It's that time of the year again, moms and dads. The end of the school year is fast approaching and the start of summer just around the corner! Before we get ahead of ourselves (summer camps and pool parties, anyone?), let's celebrate and give thanks to the educators who have helped our little and not-so-little ones through their ups and downs throughout the past year. Nothing new under the sun to gift? Here are some ideas to help you come up with something unique and personal ...
For the Teachers and Teaching Assistants:
You know who they are, these are the people you and your kids have daily contact with for most of the year. They are the ones your kids depend and count on on a daily basis. They give encouragement to your little ones’ slightly wacky science project idea or come to their rescue when they’ve accidentally injured themselves during a baseball game. They are the constant supporters and cheerleaders.
We suggest something Restorative and Therapeutic: Almost anyone can enjoy an hour-long hand and nail massage (perfect for the sports or arts teacher). Or a therapeutic hair detox which is really great for anyone, I mean – everyone – who has to give 120% in this humidity on a daily basis!
For the Principal:
We have always gifted fabulous bouquets (personally arranged by our aunt who is an expert in the Japanese art of flower arrangement known as Ikebana) or giant exotic plants to our principals. The look of genuine, if not slightly embarassed, surprise on their faces and the look of envy on everyone else’s faces when the flowers are hand-delivered is priceless. They might not be the ones who have day-to-day contact with your kids, but their behind-the-scenes work and dedication are felt in every nooks and crannies of the school. Yes, they are the strategists and visionaries.
We suggest Shock and Awe: Get the biggest bouquet for maximum effect or use different colors, numbers, types of flowers or plants (being on good terms with your plant nursery helps) to convey your own personal message. Work with your own florist to create a one-of-a-kind bouquet! Never gift “as is” off the shelves! Your thoughtfulness or rather thoughtlessness will show.
Last but not least, the Graduates:
This group is most deserving of a gift since they ARE the ones who actually did all the hard work, right? This group is your harshest critics and your biggest fans.
We suggest Digging through the Family Archive: Art is said to be edifying and corrupting to the young. It’s a double-edged sword that is perfect as a graduation gift. That long-forgotten favorite photograph taken by your kids during a family trip to Bhutan years ago will have the wow factor you want when properly magnified, printed, and framed. The more trouble you go through to do this (preferably the non-digital kind), the bigger the surprise.
Note: If you opt for a group gift, then our gift vouchers are your most stylish solution. With many parents all chipping in and coins flying around (yes, we’ve seen that quite a few times!), a gift voucher amount can easily be determined and divided equally amongst the parents. Plus, they’ll get the gorgeous packaging and the flexibility to choose their own shop or restaurant. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Congrats class of 2017! You’re almost there (parents too!)!