: What is an appropriate amount to spend on teachers?
What gifts have you given the teachers of your sons/daughters that they seemed to really appreciate?
And, of course, I will be getting a gift for the french/mandarin/music/gym teachers as well. And do they have to be as good as the gifts for the two main teachers?
Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....