Back at Halloween, the girls' MDO class had a little Halloween party with special snacks and all that good stuff. I sent the snack we signed up for, and Mackenzie and Addison wore their cute little Halloween shirts. I thought we had fulfilled all the 'obligations' for the day.
When they got home from school that day, they had little baskets with small treat bags and Halloween books. I didn't think much about it, just assuming that the teacher had given it out to the class. Upon closer inspection later that night, I realized that the little treat bags and books were from the other kids in the class, who apparently brought small favors for their classmates.
My kids were the only ones who didn't bring treats for their friends. MOM FAIL.
I didn't get too bent out of shape about it, as we are new to the whole MDO thing and two of the three others in the class have older siblings so they have done all this before. I did, however, resolve that Addison and Mackenzie would most certainly be taking Christmas goodies for their friends.
For the most part, those little gifts are taken care of....thank you, Target dollar aisle!
Now my question is--What do I get the teacher?
I have heard lots of people, teachers included, mention that the best gift for teachers is a gift card in any amount. After all, four $5 gift cards add up to $20, which comes in pretty handy, right? And that has to be preferable over ten bottles of smelly lotion that she will never use or specialty coffee she will never drink. (I actually have no idea if she drinks coffee all, so that one is out anyway.)
What do y'all think? Gift card? If so, how much? I mean, I don't want to spend a ton of money, but I do have two kids in her class...two-fifths of the class. She deserves more than a $10 gift for putting up with both of them, right? $20?
Then there's the question of what type of gift card to get. I have never heard of anyone who dislikes Target, so that's always an option. The problem is, there is not one here in our town. The closest one is about an hour away. A Wal-Mart card seems a little generic, like I'm suggesting she could spend it on groceries or something (neurotic much?). There are a few little gift shops in town, but is that too specialized? What about a restaurant gift card? Oh, or maybe gift certificate to the local movie theater?
As you can tell, I am probably way over-thinking this, but I need some advice!