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Gifts for pta executive board members

15 years 2 months ago #72581 by djbla
I am the PTA President and I am looking for creative gifts to give my executive board to thank them for helping me this year. In the past, they have received beautiful beaded bracelets w/a charm of our mascot. But some of these people already have this bracelet b/c they have been on the board for awhile. Anyone have any ideas? Can't decide if it should be personal or more of a "plaque" that thanks them for their help.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
15 years 2 months ago #72582 by lasse143
I agree. A verbal or written thank you is enough. I have been on our executive board for 5 years and would never expect anything except "thank you" We work so hard to raise money for our kids and teachers (we are a K-12 PTO). I would much rather see the money spent on recess equipment or something for a classroom etc. Just my opinion!
15 years 2 months ago #72583 by JHB
I agree with the others. When I finished my term of office, my principal and board bought me this lovely, symbolic commemorative plaque-like knickknack. I very much appreciate their generosity and kind thoughts. Really. But frankly - it's just something else to collect dust in my house, yet I feel too guilty to get rid of it.

A warm thank you, maybe a card would have been more than enough. In other organizations where I do volunteer work - if they just really feel the need to give something, I'd much prefer a token consumable. A nice candle, a $5 gift card to Starbucks, etc.

For one project a very well intentioned lady bought me a beautiful (and large and expensive) plant to put outside my front door. She even helped me position it. Problem is - I can kill a plant just by looking at it. (My husband laughed himself silly when he heard about my thank you gift.) I tried, I really did. But I had to watch that beautiful plant shrivel up into nothing on my front doorstep - feeling horrible that the people who gave it to me would think I didn't care enough to water the thing.
15 years 2 months ago #72584 by JHB
One more thing...if you just can't go with a simple thank you or a token gift, here's one idea I would like.

Take the amount you would have spent on gifts/plaques and donate it to the school library (maybe allowing those honored to help choose the books). Have some nicely prepared text (like you would have had on the plaque, but have it printed on nice labels to put on the inside cover of the books. It could be one person per book or it could be the group listed.

I'd much rather have the school benefit and my work honored in such a way.
15 years 2 months ago #72585 by LUVMYKIDS
I second JHB on the book idea. As I was reading the posts, that was the first thing that came to my mind. As other stated, I'd rather see the money benefit the school.

If you want to do something personally, invite everyone(if they can all fit) to your home for dessert and coffee or something similar and while you have them there tell them how much their hard work has meant to you.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
15 years 2 months ago #72586 by backhoed
Replied by backhoed on topic RE: Gifts for pta executive board members
Our exiting board members receive a nice bouquet of flowers at the last meeting they preside at. Nothing extravagant. We have beautiful flowers at our Costco and they are not at all expensive but a nice gesture and an expression of appreciation for all the hardwork. And yes, most of us do not come on board in anticipation of that last meeting to "get something" but all the same, your teachers get paid for their jobs and we spend money on them and all the other staff who get "paid" with teachers appreciation gifts, etc... I see absolutely nothing wrong in acknowledging your hardworking and dedicated board members at the end of the year with a little gift, flowers, certificate or whatever you want. Of course, the dollars spent should not be a lot.

My two cents. ;)
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