Books and toys that teach the meaning of the season are wonderful.
Through the years, I have often racked my brain for gift ideas that are particularly suited to each person.
- For families--fill a "Game Night" box with new versions of old favorites (like Uno Roboto, Super Scrabble) or one that may be new to you (like possibly Pirateer.)
- For a preschool child--Decorate a big plastic bin and fill it with "dress up" clothes. Fun hats and feather boas are always good. Use your imagination.
- For teachers--Teachers love gift cards to restaurants, bookstores, etc, and other gifts they can "use up" such as notecards and--depending on their likes and dislikes-- chocolate, coffee, etc. In general, teachers prefer NOT to receive things like too many mugs or Christmas ornaments, which accumulate quickly and take up space. Here is a fun gift for a preschool or elementary teacher that your child can help create. (My son and I put one of these together for a favorite preschool teacher many years ago.) Have your child draw a simple picture. Scan it into your computer, and resize it to fit at the top of a 5x7 notepad. (If your child is able to write, have him or her also write the teacher's name, or a phrase such as "Things to Do.") Then have a copy center print it onto about 100 pages of your choice of colored text weight paper (5x7 inches is a good notepad size), and then have them bind the top with a gum binding (so that the pages tear out.) We included a gift card to a coffee shop with the notepad.