Ask B: End of Year Teacher Gift Ideas

 

Dear B,

This is the last week of school for my three kids, and given the fact we haven’t been in the classroom for a couple months, are elaborarte end of the year teacher gifts still necessary? If so, any recommendations?

Sincerely,

H


 

Dear H,

This is a great question! Teachers – especially now in these uncertain times – go above and beyond for our children, and strive endlessly to help shape their education and lives. Yes, I think a gift for each of your children’s teachers would be lovely and deeply appreciated by them! The gifts don’t have to be expensive to be meaningful, and so try and choose something you think would bring a smile to their face. Here are a few ideas:

Thoughtful Gestures That Mean the Most

 

Clear blue skies and warm sunshine greeted us this morning, and so after breakfast we decided to enjoy a long neighborhood walk. We passed by the most beautiful butterfly garden, and our favorite little stream and park nestled next to the community firehouse. It was a wonderful way to spend our Sunday, and in these uncertain times, I have found great comfort in these special moments with my family and out in nature.

When we returned home, there was a beautiful box and card perched on our porch. I opened the box and card to reveal the sweetest note from a dear friend, and gorgeous blueberry muffins from one of our favorite local bakeries. Such a thoughtful gesture, that made our day! Right now, so many of us (myself included), are busy with cooking, cleaning, working, homeschooling, and the list goes on. However, it’s important now more than ever to pause, and think about what we can do for others. It’s these thoughtful gestures, big and small, that mean the most.

Here are some ideas on what you can do to make a difference, and I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy at home.

Quick Tips

Modern Etiquette Quick Tips: Thoughtful Gestures That Mean the Most

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Drop off (on the porch!) baked goods from your favorite bakery or flowers from your favorite florist to a friend. You could even have these items delivered.

Send hand written cards to loved ones. The kids can help too with homemade cards!

Always wear a mask when out at the grocery store, picking up food, etc.

Donate food or funds to a shelter, food bank, or other relief organization.

Check in with family, friends and neighbors, and connect via a phone call or FaceTime. Offer to help them too if you’re able, by dropping off groceries or prescriptions.

Pay your nanny or housekeeper – what you can, and if possible – even though they aren’t coming to your house right now. We can all use help during these uncertain times.

Support local businesses, be it a restaurant, coffee shop, local stationery store, or your child’s favorite toy store.

Stay home (stay home!) and practice social distancing if you leave the house.

Ask B: Deciding to Postpone or Cancel a Wedding

Dear B,

We are supposed to be getting married in early June, and while we had hoped it would be safe for us and our guests to travel to the wedding destination, we are becoming more and more discouraged. Do we postpone the wedding? Or cancel it altogether? Help! 

Sincerely,

T


Dear T,

I hope you and your fiancé are safe and healthy at home. I can only imagine your disappointment facing this decision, as the amount of time, effort and dreams that go into planning a wedding often feel immeasurable. That said, given the uncertainty of the world right now, I think you are wise to either postpone the wedding – how about October? – or cancel it if you feel that is best. By making this tough decision, you are showing a great amount of love for your family and friends. Whichever route you decide, have your planner (or you) notify the vendors ASAP, as well as the guests so they can cancel or change their flights, hotel reservations, etc. Additionally, if you postpone your wedding for the fall or even 2021, speak with your venue and vendors about insurance options so you can be prepared if the date needs to be moved again.