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Gave my daughter’s childcare educators beautifully wrapped and presented homemade shortbread. I hardly got a thanks from any of them.
I know that it wasn’t an expensive gift but it was made from the heart. I know some people can do extravagant gifts and that they get lots of things but surely some appreciation?
My daughter even said ‘didn’t they like them?’


Posted by mom160289, 20th December 2019


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  • I guess its hard for teacher to make too much of a fuss as they must be considerate of all the families and not everyone can afford to give elaborate gifts. I also personally am a shocking gift receiver, I make awkward look cosy!


  • as a teacher, I never expect any gifts but I definetly appreciate everything I get and I make sure I let the students and parents know how thoughtful the gifts are.


  • I always get the most pleasure out of giving a gift, regardless of whether I get a response.


  • I’m sure they loved them. Teachers are very busy at the end of the year but I’m sure they are appreciative of your gift.


  • Mine said thank you when received gift.


  • I think sometimes they’re so rushed they don’t have time to respond. I’ve had teachers seek me out the following year to thank me properly – and not for expensive gifts.


  • Don’t feel bad. Most teachers don’t like home made food. They have no way of knowing what condition your kitchen is in. I gave my sons teacher a personalised notebook and pens and also a jar with all the stones that had collected in his shoes from the playground over the year.


  • I only gifted small things too
    Home made chocolates and a notebook I found on clearance at the office works
    The teacher was glad but in a rush and few days later they came and said how happy they were with it

    I think it’s hard for non teachers to comprehend how much teachers do and how much of their free time they still spend on our kids


  • I assume the teachers are very busy the last weeks before the holiday and haven’t the time to personally thank everyone. I expect they do say thank you when the gift is handed to them by the child (even when they don’t like the gift).
    I didn’t hear a thank you either until I bumped into one of the teachers some days later and from the other teacher not a word.


  • I feel like they are just the expected thing to do now for daycare and school educators? Not as much appreciated as just expected.


  • Sorry that your child’s teachers were not polite in thanking your child.


  • Our school does not allow gifts as some children feel left out as they can not afford to give one. Not even allowed to give out cards either.


  • They certainly did and made the effort to come say a big thank you. However I realise that it is a super busy tie of year for the teachers and they are inundated with parents and kids coming to them with things, so i never expected a thank you to me, however i would always hope they say a thank you to my children when they hand over the present.


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