Ask the experts: what teachers really want

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

Teachers guide and love your child every day, but when it comes time to say thank you to your child's teacher, what's the right holiday gift? We talked to some Valley teachers who were pretty honest about what they really want for Christmas.

The teachers we spoke with have hilarious stories of memorable holiday gifts from students over the years.

They've received everything from half-eaten boxes of chocolates to rocks, and almost all of them have quite the collection of stuffed animals and coffee mugs.

"If someone wants to drink coffee and I've got 50 people over, there's enough for everyone," Ms. Friedrich joked.

If you ask what they truly would like to receive, they'll be quick to reply with one of two answers: school supplies or Starbucks.

Teachers often spend so much of their own money on supplies for the classroom. They say they'd be thrilled to receive something like Clorox Wipes so they can save their own money.

But if you want to give something more personal, it seems you can't go wrong with a Starbucks gift card.  All the teachers we talked with loved coffee gifts, especially gift cards.

The teachers were also quick to point out that gifts were not necessary and more than anything, they love hand-written cards from students or parents that make them feel appreciated.