I am very fortunate to have generous parents in the schools I have worked in. Over the years I have been given Gift Cards varying from $20-$200, Swarovski Crystal Ornaments, Cooking Items, Chocolates, Candles, Body Lotion, Cd's, Movies, Books, Mugs, Journals, Pens, Lunch Bags, Water Bottles, Jewelry, Booze, Homemade Treats, amoung many others. For every bought and made item I am truly grateful and treasure each thoughtful gift.
The last two years I have started a new tradition that not only benefits my current students, but future ones as well. I put up a Giving Wreath on my classroom door, it has tags that have an item and its price. I put items from $5.00-$50.00 of items that would benefit the classroom. The parents and students enjoy choosing an item and buying it for the class in lieu of a present for myself. I find this gives parents a sense of relieve when they see the suggestion as then they dont have to rack their brains for a gift for the teacher. By no means are parents obligated to purchase anything from the wreath its nearly a suggestion if they wish.