November 29, 2012
Where Do You Draw The Line?
Now don't get me wrong, I am no Scrooge, but when Christmas rolls around, I start to feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of people in our lives that I end up buying presents for.
Now of course, my kids and family are at the top, and I absolutely LOVE buying them presents. I love seeing my kids wake up early on Christmas morning, and the excitement in their eyes when they spy their presents underneath the tree. I live for moments like that. The fact that they still believe only makes our morning more special (although I THINK Ashley has finally figured it out - but will continue to fake it to make me happy).
I'm talking about those "extra" people in your lives. People that definitely make a difference in your world, but people that you may not know too well. People like the teachers at school. People that work with you at your office. People like your mail person or paper person. Your hairdresser. I mean the list goes on and on.
In the past, I have always bought presents for all of Ashley & Colton's teachers. This normally turns out to be about 4-5 teachers EACH kid. They each have a "main" teacher. Colton has a reading teacher, speech teacher and art/music/gym teachers. Ashley has a second "main" teacher, as well as art/gym teachers. Although I have met most of the teachers, I really do not "know" them, and find buying gifts for them extremely hard. I mean how many coffee cups, bottles of lotions, etc., can one person need? I have broken down and bought gift cards, but I hate the idea of putting an actual price on a gift. I just think it's so impersonal and actually puts pressure on me to give "enough".
So my question to you is, where do you draw the line? Do you buy for teachers, co-workers, hairdressers, mail person, etc.? If you do buy for the teacher's what type of presents do you give? I really want to get a head-start on my shopping, as I am normally scrambling the day before school breaks for the holiday for gifts!! So help this GurleeGirrl out.
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