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11 years 1 week ago #146052 by PVILLEMOM
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Hello!
I am a new volunteer to our school's PTO. And I have been tasked to come up with a October gift idea for our teachers and staff. Our PTO has very limited funds for hospitality, and I was wondering if anyone has any inexpensive and simple ideas. Thank you for all of your input!
11 years 1 week ago #146056 by rlaneew
Replied by rlaneew on topic Gift Ideas
If you have to do indiviual gifts, I would go to your local Dollar Tree or other everythings a dollar store. There you could get some nice fall themed coffee mugs and then you could buy a couple packs of hot tea and get each teacher a coffee mug, tea bag and maybe add a small lotion or bath salt or something else that might be appropriate for a male teacher. Just some suggestions. Depending on how many teachers you had you could put together a whole gift bag at the dollar store for hardly nothing.

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11 years 1 week ago #146065 by JHB
Replied by JHB on topic Gift Ideas
One year, we did votive candles with a bit of seasonal ribbon tied around them. Very easy, inexpensive. I think we added a card thanking them for "lighting the way" for students.
11 years 1 week ago #146102 by PresidentJim
Replied by PresidentJim on topic Gift Ideas
For something inexpensive, I've always liked the candy poam. Ten or so bags of candy, which does play into the whole Halloween concept, can be used to pull this off, and most of the staff will enjoy it.

The Candy poam can be found on this site.

PresidentJim
11 years 6 days ago #146137 by LeadingtheWay
Replied by LeadingtheWay on topic Gift Ideas
We've cut way back on the amount of junky stuff we buy for the teachers, members and the kids.

We stopped the pins, magnets, pens, keychains and jar openers and have actually made a statement about it.

We set a note with our membership forms saying that we opted to not spend $500 or more in PTA funds to buy a little token gift to send when asking for their membership. We're being more conservative both with the money raised as well as our impact on the environment.

People were very welcoming of the idea.

For the teachers, we used to do some mug or plastic apple full of candy or what-not, but found they were more appreciative of a candy bar or something consumable.
11 years 6 days ago #146143 by LUVMYKIDS
Replied by LUVMYKIDS on topic Gift Ideas
One year during teacher appreciation week at our elementary, we bought apples for all of the teachers, I wrote a little thank you poem to go with them and put one on each staff member's desk. This time of year apples are relatively inexpensive.

You can also coordinate parents to do a monthly snack- send in muffins, fruit, cheese and crackers. Our parents always respond very well to bringing goodies for the teachers and this is a no cost for the parent group(except maybe for napkins, paper plates).

You know though, every time we did something that included a little note or poem we got more comments from the staff on the written words then the food/gift.

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