If you are too busy to read this whole thing, the #1 gift idea is....... GIFT CARDS!!!

Here are some more specific ideas from our Facebook community:

1. Make a basket and in it included everything for Christmas dinner for their family including a movie and popcorn to watch together after and of course something yummy for dessert. If you don't know what kind of meat they do like ham or turkey u can put a gift card in it to the grocery store. And for a special touch make a serving platter signed by all the students, or recipes how to make the stuff in the basket families can put favorite recipes. ~ Amey T.

2. We do a teacher survey in Sept, on it we have a wish list, we usually will choose items from the wish list to give as a classroom gift, it not only benefits the teacher but the students as well, then we also choose a more personal gift card or gift based on the their likes from the survey. ~ Tammy O.

3. I overheard a few teachers talking about Christmas gifts at our school's book fair a few weeks ago. They mentioned that things for their classrooms (books, games, art supplies, gift cards) were excellent ideas. ~ M. Nelson

4. A good $$ amount gift card. Along with handmade cards from each kid. ~ Suzie B.

5.  A class-made gift and a spa gift card. ~ Danielle B.

6. We like getting a bunch of pics together and making a special dvd with good background music and giving that as a gift. ~ Jodie B.

7. Cut out a Christmas tree from green construction paper and have each student put their finger in a different color of paint and press it on the Christmas tree and the fingerprints look like lights! Everyone gets to participate and the teacher loves it! ~ Sarah T. 

Looking for tips on how to ask parents for money to contribute to the class gift? Check out this article and sample letters. 

Room Parents: Let’s Talk Money

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