I am posting this because I received a note letting me know that teacher appreciation week was just around the corner ( funny because as a teacher I had no idea:) Anyway they (teachers at Sophie's school or the parent association) are asking for students to bring in certain items each day. Of course participation is voluntary. And I should also note that I L-O-V-E Sophie's teachers and was thinking about what to pick them up as a little thank you. I happen to give gift giving quite a bit of thought. No gift cards from this girl. One of my pet peeves is when (a) people tell me what to buy their kid for their birthday. Just for telling me..... I will not be picking that up. I have never received a "gift list" with a birthday invite but I have seen them and that would pretty much guarantee that I would be making a charitable donation in your kids name. Someone somewhere has lost their mind when they thought that was a good idea. Or (b) when people ask me what to get my kids, husband etc. as a gift. If you don't know us well enough to come up with something that we might enjoy, I for one think you are off the hook for picking up a gift !
For the record I inherited my gift giving "gift" from my mother. You can mention in July that you saw something and just loved and she will remember and it will be under the Christmas tree in December. Gifts should be thoughtful and something that you believe the person receiving the gift would enjoy....not something off some stinkin' list!
( * only exception to the list rule would be a bridal or baby registry*)