Christmas gifts for teachers

November 30, 2005 at 10:26 PM · Since Christmas is coming and I have to be creative with gifts this year, I was wondering what a music teacher would like from her students? Our violin teacher teaches me (an adult and my 8yr old) in our home. Our piano teacher teaches both my dd's at our house as well. I wasn't sure how much to spend and what type of gift to get. I don't know them personally since they come to teach and not socially interact. I typically pay $70 a day for each teacher for our lessons.

Any suggestions?

Replies (28)

December 1, 2005 at 01:25 AM · Maybe a bottle of good red for each??

December 1, 2005 at 01:45 AM · A gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Borders is always a great choice for music teachers! I certainly appreciate it.

December 1, 2005 at 02:54 AM · Do a google search on... violin gifts. You'll find some nice ones... for not too much $. Gift certificates are nice, too.


December 1, 2005 at 02:57 AM · good chocolate, homemade fudge or Christmas cookies works for me! I guess I'm easy.

December 1, 2005 at 05:01 AM · Coffee punch card, chocolate covered coffee beans, a french press, some Jamaican Blue Mountain whole beans? That's my wish list.

December 1, 2005 at 05:50 AM · Oh, Emily! Perfect bliss...

(except, I like hot chocolate, not coffee)

December 1, 2005 at 08:38 AM · Oh, chocolate. Chocolate, how I love thee! Hot chocolate is just scratching the surface. An assortment of special and unusual chocolates might do just the trick.

I agree that if you make cookies or fudge or your recipe of choice and wrap it up in something cute, that personal touch really says something.

Unless you smoke while you bake. That's a different kind of personal touch that is not appreciated by most people with taste buds.

December 1, 2005 at 09:19 AM · I really appreciate the idea of offerring chocolate. I'm a Belgian studying in London and I intend to go back to my country during the Christmas holiday. When I come back after New Year, I'll take some REAL BELGIAN CHOCOLATE for my teacher, the best I can find. He will never have tasted something like that before!

December 1, 2005 at 10:42 AM · I just received a bottle of wine from the parents of one of my students. That always works :>

December 1, 2005 at 10:49 AM · nice letter,chocolate, bottle of cognac and a picture of you two together. that's nice,your teacher will always see it and remember you:)))

December 1, 2005 at 01:58 PM · Make sure they can eat chocolate. My husband (also a teacher) is allergic, and ends up getting pounds of it...

December 1, 2005 at 03:43 PM · That's a very classy present, Sashenka. I'm impressed.

December 1, 2005 at 05:46 PM · We typically give all of my music teachers homemade fudge and some sort of musical ornament, but this year at Brevard my mom found a couple of (reasonably priced) modern bronze sculptures of a violinist (and pianist, for my piano teacher) to give them for Christmas. Very cool looking.

December 1, 2005 at 09:17 PM · One time I got a gift certificate to a sheet music store...that was thoughtful.

There is too much fudge at Christmas time and it can be devistating to a diet...but some nice coffee beans or a bottle of wine (no twist tops please) would be great gifts. ;) OR- a bottle of Baileys.....

December 1, 2005 at 11:05 PM · sheet music...everyone loves sheet music :-)

December 2, 2005 at 01:20 AM · Since it's a teacher I would keep it along the lines of having to do with music. Maybe a nice cd or some music would be the first idea. If not you want you get maybe some really nice rosin or strings or even a high end bow that's not to high priced. But just think about you'll find the right gift

December 2, 2005 at 02:11 AM · When I was a child, my mom and grandma sewed a nice big king-size quilt for one of my teachers!

I'm not sure you have the time, since it's already December, but that's a NICE present, especially if you've been with that teacher a long time..

December 2, 2005 at 02:18 AM · A thoughtful letter is always appreciated. Also, anything from travels, etc is good. for example if you go to Vienna, get your teacher some Mozartkugeln or somthing. make it interesting, as I'm sure teachers are all used to receiving the same chocolates, etc.

December 2, 2005 at 03:11 AM · If they live where its cold, make them a scarf.

December 2, 2005 at 03:56 AM · As a music teacher....chocolate is always a hit. :) Chocolate is the essence of life though, right? First there's chocolate then there is music...or maybe it's the otherway around...

December 2, 2005 at 05:51 AM · Greetings,

a written and framed promise to practice as stipulated through rain , hail and sleet.



December 2, 2005 at 06:36 AM · Buri,

You suprise me, no spellinh mistakes and no mentions of prunes? what's wrong with you?


December 2, 2005 at 10:33 AM · Perhaps there is a connection. There's that lagging comma...

December 2, 2005 at 11:43 AM · Greetings,

laging commas haev always been succoured by prunes,



December 2, 2005 at 01:45 PM · Today I went doing Christmas shopping with a friend and she bought some really special soap for him. Made without chemical products, very decorative and extraordinary smell. The amazing thing is that it looks edible, like a cream cake or so.

December 3, 2005 at 04:17 AM · Find a local music shop and see if they offer gift certificates, or get a gift certificate for someplace on-line.

December 3, 2005 at 05:45 AM · Last year the family of one of my students gave me a gift certificate to B&N. I was in heaven! Remember that not everyone drinks alcohol and some people have allergies to fragrances. If anyone gets more chocolate than they want, please send the excess to me.

December 3, 2005 at 06:51 PM · The best gift a student could give me is this:

"I promise to practice at least 7 hours a week over the holiday...and not all at once".


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