Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc.

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc.

June 24, 2013 14:31 ET

Anything but Apples

Meaningful Ways to Recognize Your Child's Teacher

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2013) - With the end-of-school countdown on, kids across the country are getting ready to bid adieu to another school year. For parents, this means talking the time to show your appreciation to your child's teacher.

Saying thank you to the men and women who have helped your child learn and grow this year is important. However, when it comes to end-of-year gift giving for your kid's teachers it's difficult to know where to draw the line.

"End of year teacher gifts can be a cause of concern, especially for parents on a budget," says Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. "Showing appreciation is one thing, but in today's school system our kids may have several educators. Having to buy gifts for each one could do more damage than good to your bottom line."

If you haven't budgeted for an end-of-year gift (or gifts) for your child's teacher, it may be easy to get yourself into financial trouble. Before taking out your credit card, or dipping into overdraft, consider some of these cost effective and meaningful ways to say thank you at the end of the school year:

Get your kids involved

Showing your child's teacher how much you appreciate them is nice. However, having your kids show their appreciation is far more meaningful. Instead of running out and purchasing the first "teacher themed" knick-knack you can find, ask your kids how they would like to say thank you this year.

A story, homemade card or picture describing their most memorable moments from the school year is a heartfelt way to show their appreciation.

Think meaningful

The last thing your child's teacher wants is another #1 Teacher Mug or box of chocolates. While purchased with the best intentions, these gifts do very little to express your child's appreciation and end up being a waste of money.

Consider a donation to a charity or cause that matters to them, purchase a book in the teacher's name for the school library, or give a gift card that will help them stock up on supplies for their classroom.

Group gifts

If you have a small budget for a teacher's gift, consider getting together with other parents for a group gift. There is strength in numbers, and getting together with other parents will allow you to purchase a nicer gift, without stretching yourself too thin.

A simple thank you

Even if you have budgeted for an end-of-year teacher gift, there really is no reason to be opening your wallet. At the end of the day, no store bought gift has the power or impact of a heartfelt thank you.

Much like anyone else, teachers just want to feel appreciated for the time they spend with your kids. A simple hand written note is a great way to show your thanks, and will most likely be saved and remembered forever.

About Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada:

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada is a national non-profit credit counselling organization that teaches consumers about personal finance. For more information, visit or call the toll-free phone line at 1.800.656.3920.

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