在美国送老师小礼物的几个小贴士

每年圣诞节我都会送老师一些小礼物。我真心觉得老师是个伟大的职业,想在这个欢乐的季节表达感谢。那么,在美国给老师送礼有什么讲究或什么忌讳呢?

送礼的时机

老师不会因为没收到礼物就对孩子怎样,但一份暖心的小礼物 makes somebody’s day,尤其在这个 giving season 是件快乐的事儿。送礼不需太频繁,一年两三次足够了,次数太多则显得刻意。适合的时机有:

  • 9月教师感谢周。
  • 12月圣诞节。
  • 5月学年结束时。
  • 其他送礼的时机比如情人节、感恩节、老师的生日等。

礼物的价值

  • 了解当地法规,比如 Massachusetts 就规定公立学校教师不得收取价值$50以上的礼物,班级集体送的礼物除外。我住在 Kansas 大农村,我 Google 了一下 Kansas teacher gifting policy,好像没有规定价值上限。
  • 看当地物价和学校水平。一年两万刀的私校,$200的礼物恐怕也不奇怪。但若是公立学校,$200就太多了。
  • 看家庭能力。心意大于价值,3块5块的小礼物也不失礼哦。$20以内比较常见,礼物太贵老师也压力山大啊。

适宜的礼物种类

送礼物嘛,最紧要就系对方收得开心。开学时老师都会自我介绍嘛,老师平时有啥爱好,喜欢去哪些店,喜欢收集什么东西。呐,你是不是没有头绪呢,要不要看看下面的 idea?

孩子亲手写的感谢卡

我问了现在当老师的朋友,她们最喜欢收到什么礼物。排名第一的是孩子写的贺卡、感谢卡!

鲜花

除非老师花粉过敏,送花是个绝不过时的礼物,鲜花令人心情愉悦。

礼卡

最实际的礼物,而且礼卡永不过期。超市礼卡是最实用的,本地餐厅的礼卡也不错,快餐店的礼卡也行。如果老师喜欢喝咖啡,星爸爸礼卡最合适;如果老师喜欢看电影,可以送电影院礼卡或 Redbox 礼卡。如果要送高级百货店的礼卡,价值最好是要能买得起一件商品,想象一下老师拿着礼卡去逛商店,发现自己还得掏100刀才能买下一件东西多尴尬。若想不到哪间店合适,可以送万能的 Visa/Master gift card。

如何使用美国信用卡公司的礼品卡

常见商家的礼卡在大型超市如 Target、Walmart 都有卖,或者去网上买,最常见的如 www.giftcards.com,不但礼卡种类多,还可以 customize(比如用你孩子的相片设计卡面,送老师则可以选择应节的图案),而且激活费较低。

课室用得上的东西

小学生常常弄不见文具,老师的经费有限,很多时候课室里的文具还得自掏腰包,送老师文具就最实用啦。要知道课室内最需要什么东西,参照开学日清单买就对了,像是白板笔、铅笔、橡皮擦、文件夹等,老师每年都会用到。想要在节日特别一点,还可以定制文具,比如印上老师名字的铅笔。

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糖果零食

老师不是超人,她们也会偷偷吃零食的(偷笑)。巧克力、糖果、口香糖、薯片、energy bar、爆米花、饮料都可以,投其所好更好。

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洗手液、护手霜

洗手液和护手霜不太挑肤质,可以随身带着用或者放在课室用。到了秋冬,护手霜简直用得比牙膏还快。想要送人好看一点的话,Bath & Body Work 的不错。

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毯子或袜子

毯子指的是美国人说的 throw blanket,窝在沙发里盖,或者午休时盖腿。袜子则是个不太挑风格的配饰,挑节日主题或更活泼一点的搞怪图案都行。

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带有回忆的照片簿、剪贴簿

能收到学生亲手做的礼物,老师是最开心的。选取学年中有意义的照片,在学期结束时做成照片簿,除了送老师,自己留一份也很有纪念意义。

班级集体礼物

如果你孩子的班上有 room parent,她可能会向每个家长收取一定现金,然后买一份价值比较高的集体礼物。或者你可以当代表,集资买礼物。样本信如下,把< >里替换成你的信息即可:

Hi everyone,

With the holidays just around the corner, I would like to get <TEACHER> a group gift from the class and will be taking up a collection if you are interested in participating. In the past, parents have generally contributed <SOME AMOUNT>. However, please give whatever amount you feel comfortable with if you choose to go in on the gift. (It will most likely be a gift card plus a little something). Contributions can be sent to school in a sealed envelope addressed to <YOUR CHILD’S NAME> and she will bring it home to me. (If you include your name & email address, I will send you an email to confirm receipt of the contribution.)

I would like to purchase the gift in the next week and present it to <TEACHER> on <DATE>. To that end, I would appreciate it if I could get the contributions by <SOME DATE>.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
<YOUR NAME>

不宜送的礼物种类

下面这些东西达咩,No No No

现金

礼卡最实际,但送现金则是下策。一是很奇怪,二是有贿赂嫌疑。不排除个别老师有明示暗示学生送 cash 的情况,如果我遇到这种老师,我首先对她的师德就产生疑问了,然后我会去查 teacher’s code of conduct,或者询问校长这种行为是否允许。能用一张礼卡解决的事儿,为什么要用现金呢?

捉弄人的礼物

小孩子三句不离 shi 尿屁,比如 Target 就有卖仿真的大便玩具,但这些玩具绝对不能送给老师!孩子觉得只是开玩笑,收到礼物的人却会觉得被冒犯了。

太私人的礼物

比如衣服、首饰、家居摆设、护肤品、化妆品等,因为你不了解老师的喜好、肤质和家居风格。我们做为学生家长,通常不会太深入到老师的个人生活。

自己做的菜和点心

就算你是妙手小厨娘,也不要送自己家做的食物。你不了解老师的饮食习惯和过敏史,老师也不了解这食物的配料和制作卫生状况,很有可能你的心意最后喂了垃圾桶。为了大家的健康着想,最好送超市买的包装食物。

杯子、香薰蜡烛

其实这两种礼物不会不适合,相反,它们很适合,太适合了以至于老师可能已经收到太多了。

苹果主题的礼物

我说的是红红的苹果,不是 Apple Inc。在美国,苹果代表着老师[参考],所以给老师送礼也经常会有苹果的图案或造型。苹果主题是很适合送老师,但如果这件礼物老师用不上,她也没办法转送给朋友,只能堆在家里啦。

在哪里买礼物最实惠

家里有几个孩子,每个孩子又有几个老师,礼物加起来金额也挺可观的。幸好我是省钱小能手,我介绍你们去这几间店买,绝对不会让你的钱包烧一个洞。

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