A Thank You Gift

On the last day of the school year, one of my young students proudly gave me a gift in a bag. The colour of the bag was “violette” because that is my favourite colour. Inside was a travel coffee mug that I could use for the next school year.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Coffee mug. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

When I thanked his mom later that day, she told me that her son had insisted that she buy the perfect gift for me. Hearing those words was the perfect gift for me indeed as they told me he had had a good year and appreciated all that we had done in class.

Have you received a thank you gift recently? What was it?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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30 thoughts on “A Thank You Gift

  1. I can’t remember the last thank you gift I received. What’s worse, I can’t remember the last thank you gift I gave! I know that when my kids have a teacher who leaves an impact on them, they want to buy/make/give things to them, and I’d love to pick up their generous spirit.


    1. As the recipient of a teacher gift I can tell you that the effort made is more of a gift than the gift itself. Children have given me drawings they have made and many hugs. But it is extra special when the parent says thank you too with the time they take to get a bunch of flowers, a box of biscuits, or even a coffee mug.


  2. I did teach for several years and I used to have small gifts from my students… I had to politely suggest: only flowers, please! 🙂 to me, a kind gesture or a few nice words are THE most precious “cadeau”… and I’m more a giver! 🙂


    1. I received flowers last year and I loved them – they graced my table for many days as a reminder of the shy young man that passed them onto me. And of course, I have received many pictures and even stories from budding writers that I have kept. I will see if I can unearth the story I received last year – I think you will like it Melanie 🙂


  3. The thank you gift from your student is so thoughtful. It is nice to know that your skills and abilities are appreciated both by the student and by the parent.
    I think you are a marvelous teacher.
    Thank you for sharing your students, your class room and your teaching methods with us this year.
    As to me giving a thank you gift, I often send little items to folks in appreciation of their support. I guess those may count as thank you gifts.


    1. I think it does Phylor. A small box of delicious chocolate, a favourite bottle of wine, a bunch of flowers can express a lot.
      And be prepared for more teaching stories as I move on towards my second year teaching kindergarten 🙂


    1. Definitely the best colour around 🙂
      One of the first series of words I teach my students is colour. And, using their knowledge, they tell me their favourite colour which is how he knew which colour would please me.


    1. That is so true. I always appreciate it when parents thank me for what I have done for their children during the year – and when they tell me that their son/daughter enjoyed being in my class.


  4. What a wonderfully colorful and thoughtful gift. Enjoy your time.
    I received some unexpected Macy’s gift cards as I took some photos for someone just to be nice.
    And accompanied by a handwritten thank you note which is so welcome and surprising these days.


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