When you are rounding up gifts for your child's teachers at the end of the year, don't forget to include his physical education teacher. PE teachers provide valuable kinesthetic learning opportunities for students, and many PE teachers also serve as coaches for sports teams. Consider gifts that are practical and thoughtful that your child's PE teacher is sure to treasure.
According to a 2007 article by the "Washington Post," most teachers prefer useful gifts over ornamental gifts. A practical gift for your gym teacher demonstrates gratitude without adding clutter to her life. Consider a classic metal whistle to replace an old or plastic whistle. For an added touch, present the whistle in a velvet-lined jewelry box. Other class accessories, such as clipboards and stopwatches, are also items that every gym teacher needs on hand. Create a practical gift basket that includes a pedometer, gym socks, energy bars and a water bottle. Include a hand-written note of thanks with the basket as well. If you would rather leave the choosing up to the teacher, a gift certificate to a local sporting goods store gives plenty of options.
Edible gifts are thoughtful and tasty treats that any teacher would be honored to receive. Homemade gifts are especially meaningful. Consider baking a simple batch of round sugar cookies. Decorate the cookies with royal icing in the colors and designs of various sports balls like baseballs, basketballs or soccer balls. School mascots and colors are also a decorating option for cookies. Since much of physical education is about wellness and fitness, consider preparing a healthy treat for your gym teacher---a diabetic-friendly cookie or cake recipe is both delicious and mindful of diets. If you are wary about handing over food to a teacher, opt for a recipe book instead. Write your favorite recipes on small index cards and secure them with a colorful ribbon.
Most physical education teachers bring a love of sports to their profession. Sports-themed gifts are both useful and fun options for PE teachers. Purchase tickets to a local sporting event like a minor league baseball game or local hockey game. If tickets are out of your budget, a jacket, hat or shirt with a local team's logo is a suitable substitute. Keep the gift in-house by ordering a sweatshirt or jacket with a school mascot or logo and the teacher's name embroidered on the back. If your teacher is also a team coach, a replenished supply of balls or equipment is also a practical idea.
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