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Gift ideas for pregnant teacher (and okay to give?)

One of my son's teachers is pregnant and will be having the baby in a few weeks. I really, really like her and would like to get a gift for her -- both as a baby gift and as a "goodbye" present since she will be leaving soon and not returning to teaching for a while.

My questions are:

1. Do you think it would be okay for my son to bring her a gift, considering the virus situation and that pregnant women are more at risk? I know that the kids are not supposed to bring in treats to share for birthdays, etc. and that the teachers have been behind plexiglass. Also,

2. If giving a gift is considered okay, does anyone have any gift ideas? I was thinking of getting her one of those baby soothing machines that make lullaby noises and shine a gentle light (e.g stars onto the ceiling). Or one of those stuffed animal-type things that do the same. Our son really seemed to like his when he was a baby.
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Re: Gift ideas for pregnant teacher (and okay to give?)

Is there parents' committee? It might be that they are organising a gift / collection for the teacher.
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Is there parents' committee? It might be that they are organising a gift / collection for the teacher.
Thanks. There is some kind of committee but I haven't heard anything from it about organizing a gift for her. Though I do know that the kids are doing something for her, in class -- making her something.

I was just thinking about it a bit more and realized that us giving a gift to her is probably a stupid thing to even consider... because of the virus. I guess it's just that "gift-giving" instinct in me kicking in. But I should use more common sense. I wouldn't want to inadvertently give her the virus by giving her a baby gift.

I wish I knew how SHE felt about it, but then of course that would ruin any kind of surprise.
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Re: Gift ideas for pregnant teacher (and okay to give?)

I think it can bring in awkwardness. Or not.

The best received were many bags of hand-me-downs (clothes, toys, books...) that I passed on everyone around, including teacher colleagues. It is ecological, people don't feel like they owe anything and they know it didn't cost anything.

I'd pack that and ask the kid to write a card and mail it to her.
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Old 24.10.2020, 14:38
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I think it can bring in awkwardness. Or not.

The best received were many bags of hand-me-downs (clothes, toys, books...) that I passed on everyone around, including teacher colleagues. It is ecological, people don't feel like they owe anything and they know it didn't cost anything.

I'd pack that and ask the kid to write a card and mail it to her.
Thank you for the idea of mailing something to her. I just realized that we do have her home address. Hopefully I can even find something online to order and have sent to her that will also allow me to include a "gift note" or whatever, so she knows who it's from.
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Re: Gift ideas for pregnant teacher (and okay to give?)

In my part of the country primary school teachers get gifts at Xmas and often at the end of the school year, and I find it very sweet. I’d totally offer a little attention to a pregnant teacher. A little cute pyjama for the baby or a little toy, with a handmade card crafted by your child.
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Thanks. There is some kind of committee but I haven't heard anything from it about organizing a gift for her. Though I do know that the kids are doing something for her, in class -- making her something.

I was just thinking about it a bit more and realized that us giving a gift to her is probably a stupid thing to even consider... because of the virus. I guess it's just that "gift-giving" instinct in me kicking in. But I should use more common sense. I wouldn't want to inadvertently give her the virus by giving her a baby gift.

I wish I knew how SHE felt about it, but then of course that would ruin any kind of surprise.
One of my child's teachers has moved to another school in a different canton and our thank you-good bye gift was a big basket with all sort of (edible) goodies, it was up to everyone to choose something to give and we made it from everyone's part. The "committee" has decided so I don't think it's a stupid thing to consider, neither corona times nor any other time.
I've always given a small something at the end of a course, I don't know if they expected it or not or whatever, but they seemed touched by the gesture. I might have spoiled the Swiss.
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2. If giving a gift is considered okay, does anyone have any gift ideas? I was thinking of getting her one of those baby soothing machines that make lullaby noises and shine a gentle light (e.g stars onto the ceiling). Or one of those stuffed animal-type things that do the same. Our son really seemed to like his when he was a baby.
Both are very good ideas if you ask me, so one of them would be fine. And a card of course, words can do wonders. We all need them. I am sure your gift will be much appreciated.
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Both are very good ideas if you ask me, so one of them would be fine. And a card of course, words can do wonders. We all need them. I am sure your gift will be much appreciated.
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