Do you buy gifts for your co-workers?

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  1. HorseLover

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    Do you buy Christmas gifts for any of your coworkers? If so, what kinds of things do you buy?
     
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    A box of holiday tea for each of my grade level partners.
     
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    There are 12 teachers on my team. It's just too many, so I probably won't do anything this year. Since our school is so big, we are doing a school wide secret santa instead of giving gifts to multiple people.
     
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    I give handmade things usually-ornaments, etc... I also bake a ton of cookies.
     
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    I buy gifts for 3 or 4 of my closest friends on staff. It's something small--an ornament, a bottle of wine, some sweets or I'll treat to a dinner or lunch out.
     
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    Yes. Things from Vera Bradley or Erin Condren for those I'm close to.

    Bags of Lindor/Ghirardelli chocolates or Pepperidge Farms cookies, with a pack of copy paper for the rest of the people on my team.
     
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    My grade level does a Secret Santa exchange. We choose a date to meet for dinner and exchange gifts. I also do something small for everyone. This year I'm giving each teach a small goodie bag that includes thank you cards, a treat of some kind, and hand sanitizer.
     
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    I bake cookie boxes for my teammates.
     
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    I will for some close friends. :) Other than that, I'll bake something nice for the math department.
     
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    We buy each other a small gift - ornament, cozy socks, lotion, etc...
     
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    I only have 2 other teachers that I consider myself close enough to for gifts. One, I will be having over to a private Christmas dinner, so he'll get his gifts then and one's a Johovah's Witness. I'm not going to lie; it's kind of nice to have one less person to shop for. :D

    I do usually bring in Christmas cookies the week before and I always bring some Jehovah's Witnesses' cookies too (plain sugar cookies in a brown box with a note that states "these cookies are in no way associated with any holiday of any sort" :p) but that's about it.
     
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    My teammates are aware that I'm not doing well financially (I'm the only one using my job as the primary income in our household). I'll give them all cards and home-made cookies. Knowing them, each of them will give me a $10 gift card.
     
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    I bake something to share with staff, give candy to the aides that help me (2), and get a nice gift for my two closest friends at work. Also, at my school most people get a small gift for the principal and secretary. Usually I give them chocolates or lotion.
     
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    This is what I do!

    I'm giving my principal and a few close teacher friends of mine certificates for a spa day.

    The co-workers on my team are getting Target gift cards.

    I put way more effort into my students this year :wub: I love Christmas.
     
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    Awesome, I think I might get something fairly small (due to budget concerns, haha) for my grade-level team and probably for the SPED teacher who works closely with us and my mentor teacher.

    For my students I'm thinking maybe a note, candy cane and holiday pencil (if I have the time!)
     
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    We decided a few years ago ... instead of doing something small for everyone, we put our money together and give it to our AMAZING custodian! She does SUCH a good job!
     
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    My team exchanges small gifts. I also do a small something for the secretaries, custodians and my P from my kids and me (usually we make something). Sometimes we do a staff secret santa too which is fun....little treats in mailboxes and then a $10 gift at the end.
     
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    Great idea! I usually put together a tray of sweets for our caretakers and another for our office administrative assistants.
     
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    A collection is taken among the staff and gift cards are purchased for the two secretaries and three custodians. Staff does not exchange gifts. We each donate 5 dollars and the money is given to the food pantry. Many school families are using it.
     
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    We only have about a dozen people on staff. Most people choose to do something small for everyone--one year I made little packages of fudge, one year I did a potpourri-type thing, this year I have ornaments (Very nice ones, but that I picked up on clearance after last Christmas for less than 50 cents each).
     
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    I just bought something for the history teacher, but it was mostly because it was a serendipitous event of being in Boston, seeing a replica Liberty Bell that could replace the bell she normally uses, and the fact that she teaches US History. =3

    I don't normally, but I may do something simple this year.
     
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    What a lovely idea! :)
     
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    I am just buying something for each of my aides. I was thinking an ornament and candy. I already saw an ornament in Michael's that I know one of them would love! I like giving gifts that are personal and not all the same. Like if I know someone loves cats I will get them a cat ornament, or the other woman loves coffee so I will get her a cute coffee ornament. It doesn't have to be much just something to thank them for their help in my classroom all year.
     

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