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Where do you draw the line on gift giving?

posted by Sarah on November 30, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • jhan

    I have a similar situtation with my grandmother, whose gift giving I manage for her (she’s 99 yrs old so needless to say doesn’t get out to shop much!) She lives in an assisted care home, so there is a lot of staff who know her well and adore her, and are great to her all through the year. So I actually do the suggestion above. I get a gift for the staff as a whole and also get a gift for the other 20 residents as a whole and left it in the common room with a gift tag from my grandmother. Last year it was sweets and chocolates, and this year probably baked goods. It truly IS the thought that counts in situations with these kind of relationships- just a gesture to recognize that they are appreciated. For some of the residents or staff she is particularly close to I might give a little something extra to, like a card and coffee card, or smaller item, but thats limited to only her closest connections. In your son’s case, perhaps that would apply to perhaps the teachers that interact with him the most closely, like his teacher and personal aide? Good luck!

  • Betsy Mae

    Are you open to giving a non-baked gift? I use a recipe for seasoned salt that I put into nice salt shakers. I tie a note around the shaker with pretty ribbon, and the note says “May your life always have flavor”. Are you open to giving a non-baked gift? I use a recipe for seasoned salt that I put into nice salt shakers. I tie a note around the shaker with pretty ribbon, and the note says “May your life always have flavor”. seem to really like the taste. There’s no baking required, and it is quick, easy, and delicious. And it makes A LOT.

    I hope this helps, and if you’re interested, I can somehow send you the recipe.

  • Betsy Mae

    Sorry about duplicating part of my comment below!

  • SarahButtonedUp

    No worries at all – and thank you for sharing such a lovely gift idea!!

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Thanks so much for sharing @disqus_fwkmgD5z5z:disqus. It is helpful to see how it applies to both ends of the spectrum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kara.durkee Kara Durkee

    I have two in school this year. We get small gifts, therefore reducing the cost. I spend around $30 in all and cover 10 gifts by giving a $1 onriment and homemade lavender bath salts. Gifts are well received and both kids get to give to the staff members they are close to, which include 4 teachers, 2 secretarys, bus driver, music, speech, and librarian.

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