Thanking the Teacher(s)

December 10, 2007 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

This time of year breeds some anxiety about what to give teachers for the holidays. If you have more than one child, and they have more than one teacher, goodwill gestures can cost a lot of money too. And if you relish giving with originality—no B&N or Sephora gift card for you—the pickings in Forest Hills can be slim.

Most teachers care less about how much a gift costs than the thought behind it, so don’t stress too much about the price tag. Think creatively of a way to say, “I appreciate what you do and how you do it,” assuming that’s how you feel. A book on a subject you know the teacher enjoys in his or her spare time; an uncommon-looking piece of jewelry (Body & Sole is great for this and other unusuals); a nice pen or a Moleskine journal; or tickets to an art-film house. Bottom line: it’s okay to cross the parent–teacher divide a little to get a real gift, as opposed to an obligation fulfiller.

One place that specializes in lovely, no-two-things-alike presents is the Potter’s Wheel in Kew Gardens. Prices run around $15 for large mugs (less for smaller, decorative objects) and up for vases, tea pots, and bowls. It’s all handmade by local artists/students who throw their clay at Potter’s Wheel, where the homey atmosphere makes the shopping experience something to luxuriate in instead of the more predictable rushing, pushing, and popping Tylenol. Something to strive for.

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Entry filed under: Austin Street, Forest Hills, holiday, resource, timely topic.

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