END OF YEAR GIFT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS

Last week was my younger son’s graduation. His teachers worked so hard, year around that I really wanted to give them something special as a token of thanks. And so began my internet search for gifts ideas.

The most important thing when planning farewell/ graduation/ appreciation gifts, is to have a budget or else you might end up over spending. Also adding a little note or a hand drawn card by your kid works like magic dust and makes things unforgettable.

The internet is loaded with ideas. Some are pretty simple while others tend to be too elaborate. Here are a few ideas. Click on the pictures and it will take you directly to the concerned website.

 

SUCCULENTS/POTTED PLANTS WITH OR WITHOUT GIFT CARDS:

This is something which I personally did. It is simple yet adds  kind of a pleasant personal touch.  You can add a gift card or just add a sweet personal note for the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

This is what our gift looked like. Succulents in a beautiful pot with a gift card and a hand written note from my son.

 

TEA/COFFEE GIFT CARD WITH A CUTE MUG:

When in doubt, choose tea or coffee. Get a cute mug or tumbler. Add a gift card or some teabags/coffee sachets and wrap it all up with a personalized note. Voila! You have a perfect gift.

 

 

 

 

HAND SOAP/LOTION/BODYWASH/SPA CARD WITH CUTE TAGS:

Who doesn’t get mesmerized by the indulgent hand lotions, body wash smells. Dress them up, add a handmade card and you have a clean gift 🙂

 

 

 

SCARFS/ JEWLLERY:

Scarfs and small trinkets are always welcomed by the teachers as you can never have many scarfs. Discreetly ask the teacher her favorite color or jewelry item and surprise her all  boxed up in a beautiful wrap.

 

 

 

COLLECTIVE GIFT FROM THE CLASS:

Instead of giving individual gifts, all parents can pool in money and give one big gift card bouquet from the entire class. We did this last year and it was a biiiig hit.

 

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HASAN MINHAJ: HOMECOMING KING

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Hasan Minhaj is a writer, comedian, actor but is mainly known for his political satire.

He is a senior correspondent on  “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and recently hosted the White House Correspondent’s Dinner (WHCD) for which he got much applause since it was a hard gig to pull off without the presence of the President himself.

Homecoming King is his first stand-up special aired on Netflix,  in which he mainly talks about what it is like to be an immigrant in America. The show is the story of his life, lit with photos and seasoned with Urdu/Hindi phrases which makes it more entertaining.

From pressures of immigrant parents to being bullied at school, to the aftermath of 9/11 and so on and so forth, this is one comedy which is totally relatable to anyone belonging to the South Asian Belt. I totally understand that it might not seem funny to people who don’t share the same cultural background but it will be interesting and educational for them.

The main reason why I really enjoyed the show was that it wasn’t full of the typical desi style humor or simply talking in a different accent. Hasan covers harsh topics like racism, bullying, effects of 9/11 on immigrants in a light tone.

The stories are simple and to be honest not something unheard of, but what sets him aside is the impeccable timing, dialogue delivery and the way he keeps the audience smiling by either squeezing in a joke here and there or by showing photos which make it personal. Yes, there are times when the show falls flat but overall as a first time comedy special, Hasan has done a good job.

Head over to Netflix to watch the special.

 

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WEB VOYAGE?

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Before you start googling what the hell web voyage is, let me tell you right now….

It’s the web surfing or I should rather say jumping from one website to another, either trying to pass time when stuck in a boring situation or when you can’t sleep or when the TV is on but you need something more or when you are waiting in the carpool lane or in the bathroom…..get the idea?

It is during these online journey’s of mine, that I usually find gold. Not in the literal sense but metaphorically or else I would have been a millionaire by now…:)

Sometimes my digital escapades include must see places around the globe while other times it’s a satirical article. Sometimes a biography while other times the breath-taking interiors of homes and so on….

So once a while, let me take you with me on my Web Voyage and lets cry…. laugh….get scared…..hold our breath….be amused…..be awed together and have fun 🙂

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