As a holiday gift, I got my students candy cane shaped tubes of M&Ms. I spent about $2 each - not a lot but I spend money on them all year long so, in my mind, it's enough. I didn't mention to them that I got anything for them. I just handed them out at the end of the day. I was floored at the reaction. One of my students looked at me with shock. "This is all I get?" he said in amazed disappointment. "I thought it was going to be something good, like a Nintendo DS. I don't even want this." Another girl started sobbing loudly and shoved it away from her. "I wanted a Barbie doll at least" she huffed at me. Only one of my students even bothered to thank me. I know it's indicative of a lack of maturity but I can't help feeling hurt. I can't understand their absurd sense of entitlement and don't know where it would come from. I can't imagine that their previous teachers lavished them with expensive gifts. And of course it occurred to neither of them that they gave me nothing. It's not that I expect anything of course! However, I do find it ironic. Anyone ever experienced a reaction like that before? ETA - I absolutely adore my students and it usually seems like they feel the same. That's why I'm hurt by this.