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Best gift my husband ever got from a student was a couple of 'gold' movie tickets plus a movie to watch at home... best gift my mum ever got was a real amber necklace worth many hundreds of dollars, that the 3 year old chose himself from the shop..and the cost was no obstacle to the child's choice
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One of the best, and most unexpected that I have received, was seven and a half metres of blue Thai silk fabric - enough to make trousers, skirt, blouse and jacket. I also treasure little gifts that were bought, not for Xmas or end of year, but when families have been away on holiday and impulsively brought me back a present - delicate gold earrings from Columbia, a beautiful hand painted plate from Khasikstan, tulip bulbs from Holland, a jar of vegemite from NZ...... and I will always remember the families that bought me a beautiful sepia painting of Prague, one that could pack flat and actually be moved with me.
Then there was the country where the expectation was that families buy flowers for teachers on the first day of each school year. A Danish father commented that he thought that was too easy, so didn't. Six months later he came in with a big grin and a huge bunch of flowers, saying that he felt I might need them more at that stage of the year - another memorable family.
Really, it is the thought that counts. If you do feel you would like to give a present, try to match it to the person. There is no right and wrong regarding cost or size. ( I am still waiting for the little envelope with the little key to the little shiny red convertable mercedes I hope to receive one day, sgiiiiggghh.) In the meantime, cookies, book tokens, or a card with a personal message, are all fine.