I have been way over-stressed about teacher gifts this year. From the way I have been fretting and storming (did you see my rantlet in the comment section of a Maybe Painted Pink post? oh good, don't go look), you would think I was under the impression that the gift I give teachers is what will MAKE OR BREAK their Christmas. "This gift from Rob's mom is CRAP," the teacher would say. "Christmas is RUINED." She'd go home weeping, shaking her fist at the sky. She'd snap at her children, sulk on the couch all through Christmas morning, and cry in the bathroom during Christmas dinner. She would go back to school in January, but the light would be out of her eyes and she would be considering going back for a degree in architecture instead. And who would be to blame? SWISTLE.
It is my own fault I feel this way. After years of having a wonderful time choosing gifts for teachers, I thought I'd go online to find some fresh ideas. And what I found out is that all the gifts I was giving were considered total crap.
I was pleased to find I was not bottom of the barrel. I give good-brand candles, good-brand soaps, good-brand chocolates--better and much more expensive than what I buy for myself. As one of my teacher friends cheerfully put it when I turned to her hoping she'd say the reports online were by an unrepresentative sample of rogue teachers (she did not), I'm at "the good end of the Bad Gift Spectrum." Oh good.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...