Teachers reveal best and worst gifts from students

Mugs make the list of worst gifts

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DETROIT - Elementary children spend half of his or her waking hours mostly with one teacher. A lot of the time, students look up to their teachers and often buy gifts, but those gifts aren't always the best.

Parenting.com asked the teachers themselves to reveal the best and worst gifts they have received.

Any type of figurine; mugs (even if they're filled with candy, but maybe ok if they're filled with money!), or stuffed animals

Gift certificates of any kind, unique stationary (especially Post It notes), supplies for the classroom, donation to charity in the name of the classroom

Most of our teachers agree with these first examples. Plus here are additional ‘no-no's' and ‘yes, please's!' to consider when buying a gift for a favorite teacher.

Candles (we stash them in a closet and it's overflowing!), food (especially Christmas cookies adding weight at exactly the wrong time of year!), soaps (unless you're trying to tell us something), or dollar store items

Combined gifts: A single gift card from the entire class. Group gifts the entire class contributes towards are always well received;  for example, a gift basket themed around a favorite pastime of your teacher, handmade gifts from the children (especially letters), trendy personalized items such as monogrammed cozies or purses, etc.

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